Paul Sand and Eugene Troobnick Become Phono Pals at The Second City in 1961

Welcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy’s biggest superstars performing early in their careers on the legendary Chicago stage. Second City has generously given us a glimpse into their extensive archive of live performances, and over the coming weeks we’ll be sharing some rare and retro comedy never before seen on the web.

If your New Year’s resolution is to make some new friends in 2017, this week’s clip from The Second City is here to help guide you through the process step by step. From the 1961 revue Animal Fair or Caviar to the General, the above scene “Phono Pal” features Paul Sand as a socially nervous guy who listens to a friend-making how-to record (voiced by Eugene Troobnick) to learn how to go out into the world and meet some new people: “It’s nice to feel you can trust someone, isn’t it?” Check out another clip from the same revue featuring Alan Arkin here.

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