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Watch Robin Williams Improvise at Second City Santa Monica in 1989

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.

This week's unearthed clip comes from Second City's short-lived Santa Monica location back in 1989, in which Chris Barnes takes a suggestion for a phrase from the audience — "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" — and transforms it into nearly ten [...]

Watch Bob Odenkirk and David Pasquesi Face off in a Heated Political Debate at Second City

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.

With Election Day right around the corner and Bob Odenkirk now on a nationwide book tour, there's no better time to unearth this clip from Second City's 1990 revue Flag Smoking Permitted in Lobby Only or Censorama featuring ensemble performers Chris Farley, Tim [...]

Watch Keegan-Michael Key and Nyima Funk in a 2002 Second City Sketch

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.

This week's clip comes from Second City's 2002 E.T.C. revue Curious George Goes to War, which featured ensemble performers Samantha Albert, Jean Villepique, Andy Cobb, Nyima Funk, Peter Grosz, and Keegan-Michael Key. In the above sketch, Key and Funk play two very different Chicago [...]

Watch Scott Adsit, Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, and More in the 1997 Second City Sketch "Grandma's Records"

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.

This week's clip comes from Second City's 82nd revue called Paradigm Lost, which took place in February 1997 and starred ensemble performers Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Scott Adsit, Kevin Dorff, Jenna Jolovitz, and Jim Zulevic. In the sketch "Grandma's Records," Adsit goes through some [...]

Watch Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert Sing "The Obvious Song" at Second City in 1993

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.

This week we're debuting a newly unearthed clip from Second City's 1993 revue Take Me Out to the Balkans featuring ensemble performers Fran Adams, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, David Razowsky, Ruth Rudnick, and Amy Sedaris. In the above clip, Carell, Colbert (who [...]

Watch Debra Downing and a Shirtless Jack McBrayer Argue at Second City in 2000

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.

Jack McBrayer is currently working on an upcoming Adult Swim show with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, but he'll forever be known and loved as 30 Rock's favorite NBC page Kenneth Ellen Parcell, the hardworking TV lover with strong roots in Stone Mountain, [...]

Watch Mel Gibson Give Birth to a Wood Nymph at Second City in 1997

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.

This week we're taking a break from highlighting comedic legends to unearth an old Second City clip you never knew you wanted — a 41-year-old Mel Gibson giving live improv a shot back in 1997. According to Second City, this performance took place during [...]

Watch Mike Myers Speak French with a Scottish Accent in 1986

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.

This week's unearthed clip comes from Second City Toronto's 1986 revue Not Based on Anything by Stephen King, which included ensemble performers Dana Andersen, Bob Bainborough, Linda Kash, Bruce Pirrie, Deborah Theaker, Mark Wilson, and a young Mike Myers. In the clip, Myers takes [...]

Watch Aidy Bryant's 2012 Second City Performance "Dolly Mae Daniels and Her All Ex-Husband Band"

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.

This week's unearthed clip features the most recent Second City performance starring Aidy Bryant just a few months before she joined the SNL cast in September 2012. From the 36th Second City E.T.C. revue We're All in This Room Together with ensemble performers Mike [...]

Watch Adam McKay and Scott Adsit Perform in the 1995 Second City Show 'Piñata Full of Bees'

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.

This week's unearthed Second City sketch comes from the famous 1995 revue Piñata Full of Bees. Widely regarded as the show that broke the traditional Second City revue mold, Piñata starred Adam McKay, Scott Adsit, Rachel Dratch, Scott Allman, Jenna Jolovitz, and Jon Glaser [...]

Watch Stephnie Weir Do a Live Psychic Reading at Second City in 1998

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.

This week's clip comes from Second City's 1998 revue The Psychopath Not Taken featuring ensemble performers Kevin Dorff, T.J. Jagodowski, Susan Messing, Tami Sagher, Rich Talarico, and Stephnie Weir. In the above clip, Stephnie Weir masterfully improvises a solo act as a chain-smoking psychic [...]

Watch Bill Murray's Very First Performance as Nick the Lounge Singer

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.

With the news that Bill Murray plans to sing us Christmas carols in a Sofia Coppola-directed TV special this year, what better time to celebrate Murray's most memorable singing character ever, Nick the Lounge Singer? In this week's unearthed Second City clip, Murray [...]

Steve Carell and Amy Sedaris Talk Insomnia in a Second City Sketch from 1993

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.

Following up last month's video from Second City's 1993 revue Take Me Out to the Balkans starring Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, and David Razowsky, here's another sketch from the same show starring ensemble performers Steve Carell and Amy Sedaris as a [...]

Watch Alan Arkin Play Noah in a Second City Sketch from 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.

This week we're unearthing a vintage clip from the 1961 revue Animal Fair or Caviar to the General, which debuted only a little over a year after Second City Theatre first opened its doors in Chicago. In the clip, a young Alan Arkin stars [...]