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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 [...]

Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: 'Argo'

Although it would be quite a stretch to call Ben Affleck's movie about the 1979 Iran hostage a comedy, Argo is exceptional enough and has just the right amount of comedy in it for us to recommend it. Alan Arkin, John Goodman, and Bryan Cranston round out the cast of CIA and Hollywood guys pretending to make a sci-fi movie in order to get a group of Americans out of Iran. The movie won best motion picture drama at the Golden Globes and Ben Affleck took home best director, so get the DVD (or the Blu-Ray combo pack) if you haven't seen it yet and [...]

The Oscar Nominations Mostly Ignore Comedy This Year

The Academy just released their Oscar nominations, recognizing the best in film from 2012, and the list of pretty light on comedies this time around. Silver Linings Playbook, director David O. Russell's romantic comedy-drama was the only comedy-ish film to receive a lot of recognition (although there are plenty of laughs in non-comedy Best Picture nominees Django Unchained and Argo). Silver Linings was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Russell), Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Supporting Actor (Robert DeNiro), Best Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver), and Best Adapted Screenplay (David O. Russell). Moonrise Kingdom, which was a contender for a Best Picture nomination, was snubbed, only [...]