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Bill Murray Finally Comes Home in This Rare Second City Clip from 1980

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.

Now that there's officially a Bill Murray Christmas TV special in the works featuring stars like Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and George Clooney, here's a look back at a rare Murray special from 1980 called Bill Murray Live from the Second City. In [...]

Bob Odenkirk and the Integrity of Ideas

In the recent broadcast of Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary, there’s a moment where the camera catches Joe Piscopo from behind as he performs his Sinatra impression and the audience at home can see the audience in studio. The focus of this shot turns out to be a tuxedo’d Bob Odenkirk, who is simply unable to conceal his distaste for what’s happening. He’s looking up at the ceiling, gritting his teeth, raising his eyebrows to no one in particular. Now I would never use the analogy of a war veteran watching someone play Call of Duty, but it was not completely unlike the face Stephen Hawking would make while watching [...]

Watch Steve Carell as a Rhyming Lumberjack at His Second City Graduation Show

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 Oscars set to air this Sunday, this week's clip is a special tribute to one of this year's dramatic Best Actor nominees who got his start on the Second City stage: Steve Carell. While it's only about two minutes long, this clip [...]

Watch Stephen Colbert Sing a Medley of His Second City Hits

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 you're struggling with Stephen Colbert withdrawal, this week's Second City clip might help ease your pain. From his final Second City show in 1994, this clip features Colbert and friends performing a medley of songs they wrote over the years including an excerpt [...]

Watch Fred Willard Play Earth's Last Centaur in This Old Second City Clip

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.

Since the 2001 Christopher Walken-hosted episode of SNL, "Centaur Job Interview" starring Chris Parnell has long been regarded as comedy's greatest centaur sketch ever, but did you know that nearly 40 years earlier Fred Willard performed at Second City in a short but [...]

Watch Brian Stack and Miriam Tolan Try Some Role Play 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.

This week's clip comes from the 1995 Second City ETC revue Baby Richard Got Back or It's Not Easy Being Bob Greene featuring ensemble performers John Hildreth, Aaron Rhodes, Dee Ryan, Brian Stack, Miriam Tolan, and Jim Zulevic and 30 Rock/Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Jeff [...]

Second City's Finest: 31 Clips of Young Comedy Legends Before They Were Famous

Last year, we teamed up with Second City for a new column called "The Second City Archives," in which we debut a new and never-before-seen clip from the improv theatre's extensive archives each week featuring legendary performers of the past and present, from old-school throwbacks like John Belushi, Chris Farley, and Alan Arkin to today's comedy superstars like Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Keegan-Michael Key, Bob Odenkirk, and tons more. Together with Second City, we've unearthed over thirty classic clips so far, so this week we're taking a look back all of them:

Watch Chris Farley and Bob Odenkirk as a Singing Mount Rushmore in 1990

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.

To celebrate SNL's big anniversary show this weekend, here's an old Second City clip featuring two performer/writer alums of the show. From the 1990 revue Flag Smoking Permitted in Lobby Only or Censorama, "Rushmore" features Chris Farley as George Washington, Bob Odenkirk as Thomas [...]

Second City's Improv Book 'Yes, And' Is Now Available for Pre-Order

Good news for improv fans: The Second City has a new book due out February 3rd, and it's now available for pre-order. Written by Second City executive vice president Kelly Leonard and Second City Works CEO Tom Yorton, Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses "No, But" Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration–Lessons from The Second City will offer a comprehensive breakdown of the Second City improv approach:

The rules of improvisation may sound a little like a recipe for disaster (“dare to offend” “fail in public,” “relinquish power”); in fact, the basic tenets of improv are also those that help groups like nonprofits, schools, apartment coops, and political [...]

Watch Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Scott Adsit, and More Improvise an NPR Show 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.

For our final Second City Archives post of 2014, we're going out with a bang: a full 15 minutes of expert improvised goodness from 1997's revue Paradigm Lost featuring Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Scott Adsit, Kevin Dorff, Jenna Jolovitz, and Jim Zulevic staging a [...]

Watch Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert Bring Fabio to Life at The 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.

Now that the sequel to Zoolander has been officially confirmed, this week we're sharing a recently unearthed clip for all you male model lovers out there. From Second City's 1994 revue Are You Now or Have You Ever Been Mellow, the clip is [...]

This 20-Year-Old Amy Poehler Pilot Is the Stuff of Comedy Nerd Dreams

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 you're mourning the end of Parks and Recreation today, Second City dug up an extra special clip for us this week that will help ease your sadness — a compilation of Amy Poehler scenes from a never-before-seen pilot from 1995 she starred in [...]

Watch Michael Keaton Improvise with Dave Thomas and Catherine O'Hara in 1988

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.

Between his Oscar nomination for Birdman and interest in a possible Beetlejuice sequel, Michael Keaton is certainly off to a busy 2015. This week's Second City clip comes from the Toronto theatre's 15th anniversary show in 1988 — the same year Beetlejuice was [...]

Watch Chris Farley and Tim Meadows Play Wrigley Field Security Guards 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 clip is a scene from Second City's 1989 revue It Was Thirty Years Ago Today featuring ensemble performers Chris Farley, Joe Liss, Tim Meadows, Joel Murray, Judith Scott, David Pasquesi, and Holly Wortell. Titled "Security," the sketch stars Farley and Meadows as [...]