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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 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 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 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 [...]

Watch Jon Glaser and Scott Adsit Bond in Wheelchairs at Second City in 1995

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 famous 1995 revue Piñata Full of Bees from ensemble performers Adam McKay, Scott Adsit, Rachel Dratch, Scott Allman, Jenna Jolovitz, and Jon Glaser. In the above sketch "Wheelchairs," Glaser and Adsit play two friends in a wheelchair [...]

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 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 John Belushi, Harold Ramis, Joe Flaherty, and More in a 1972 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 1972 revue 43rd Parallel or McCabre & Ms. Miller directed by the theater's legendary improv guru Del Close. In the above sketch "Funeral," John Belushi plays the humiliated son of a father who died a less-than-respectable death [...]

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 [...]