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Watch David Steinberg, Fred Willard, and Robert Klein Create a Second City Late Night Show in the '60s

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 is a vintage look at '60s Second City Chicago featuring Alex Canaan, Robert Klein, David Steinberg, and Fred Willard as host and guests on a late night talk show. After the Library of Congress enacts a bizarre new rule that [...]

Watch Mike Myers and Richard Kind Try to Out-Prank Each Other in a 1987 Pilot

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.

As a tribute to the confusing mess that is April Fools' Day, this week's unearthed Second City clip comes from the 1987 television pilot 110 Lombard starring Ryan Stiles, Bob Bainborough, and Mike Myers and featuring Dana Andersen, Bonnie Hunt, Linda Kash, Richard Kind, [...]

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 [...]

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 Jane Lynch Join the Army at Second City 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 Steve Sheridan's final night at Second City Chicago in January 1989. In this scene, Sheridan plays a drill sergeant getting to know a set of Army newbies played by Joel Murray, Joe Liss, Aaron Freeman, Holly Wortell, and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Watch Jason Sudeikis Play an Apologetic Senator at Second City in 2003

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 2003 revue The Not Ready for $3.99 Prime Rib Players, which took place at Second City's short-lived stage at the Flamingo in Las Vegas. In the above sketch "Senator," Jason Sudeikis plays a United States senator who gets [...]

John Candy Pays Tribute to Bad Improv for Second City Chicago's 25th Anniversary

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 Chicago's 25th anniversary special from 1985. While he couldn't make it to Chicago for the taping, John Candy sent in the above video from Toronto featuring Joe Flaherty, Don Lake, Deb McGrath, and Kathy Laskey. Instead [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]