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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 Chris Farley as Matt Foley in This Pre-'SNL' Second City Performance

The Second City recently posted the above clip from a July 1990 revue called "Flag Smoking Permitted in Lobby Only, or Censorama" in which Chris Farley performs as the frenetic motivational speaker Matt Foley supported by Second City vets Bob Odenkirk, Tim Meadows, Jill Talley, David Pasquesi, Tim O'Malley, and Holly Wortell. If Farley's eight SNL appearances as the van-living Foley weren't enough for you, this wonderful vintage installment will definitely fill at least some of the Farley void in your heart.

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 [...]

Watch Chris Farley Sing His Heart Out at Second City a Year Before Joining 'SNL'

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 72nd revue in 1989 called It Was 30 Years Ago Today featuring Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, Joe Liss, Tim O'Malley, Jill Talley, Holly Wortell, and David Pasquesi performing their deceivingly romantic song "The [...]

The Second City and Yoshimoto Will Open a New Theater in Japan

The Second City's going international, with a new partnership with Japan's comedy conglomerate Yoshimoto Kogyo Co. LTD (which Laura taught us about last year). Apparently, the joint venture will bring The Second City's improv teachings to Yoshimoto and eventually launch a Second City theater in Tokyo to feature American and Japanese performers. The deal seems to represent a budding change in the culture of Japanese comedy, from the militant training of students in physical slapstick to a more political or naturalistic tone. Or maybe the reverse will happen, and Second City students in Chicago will start throwing plastic balls at each other's crotches in rehearsed dances! Whatever [...]

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 a Newly Unearthed Clip from Bill Murray's 1980 Show 'Bill Murray Live from the Second City'

We're excited to announce the start of a new recurring feature called 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.

Our first gem from the archives is this clip from Bill Murray's Second City Chicago show Bill Murray Live from the Second City from 1980 — the same year Caddyshack was released in theaters [...]