June 1995: "Pinata Full of Bees"
Second City's 80th revue, brilliantly directed by Tom Gianas, fearlessly kills off the sketch-blackout-sketch format that has served the troupe for decades, heralding a new era of comedy. Characters created by the likes of Jenna Jolovitz, Rachel Dratch, Adam McKay and Scott Allman resurface throughout the evening. The typical set is replaced by a backdrop of objects representing the detritus of suburban life. The evening ends with -- shock! -- an actual narrative climax. And in one of the funniest-ever Second City routines, Allman plays a melting-down suburbanite from Naperville who climbs the Water Tower to rediscover his primal self.
December 1998: "The Psychopath Not Taken"
Mick Napier's blunt, dangerous and brilliant revue makes hilarious fun of the wheelchair-bound Christopher Reeve. There were preshow nerves about the bit, but it works, proving once again that there is no taboo that Second City can't turn into comedy. Especially if prejudice is the joke.