| Aug 22, 2013
| 9:55 PM
The legendary singer Paul Simon showed up unannounced Thursday at the Second City mainstage in Chicago and then, as is traditional for visiting celebrities, took to the stage during the post-show improv set.
Simon told funny stories and then,...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 9:35 AM
Chicago Shakespeare Theater and The Second City are joining forces to stage a public tribute to Bernie Sahlins, the late co-founder of The Second City. The event, to contain performances and speeches, is slated to take place 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 on Navy...
| Sep 5, 2013
How many alternative rock lead singers go on to a successful career in stage magic? The answer is just one: Rob Zabrecky. In the '90s, Zabrecky fronted the Los Angeles band Possum Dixon, which released three albums through Interscope...
| May 10, 2013
| 12:46 PM
NBC continued to flesh out its 2013-14 schedule on Friday, ordering a remake of the 1960s and '70s detective drama "Ironside," plus a cop-show spin-off of "Chicago Fire."
The network also added "Undateable," a young-adult sitcom starring Chris D'Elia as...
| May 16, 2013
| 8:04 PM
Somehow, it's not too surprising that rainbows and unicorns are among the opening images in "Happy Pink Girl Sings!"
Just as happily, however, the comedic-minded musical – written and performed by the Orlando team of Sarah A. Hanchar and her...
| May 17, 2013
| 9:37 PM
Zany premises and a few political jabs are part of the fun in "Barack to the Drawing Board," presented by The Humor Mill, a 5-year-old Orlando comedy troupe.
Based on the improvised comedy styles made famous by the Second City in Chicago, "Barak" is a...
| May 22, 2013
| 3:16 PM
Big picture, not much went right for the “Today Show's” planned broadcast from Chicago this week.
First, terrible, significant news happened in Oklahoma, meaning stars Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie would never make it to the live location...
| May 25, 2013
Back in 1999 — a gut-wrenching 14 years ago — a theater just north of Wrigley Field was filled on weekend nights with the nervous laughter of people on dates. "Pick-Ups and Hiccups" (a title with admirable descriptive prowess), was a hugely...
| Oct 11, 2013
There are things, for all time, which are decidedly the essence of Chicago: the Belushis, Michael Jordan, The Second City, thick-fingered Old-Style-drinking dudes who pronounce the word sausage as "saah-sidge," the Sears—err, Willis—Tower, hot...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 10:13 AM
After nearly a decade in Uptown, the Annoyance Theater announced plans this past spring for a new venue at 851 W. Belmont Ave., just west of Clark Street. Lakeview is thriving neighborhood for sketch and improv (with ComedySportz, The Playground and The...
| May 31, 2013
| 1:24 PM
The first time I read Judy Blume's "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" was on an eight-hour road trip over the winter holidays. I was 7. We were on our way to visit cousins and I was squeezed in the backseat with my two older brothers, sandwiched...