| 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...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 11:09 AM
The Onion and Second City, both based in Chicago, have delayed their joint theatrical enterprise, "The Onion Live," which was to have toured nationally to theaters this fall.
Several presenting venues, such as the Harbison Theatre in Irmo, S.C., had...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 8:34 AM
Dennis Joseph isn’t the guy he appears to be.
The West Rogers Park native works a 9-to-5 job for a marketing company. Five o’clock stubble crowds his smile. His shirt is starched, pressed and clean.
He’s your average Joe.
| Jul 12, 2013
It took the cringe-humor masterpiece of HBO's long-running "Curb Your Enthusiasm" to finally give Chicago-style improv a measure of TV legitimacy. The easygoing yin to Larry David's irascible yang, Second City alum Jeff Garlin carries that same approach...
| Jan 2, 2013
| 5:45 AM
It was the Tuesday night before Thanksgiving, and most of the crowd for The Second City's Chicago-themed revue in the UP Comedy Club apparently didn't have to work the next day, because the room remained packed for the free extra set beginning at 10 p.m....
| Apr 19, 2013
| 7:27 AM
A group of influential screenwriters will converge on Chicago this weekend, including Lucy Alibar (whose script for "Beasts of the Southern Wild" was nominated for an Oscar this year) and Bob Gale (who wrote all three "Back to the Future" films).
| Apr 18, 2013
| 9:14 PM
When Jim Gaffigan plays the Chicago Theatre this weekend, it will be a homecoming of sorts for the Northwest Indiana native.
His comedy makes no effort to hide his love for the simple things of Midwestern life. He talks openly about his love of food and...
| Apr 20, 2013
The huge dramas playing out from Boston to our flooded basements are weighing on our hearts now. But humans are not wired to be stressed out 24/7/365. When our imaginations are ready to soar, we couldn’t be in a better place than Chicago.
| Apr 12, 2013
| 10:22 AM
Thomas Dyja looked at me with abject horror, then humor, then, as his face crumbled in defeat, resignation. A face that said, "See? This is why I wrote a 412-page cultural history of Chicago at midcentury that — as much as it pulls together...
| Apr 16, 2013
| 8:52 AM
Second City is headed back to the opera in June; a performance this weekend at the UP Comedy Club will preview what's to come. "Improv & Arias: A Sneak Peek," from Second City and Lyric Opera Chicago, will be an evening of informal evening of sketches,...