| Jun 11, 2012
Name five actresses you assume participated in sports and other activities in high school, including being president of the student council. Aubrey Plaza’s not on that list, is she?
Despite the 27-year-old’s remarkably convincing, deadpan...
| Jul 18, 2012
| 1:30 PM
The very notion of Lyric Opera and The Second City performing together, even for a one-night stand, would strike most folks in Chicago as slightly absurd. The city's venerable impresario of grand opera making beautiful music with the town's famous factory...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 8:18 AM
Nominees for the 64th Primetime Emmys include several former Chicagoans, continuing a trend from years past. The 2011 winner for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, Plainfield native and “Mike & Molly” star Melissa McCarthy, was again...
| Feb 8, 2012
| 10:37 PM
Beware, O Second City, of the perils of the plush-and-shiny new room with the new high-tech toys just begging to be used! Beware further of the dangerous assumption that just because we all now spend our entire lives staring at tiny video screens,...
| Feb 15, 2012
| 1:28 PM
In its first formal move outside North America, The Second City is joining with Yoshimoto Kogyo Co., Ltd., one of Japan's largest TV producers, talent managers and entertainment companies, in a new joint venture that aims to introduce the improv-based...
| Feb 19, 2012
| 4:48 PM
"You guys in Chicago are used to improv," sneered the acidic Ben Bailey on Friday night at the opening of UP, the new comedy club at the Second City. "You can smell written material like a pack of hound dogs. You want to hunt it down. You want me to...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 11:17 AM
You can imagine the scene in thousands of family rooms: "Mom and Dad, I want to major in comedy." Silence. "Comedy? Not on our dime, you don't."
To some parents, the notion of heading to Columbia College Chicago for a full-on degree program in matters...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 2:30 PM
TOLUCA LAKE, Calif. — Looking trim in a black windbreaker over a gray crew neck sweatshirt, Steve Carell walked into the diner near the Warner Bros. lot just like a regular guy.
OK, most actors/celebrities walk into diners like regular folk; it&...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 1:02 PM
The Chicago-based comedy organization that publishes The Onion is soon to announce a new nationally touring satirical show, staged in partnership with The Second City. "The Onion Live!" is to bow Sept 28 at the Capitol Theatre in Columbus, Ohio.
| Feb 21, 2013
| 2:28 PM
Second City has been smart enough over the years to let its impressive roster of alumni speak for itself. Old photos of recognizable faces may line the lobby, but you'll never see one of the theater's shows advertised under a banner touting, "From the...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 11:46 AM
Seven years after launching the profitable and long-running “Bye Bye Liver: The Chicago Drinking Play,” Pub Theater has acquired its own theater space just a few blocks north of Wrigley Field at 3914 N. Clark St.
The longtime home of Live...