| 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 3, 2012
| 8:43 AM
On the opening night of Chicago Live! Thursday, in its new home at Pipers Alley with The Second City, the show didn't feel new: It felt like a homecoming. No one from Chicago would feel out of place.
Rick Kogan needed no script to talk about the 43rd...
| Jan 31, 2012
| 5:34 AM
George C. White, founder and former executive director of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford called it a “family affair.”
Repeated references to the theater community as “family” and “home” marked the...
| Jan 24, 2012
| 8:18 AM
Plainfield native Melissa McCarthy has picked up a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for her performance in the R-rated comedy"Bridesmaids."
It's been quite the year for McCarthy, who saw her fame rise with the release of “Bridesmaids”...
| Jan 20, 2012
| 10:57 AM
While our Chicago Live! team is busy finalizing appearances by the likes of Jonathon Brandmeier, Rick Bayless, Homaru Cantu and J.C. Brooks and the Uptown Sound (Guest details here), I want to tell you about our new home.
| Jan 16, 2012
| 1:40 PM
Chicago lost a longtime member of the city’s sketch and improv scene last week. Performer and teacher Mike Enriquez, who mentored current “Saturday Night Live” featured players Vanessa Bayer and Paul Brittain, died Thursday at St. Joseph...
| Sep 13, 2012
| 11:23 AM
It's day 4 of the Chicago Teachers Union strike and parents now have a fun option for their kids.
The Second City Training Center, part of the world's premier comedy club/theatre and school of improvisation, is offering free comedy camps to keep kids...
| Sep 14, 2012
| 11:36 AM
Chicago may be the Second City, but it's first up in the Chase for the Championship. Getting off to a good start at the Chicagoland Speedway is critical, not only because it's first race of the chase, but also because it's the first of five 1.5 mile...
| 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...
| Dec 9, 2012
| 8:16 AM
NEW YORK— Early in "Glengarry Glen Ross," as David Mamet brilliantly employs the scene-blackout-scene rhythm he learned sweeping floors at Chicago's Second City cabaret, Shelley can't-close-a-deal Levene is told that he cannot have the "premium...