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The Second City Archive

Selections from the Reader's archives about the legendary comedic institution


How I Made It in Comedy: Interviews with David Sedaris, Bob Odenkirk, Robert Smigel, Allison Silverman, and Harold Ramis
Excerpts from Mike Sacks's And Here's the Kicker: Conversations With 21 Top Humor Writers on Their Craft, featuring Second City vets Robert Smigel, Harold Ramis, Allison Silverman, and Bob Odenkirk.

Is It Funny Yet?
The Second City enters the Obama era.
By Albert Williams (12/18/08)

Life Without a Script
How funnyman TJ Jagodowski fell into improv—and the mysterious affliction that keeps him from leaving it.
By Anne Ford (6/5/08)

Paul Sills
Remembering Paul Sills when he was our neighbor.
By Michael Miner (6/3/08)

As Del Lay Dying
On his deathbed, comedy genius Del Close held court at one last party. By Kim "Howard" Johnson (4/3/08)

So Long, Second City
Dan Bakkedahl quickly earned what many improvisers work for their whole lives—a spot on the Second City mainstage and a shot at national fame. Why'd he throw it all away?
By Kabir Hamid (3/10/05)

Recognize Her?
She's Josephine Raciti Forsberg, and she'd like her role in the history of Second City acknowledged once and for all.
by Deanna Isaacs

The McDonald's of Comedy?
The Second City Training Program is expanding, but there's no more room for writing program head Kim Clark.
By Deanna Isaacs (2/21/02)

Instant Festival
Brian Posen's "Sketch Fest" opens up the stage to any group with a name and a need to be seen.
By Jack Helbig (1/10/02)

Revolving Door Policy
It's good to know that Second City can laugh at itself--or at least three alums tell a few stories at its expense.
by Jack Helbig (8/2/01)

Beyond the Pale/Such a Deal!
Second City owner Andrew Alexander hopes a south-side outpost will bring black humor to the venerable company.
by Sean Neumann, Mark Bazer (2/21/01)

Friends and Coconspirators Recall the Crazed Career of an Improv Olympian
An oral history of Del Close
By Jack Helbig (3/11/99)

Comedy Mother
How Chana Halpern found her calling and created a launching pad for comedy careers: she improvised.
By Scott Markwell (8/10/95)

Life's a Bit
Is Aaron Freeman the Actor or the Act?
By Michael G. Glab (4/22/93)

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