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How My Black Mother Made Me Love Chicago

Sarah Enelow | Posted 02.23.2015 | Chicago
Sarah Enelow

I finally understood how difficult it was for Mama to go from glittering Chicago down to middle-of-nowhere Texas, like part of her had been sold down the river. And suddenly, Chicago in my mind became a beacon of happiness.

Can One Christmas Gift Change a Life?

Joe Boyd | Posted 02.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Joe Boyd

About a dozen years ago my wife, Debbie, gave me the most transformative gift I have ever received. It literally changed the trajectory of my life (an...

Tina Fey Parodies NPR In Flawless Vintage Improv Sketch

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 12.19.2014 | Comedy

As though we needed yet another reminder of Tina Fey’s pre-"Saturday Night Live"/"Mean Girls"/"30 Rock" comedic genius, Chicago’s Second City has ...

From Planes to Show Boat, Fernwood 2 Night to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fred Willard looks back on his storied career

Jim Hill | Posted 01.06.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

This fall has been full of firsts for Fred Willard. Take -- for example -- last month, when Willard made his daytime drama debut on The Bold and the Beautiful. Fred appeared in four episodes of this long-running CBS soap opera back in October and loved every minute of it.

Nothing's Changed. They're Still Hilarious.

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 08.27.2014 | Comedy

Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert are funny on their own, but put them together and they're truly sublime. (This should come as a surprise to exactly z...

The Best 'iPhone Rumor' Video Yet

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 08.27.2014 | Technology

This isn't your typical iPhone leak video, mostly because it isn't one. Second City, the comedy school that lays claim to celebrities like Bill Mu...

Check Out Rachel Dratch And Tina Fey Right Before They Hit It Big

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 07.28.2014 | Comedy

Before they blew up on "SNL," Rachel Dratch and Tina Fey were tearing it up at Second City with their two-woman show -- or rather, their two simultane...

'I Made Almost No Money.. But I Was Happy'

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.26.2014 | College

The rules of improv work pretty well off the stage. On Saturday, Kelly Leonard, Executive Vice President of Second City, an improv company based i...

5 Reasons Teachers Are Overpaid

The Second City Network | Posted 07.07.2014 | Comedy
The Second City Network

I am shocked -- SHOCKED! -- to hear people advocating for higher salaries for American educators. Financial success and teachers go together like polar bears and ice: they desperately need it, and it's not like they're running out.

These Are The 10 Funniest Cities In America

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.30.2014 | Comedy

If you're looking for a laugh, head to the Windy City. Chicago topped the list of the nation's funniest cities in a new study released Sunday by t...

Won't You Please Come to Chicago?: A Conversation With Thomas Dyja on The Third Coast

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 06.01.2014 | Books
Davis Schneiderman

Thomas Dyja's The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the America Dream is the most important Chicago-focused historical work in recent years.

NSFW: Real Dating App Messages Read By Women Will Make You Happy You're Single

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 02.14.2014 | Gay Voices

For any single guys or gals out there who might be feeling a bit sad or lonely on this Valentine's Day, we have one thing to say to you: it could be a...

An Improviser's Guide to Valentine's Day

The Second City Network | Posted 04.15.2014 | Comedy
The Second City Network

Now that I'm a big-time expert on love, I feel compelled to share a Valentine's Day guide for improvisers spending this commercialized, exclusionary holiday together.

Everything You've Ever Thought About American Apparel In One Video

Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy

If you've ever walked into an American Apparel store, you've probably seen these three people....

11 Ways To Find Love This Christmas According To Holiday TV Movies

The Second City Network | Posted 02.18.2014 | Women
The Second City Network

If people are giving you grief for skipping out on festive social plans in order to stay home and watch the quality programming offered this time of year on the ABC Family, Hallmark and Lifetime channels, then they just don't understand.

The Truth About Color, Comedy and The Second City

The Second City Network | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
The Second City Network

The Second City was serious when it came to diversity, as I learned early on, and it came from the top down. Every person of color that has performed on a Second City stage has been instrumental in helping another person of color.

7 Things I Learned Being a Woman in Improv

The Second City Network | Posted 12.17.2013 | Comedy
The Second City Network

Everyone's been there. You walk into a scene thinking that you're going to be the head of the UN, talking some serious sense into this business in Syria, and whatdya know? Some DUDE opens the scene with: "Hey, honey?"

The Case For Doing Whatever Obama Wants (Did You Know He's Friends With Jay Z?)

Posted 09.11.2013 | Chicago

Might Kickstarter be all that President Barack Obama needs right now? In a new YouTube sketch that couldn't be timelier, Chicago's Second City Netw...

The Second City's Best (and Worst) Back-to-School Advice

The Second City Network | Posted 10.26.2013 | Comedy
The Second City Network

Class is back in session for all Chicago Public Schools students, so we at The Second City thought we'd share our best (and our worst) back-to-school advice.

LOOK: Paul Simon Makes Surprise Appearance At Second City

Posted 08.23.2013 | Chicago

Music legend Paul Simon gave fans a surprise thrill when he showed up unannounced to Chicago's Second City comedy club Thursday night. Per traditio...

Here's to a Great Beach Vacation in... Chicago

Pam Grout | Posted 10.09.2013 | Chicago
Pam Grout

The third largest city in America has more than 26 miles of free, public beaches (more, in fact, than Bermuda), all with gorgeous views of Chicago's stellar skyline.

The 5 Stages of Accepting a New Doctor Who

The Second City Network | Posted 10.07.2013 | Comedy
The Second City Network

Sorry, dudes. You thought he was the man that never would, but he has to. And it's not just happening to you, it's happening to everyone, but probably you the hardest. You swear this next Doctor will never blow your socks off, no matter how hard he tries.

15 Reminders for Every Improviser

The Second City Network | Posted 10.06.2013 | Comedy
The Second City Network

Your Unibrow Is Cool: The things that you don't like about yourself are probably what made you so good in the first place, and they are definitely what make you memorable and interesting.

Second City's All-Time Favorite Chicago Movies

Liz Kozak | Posted 08.28.2013 | Chicago
Liz Kozak

In honor of the unofficial official holiday, we asked our Second City family to share their all-time favorite Chicago flicks.

Raving About Second City e.t.c. (Without Giving Away the Jokes)

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 08.24.2013 | Chicago
Kelly Kleiman

Second City e.t.c.'s new revue A Clown Car Named Desire combines a particularly talented ensemble with contemporary takes on some of the company's most time-honored bits.