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Be the David Bowie of Whatever You Do

The Second City Network | Posted 01.12.2016 | Entertainment
The Second City Network

Bowie's golden years aren't over yet. Living by his example will perpetually be in fashion. No matter if you're a graphic designer, a copywriter or Vanilla Ice, you can succeed by doing what David Bowie did.

Church Of Satan Might Be Just The Faith You're Looking For

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 10.29.2015 | Comedy

Do you feel like your religion isn't the stable rock you wish it was? Well, it's time you gave a good, long look at the Church of Satan. The Second Ci...

The 20th (And Final) 'Cream Of Comedy' Marks the End of an Era

Steven Shehori | Posted 10.22.2015 | Entertainment
Steven Shehori

Back in 1995, the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund (TSEF) was created as a way to promote rising comedic talent within Canada.

CultureZohn: Chicago Shows Off

Patricia Zohn | Posted 10.07.2015 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

Chicago is tired of being flown over. It is tired of being called the third coast. It is tired of being known for its fierce wind, multiple members of the Daley family, and the Mob. It is tired of being called the Second City.The first Chicago Architecture Biennial -- a success on many counts -- lays all that to rest.

Watch Stephen Colbert Make A Delightful Fool Of Himself In 1992

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 05.06.2015 | Comedy

Get a load of Stephen Colbert in 1992. In a black and white clip posted Wednesday, Colbert performs a goofy acrobatic routine with Amy Sedaris and ...

Watch '90s Tina Fey & Rachel Dratch Prove Everything Is Connected

The Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn | Posted 04.30.2015 | Comedy

If you don't think blenders have anything to do with the Spanish Inquisition, you've got it all wrong. In the spirit of #ThrowbackThursday, here's ...

Joseph Erbentraut

Teens With Autism Stretch, Grow And Laugh In Improv Classes At Second City | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact

Some of America's funniest people have honed their craft at The Second City in Chicago. But it's not just professionals who can bloom with a little im...

How My Black Mother Made Me Love Chicago

Sarah Enelow | Posted 04.25.2015 | 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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...