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

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 04.08.2014 | 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.

What Bill Murray, Alan Arkin, Jim Belushi & Joan Rivers Have In Common

AP | Posted 06.18.2013 | Entertainment

CHICAGO -- Ever since The Second City opened in December 1959, the Chicago comedy theater co-founded by Bernie Sahlins has helped produce some of the ...

Comedy Legend Passes Away At 90

AP | CARYN ROUSSEAU | Posted 08.18.2013 | Entertainment

CHICAGO — Comedy fans know the names – John Belushi, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Joan Rivers – but before those famous faces graced H...

Co-Founder Of Second City Theater Dies

AP | Posted 08.16.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Bernard "Bernie" Sahlins, who co-founded Chicago's Second City theater and who nurtured the early careers of many of the earliest star...

Jack McBrayer Says Goodbye to Kenneth From NBC's 30 Rock and Hello to Disney's Wander Over Yonder

Jim Hill | Posted 05.08.2013 | TV
Jim Hill

In the future, McBrayer hopes to introduce his nephew to some of the other animated characters that he's been voicing for the Mouse House. Chief among these is Irving, Phineas & Ferb's biggest fan on that long-running series for the Disney Channel & Disney XD.

Second City, Columbia College Announce New Degree In.. Comedy?

Posted 03.06.2013 | Chicago

While students can earn a Bachelor's in Puppetry or Turf Grass Management, Columbia College in Chicago has a new degree that will really make people l...

WATCH: Her Most Embarrassing Experience Onstage

Posted 02.26.2013 | Comedy

"SNL" featured player member Cecily Strong reveals the worst time she ever bombed onstage in this behind-the-scenes web exclusive for "Late Night with...

Comedian David Steinberg Talks Johnny Carson, Robin Williams And Comedy Outside The Box

Pat Gallagher | Posted 04.20.2013 | Fifty
Pat Gallagher

Comedian David Steinberg is brilliant. The gifted stand-up comedian, who made over 130 appearances on 'The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,' skillfully dissects the comedy minds of some of the most creative comedians on planet earth in his one-on-one sit down conversations on Showtime's 'Inside Comedy.'

Gilda Radner Remembered

Steve Karras | Posted 03.08.2013 | Celebrity
Steve Karras

Gilda Radner exploded on television and into American homes every Saturday night, stealing the hearts of millions with her host of brilliantly eccentric characters -- now indelibly etched into modern memory.

A Completely Honest Political Debate

Posted 08.23.2012 | Comedy

Between all of the Romney Hood and Obamaloney talk going on this election season, it can start to feel like no one's giving straight answers. Every mi...

The 15 Funniest Olympics Parodies So Far

Matt Wilstein | Posted 10.10.2012 | Comedy
Matt Wilstein

From Ryan Lochte's terrible interview skills to McKayla "Not Impressed" Maroney teaching Jenna Bush how to Dougie, there were plenty of hilarious thin...