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Second City Performer Hired As 'Saturday Night Live' Writer

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Lorne Michaels of "Saturday Night Live" made several trips to Chicago this month--recruiting performers from Second City and iO theater to bring back ...

Jane Lynch Talks 'Glee,' 'Shrek' And Her Life In Chicago

Chicago Sun-Times | Fan Fare | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

"I'm a Chicago girl," says Jane Lynch. "Born here. Raised here. Lived in Chicago for years. Take me to the Pump Room!" While growing up in Dolton, ...

'Othello': The Sassy Gay Friend Version (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Even in his comedies, Shakespeare had to make everything dramatic. And who loves drama more than sassy, gay men? In Shakespeare's "Othello," Desdemon...

Rush Limbaugh Takes Over Second City: Rush's Musical Debut A Hilarious One

Huffington Post | Marilyn Soltis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Produced by HuffPost's Eyes & Ears Citizen Journalism Unit The year is 2014. With the help of Donald Rumsfeld, Ann Coulter and Karl Rove, Rush Limba...

Report On Polar Bear Plunge, Rush Limbaugh Musical, Illinois Elections

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

From Rogers Park to the Beverly, Chicagoans never have a shortage of things to do or see. We want to report on as much of this great city as possible,...

Rush Limbaugh: The Musical?

Huffington Post | Jen Sabella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Move over, Rod. The folks at Second City are moving on to an even bigger...character: Rush Limbaugh. Rush Limbaugh! The Musical hits Chicago this mont...

Second City Chicago Holds 24-Hour Charity Event

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Second City Chicago is wrapping up 24 hours of improv comedy to benefit charity, which began Tuesday at 6 p.m. The event, "Letters to Santa," lasts...

Second City 50th Anniversary Show: Colbert, Carell Among Star Alumni Returning For Bash

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mark off Dec. 12 on your calendar. Now. That's the day of Second City's much-anticipated 50th anniversary show "The Second City Alumni: One Night Onl...

Mr. Heckles Wants to be Your Friend on Facebook

Kim Mance | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Kim Mance

This chat with Larry Hankin renewed my appreciation for the phenomenon of "Second City", a legendary performing arts school which teaches its students to "play the reality, not the joke."

Quigley Delivers Top Ten Reasons Chicago Is World's Best City To Congress

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley took a page from David Letterman Tuesday night, delivering a Top Ten list from the floor of Congress of his "Reasons Chicago is...

Keeping Score in Chicago Episode 29: One Miller High Life Too Many

Mark Konkol and Todd Fooks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mark Konkol and Todd Fooks

A rather crappy week in Chicago: Da Bears suck, suicide strikes Mayor Daley's inner circle and a Steelers fan claims a Bears fan made him blind.

Keeping Score in Chicago Episode 23: Does Billy Corgan Really Matter Anymore?

Mark Konkol and Todd Fooks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mark Konkol and Todd Fooks

What is the Smashing Pumpkin up to with his latest scheme to give away his new songs for free? Sun-Times Rock Critic Jim DeRogatis gets to the bottom of it, plus the scoop on Bill Murray's violent crowd management technique.

A Second City Warning to Obama

Michael L. Millenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Michael L. Millenson

The fact that Second City comics in the heart of Chicago are successfully playing to GOP-fueled fears of rationing should raise a bright red warning flag at the White House.

Blagojevich Mocks Himself Onstage In "Rod Blagojevich Superstar"

AP | RUPA SHENOY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich doesn't seem to mind being the butt of a theatrical joke. Blagojevich got in on the joke Saturday evening...

Canadian Political Crisis: Citizens React With Disgust, Anxiety

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Diane Tucker

Last week in Canada, three opposition parties united against Prime Minister Stephen Harper, charging he failed to insulate Canada from the global fina...

Blago To Appear In Own Spoof Show "Rod Blagojevich Superstar"

AP | MEGAN REICHGOTT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the target of comedians' jokes since his arrest and impeachment, is getting in on the laughs wit...

Our Long Economic Improv Show Has Just Begun

John Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
John Marshall

Our improviser-in-chief, Barack Obama, is no stranger to this principle. He's from Chicago, the home of Second City. So while Lincoln is an influence, Belushi must be, too.

Second City Debuting "Rod Blagojevich Superstar!"

NBC Chicago | Marcus Riley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

With shows like "Between Barack and a Hard Place" and "America: All Better!," Chicago's Second City has been getting more than a few laughs out of loc...

Second City Rewriting Show After Blagojevich Arrest

Chicago Tribune | Chris Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Less than a week before the opening of its new mainstage revue, "America: All Better," Second City has been suddenly confronted by a tsunami: this mor...

Get Your Laughs On: T.J. Miller At The Lakeshore Theater

Decider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Colorado-born comic cut his teeth in the Chicago comedy scene rather rapidly: He toured with Second City, performed with iO, and did stand-up at p...

Chicago: Second Again

Howard Wolinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Howard Wolinsky

With the election of Barack Obama, the urban orbits have shifted. After Washington, D.C., Chicago has won Second City status once again, based on politics rather than population.

Obama Leads Chicago's Rise To Power

The Daily Beast | Scott Turow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago, my hometown, and far more significantly, that of Sen. Barack Obama, appears poised with his election as president--pooh, pooh, pooh!--to beco...

Weekly Date With Mic for "Siblings of Doctors" Comic

Naazish YarKhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Naazish YarKhan

If you are of Indian or Pakistani descent, you know the drill. When you grow up you have to be either a doctor, engineer and lately, a computer programmer. If you're anything else, guess what? You're not worth much.

Second City?

Ina Pinkney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ina Pinkney

Well, maybe when I moved here from New York City in 1974, leaving a rent stabilized apartment on Central Park South, a job with the George Lang Corporation and the best friends and life imaginable.