Friday, August 28, 2009
50 YEARS OF SMART SATIRE AND COMEDIC HISTORY-THE SECOND CITY CELEBRATES IT'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY - CIRCA 1959 TO 2009
Improvisational satire, to me , at least, maybe the comic equivalent of performing neurosurgery on a high wire , without a net : You have to be fast,funny, fearless and facile.
For half a century, THE SECOND CITY , in Chicago, has been the American epicenter of improvised humor, an incubator for five generations of comic superstars, and a performing arts training center that is without peer.
From the earliest shows staged for young,Chicago intellectuals by the Compass Players, which was the precursor to SECOND CITY,to the brilliant SCTV series, and to the work currently done on the stage and behind the camera by SECOND CITY alumni, in New York and Hollywood, its influence is incalculable and its diaspora are everywhere in the entertainment industry.
As THE SECOND CITY celebrates it's golden anniversary, KINESCOPE HD, begins a continuing series of comic curiosities from the vaults of this incredible institution.
First up,an excerpt from YOU TUBE of a 1991, cable special entitled SECOND CITY'S LIFE AS WE KNOW IT . Look for a young Steve Carell, Brad Sherwood and Ryan Stiles.Enjoy!!!!!