RSS feeds allow Web site content to be gathered via feed reader software. Click the subscribe link to obtain the feed URL for this page. The feed will update when new content appears on this page.

The Second City

A collection of news and information related to The Second City published by this site and its partners.

Top The Second City Articles

Displaying items 25-36
  • Jon Favreau learns to be a 'Chef'

    Jon Favreau learns to be a 'Chef'
    Before he wrote and starred in “Swingers” and went on to direct hits like “Elf” and “Iron Man,” Jon Favreau spent four years in Chicago learning improv at theaters like Second City, the Annoyance Theatre and Improv...
  • Second City benefit will feature Aidy Bryant, Rachel Dratch

    Second City benefit will feature Aidy Bryant, Rachel Dratch
    Aidy Bryant, Rachel Dratch and Jack McBrayer will appear in a fundraising event hosted by The Second City benefiting Gilda’s Club Chicago and The Second City Alumni Fund, the theater said on Tuesday. “The Second City All-Star Comedy Benefit&...
  • Pete Holmes on fringe of late-night

    Pete Holmes on fringe of late-night
    Late on a Friday afternoon in early spring, inside a cavernous soundstage on the Warner Bros. studio lot, Pete Holmes stood in the dark. He had finished the monologue of his talk show and introduced the latest video comedy sketch he made with his...
  • Q&A: Michael Urie of 'Buyer & Cellar'

    Q&A: Michael Urie of 'Buyer & Cellar'
    He may play a struggling actor in "Buyer & Cellar," but Michael Urie is anything but. The 33-year-old Texas native and Juilliard graduate, who rose to fame in "Ugly Betty" as Marc St. James, the boot-licking assistant to the show's diva-villain,...
  • Adam McKay Talks Twitter, 'The Big Short' at Brady Center Benefit

    Adam McKay uses Twitter prodigiously -- to engage with fans about "Anchorman 2" or Funny or Die clips, or just to write jokes as he did in his "SNL" days. "I like Twitter, it's accessible, it's simple, yet you can make it dense. It's political, it's...
  • PASSINGS: Wendy Hughes, William Hauck, S. Lee Pogostin, Fred Kaz

    PASSINGS: Wendy Hughes, William Hauck, S. Lee Pogostin, Fred Kaz
    Wendy Hughes Australian actress dies at 61 Wendy Hughes, 61, an Australian actress best known to American audiences for her performance in the 1979 film "My Brilliant Career," died of cancer Saturday in Sydney, her family said. Hughes began her rise...
  • COD's MAC names new director

    COD's MAC names new director
    A Glen Ellyn native who has been overseeing the College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center on an interim basis has been named as its new director. Diana Martinez was officially named to the position in late January. "I am extremely honored to join the...
  • Good and the bad feed her comedy routine

     Good and the bad feed her comedy routine
    Even the hard times have given Tracy DeGraaf inspiration for her comedy routine. When DeGraaf's mom was bedridden and dying at age 51, she was still up for a game of rummy. As the two played, her mom even goofed around and made light of her cheating...
  • Harold Ramis dies at 69; writer, director of successful film comedies

    Harold Ramis dies at 69; writer, director of successful film comedies
    When Faber College was about to expel the misfit Deltas of "Animal House," the rambunctious character Bluto Blutarski rallied them, but it was writer Harold Ramis who provided Bluto's stirring words: "What? Over? Did you say over? Nothing is over...
  • Q&A: Matt Walsh of Upright Citizens Brigade

    Q&A: Matt Walsh of Upright Citizens Brigade
    Sometimes, size does matter. In the case of the 17th annual Chicago Improv Festival, this translates to more than 200 acts at 21 venues in 11 categories including long-form, short-form, experimental, musical and—wait for it—puppetry. That...
  • Chicago Improv Festival is a comedy best bet

    Chicago Improv Festival is a comedy best bet
    One way to approach the Chicago Improv Festival, in which 200-plus troupes descend on the city to perform, is to think of blackjack. Blackjack, like all games of chance, and like improvised comedy, is no sure thing. Every show is a new hand, and success...
  • Intoxicating mix of booze, written word long-lived

    Intoxicating mix of booze, written word long-lived
    The relationship between taverns and writers (and other artists) has long been established and celebrated. It has also been derided, mostly by people who don't go to taverns. The tavern — or bar, saloon, gin mill, dive, pub or whatever you want to...