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The Second City Unscripted: Revolution and Revelation at the World-Famous Comedy Theater

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In 1959, a group of like-minded Chicagoans joined forces to open a hip new venue dedicated to coffee, cigarettes, conversation, and comedy. The result, a nightly cabaret featuring a troupe of inventive young actors skewering everything from politics to popular culture in witty, rapid-fire, improvised scenes, not only made delighted audiences laugh-it made history.

Copping its iconic name from a New York journalists disparaging remark, Chicagos Second City theater brashly defied the role of runner-up and single-handedly made the Windy City North Americas cradle of comedic brilliance from which generations of household names would spring. Now, in The Second City Unscripted, a Whos Who of the celebrated comedy camps alumni-including Alan Arkin, David Steinberg, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Eugene Levy, Amy Sedaris, and Stephen Colbert-tell it like it was in the house that hilarity built.

Here are candid tales of John Belushis raw ambition and chemical experimentation, Bill Murrays heckler-pummeling and lady-killing, superstar Mel Gibsons roof-raising appearance in Braveheart regalia, and legendary director Del Closes shuttling between the comedic asylum he ruled over and the real one he rehabbed in.

In this unvarnished, unexpurgated, and unprecedented account, what happened onstage, backstage, and offstage at Second City isnt staying there anymore. From the smash hits and near misses to the love affairs and the bitter feuds, from the showbiz politics and pitfalls to the inspired tomfoolery and heartbreaking tragedy, The Second City Unscripted is part memoir of a cherished era, part time capsule from a comedic renaissance, and part valentine to the exquisite art of being funny. It captures like never before the history of the men and women who caught lightning-and laughter-in a bottle.

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A comprehensive oral history of the nation's premier comedy theater--which launched the careers of legends John Belushi, Bill Murray, and Gilda Radner--this collection is published to coincide with the theater's 50th anniversary. 40 b&w photos throughout.

About the Author

Mike Thomas, a staff writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, has interviewed numerous renowned comics and comedic actors-several of them Second City alums-including Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Carl Reiner, Bill Cosby, Tom and Dick Smothers, Chevy Chase, Sarah Silverman, Richard Lewis, Phyllis Diller, Bob Newhart, Rodney Dangerfield, and Jon Stewart. Thomass national magazine work has appeared in Esquire, Smithsonian, and Playboy, and on Salon. He lives in Chicago with his wife and their two daughters.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345514226
Author:
Thomas, Mike
Publisher:
Villard
Subject:
Comedy
Subject:
Television - History & Criticism
Subject:
Second City (Theater company)
Subject:
Comedians - Illinois - Chicago - Anecdotes
Subject:
Humor-Comedy Business and Criticism
Copyright:
Series Volume:
Revolution and Revel
Publication Date:
20090929
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 16-PAGE B/W INSERT
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.38x6.38x1.07 in. 1.14 lbs.

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