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The Second City: Backstage At The World's Greatest Comedy Theater;… (edition 2000)

by Sheldon Patinkin (Author)

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Brilliant, funny, and well produced. Visually attractive book. Worth reading twice! 👍👍 -Vintique📚Books ( )
  VintiqueBooks | Apr 3, 2019 |
Since 1959, The Second City has been a Chicago landmark, a comedy theater launching the careers of - well, possibly dozens of famous comics. Here is a loving history of the theater and its denizens over the years, and a couple of CDs of some of the performances. Ed Asner worked here. So did Jerry Stiller, Alan Arkin, Mike Nichols and Elaine May. So did Anne Meara, George Segal, Paul Sand, and Avery Schreiber. So did Peter Boyle, George Wendt, Bonnie Hunt, Alan Alda and John Candy. So did Joan Rivers, David Steinberg, Robert Klein and John Belushi. So did Harold Ramis, Dan Akroyd, Gilda Radner and Betty Thomas. So did Bill Murray, Martin Short, Jim Belushi and Shelley Long. So did Mike Myers, Chris Farley, and Rick Moranis. Second City rules! In addition, there are two CD compilations of comic bits and pieces from the theater's history. The stories and memories from the cast and creators are funny, surreally charming and occasionally touching. ( )
  burnit99 | Feb 15, 2007 |
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Akroyd, DanFivewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Arkin, AlanForewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Belushi, JamesBackwordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ramis, HaroldLastwordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wendt, GeorgeInwordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0756778352, Hardcover)

"The entire recent tradition of American theatrical satire can be summed up in three words: The Second City."
--New York Times

Many of comedy's biggest stars cut their teeth at The Second City. Learn all of the backstage details--the laughs, loves, struggles, successes, fights and failures that have made Second City such a fertile ground for comedy over the years. And hear Second City's most outrageous and hilarious live performances on two audio CDs narrated by Robert Klein.

Hear:
--John Belushi try to bluff his way through an oral exam to avoid the draft
--Mike Myers as a Canadian border guard who "closes" Canada
--Bonnie Hunt singing "Up, Up And Away" as an annoying "on-hold" entertainer
--John Candy playing Dan Aykroyd's rebellious, hockey-hating son

And read about:
--Bill Murray demonstrating the proper way to deal with a heckler
--Alan Arkin's pre-Second City days as a troubadour with The Tarriers
--Where Gilda Radner first came up with "Emily Litella"
--How Second City alum Martin Short "discovered" Mike Myers

Since 1959, The Second City has been producing cutting-edge satire and wickedly funny improvisation, while keeping countless individuals of questionable character off the streets for a couple of hours each night. It has also trained thousands of young performers in the art of improv-based theater.

The Second City recounts the early years of the comedy troupe's biggest stars, including John Belushi, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Gilda Radner, Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, David Steinberg, Robert Klein, Chris Farley, Martin Short and John Candy, as well as some of today's hottest directors, like Harold Ramis (Analyze This), Mike Nichols (The Birdcage), Betty Thomas (Private Parts) and Bonnie Hunt (Return to Me).

Author Sheldon Patinkin, one of Second City’s founding fathers, tells the story of Second City like no else can--with rare photos, profiles and backstage stories you were never supposed to hear. The Second City is both funnier and more poignant than you could have imagined. The book includes two full-length audio CDs containing hilarious classic scenes like:
--"Football Comes to the University of Chicago" (with Alan Arkin and Severn Darden)
--"Brest Litovsk" (with John Belushi and Joe Flaherty)
--"Motivational Speaker" (with Chris Farley, Tim Meadows and Bob Odenkirk)

Plus new, never-before-heard material that will leave your sides aching.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:35 -0400)

Since 1959, The Second City has been producing cutting-edge satire and wickedly funny improvisation, while keeping countless individuals of questionable character off the streets for a couple of hours each night. It has also trained thousands of young performers in the art of improv-based theater. This book recounts the early years of the comedy troupe's biggest stars, including John Belushi, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Gilda Radner, Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, David Steinberg, Robert Klein, Chris Farley, Martin Short and John Candy, as well as some of today's hottest directors, like Harold Ramis, Mike Nichols, Betty Thomas and Bonnie Hunt. Author Sheldon Patinkin, one of Second City's founding fathers, tells the story of Second City like no else can--with rare photos, profiles and backstage stories you were never supposed to hear.--From publisher description.… (more)

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