Second City Chicago: 6 Famous Comedians Who Have Been on Stage
Second City Chicago is an improvisational theater that has been open since 1959 in Chicago’s Old Town. However, this theater also teaches people the art of improv through seminars and workshops. Several award-winning actors, celebrities, comedians, and directors got their start in Second City and it has notoriously been a casting source for Saturday Night Live. Take a look at these six famous comedians who have been on stage at Second City. Then, go check out the theater for yourself.
Joan Rivers and Her Raspy Voice
This actress is best known for her raspy voice, affection for plastic surgery, and loud personality. She got her start on Second City Chicago and then went on to act in several other comedy clubs. She has had roles on Spaceballs, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Intern, Shrek 2, and even the Smurfs 2, as well as many others.
Comedian Bill Murray
This actor-comedian got his start at Second City Chicago before going on to Saturday Night Live. He is now famous for roles in the Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, and many more. Murray has had several academy award nominations, too. In addition to his acting career, Bill Murray likes to golf. He has competed in several celebrity golf tours. Murray is one of Second City Chicago’s biggest stars. The comedy of Bill Murray is quirky and he makes people laugh by being overly animated and strange.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus from Seinfeld
Remember “Elaine” from Seinfeld, well this actress actually debuted at Second City Chicago. She then went on to Saturday Night Live and acted in several shows before filling her role on Seinfeld for nine years. Between 2006 and 2010, Julia Louis-Dreyfus also starred on the sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine. She has won several Emmys and Golden Globes, as well as a People’s Choice Award and an American Comedy Award.
Down-To-Earth Bonnie Hunt
This famous actress does not have a family history of celebrities. Bonnie hunt grew up in Chicago in a middle-class family. She became an oncology nurse and worked for Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Her acting career started later in life and she performed at The Second City after joining in 1986. Her most notable roles have been on Jumanji, Cheaper by the Dozen, and Beethoven. She has also done voice work for several movies, including Monster’s Inc., Cars, and Toy Story 3. This comedian has a down-to-earth, family oriented comedy style that appeals to a large audience.
The Amy Poehler and Tina Fey Duo
This fun duo actually started out in Second City. They have a fun back and forth banter style that audiences enjoy. They have since worked together on several projects and even presented at awards shows like the Emmys and the Golden Globes. However, they are most notorious for their Hilary Clinton and Sarah Palin impressions.
Second City Chicago is still open, so you can go watch a show yourself. A good laugh can cure a lot — and it makes for a fun evening, too. Chicago is a pretty big city, so there are plenty of others things to do, too. For instance, you can go to Wrigley Field, visit museums, or shop 'till you drop.
Booking your Chicago vacation
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Check in, unpack your bags, and then explore the steamy underworld of Chicago improv! Just make sure to don't sit in the first row, for safety's sake.
While you're visiting the Windy City, don't forget to take in all the exciting sights and sounds. A trip to the Chicago Cultural Center might just inspire a wedding.