The Best of Second City

  • by Second City: Chicago's Famed Improv Theatre
  • Narrated by Edward Asner, Tim Kazurinsky, full cast
  • 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

The Best of Second City is an unforgettable ride through decades of hilarity, packed with classic sketches that helped make this America's foremost comedy troupe. Dubbed "a temple of satire" by Time magazine, The Second City has been convulsing audiences since its founding in Chicago in 1959. The troupe leaped to fame by lampooning every aspect of modern American life with brilliant, improvisatory sketches on subjects ranging from salad bars to affairs of state. Wave after wave of talent emerged from The Second City, including Mike Nichols, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and John Belushi. Now you can share in the rich comic legacy with more than four hours of vintage sketches and new material, performed by current members of The Second City and distinguished guest alumni Edward Asner, Marsha Mason, Arye Gross, and Tim Kazurinsky.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Chicago’s Second City is one of the most renowned and critically acclaimed improv troupes in the country, whose famous alumni include Mike Nichols, Stephen Colbert, Chris Farley, John Belushi, and John Candy, to name but a very few of the glittering comedic notables.
The Best of Second City is an uproarious greatest-hits collection of some of the troupe’s funniest sketches from the stage since its inception in 1959. This is a tremendous treat for anyone who likes Saturday Night Live style humor and those who appreciate the true craft that is improvisational comedy.

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What the Critics Say

"Offers decades of hilarity in one brilliant package." (AudioFile)
"Showcases the humor and talent of Chicago's Improv Theatre...Non-stop laughs. It's the next best thing to sitting front-row for a live performance." (Midwest Book Review)

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I don't want to see what was rated second best

Given Second City's larger than life reputation, perhaps I was expecting too much. Or maybe the magic of improv (and this is improv style, and I think the scenes may have started as improv, but they're basically all scripted) lies in being in the room. Either way, I'm disappointed. And yes, a lot of the cultural references are from the 90s, but I don't think that's the problem either (unless you're too young to remember the 90s). It's just not very funny. The fun part is hearing the voices of people who went on to make it big, notably Stephen Colbert. The unfun part is that it's really not very funny.
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- D. Martin

1/3 funny; 2/3 not funny

A few of these skits are laugh out loud funny, but it really is just a few. Several are really vulgar, and a few are dated and completely inappropriate in our present culture. There is nothing funny about a teacher who gets frustrated when his students don't know the answers to his questions and starts shooting them one by one. This is no classic.
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- Barbara.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-05-2001
  • Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works