On a cold December night in 1959, The Second City opened in the Old Town section of Chicago in a small space that had been previously been a hat shop and Chinese laundry. Fifty years later, Second City stakes claim to having been the training ground for scores of now-household names.
Ed McMahon, television’s most famous late-night sidekick, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. The cause has not been released, though a friend reported he had been suffering from bone cancer, as well as other illnesses, for the last few years. He was 86.
Sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live has seen its ratings soar in recent weeks as viewers have tuned in to watch skits about political candidates and campaigns. SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels and head writer Seth Meyers discuss political comedy. Continue reading