Second City Looks Back in Laughter

Second City Looks Back in Laughter

CHICAGO — On a frigid Wednesday night in December 1959, a revolution in comedy began here, almost unobserved. In a partly refurbished Chinese laundry in a bohemian neighborhood, a small improvisational troupe calling itself the Second City took to the stage for the first time to satirize the foibles of the Eisenhower era for an audience of barely 100, with a few bentwood chairs the only props….

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