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Monday, April 10, 2017

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Alec Baldwin is in the news again for his controversial portrayal of President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.

SNL has been on the air for more than three decades, but what a lot of people don't know is that the New York based show has been recruiting talent from Second City comedy club right here in Chicago since from all the way back in the John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd days.

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end."

HINT: (1922 - 2014), was an American comic actor and writer, best known for the pioneering 1950s live television series Your Show of Shows.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

The Second City opened its doors on a cold December night in 1959 in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood. The first Second City revue show premiered at 1842 North Wells Street. The theater instantly became a hot spot for locals and within a few short years a must-see for tourists.

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In 1961, not only did Del Close join The Second City but the theater also sent a cast to Broadway with the musical revue, From the Second City, directed by Paul Sills, which earned a Tony nomination for ensemble member Severn Darden. The Second City also released its first comedy album in 1961.

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Success demanded a bigger home, so in 1967 The Second City removed the Louis Sullivan arches from its facade and ventured a few blocks South to the Piper's Alley building, a former bakery that has been its home ever since.

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In 1968, A Plague on Both Your Houses, The Second City's 28th Mainstage Revue, runs the night of the Democratic Convention. 1968 also saw the first film from The Second City.

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As if the 60's didn't provide enough excitement for the growing enterprise, in 1973 producers Bernard Sahlins and Joyce Sloane headed north and opened the doors to a permanent space in downtown Toronto. Del Close returns to The Second City to become Resident Director

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In 1975, Saturday Night Live debuted with The Second City alums John Belushi, Gilda Radner and Dan Aykroyd.




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end."

ANSWER: Sid Caesar.

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