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The Second City: Backstage at the World's Greatest Comedy Theater (book with 2 audio CDs)

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Second City, The: Backstage at the World's Greatest Comedy Theate, by Patinkin, Sheldon
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Sourcebooks MediaFusion (first published 2000)
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May 24, 2013 Anne-Marie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone!! unless you're humorless, in which case get out of my life
Recommended to Anne-Marie by: Meee
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GREAT book for any comedy fan! We have to go to a show this summer, guys! Plus it comes with a bonus CD containing old recordings of Second City comedy shows from the 1950s onward to the present. I especially loved when John Belushi tried to avoid the draft by failing out of college. I highly highly HIGHLY recommend.

Here's some coolish background: Second City was founded by a bunch of theater fans at the University of Chicago. It sounds like they were a group of kids who were kind of "anti-estab
A nice history of Chicago's famous improv comedy troupe. The book does a good job delving into Second City's origins, calling up Chicago's theater scene in the early 1950s as well as the acting "games" that inspired the group's original approach.

From there, author (and longtime Second City creative director) Sheldon Patinkin takes us to the present day, pausing to catch up with famous alumni, notably the Murray-Belushi-Ramis core in Chicago and the Akroyd-Candy-Radner glory days in Toronto. Ther
Paul Warner
It's amazing how many funny, talented people have come through Second City.
Oct 28, 2010 Linda added it
The start of this book is the history of the beginning of Second City in Chicago. Not only are memories of the comedians familiar the book tells of current history of the times and how reality and news influence comedy. The two CD's are a thrill to laugh at!
A bit biased, as it was published by Second City, but a decent addendum to Coleman's "The Compass" and Sweet's "something Wonderful Right Away".
An excellent coffee table book, especially for anyone who has seen anything Second City has produced. Especially good with the included CDs.
Jan 09, 2008 Paul rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: improvisation artists
I loved SCTV and this is a very different animal. Most of the SCTV and SNL performers got their start here and TSC has quite a history.
Stuart Gilkison
A great history of the troupe. A must read for any comedy fan.
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