What Others Are Saying About The Second City Unscripted...
Some amazing praise for The Second City Unscripted from Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Tribune cultural critic Julia Keller.
"Much of the humor here emerges naturally, as it should... when things gel, it's like listening to these people swap stories on grungy backstage couches....The Second City Unscripted is a worthy second act." — New York Times
"Funny, sentimental and hopeful, making this a winning collection for any fan of comedy’s last half-century." — Publishers Weekly
Mike Thomas is an author and staff writer for the Chicago Sun-Times. He has interviewed numerous renowned comics and comedic actors including Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Carl Reiner, Bill Cosby, Tom and Dick Smothers, Chevy Chase, Sarah Silverman, Richard Lewis, Phyllis Diller, Bob Newhart, Rodney Dangerfield, and Jon Stewart.
Thomas’s national magazine work has appeared in Esquire, Smithsonian, and Playboy and on Salon.com.
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The Second City Unscripted
In 1959, a group of like-minded Chicagoans joined forces to open a hip new venue dedicated to coffee, cigarettes, conversation, and comedy. The result, a nightly cabaret featuring a troupe of inventive young actors skewering everything from politics to popular culture in witty, rapid-fire, improvised scenes, not only made delighted audiences laugh, it made history.
In this unvarnished, unexpurgated, and unprecedented account, what happened onstage, backstage, and offstage at Second City isn’t staying there anymore. From the smash hits and near misses to the love affairs and the bitter feuds, from the showbiz politics and pitfalls to the inspired tomfoolery and heartbreaking tragedy, The Second City Unscripted is part memoir of a cherished era, part time capsule from a comedic renaissance, and part valentine to the exquisite art of being funny. It captures like never before the history of the men and women who caught lightning — and laughter— in a bottle.
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