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February 26, 1989 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON and ROSE DOSTI, Times Staff Writer
News of another-opening-another-show hardly rates the flicker of an eyebrow in a city so wired with alarms and diversions. But Second City's Tuesday opening at Santa Monica's refurbished Mayfair Theater (they've been previewing since Wednesday) offers considerably more promise than the stuff that ordinarily slips in under a cloudburst of hype.
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August 28, 2002 | CHRIS JONES, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Sketch comedy is never an easy way to make a living, but if an improviser should ever die and go to hell, the ultimate torture would be a gig on the Las Vegas Strip. For the last two years, Chicago's Second City has been plugging away doing a Vegas show in rented space at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel.
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August 6, 1989 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON
Five months ago, the Second City comedy troupe launched its first major invasion of the West Coast and established a beachhead at the old Mayfair Theatre in Santa Monica, bringing with it lots of promise and plenty of questions. The promise had to do with the troupe's potential for pumping fresh air into the torpid inversion layer that the entertainment industry here casts over talent, enveloping and invisibly affecting it.
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October 3, 1991 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Second City, the Chicago-based improvisational comedy factory, has turned out some of the biggest names in American comedy of the last 20 years, including much of the celebrated original cast of "Saturday Night Live." The reputation engendered by that A-list of luminary alumni has helped Second City support a comedy empire that includes five resident companies (three in Chicago, two in Toronto), three national touring companies and a two-year improv training center.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 1991 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Second City, the Chicago-based improvisational comedy factory, has turned out some of the biggest names in American comedy of the last 20 years, including much of the celebrated original cast of "Saturday Night Live." The reputation engendered by that A-list of luminary alumni has helped Second City support a comedy empire that includes five resident companies (three in Chicago, two in Toronto), three national touring companies and a two-year improv training center.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2002 | CHRIS JONES, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Sketch comedy is never an easy way to make a living, but if an improviser should ever die and go to hell, the ultimate torture would be a gig on the Las Vegas Strip. For the last two years, Chicago's Second City has been plugging away doing a Vegas show in rented space at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 1989
ALUMNI: In addition to those pictured, the following is an abbreviated list of Second City alums drawn from a roster of nearly 300: Jane Alexander, Alan Arkin, Ed Asner, Jim Belushi, Peter Boyle, Jack Burns, John Candy, Severn Darden, Andrew Duncan, Peter Elbling, Philip Baker Hall, Valerie Harper, Barbara Harris, Zohra Lampert, Linda Lavin, Eugene Levy, Ron Leibman, Shelley Long, Andrea Martin, Paul Mazursky, Ann Meara, John Monteith, Catherine O'Hara, Tom O'Horgan, Gilda Radner, Harold Ramis,
NEWS
July 14, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
Anthony Holland, an actor known for his performances in film, theater and television comedies, has killed himself at the age of 60. Holland committed suicide Sunday in his Manhattan apartment, the New York Times reported in its Tuesday editions. The actor had been ill with AIDS, said his cousin, Jessica Holland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2000 | MICHAEL MILLER
From performing with Chicago's Second City comedy troupe to hosting the Emmy-winning "Talk Soup," Hal Sparks has long been one of the nation's most beloved comedians. Now you can catch him in person as the grand marshal of Garden Grove's 42nd annual Strawberry Festival parade.
MAGAZINE
December 9, 2001 | LESLEE KOMAIKO
You might say that Chris Barnes gets to moonlight at his own workplace. On Monday evenings at Comedy Dojo in Santa Monica, the third-degree black belt can be found wearing a traditional karate uniform, saying something like, "Breathe out on the strike," while demonstrating a move for a reverent martial arts class.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 1989 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON
Five months ago, the Second City comedy troupe launched its first major invasion of the West Coast and established a beachhead at the old Mayfair Theatre in Santa Monica, bringing with it lots of promise and plenty of questions. The promise had to do with the troupe's potential for pumping fresh air into the torpid inversion layer that the entertainment industry here casts over talent, enveloping and invisibly affecting it.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 1989
ALUMNI: In addition to those pictured, the following is an abbreviated list of Second City alums drawn from a roster of nearly 300: Jane Alexander, Alan Arkin, Ed Asner, Jim Belushi, Peter Boyle, Jack Burns, John Candy, Severn Darden, Andrew Duncan, Peter Elbling, Philip Baker Hall, Valerie Harper, Barbara Harris, Zohra Lampert, Linda Lavin, Eugene Levy, Ron Leibman, Shelley Long, Andrea Martin, Paul Mazursky, Ann Meara, John Monteith, Catherine O'Hara, Tom O'Horgan, Gilda Radner, Harold Ramis,
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 1989 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON and ROSE DOSTI, Times Staff Writer
News of another-opening-another-show hardly rates the flicker of an eyebrow in a city so wired with alarms and diversions. But Second City's Tuesday opening at Santa Monica's refurbished Mayfair Theater (they've been previewing since Wednesday) offers considerably more promise than the stuff that ordinarily slips in under a cloudburst of hype.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 1989 | SHAUNA SNOW
"It's fun to do a great number of roles--doing the same thing over and over can get extremely boring," says actor Peter Boyle. And Boyle, who says varied roles are "what keeps life interesting," has a chance to prove his versatility in his current roles--three of them--which are varied enough to perk up even the dullest of lives. On the big screen, Boyle plays an advertising executive with a Christ fixation who winds up in a psychiatric hospital in the box-office hit "The Dream Team"; in addition, he is the police chief opposite John Candy in the just released car chase film "Speed Zone."
NEWS
January 24, 1991 | MARK CHALON SMITH, Mark Chalon Smith is a free-lance writer who regularly contributes to The Times Orange County Edition.
It's been a year since Judy Tenuta used the Irvine Improv for her own revival meeting, turning the slick club into a temple of Judy-ism . Well, converts (especially men, christened "stud puppets" and "love hogs" by their high priestess) have reason to rejoice. Come Tuesday, Tenuta--or "the petite flower," or "love goddess," as she likes to be called--will be there to lead another service. The Gospel According to Judy will be reprised the next night.
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