SIRIUS XM Radio announced that it will launch Second City Comedy Radio, a two-day channel celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic improvisational comedy theatre.
The limited-run channel will premiere on Saturday, December 12 at 12:01 am ET, coinciding with the weekend-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Second City theatre’s founding in Chicago.
Second City Comedy Radio will be backstage all weekend with access to all of the reunion events held at The Second City theatre in Chicago, where alumni from every generation of Second City will reunite, including Stephen Colbert, Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Eugene Levy, Joe Flaherty, Dave Thomas, Jim Belushi, Steve Carell, Dan Castellaneta, Jeff Garlin, Isabella Hoffman, Richard Kind, Robert Klein, Jack McBrayer, Harold Ramis, Horatio Sanz, George Wendt and Fred Willard.
The channel will also feature various sketches from stage shows from the past fifty years, including “Picasso’s Moustache” from 1971, “Peace and Serenity” from 1969, “To the Water Tower” from 1963, “My Friend Art is Dead” from 1962 and “Survival Kit” from 1982. Listeners will also hear contemporary sketches, many of which originated from Second City, including Chris Farley’s “Van Down By the River” bit and Rachel Dratch’s “Wicked” sketch.
Second City Comedy Radio is also set to include performances, panel discussions and interviews from various Second City alumni in attendance at the weekend-long event held at the comedy theatre.
Second City Comedy Radio will air through Sunday, December 13 on SIRIUS channel 105 and XM channel 151.
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