Welcome to the Second City TV guide at TV Tome. One of the most popular and ever-growing comedy troupes of all time is the repertory theatre group The Second City. With humble beginnings in Chicago December 16, 1959, it soon grew popular enough that Second City company No. 2 began in Toronto in 1973. After a shaky start, Toronto's Second City settled in The Old Firehall, rumored to have a haunted belfry. With new comedic talents such as Dan Aykroyd and Gilda Radner filling the Toronto stage in its first two years, a television series seemed in order. However, the scant budget wouldn't allow it, until former alumnus David Steinberg offered some of those performing in 1974-76 roles on his show (which was also a show-within-a-show). The David Steinberg Show flopped, but the co-stars now had the budget, thanks to Steinberg's pay, to attempt a series. So, with the exception of Martin Short (who joined the show in 1982) and the addition of theatre performers Harold Ramis and C
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