Second City has been around since 1959 and is one of the first improvisational theater troupes in the nation. It's well known as a breeding ground for future comedy superstars, and more or less directly feeds new talent to SNL. Here are some of our favorites who were once part of Second City.

  • Chris Farley

    Chris Farley is a Saturday Night Live legend best known for his performances as Matt Foley, a Chippendales dancer, and a Chicago Bears superfan, as well as performances in films such as Tommy Boy and Wayne's World.

  • Tina Fey

    Tina Fey was a mainstay on Saturday Night Life from 1997-2006, and has moved on to NBC's 30 Rock. She has featured in numerous films, and is maybe best known for her impression of Sarah Palin.

  • Amy Poehler

    Amy Poehler spent her time at Second City with Fey, and moved up to SNL with her. Since, she has found a home on NBC's Parks and Recreation, as well as a number of film appearances.

  • Joan Rivers

    Joan Rivers is not a name that is currently associated with improv and sketch comedy, but believe it or not, she was once a part of the troupe. She is now famous for getting plastic surgery.

  • Dan Aykroyd

    Dan Aykroyd is another Saturday Night Live legend who moved on to the silver screen. His most notable accomplishments are serving as a Blues Brother and a Ghostbuster.