Welcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy’s biggest superstars performing early in their careers on the legendary Chicago stage. Second City has generously given us a glimpse into their extensive archive of live performances, and over the coming weeks we’ll be sharing some rare and retro comedy never before seen on the web.
This week’s unearthed Second City sketch comes from the famous 1995 revue Piñata Full of Bees. Widely regarded as the show that broke the traditional Second City revue mold, Piñata starred Adam McKay, Scott Adsit, Rachel Dratch, Scott Allman, Jenna Jolovitz, and Jon Glaser before they hit it big; it took place the same year McKay landed a writing job on SNL. In the above sketch “Gump,” McKay plays a company’s personnel manager who calls in the VP (Adsit) to give him the unfortunate results of his IQ test, only to get some unfortunate news from the VP in return.