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 clip comes from Second City’s 1972 revue 43rd Parallel or McCabre & Ms. Miller directed by the theater’s legendary improv guru Del Close. In the above sketch “Funeral,” John Belushi plays the humiliated son of a father who died a less-than-respectable death alongside ensemble performers Joe Flaherty, Harold Ramis, Jim Fisher, Judy Morgan, and Eugenie Ross-Leming as his grieving friends and family. Click through to watch another early Second City clip featuring John Belushi showing off his Truman Capote impersonation that he would later bring to his run on SNL: