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.
To celebrate SNL’s big anniversary show this weekend, here’s an old Second City clip featuring two performer/writer alums of the show. From the 1990 revue Flag Smoking Permitted in Lobby Only or Censorama, “Rushmore” features Chris Farley as George Washington, Bob Odenkirk as Thomas Jefferson, Tim O’Malley as Theodore Roosevelt, and David Pasquesi as Abraham Lincoln lamenting the good old days through a bluesy song about the decline of America. Check out another clip from Flag Smoking here.