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.
For our final Second City clip of 2015, we’ve unearthed a great clip from the theater’s 1993 revue Take Me Out to the Balkans, which featured ensemble performers Fran Adams, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, David Razowsky, Ruth Rudnick, and Amy Sedaris. In the above scene, Carell and Adams play a couple who exchange Christmas gifts, only for Carell to discover he’s been extremely, extremely outdone. It’s a good reminder that there’s no better Christmas present than the love between two people…though a blank check, or free use of your loved one’s credit card, comes pretty close. Check out some other clips from the revue here and here.