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, Second City sent us a fantastic clip from the famed 1995 revue Piñata Full of Bees, which starred Adam McKay, Scott Adsit, Rachel Dratch, Scott Allman, Jenna Jolovitz, and Jon Glaser. In the above scene, Glaser opens the show as an audience member chosen by a member of the “Universal Justice Redemption Council” to represent America for its long overdue time of comeuppance. “You are accused of allowing your countrymen to starve. You turn your back on the environment in favor of big business. You ignore crimes of genocide and human rights violations in the name of profit. This will no longer be tolerated. Tonight, America, you will pay.” “I don’t have to be accountable – I’m America! I kick ass!” Watch some more clips from the same revue here, here, and here.