Sirius XM sets limited laugh channel


Coming this Saturday and Sunday only, a two-day run of Second City Comedy Radio. Sirius XM is creating the limited-run channel to mark the 50th anniversary of the legendary Second City theatre opening in Chicago.

Even if you’re not familiar with Second City itself, you will no doubt be familiar with many oo the comedians who got their start there (or it Toronto of LA locations). Second City Comedy Radio will feature sketches from the early stage shows to segments from the SCTV series to bits from comedians including Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Mike Myers and more.

Second City Comedy Radio will be backstage all weekend with access to all of the reunion events held at The Second City theatre in Chicago, where alumni from every generation of Second City will reunite, including Stephen Colbert, Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Eugene Levy, Joe Flaherty, Dave Thomas, Jim Belushi, Steve Carell, Dan Castellaneta, Jeff Garlin, Isabella Hoffman, Richard Kind, Robert Klein, Jack McBrayer, Harold Ramis, Horatio Sanz, George Wendt and Fred Willard.

The channel will also feature various sketches from stage shows from the past 50 years, including “Picasso’s Moustache” from 1971, “Peace and Serenity” from 1969, “To the Water Tower” from 1963, “My Friend Art is Dead” from 1962 and “Survival Kit” from 1982. Listeners will also hear contemporary sketches, many of which originated from Second City, including Chris Farley’s “Van Down By the River” bit and Rachel Dratch’s “Wicked” sketch.

Second City Comedy Radio will air this weekend, December 12-13, on Sirius channel 105 and XM channel 151.