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SECOND CITY COFOUNDER BERNIE SAHLINS DEAD AT 90

June 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Second City cofounder Bernie Sahlins, regarded as one of the most influential figures in improvisational comedy and topical satire, has died in Chicago at the age of 90, the Chicago Tribune reported today (Monday). Many of the young comics he discovered went on to become major television and film stars, including Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Ed Asner, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Gilda Radner, Jim Belushi, Severn Darden, Mina Kolb, Barbara Harris, Jack Burns and Avery Schreiber. Sahlins later went on to co-create SCTV a Canadian TV comedy series featuring members of Second City’s Toronto troupe.