Adisa Williams, Laurel Krabacher, Hannah Ingle, Andy Bolduc, Jordan Stafford and Adonis Holmes in The Second City’s “The Devil is in the Detours”. (Timothy M. Schmidt, courtesy of The Second City)  

The show is aptly titled “The Devil is in the Detours.” Scenes cruise along with solid laughs and then take a turn no one sees coming, because it is just so nutty.

The Victor Wong fellowship at Second City offers training and mentorship for AAPI comedic talent. From left to right, the fellows chosen this year are Ian Voltaire Deanes, Esther Oh, Becca Nix Tham, Robert Kalia Kapaku, Devin Jeong-Wright, Grace Goze, Frederic Powers, Brian Park, Ateeq Rehman and Johanna Medrano. (Courtesy of Timothy Schmidt)

The Victor Wong fellowship involves three months of intensive training in sketch comedy writing, performing and improv. The “Youth in Asia (Are You Proud of Me Yet?)” showcase, written and performed by Second City’s latest cohort of fellows, is a culmination of the program.

From left, Deshawn Mason, Faith Valerie, Samuel B. Jackson, Arlieta Hall, Breanna Ghostone and Adonis Holmes of Second City’s “Black by Popular Demand.” (Credit: Nolis Anderson)

“Black by Popular Demand” showcases common experiences from a Black viewpoint, resulting in some hilarious moments. 

“The Sunflowers Quilting Bee at Arles” by Faith Ringgold, 1991.

February marks Black History Month and cultural institutions around Chicago are hosting events celebrating the city’s art and culture scene. Here are a few events you should check out.

Alan Arkin poses for a portrait in the Fender Music Lodge during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Jan. 25, 2011. (AP Photo / Victoria Will, file)

A member of Chicago’s famed Second City comedy troupe, Arkin was an immediate success in movies and peaked late in life with his win as best supporting actor for the surprise 2006 hit “Little Miss Sunshine.”

The Second City (WTTW News)

Chicago’s Second City comedy theater — where performers including Bill Murray, Steve Carell and Jordan Peele honed their skills — has been put up for sale.

Anthony LeBlanc, interim executive director of The Second City, appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (WTTW News)

The improv comedy institution has a new leader after accusations of racism led to a shake-up. We check in with Anthony LeBlanc, the theater’s interim executive director.

In this Nov. 18, 2009, file photo, co-chairman and chief executive officer Andrew Alexander sits onstage at The Second City in Chicago. Alexander said Friday, June 5, 2020, that he is stepping down after a former performer leveled accusations of racism against the comedy institution. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Andrew Alexander, the CEO and co-owner of famed The Second City improv theater, said he is stepping down after a former performer leveled accusations of racism against the comedy institution.

The author, actor and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member tells us about her new stand-up residency at The Second City.

Peter Kim performs in The Second City e.t.c.’s 40th revue, “A Red Line Runs Through It.” (Todd Rosenberg / The Second City)

Comedian Peter Kim talks about the state of stand-up comedy, and why he recently left a hit show at The Second City.

Peter Kim performs in The Second City e.t.c.’s 40th revue, “A Red Line Runs Through It.” (Todd Rosenberg / The Second City)

Second City cast members report racist audience outbursts, and some cast and management have left the venerable theater. We take a closer look at recent changes with theater critic Chris Jones.

The head honchos at The Second City discuss their book about the importance of improv in everyday life.

The Second City is accepting applications for its Bob Curry Fellowship, which is named after the first African-American Second City performer. We revisit our story about the fellowship’s inaugural class.

Chicago native Sheldon Patinkin, who was part of the first generation of Chicago improvisers, died Sunday at the age of 79. 

Meet the first group of Fellows in Second City’s new Bob Curry Fellowship. Named after the first African-American Second City performer, the fellowship offers intense training to help these funny people find their voices.

Bernie Sahlins died at the age of 90 this past weekend. We talk with the close friends and colleagues of The Second City legend about the man who helped shape American comedy. Watch a 2004 interview with Sahlins from our archives.