Bernard Sahlins, Co-Founder of Second City and Major Comedy Mentor
Bernie Sahlins, a co-founder of Second City, the influential Chicago-based improv-comedy theater, died June 16, 2013, in Chicago. He was 90.
Sahlins, who established Second CIty in 1959 with partners Howard Alk and Paul Sills. His long list of discoveries included Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Gilda Radner and John Belushi
In its obituary of Sahlins, the Chicago Tribune wrote: "It is hard to overstate Sahlins's influence on the growth and innovation of sketch comedy, and on any entertainment that involves performers making things up based on suggestions from the audience. He also was famous for spotting big talents, quickly and early."
Though best known for his theater and for identifying and nurturing comedy talent, Sahlins was also an executive producer of the television series Second City Reports and SCTV.
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