The junior partner to a larger city. Some examples are Ft. Worth to Dallas, Cambridge to Boston, Oakland to San Francisco, and Brooklyn to New York before it was assimilated.

Founded in Chicago in 1959, an offshoot of the improvisational Compass Players, Second City has launched the careers of numerous great comic and character actors. It's the North American equivalent of the "Oxbridge Mafia" family tree that produced Sir David Frost, Monty Python, and numerous other phenomena. The Toronto branch has given us SCTV and, with Chicago, various SNL cast members. Many SCTV/SNL folks have gone on to greater fame than the first-generation SC-ers, but...

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