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The Blues Brothers

Guest: Daniel de Vise

Kelly goes deep with Pulitzer Prize winning author Daniel de Vise about his new book, “The Blues Brothers: An Epic Friendship, the Rise of Improv, and the Making of an American Film Classic.”

Comedy Studies

Guest: Anne Libera

Kelly explores The Second City's landmark college program Comedy Studies with it's Director, Anne Libera.

"Comedy Book”

Guest: Jesse David Fox

Kelly talks to Vulture Senior Editor Jesse David Fox who also hosts the "Good One" podcast about his new book, “Comedy Book: How Comedy Conquered Culture – And the Magic That Makes it Work.”

"Becoming Nick and Nora”

Guest: Rob Kozlowski

Kelly chats with author Rob Kozlowski about a movie franchise that is dear to both of them and the subject of Rob's latest book: “Becoming Nick and Nora: The Thin Man and the Films of William Powell and Myrna Loy.”

"From Saturday Night Live to Women Work Fucking Hard”

Guest: Lindsay Shookus

Kelly has a fun conversation with longtime Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus about her experiences at the legendary comedy show as well as her current work co leading the platform and networking community "Woman Work F***ing Hard."

Chicago-Style Comedy: “The Perfect Amount of Wrong”

Guest: Mike Bridenstine

Kelly reminisces with Chicago-bred comedian and author Mike Bridenstine whose new book is called “The Perfect Amount of Wrong: The Rise of Alt Comedy on Chicago’s North Side.”

Keegan-Michael Key and Elle Key: Live at the CHF

Guest: Keegan-Michael Key and Elle Key

Kelly interviews Keegan-Michael Key and Elle Key live at the Chicago Humanities Festival to discuss their new book "The History of Sketch Comedy: A Journey Through the Art and Craft of Humor."

Jeffrey Sweet: Something Wonderful Right Away

Guest: Jeffrey Sweet

Kelly sits down with playwright and author Jeffrey Sweet to discuss the new edition of his legendary book "Something Wonderful Right Away," an oral history of The Second City.

Mike Lukas: Finding Your Funny Muscle

Guest: Mike Lukas

Kelly reconnects with Second City alum Mike Lukas to talk about his new book, “Finding Your Funny Muscle: How to Create Laughs Like a Pro.”

Comedy's Serious Role in Human Rights

Guest: Yasmin Elhady, Crystal Echo Hawk, Caty Borum

Live in the Up Comedy Club at Second City, Kelly hosts a podcast taping with a stellar panel of guests to discuss how comedy is an effective tool in the effort for human rights. Presented by the MacArthur Foundation, Pillars Fund and The Second City.

Caty Borum: The Revolution Will Be Hilarious

Guest: Caty Borum

Kelly re-connects with American University professor Caty Borum whose new book, "The Revolution Will Be Hilarious" looks at the intersection of social justice and comedy.

James Burrows: Directed by James Burrows

Guest: James Burrows

Kelly is lucky enough to sit down with legendary sitcom director James Burrows to reflect on his work - from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" to "Cheers" to "Friends" - and to talk about his new memoir "Directed by James Burrows."