Vintage Bill Murray video from Second City stage

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Bill Murray's monologue from "Bill Murray Live from the Second City." (1980)

If you're a website touting a new series called the Second City Archives, there's probably no better way to start it off than with a vintage Bill Murray clip. You know, from the days before he became a serious actor mostly in Wes Anderson films.

The comedy-focused website Splitsider (splitsider.com) offers Murray on video introducing the 1980 stage show "Bill Murray Live from the Second City."

It's just over two minutes long, but Murray, already famous at this point from "Saturday Night Live," offers some good lines undermining the institution and Chicago jingoism.

About the institution: "As you all know it's given many great performers their start, but more importantly, it's killed thousands of barely talented people and put them to death and they're now doing the jobs they were built for." 

On his own Second City career, for which he says he was paid mostly in free drink: "I was here for four or five hundred of those shows, and I only remember six."

And on Chicago: "We all live here in Chicago, which, in my opinion, is the greatest city on Lake Michigan."

It's just a taste of Murray, but it's enough. And Splitsider, under the heading The Second City Archives, is promising in coming weeks more never-seen-on-the-web clips from the vault's of Chicago's famed sketch comedy theater. It's way better than lookng at another cat video. 

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