Bernie Sahlins, Second City cofounder, dies at age 90
Second City cofounder Bernie Sahlins has been reported to have passed away Sunday at the age of 90.
Sahlins, who had also been involved with Second City precursors the Compass Players and the earlier Playwrights Theatre Club, maintained ownership of the improv and sketch comedy institution in Chicago until 1985, when he transferred operations to current owner Andrew Alexander. (The pair are pictured above at one of the Second City's 50th-anniversary events in 2009.)
Sahlins was slated to appear as part of a June 23 panel at Second City's UP Comedy Club marking the 60th anniversary of the Playwrights Theatre Club, to be moderated by Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones. Obituaries were published online Sunday night at both the Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. Details of a public memorial service are said to be forthcoming.