The Andrew Alexander Ripples

Ed Asner, Dan Aykroyd, James Belushi, John Candy, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Joe Flaherty, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Bonnie Hunt, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Catherine O’Hara, Gilda Radner, Harold Ramis, Martin Short, Dave Thomas…

Andrew Alexander’s productions ripple like a wave in the language of film and television comedy history. From the mythic days of SCTV to the long tenured CEO of The Second City, a legend among legends, Alexander has pushed the possibilities of comedy with his work and productions. The tutelage of the Second City, has countless comedians and film makers as graduates. To compile a list of that roster would certainly take some time.

The Kids in the Hall, Mr. Show, Rick and Morty, the Simpsons, and the whole progeny of anarchist surrealist followers have claimed a debt to the the productions of Andrew Alexander. Perhaps as Jack the Ripper claims to have invented the 20th century, Alexander’s productions have claimed 21st century comedy.

Certain artists, with particular styles and content, and some jokes, can at the right place and the right time open up worlds inside of other worlds, illustrating new avenues of possibilities that only now seem so fair, having been paved and curated over a lifetime. Andrew Alexander is that type of artist interacting with the mass cog of this unknowable greasy mass we call comedy and effecting the whole.

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