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Via The Chicago Tribune:

Joyce Sloane, the beloved maternal powerhouse of The Second City, and the woman who found and nurtured such comedy giants as John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Chris Farley and Bill Murray, died Thursday, according to Kelly Leonard, the vice-president of The Second City.


"Rest in peace, Joyce. I can't even begin to thank you for all you've done, not just for Second City and its performers, but for all of American comedy." -- Brian Stack

"A great and good person. Not just the mother of Second City but in many ways the godmother of the Chicago theatre movement. She probably was in more pictures with more cool and great people than anybody I've ever known. And many of those people were cool and great largely because they had the luck to meet her. I certainly am one of those lucky people." -- Jeffrey Sweet

"Remembering Joyce Sloane today for both her ruthless warmth and brutal honesty...RIP Joyce, you're forever cherished." -- Joe Bill

"Tonight is for Joyce, for creating a place for people like me to let their freak flag fly." -- Kelli Porterfield

"No good words for the sadness I feel for everyone in the Second City community and far beyond at the passing of the Best of Everything Joyce Sloane. Never the same for having the honor of your boundless support. Sofia Mia and I will miss you always and love you forever." -- Susan Messing

"Once upon a time this wonderful woman was watching me perform...pulled me over afterward and said 'Just naturally funny, aren't you?' Once upon a time she would see my husband and always remember him from Player's Workshop and they would stand there and talk for what seemed like an though they had not seen each other in years even though it might have been a month or so. In the world of improv and sketch, she was one of the original greats. Warm, kind, honest as all get out. She might have thought I was naturally funny...she was just 'Naturally Wonderful' So basically...she won. :) I wish her a well rest and love from the other side. My love to her family and the entire improv community blessed enough to have her in their lives, once upon a time." -- Shaun Landry

"RIP Joyce Sloane. You opened a door for me that changed my life. I am forever grateful. You are loved." -- Todd Stashwick

"RIP Joyce Sloane. Amazing that anyone could generate that much warmth in a 55-degree theater." -- Peter Gwinn

"RIP Joyce Sloan. Thank you for hiring me." -- Laura Krafft


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