Bernard Sahlins

The Behind-the-Scenes King of Comedy

Posted on 06/17/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyBernard “Bernie” Sahlins, co-founder of Chicago’s Second City theatrical troupe, wasn’t a comedian himself. But thanks to him, we’ve all had a lot of laughs over the past few decades. Without Sahlins, who died on June 16 at age 90 in Chicago, George Wendt — best known for his role as Norm Peterson in the iconic 1980s-early 1990s sitcom Cheers — might have abandoned comedy and perhaps even become an accountant. As Wendt recently recalled, after he and other Second City newbies in the …