Thursday, December 30, 2010

Something Wicked Awesome… Breaks Box Office Records

Run Extended to January 30

With record-setting ticket sales, The Second City has extended the run of its smash-hit comedy revue, Something Wicked Awesome This Way Comes... through the end of January on the Toronto mainstage.

When Something Wicked Awesome... opened in August, the production was hailed by critics as the "most keenly written and full-on funny effort in recent memory" (Sean Davidson, EYE Weekly); "the funniest in years" (Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine); and "the best since the halcyon shows of the '70s and '80s" (Robert Cushman, National Post).

Audiences have agreed, with weekly attendance at its highest level since The Second City moved into its current home at 51 Mercer Street. December ticket sales jumped by more than 40%, with capacity crowds filling the theatre at virtually every performance. The Second City's holiday matinees have proven equally successful – with sold out performances of the theatre’s irreverent adult fare, The Second City's Dysfunctional Holiday Revue, as well as its new family production, Miracle on Mercer Street, which the Toronto Star hailed as "a holiday delight."

After Something Wicked Awesome..., The Second City will open a new mainstage revue (as yet untitled) on March 8th, with previews beginning in early February. For 2012, The Second City will also launch its first ever subscription series, as well as weekly family programming beginning Family Day weekend (February 19 - 21).

Tickets and information for Something Wicked Awesome....

Monday, December 27, 2010

Celebrate New Year’s Eve @ The Second City!

Where are you celebrating? Please select a city in which you would like to see this show:

Runs December 31st at 7pm and 10pm

Runs December 31st at 7pm and 10pm

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Second City’s Miracle on Mercer St. is a Holiday Hit

The Second City continues to expand its family programming. Earlier this month, a brand new family holiday musical, Miracle on Mercer St., debuted on The Second City's Toronto stage.

Featuring The Second City's new puppet troupe and their funny human friends, Miracle on Mercer St. is a holiday treat for the whole family!

The Toronto Star raves that Miracle on Mercer St. is "the best holiday present of all... with a lot of laughter, a bit of warmth and a message you'd have to be the child of Scrooge and the Grinch to resist." The show has "talented young performers, a witty script written and directed with style by Reid Janisse and a truly tuneful score by Glenn James that will keep you humming after you leave the theatre." (See full review)

The Second City's Miracle on Mercer St. is being performing on the Toronto Mainstage at 1pm until January 2nd.

(No shows December 24, 25 or 31). Recommended for children aged 5+ and their families.

For tickets, call 416-343-0011 or order online.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Beth Melewski Joins Cash Cab

The Discovery Network show that turns a New York City cab ride into an instant game show is launching a spinoff version based in Chicago next spring. Second City alum Beth Melewski will be behind the wheel. The Chicago shows will begin airing within the two-hour block of four "Cash Cab" episodes that Discovery airs from 5pm to 7pm Eastern time, probably after the broadcast networks end their season in May. For more info, visit NPR News.

Monday, December 20, 2010

An Improviser's Intro To Voiceover

We're thrilled to offer a new class in voiceover, specially designed for the unique world of improv.

This class is geared specifically to the trained improvisor and through an improv based approach to entering voiceover work for commercials (radio and TV), narration, and video games. The class will explore script analysis, microphone technique, improvisation in commercials, character creation, and a great deal of practical advice for the beginning or novice voiceover artist or actor interested in getting into voice work.

Visit our course catalog for details about An Improviser's Intro to Voiceover.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Comedy Desk: Casting Chicago’s "Seinfeld"

Click to enlarge the latest Second City Comedy Desk in the Chicago Tribune by Jeff Poole.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Paul Dooley Stars in Short Film with Second City Grads

Earlier this month the very talented Paul Dooley starred in the short film "Walter", written and directed by Jonathan Browning.

Paul is a proud Second City Alum (1959, Compass Players) and Jonathan is a current employee at the Second City Hollywood. Paul has appeared in a number of iconic films including; Slap Shot, Breaking Away, Popeye, A Mighty Wind and many many more. The short also stars Leslie McManus & Joe Kaplan, both graduates of Chicago’s Second City Training Center. Jonathan & Leslie are Co-Founders of Screaming Frog Productions and their short films have screened in over 250 international film festivals and have been honored with over 30 awards.

Photography by Mara Casey

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Pork & Porkopolis Extended Through January 16!

We’ve been extended! We’re excited to announce that our new show, “Pork & Porkopolis” at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park has been extended through January 16. For more information to book your tickets, click here.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Comedy Desk: Breaking Down the Tax Deal

Click to enlarge the latest Second City Comedy Desk in the Chicago Tribune by Seth Weitberg.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Rebecca Northan’s Blind Date hits New York

Congratulations to Rebecca Northan, whose daring improv show, Blind Date, opened off-Broadway last week to rave reviews. Rebecca is an alumnus of The Second City's Toronto Mainstage, and first performed Blind Date at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre.

The show features Ms. Northan in clown nose and red dress as Mimi, a Parisian romantic waiting at a café. When her blind date fails to arrive, Mimi selects a new unsuspecting man from the audience each night to join her on stage, and be her date for the rest of the 90-minute show.

New York critics have called the show "a high-wire act of improvised theater" (New York Post) and "screamingly funny." (Theatremania).

Blind Date was brought to New York's Ars Nova Theatre by multiple Tony Award winning producer, Kevin McCollum (Rent, Avenue Q, The Drowsey Chaperone), and runs through December 20th.

For more information, visit

Letters to Santa – Performance Schedule Announced

We're gearing up for the annual Letters to Santa benefit beginning December 14 at 7:00pm through December 15 at 6:00pm in The Second City e.t.c. Listed below is the musical guest schedule:

8:00pm - Jeff Tweedy
10:30pm - Groupon’s founder Andrew Mason & Steve Albini
12:00am - JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
2:00am - Joan Of Arc
5:00am - Jeff Parker
7:30am - Sally Timms & Jon Langford
10:00am - Pro Wrestler Colt Cabana
1:00pm - Robbie Fulks
3:00pm - Bill "Sweet Pea" Callahan
5:00pm - The Blisters

Schedule is subject to change. Please stay tuned to Second City for updates!

Tickets will be available at the door only from 6:00pm on Tuesday December 14 throughout the event. Tickets are $15 (cash only) and are good for the entire 24 hour event as long as seats are available.

New Show at Woolly Mammoth Breaking Records

Our new show at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre, A Girl’s Guide to Washington Politics, is breaking box office sales records in DC. According to TBDArts, Woollly Mammoth had the highest single ticket sales for a production before its first performance with 23% more in advance single ticket revenue than the previous record holder, the 2007 production of One Man Star Wars Trilogy. Check out the complete report.

Friday, December 10, 2010

12 Female Senators Attended Second City’s Opening Night @ Woolly Mammoth Theatre

On Thursday, December 9th 12 female senators attended the opening night performance of The Second City’s A Girl’s Guide to Washington Politics at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

The following Senators were in attendance:
Senator Claire McCaskill (D, Missouri)
Senator Olympia Snowe (R, Maine)
Senator Blanche Lincoln (D, Arkansas)
Senator Maria E. Cantwell (D, Washington)
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D, California)
Senator Barbara Mikulski (D, Maryland)
Senator Debbie Stabenow (D, Michigan)
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D, New Hampshire)
Senator Susan Collins (R, Maine)
Senator Kay Hagan (D, North Carolina)
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D, Minnesota)
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R, Alaska)

Following the success of Barack Stars: The Wrath of Rahm, Second City returns to Woolly for a riotous take on the most influential, powerful, and polarizing women in politics. A Girl’s Guide to Washington Politics runs through January 9, 2011; Tuesdays – Thursdays at 8pm, Fridays at 7pm & 10pm, Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm & 7pm.


A Girl’s Guide to Washington Politics runs December 8, 2010 – January 9, 2011; Tuesdays – Thursdays at 8pm, Fridays at 7pm & 10pm, Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm & 7pm. There are no performances on December 24th & 25th, and no performance on January 8th at 8pm. There will be a special New Years Eve performance on Friday, December 31st that will begin at 9:30pm.


Tickets for A Girl’s Guide to Washington Politics start at $30, and can be purchased through the Woolly Mammoth Box Office at 202-393-3939, online at, or in person at 641 D Street, NW (7th & D). For directions and parking information, please visit


Now in its 31st Season, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company continues to hold its place at the leading edge of American theatre. Acknowledged as “the hottest theatre company in town” (The Washington Post), “known for its productions of innovative new plays” (The New York Times), Woolly Mammoth is a national leader in the development of new plays, and one of the best known and most influential mid-sized theatres in America.

For more information, visit

Second City Comedy Desk With Seth Weitberg: "Insert Obama, and The Plot Thickens"

Click to enlarge the latest Second City Comedy Desk by Seth Weitberg in the Chicago Tribune

30 Rock’s John Lutz to lead workshops, Writer’s Salon

Training Center students will have the extraordinary opportunity to train and interact with writer/performer John Lutz. Lutz grew up in suburban Chicago and Detroit. He was hired at NBC's Saturday Night Live in February 2004 after spending three years touring with Second City. During that time, he also appeared in small roles on SNL. Lutz is currently playing the recurring role of sketch comedy writer J. D. Lutz on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock.

Lutz will be teaching two one-day writing workshops on January 12 & 13. He will share what he has learned over the years from his work on SNL and 30 Rock and give advice on how to brainstorm, pitch ideas, collaborate on projects and get over writer's block. The workshop is open to students who have completed Writing 3 or have been accepted into the Conservatory program.

Lutz will also be sharing his stories and experiences as part of our new Writer’s Salon series, a regular series of discussions with professional writers from the television, film and theater communities for Training Center students and their guests. John Lutz will be the special guest on Friday, January 14 at 5:30pm. Tickets are $20 per person and include wine and light appetizers.

To Sign Up for the Writing Workshop with John Lutz Click Here
To Sign Up for the Writer’s Salon with John Lutz Click Here

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Celebrate Second City’s Birthday!

From December 1 - 16, we're offering $16 tickets to celebrate our birthday! Guests can receive $16 tickets to performances of "Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies!" on Sunday - Thursday through December 16th, 2010. To reserve your tickets, order online or call our box office at 312-337-3992 with the code "BIRTHDAY." Offer good for orders of up to 4 tickets. Limited Availability - call today!

Second City Weekend Guide – Sunday Shopping Excursion – 12.12.10

On Sunday, grab your best friends and head out for unique shopping and help us celebrate our birthday.

Sunday, December 12th

2:00pm – Grab your favorite shopping partners and head over to Architectural Artifacts (4325 N. Ravenswood Ave) for their annual Holiday Show. Browse gifts made by more than 75 artists, including jewelry, ceramics, paintings, textile art, paper goods and more at the sixth annual holiday sale in the building's atrium.

5:00pm – Head north on Ravenswood and turn left on Montrose to head towards Beans & Bagels (1812 W. Montrose), a great neighborhood coffee shop, to relax for a bit with a delicious cup of coffee and one of their delicious sandwiches.

6:00pm – Walk next door to the CTA stop and catch the Brown Line towards the Loop. Exit at Sedgwick, walk north to North Ave, take a right and walk towards North & Wells. Second City is left on Wells St.

7:00pm – Celebrate our birthday with us! Tickets to "Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies" on our Mainstage are only $16. We're offering specially tickets to celebrate our anniversary on December 16th. Get into the spirit with one of our signature holiday cocktails.

To create a map for this trip, visit Google Maps. For more Chicago planning tips, you can check out our Plan Your Trip page. We look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Dysfunctional Holiday Revues Receive Rave Reviews

The Second City's Dysfunctional Holiday Revue has received rave reviews! Albert Williams with the Chicago Reader gave it a Recommended rating calling it "hilarious" and says the cast has "crisp timing and first rate physical comedy skills." Read the full review on Chicago Reader.

Additionally, Allegra Gallian with the Chicago Theater Blog describes it as "witty and hilarious." Read her full review at Chicago Theatre Blog.

For Chicago performances at The Second City, click here for tickets.

For Arlington Heights performances at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center, click here for tickets.

Don’t Miss Second City @ Alliance Theater! Closes This Sunday!

If you’re in Atlanta, don't miss your opportunity to see The Second City: Miracle on 1280 Peachtree Street at the Alliance Theatre. The final performance is on Sunday, December 12. The show has been described by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as "a triumph of ridiculousness... miracle leaves no stone unturned" and "uniformly hilarious" by

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit Alliance Theatre.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Get Out of the Travel Rut and Take a Trip to The Second City

Galavanting wrote a wonderful piece last week about taking a Second City Training Center Immersion trip. They recommend Second City immersions as a way to avoid the typical vacation and break the mold. Even if you're in the city, taking a few days off work to try something new is a great way to beat the winter blues. Read the full article on Galavanting.

Second City Training Center Offers New Improv For Actors Course In Term 1, 2011

The Second City Training Center Chicago is offering a condensed Improv For Actors course in Term 1, 2011! This program teaches trained actors the fundamentals of improvisation. Skills acquired in this class can be applied to scripted and non-scripted work. Complete Improv for Actors Levels 1 & 2 in just one term! This class meets twice a week to complete the full IFA program in one term.

$630/$570 early registration per level, 8 weeks, 6 hours

To register or for more information about the classes, click here

Friday, December 3, 2010

Letters to Santa Benefit Returns for Another 24 Hours

For the ninth year in a row The Second City has enlisted Chicago’s best improvisors and their musical counterparts in offering twenty-four consecutive hours of the best improvised live art you will see in the city. The Second City That Never Sleeps: Letters to Santa 24 HOURS OF IMPROV AND MUSIC will begin on Tuesday, December 14th at 7:00p and conclude on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 in The Second City e.t.c. Theater (1608 N. Wells). This unique event raises money and gives hope to disenfranchised Chicago families on Christmas day.

Improvisational games, scenes and songs inspired by sleep deprivation will accompany performances by musical acts such as Jeff Tweedy, The Danielson Famile, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Robbie Fulks, Bill Callahan, and The Blisters.

    Raffle prizes will be available along with some of the most incredible auction items ever donated. Think-
  • Iggy Pop’s original lyric book

  • Two tickets to see SNL with a personal tour from Fred Armisen

  • A lifetime pass for two to live events at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall

  • A day in the studio with Steve Albini

  • A private concert by Jeff Tweedy in your home with 29 of your closest friends. Last year this auction item generated $23,000.

More performers will be added and set times will be available soon.

This event is open to all ages. Tickets will be available at the door only from 6pm on Tuesday December 14 throughout the event. Tickets are $15 (cash only) and are good for the entire 24 hour event as long as seats are available.


Letters will be provided by Jane Addams Hull House Association

Second City Featured in Washington Post – Opens New Show on Dec. 8!

We are excited to head back to the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, DC, with a new show, “A Girls’ Guide to Washington Politics” opening on December 8! This weekend, we’re featured in the Washington Post. To check out the interview, click here

For more information on the show and to purchase tickets, visit Woolly Mammoth Theatre’s site at

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Youth Program Offers Winter Intensives

The Second City Training Center is happy to offer a winter intensive again this December for students ages 8-18. Come spend part of your holiday break at The Second City! Participating students can choose to learn new skills in Improv, Stand-Up, Clowning or Singprov and meet new friends while they’re at it. Each class has students on their feet participating in exercises that develop stage presence, creativity, communication skills, patience, self-confidence and most importantly - are fun!

Two sessions are this holiday season: December 20-22 and December 27-29!

All classes at The Second City Training Center, Piper’s Alley 4th floor, 1608 N. Wells Street in Chicago. For more information check out:

Buy A Burrito Get One Free With Your Second City Ticket Stub Chipotle

Thanks to our friends at the Chipotle downstairs, now when you go into the Piper's Alley Chipotle with a Second City ticket stub and buy a burrito, you get one free until December 31!

We’ll Miss You, Perk

Alumni Lawrence Perkins has passed away at the age of 61. Lawrence Perkins, or “Perk” as he was known to many of us, was a Stage Manager for The Second City Mainstage in the late 70’s through the early ‘80s. We were lucky enough to spend time with him last December when he attended our 50th anniversary celebration in Chicago. He will definitely be missed. For details on his life, you can view his obituary here.

SC Alum Bob Odenkirk Performs To Sold Out Crowd In New Sketch Show At Second City - Hollywood

Bob Odenkirk (SC Alum, creator and star of HBO's Mr. Show) directed and starred in a new sketch comedy show, "Gentleman's Club," at the Second City - Hollywood Sunday night Nov 21. The sold-out audience included MAD TV star Ike Barinholtz, and Mr. Show and Arrested Development star David Cross.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Stephen Colbert Talks Comedy to His Alma Mater

Second City alum Stephen Colbert sat down to talk about his career and decision to move away from drama and into comedy with his other Chicago alma mater, Northwestern University. Read the full article on Northwestern's website.

Two Days Left To Vote!

The Second City Network's video "Undocumented Worker: The Audition" was a big hit at the NBC Short Cuts Festival! Congratulations to Nyima Funk & Ithamar Enriquez for making it to the final round.

Though the video didn't win best film, it had a HUGE crowd response -and is still eligible to win the People's Choice Award!

Visit the Short Cuts Film Festival and vote for Undocumented Worker: The Audition by Wednesday, November 31st to help us win!

Thank you for your support.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Brendan Jennings on the cover of TimeOut

E.t.c. cast member Brendan Jennings can make anything appealing – including an “ugly” holiday sweater. This week, Brendan is on the cover of TimeOut Chicago Magazine. To check out his awesome photo shoot, click here. You’ll want this sweater – we promise.

Brendan can be seen in The Second City e.t.c.’s Absolute Best Friggin’ Time of Your Life. To check him out up close and personal, click here for tickets.

Shelly Gossman Talks about Second City & SNL

Shelly Gossman, a recent Second City alum and current writer for Saturday Night Live, sat down for an interview with her alma mater’s newspaper to talk about her work in the theater and now on television. Click here to read the full interview.

The Second City Comedy Desk:6 Tips to Help You Endure the TSA's Grabby Gantlet

View the latest Second City Comedy Desk in the Chicago Tribune by Steve Waltien. Click to enlarge

Gift Certificates On Sale Now – One Size Fits All

This Holiday Season, give the gift that will make everyone on your list happy - Gift Certificates to The Second City! Whether you're looking to give your best friend classes to hone her improv skills, or your favorite aunt/uncle a reason to spend a hilarious night out on the town, Second City Gift Certificates are perfect for everyone.

A Gift for Them and for You

Buy 4 Gift Certificates exceeding total value of $100 and receive a voucher for 2 FREE tickets to The Second City for Tues-Thurs and Sun. Offer expires December 19, 2010.

Click HERE to purchase a gift certificate for any of our theatres or training centers in Chicago, Toronto, or Hollywood!

    Information About Second City Show Ticket Gift Certificates
  • Gift Certificates are available in any denomination starting at $25

  • Gift Certificates are non-cash-redeemable, non-transferable, non-refundable, and do not expire

  • The estimated value of 2 weekend tickets is approximately $60

  • Gift Certificates may be purchased online here or by calling the box office during regular box office hours: 312-337-3992 for Chicago or 416-343-0011 for Toronto

SC Alum Bob Odenkirk Performs To Sold Out Crowd In New Sketch Show At Second City - Hollywood

Bob Odenkirk (SC Alum, creator and star of HBO's Mr. Show) directed and starred in a new sketch comedy show, "Gentleman's Club," at the Second City - Hollywood Sunday night Nov 21. The sold-out audience included MAD TV star Ike Barinholtz, and Mr. Show and Arrested Development star David Cross.

Bob and Dave

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Second City Weekend Guide – Holiday Date Night

After a weekend of entertaining the masses, enjoy a date night to wrap up the great holiday weekend.

Sunday, November 28th

4:30pm – For a late afternoon snack, visit Christkindlmarket (Daley Plaza at 50 W Washington), Chicago's largest open-air Christmas festival for schnitzel, potato pancakes and hot spiced wine. Inspired by the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany, the Christkindlmarket Chicago brings a cherished German and European tradition with international flair and local charm to Chicago.

5:30pm – Walk east on W Washington and then turn left at N. State to head towards Macy’s (111 N State St) to check out their Holiday windows depicting iconic holiday scenes.

5:45pm – Walk North on State St. to State & Lake to catch the Brown Line towards Kimball. Exit at Sedgwick, walk north to North Ave, take a right and walk towards North & Wells. Second City is left on Wells St.

7:00pm – Give the holiday spirit a rest and enjoy our hit mainstage show Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies (1616 N. Wells St). If you miss the spirit during the show, you can order one of our signature holiday cocktails.

To create a map for this trip, click here for Google maps. For more Chicago planning tips, you can check out our Plan Your Visit page. We look forward to seeing you!

Jeffrey Sweet Talks Up Second City in NEA Podcast

Author and playwright Jeffrey Sweet recently sat down for the National Endowment of the Arts podcast to talk about the revitalization of theater in Chicago through The Second City and other theater companies, as well as his own experience as a playwright and the art of theater and musical theater. To download the podcast, visit the NEA.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Second City Opens at Woolly Mammoth in Washington D.C. on Dec. 8

The Second City returns for another extended run at the prestigious Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, DC. A Girls Guide to Washington Politics opens on Wednesday, December 8 and runs through January 9. Directed by Billy Bungeroth, the show features Joey Bland, Brooke Breit, Lilli-Anne Brown, Lori McClain and Rebecca Sohn. For more information, visit Wolly Mammoth.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Chicago Live! Sells Out Season Finale

Did you miss last night's sold out finale of Chicago Live? If so, check out pictures from last night and stay tuned for podcasts from the show.

See pictures from the event here

Second City Receives Stellar Reviews in Atlanta

Our new show, “Miracle on 1280 Peach Tree Street” at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta is receiving stellar reviews. Atlanta InTown calls it “hysterical…the fastest two hours you’ll spend in a theater.” Technique News describes it as “a perfect blend of comedy and politics anyone can appreciate, especially when it is executed so seamlessly.”

See our Atlanta InTown review here
See our Technique News review here

Monday, November 15, 2010

Start Second City Classes in the New Year!

Whether you’re following your dream of being an actor or just looking for something fun to do once a week, join us for classes starting in January! Our full course catalog is online. Try your hand at Improv, Writing, or Acting.

Registration begins this Friday, November 19, for classes starting in just a few weeks for adults. Registration for kids is already open! Feel free to call us at 312-664-3959 seven days a week with any questions!

Comedy Desk: Will New Tea Party Seats Cause Sweeping Change in House?

Click to enlarge the latest Comedy Desk by Steve Waltien.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Second City's Dysfunctional Holiday Revue Opens November 30th

The Second City is proud to announce the opening of Second City's Dysfunctional Holiday Revue, on Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 at 7:30pm in The Second City e.t.c. Theatre (1608 North Wells Street, 2nd Floor of Piper's Alley).

Second City's Dysfunctional Holiday Revue features a seasonal blend of hilarious scenes, songs and our trademark improvisation with a sprig of holiday mischief for a night of spirited fun. Funny, bright and completely original, Second City's Dysfunctional Holiday Revue is the perfect alternative to the same old holiday shows. From uneven gift exchanges with your clueless boyfriend to couples therapy with Joseph and Mary, Second City has your ticket to all that’s ridiculous about this magical season.

Second City's Dysfunctional Holiday Revue is a terrific setting for holiday celebrations and perfect antidote to the traditional (i.e. boring) office party.  Bring your boss, your teenager and your best friend - Second City's Dysfunctional Holiday Revue is a great addition to your list of holiday traditions.

Second City's Dysfunctional Holiday Revue is presented in repertory by The Second City Touring Company featuring ensemble members Edgar Blackmon, Ross Bryant, Angela Dawe, Kate Duffy, Barry Hite, Michael Kosinski, Shad Kunkle, Holly Laurent, Rachel Miller, Eileen Montelione, Mark Piebenga, Tilliski Rainey, Katie Rich, Derek Shipman, Tim Stoltenberg and Natalie Sullivan. Directors for The Second City Touring Company are Billy Bungeroth, Sandy Marshall and TJ Shanoff.

Tickets for Second City's Dysfunctional Holiday Revue are available by phone at (312) 337-3992 or online at the Dysfunctional Holiday Revue page. Bring your group to Second City's Dysfunctional Holiday Revue! For benefit and pricing information, email Tiffany Smith at

Show schedule and ticket prices are as follows:

Tuesday, November 307:30p$22.00
Wednesday, December 17:30p$22.00
Saturday, December 44:00p$22.00
Sunday, December 54:00p$22.00
Monday, December 68:00p$16.00
Tuesday, December 77:30p$22.00
Wednesday, December 82:00p$22.00
Wednesday, December 87:30p$22.00
Saturday, December 114:00p$22.00
Sunday, December 124:00p$22.00
Monday, December 138:00p$16.00
Saturday, December 184:00p$22.00
Sunday, December 194:00p$22.00
Monday, December 208:00p$16.00
Sunday, December 264:00p$22.00
Monday, December 278:00p$16.00

Overnight Packages are available at The James, our partner hotel in Chicago. Contact The Second City Box Office at (312) 337-3992 for more information.

Ithamar Enriquez of Second City Hollywood Appearing on Fox's "Raising Hope"

Ithamar Enriquez , an alumnus of Second City and a regular performer at The Second City Hollywood, will be on Fox’s new hit show, “Raising Hope”.

Ithamar takes a comedic turn as “Mr. Sanchez” in the episode entitled, “Blue Dots”. Be sure to catch his episode on Tuesday, November 16th when Hope starts imitating the dogs at her day care, and Jimmy decides to enroll her in an expensive, high-end center.

Ithamar also stars in the Second City Network’s short film, “Undocumented Worker: The Audition” and can be seen performing live at The Second City Hollywood with “Delicious Moments”. (A two man Improv Show with fellow Second City Alumnus Brian Shortall.)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Second City Comedy Desk: Body of Works

Read the latest Comedy Desk by Seth Weitberg. Click to enlarge.

Phred Brown on The Late Show with David Letterman

Phred Brown, a teacher & regular performer at the Second City Hollywood, has been tapped to play keyboard and sing backup with Bruno Mars. In addition to touring the globe, Phred will appear on The Late Show this Thursday, November 11th. You can also catch him with Bruno Mars on Sunday, November 28th, where they will be performing on the 2010 Soul Train Awards.

Click Here to Visit the Bruno Mars website

For Letterman Information click here

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

From Second City to 30 Rock, Tina Fey Rocketed to Becoming Twain Prize Winner

Tonight, The Kennedy Center will present the 13th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to Tina Fey. The award, named to honor one of America's - and the world's – greatest humorists, will feature a lineup of the biggest names in comedy, and will be taped for television by WETA, and will be broadcast nationwide on PBS on November 14, 2010. She was featured today in a great feature in the Washington Post.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Comedy Desk: The Political Walk of Shame

Read the latest edition of The Second City Comedy Desk in the Chicago Tribune by Dana Quercioli

Click to enlarge

The Second City’s Rob Baker featured in T.O.night

Rob Baker, a member of The Second City’s mainstage troupe in Toronto, held nothing back in this interview with T.O.night (5/11/2010):

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Second City Opens Pride & Porkopolis in Cincinnati

Second City Theatricals is proud to open Pride & Porkopolis at the Cincinnati Playhouse on Saturday, November 6. Directed by Mick Napier and featuring an all-star cast, Pride & Porkopolis is a no-holds-barred comedy revue all about Cincinnati. From flying pigs and 3-Ways to Opening Day to Who Day, no German beer will be left unopened in the fun and irreverent celebration of the city formerly known as Porkopolis. For tickets and more information, visit Cincinnati Playhouse.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

It’s a Miracle! Second City Opens New Show in Atlanta

Santa’s left something in your stocking, Atlanta. And it’s not another crushed beer can from the Clermont Lounge, Grandma Irene’s fruitcake, or sausage balls from last year’s Pink Pig. It’s The Second City’s third all-new installment of belly laughs and sketch comedy, here to remind you why you’re lucky to spend the holidays in Atlanta – because after December 25th, Santa’s Elves sure do get rowdy at the Chik-fil-A Dwarf House.

Our brand new show all about Altanta, Miracle on 1280 Peach Tree St. opens at the Alliance Theater on Friday, November 5. Find ticket information.

Chicago Training Center Open House - Nov 6th, 2010

Join us on Saturday, November 6, for the Training Center Open House! Please arrive at 5:30pm to sign up for the raffle and to reserve spots in your preferred workshops. Workshops with our program heads and faculty being at 6pm. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be available throughout the evening. At 7:30 and 9:00 catch a performance of one of our resident house teams. Then at 10:00 get ready for the Homecoming Dance. Wear your biggest dress or skinniest tie (or come as you are) and dance with us until midnight. Fabulous raffle prizes from local businesses and the Second City will be given away. All activities are FREE!


  • 5:30pm: Check In 3rd floor--Sign up for workshops and raffles
  • 6:00pm - 7pm: Teen Jam, de Maat Theatre
  • 6:00pm - 7:15: Seven Day Shorts, Room 305--Screening of past favorites; pointers for guerilla filmmakers; Q&A with the shorts team
  • 6:00pm - 6:30pm: The First Step: Improv Fundamentals, Room 405
  • 6:00pm - 6:30pm: Writing Workshop, Room 303
  • 6:00pm - 6:45pm: Surving Singprov Crash Course, Room 404--a workshop to help the vocally challenged step up and sing with confidence!
  • 6:45pm - 7:15pm: The First Step: Improv Fundamentals, Room 405
  • 6:45pm - 7:15pm: Writing Workshop, Room 303
  • 7:00pm - 7:45pm: Getting to the Song: Music Improv Scenework, Room 404--a workshop that will help musical improvisors improve their scenework
  • 7:30pm - 8:00pm: The First Step: Improv Fundamentals, Room 405
  • 7:45pm - 8:30pm: Before They Were Stars, Room 305--see clips of some of your favorite Second City alums on stage before they became tv and film stars
  • 8:00pm - 8:45pm: Words Don't Matter: Music Improv Staging & Emotion, Room 404--a workshop to help the musical improviser create compelling stage pictures
  • 8:15pm - 8:45pm: The First Step: Improv Fundamentals, Room 405
  • 7:30pm - 8:30pm: SketchCo show, de Maat Theatre
  • 9:00pm - 10:00pm: Improv Jam, Room 405
  • 9:00pm - 10:00pm: HouseCo performance, de Maat Theatre
  • 10:15 - 12:00: Homecoming Dance, Room 305--join us for dancing; drinks and appetizers will be provided
  • 11:45pm: Raffle Winners Announced, Homecoming King and Queen Crowned, Room 305

Youth Program Winter Registration is Now Open!

Registration for our winter session is now open so don’t miss out. Students ages 2-18 can choose from a wide range of classes including improv, stand up, sketch comedy or one of our new our new classes like Singprov or Acting for ages 11-12. Classes start January 11th and run for 14 weeks through April 17th and end with a student demonstration on the final day. Each class has students on their feet participating in exercises that develop stage presence, creativity, communication skills, patience, self-confidence and most importantly - are fun!

All classes are held at The Second City Training Center, Piper’s Alley 4th floor, 1608 N. Wells Street in Chicago. For more information, find our kids classes online.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Second City Weekend Guide – Brewery Tour & Show

You’ve got enough on your plate – let us do your weekend planning! Here’s your guide to a guaranteed afternoon of fun in Chicago.

Saturday, November 5th
1:00-2:00pm Half Acre Brewery & Craft Beer Emporium – Brewery Tour

Half Acre Beer Co. is a brewing company in the Northcenter neighborhood of Chicago. On Saturdays, they offer free tours of their brewery at 1:00p. Space is limited so make sure to sign up ahead of time.(

2:00-3:00pm Half Acre Brewery & Craft Beer Emporium – Brewery Tour

Enjoy Half Acre Brewery’s store and tasting area for a drink – you just fund a new favorite.

3:00-3:40pm Lincoln/Sedgwick Bus

Let someone else do the driving. Take a left and walk north on Lincoln Ave. to the corner of Lincoln & Cullom. Hop on the #11 Lincoln/Sedgwick bus ($2.25 per person) and enjoy a scenic ride through the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

3:40-3:50pm Welcome to Old Town!

Take the #11 to North Ave & Sedgwick. Walk west on North Avenue to Wells St. Take a left at Wells St. and Second City will be on your left.

4:00-6:00pm Fair & Unbalanced @ The Second City

Sit back, relax and check out a performance of The Second City Touring Company’s hilarious new show, Fair & Unbalanced at The Second City (1616 N. Wells). ($22 per person)

Tribune Comedy Desk: This Just In...

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Jason Kelley on Fox’s The Good Guys

Jason Kelly, a graduate of the Second City Training Center, will appear on Fox’s hit show, The Good Guys. Jason’s episode is entitled, "Silence of the Dan" and will air on November 5th at 9pm EST. Jason also stars in The Second City Network’s politically satirical video, "A Renter's Revolution".

Watch Jason in "A Renter's Revolution" from The Second City Network.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Get Spooky at The Second City

If there’s one thing we love more than costumes on Halloween, its spooky shots that we can share with our friends. Leave the candy distribution to your neighbors this year and join us for Halloween. Enjoy one of our exclusive Halloween shots while you’re here:

  • Bobbing for Appletini’s
  • Toasted Marshmallow Martini
  • Brain Hemorrage Shooter
  • Voodoo Priestess
  • My Bloody Sangria

Have some adult fun without the mess this Halloween! Book your tickets today at or call our Box Office at 312-337-3992.

The Second City Training Centre in partnership with Toronto Sketchfest brings you: Master Class Workshop with Brian Gallivan Friday November 5th 4-7pm

Second City Chicago Alumni and creator of Sassy Gay Friend, Brian Gallivan, is coming to Toronto for one night only!!

In this 3 hour workshop learn how to simplify your dialogue and scenes, leading to bigger laughs and better improv.

Prerequisite: Level E, or Conservatory 1
Tuition: $50.00 + HST
Limited space available

Bio: Brian Gallivan is the creator, writer and star of The Sassy Gay Friend videos on The Second City Network. Brian has performed with Improv, The Second City, IO West, and Upright Citizens Brigade. Brian has taught improv at both Improv Asylum and Second City. He used to be a middle school teacher, so don't chew gum.


Monday, October 25, 2010

Chicago Live! Lineup for Thursday October 28th

The first two weeks of Chicago Live! were an amazing success. Here’s what’s on tap this Thursday, Oct. 28, 6:30 pm:

  • Laura Caldwell and the subjects of her newest book "Long Way Home"
  • Matti Bunzl and Stuart Flack of the Chicago Humanities Festival, with Lauren Viera
  • Peach Carr of Project Runway fame, with Ellen Warren
  • Michael Miles, folk music performer/writer/director
  • Lion King performance
  • Steve Rosenbloom and David Haugh talking sports
  • The Second City
  • Rick Kogan, host

Check for guest lineups of our Nov. 4, Nov. 11 and Nov. 18 (a special FOOD show) programs.

Andy Cobb Gets Ready for Rally

Second City Political Editor Andy Cobb heads to Washington, DC, on October 30th, to cover The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’s historic Rally to Return to Sanity.

Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity has won support and high praise from President Obama and rational people across America. Second City Political Editor Andy Cobb will conduct interviews with rally participants, attendees and detractors. Video reports from the field will be posted regularly on The Second City Network at For more information visit the Rally to Restore Sanity online.

Andy Cobb is a Second City alumni whose highly-praised satirical sketch comedy has recently been featured on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, Newsweek, ABC, FOX News, Nightline, and more, as well as seen over 6 million times online. His satirical video gags have been called "genius" by Washington Post's Chris Cillizza, and "brilliant" by The Huffington Post, which regularly features Cobb’s work on their site. For more information, visit

The Second City Network is the new media department of The Second City. The Second City Network posts videos, podcasts and writing of our talented students, graduates, and Alumni. Peruse our archives of SCTV clips, learn more about our alumni and see what’s new! For a daily dose of comedic ingenuity, follow Second City Network on Twitter, Facebook and

Friday, October 22, 2010

"Undocumented Worker: The Audition" Up for People's Choice Award in the NBC Short Cuts Film Festival

The Second City Network's video "Undocumented Worker: The Audition" was a big hit at the NBC Short Cuts Festival! Congratulations to Nyima Funk & Ithamar Enriquez for making it to the final round.

Though the video didn't win best film, it had a great crowd response -and is still eligible to win the People's Choice Award!

Visit the Short Cuts Festival voting page and vote for Undocumented Worker to help us win!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Second City Gets Ready for Cincinnati

The Second City is on its way to the Queen City with an original show about all things Cincinnati! From flying pigs and 3-Ways to Opening Day and Who Dey, no German beer will be left unopened in this fun and irreverent celebration of the city formerly known as Porkopolis.

Performances of The Second City’s Pride & Porkopolis begin on Saturday, November 6. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Second City Training Centre unleashes puppets in the neighbourhood!

The Second City has a new sector and it's all run by puppets! The Second City Puppet Co. is an ensemble of 8 puppeteers directed by Artistic Director and Second City Alumni Kevin Frank. You can see the puppets weekly on Sunday Nights in The John Candy Box Theatre as they live through the trials and tribulations of "The Young and The Guest List." A PG-13 show.

Starting this Saturday Puppet Co makes things G-Rated for families and kids. Once Upon A Puppet is an improvised fairytale for families (ages 3 and up). Come and see a new fairy tale every week - based on your suggestions. Oh ya, and it's in 3D!

Shows are every Saturday at 1pm (30 minutes long)
Tickets are $5 and can be reserved in advance by calling 416.340.7270
$20 for a family 6 pack

70 Peter Street, Lower Level (at King and Blue Jays Way)

Chicago Live! Tonight

Join us tonight for the second installment of Chicago Live! from the Chicago Tribune. Tonight's line-up includes:

  • Rhymefest, performance plus interview with rock critic Greg Kot
  • A performance from Albany Park Theatre Project's "Feast"
  • Tom Skilling, storm chaser
  • Comedy from The Second City
  • Movies with Tribune critic Michael Phillips
  • Sports with Tribune columnists David Haugh and Steve Rosenbloom

Chicago Live! is recorded in front of a live studio audience at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Chicago Theatre's Downstairs Stage. After each show, the audience is invited to a 30-minute reception with the cast and crew of Chicago Live!, to be moderated by a guest Chicago Tribune personality each week.

Tickets for the show are $25.

  • Purchase online through
  • Purchase on the phone through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.
  • Purchase in person at the Chicago Theatre box office:

    The Chicago Theatre

    175 N State Street

    Chicago, Illinois 60601

Wheelchair seats, companion seats, aisle seats and Assisted Listening Devices are available.

For more information, call 312-462-6301.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Second City Wins 2010 Canadian Comedy Award

The Second City has won the 2010 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Comedic Play for its 63rd Mainstage Revue: 0% Down, 100% Screwed. Under the direction of Melody A. Johnson, the revue was created and performed by Marty Adams, Kerry Griffin, Darryl Hinds, Caitlin Howden, Reid Janisse and Leslie Seiler.

This marks the third consecutive year that The Second City has won the Canadian Comedy Award in the Comedic Play or Revue category (Facebook of Revelations, 2008; Barack to the Future, 2009). In total, The Second City has received nine Canadian Comedy Awards since they were first introduced in 2000, the most of any live performance group or theatre.

Congratulations as well to the many Second City performers, alumni, students, faculty and friends who received nominations or awards, including Naomi Snieckus (2010 Female Improvisor), Sean Tabares (2010 Male Improviser); The Carnegie Hall Show (2010 Improv Troupe), and The Imponderables (2010 Sketch Troupe).

Visit the Canadian Comedy Awards website for a full list of nominees and winners.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Comic Corner: Changing the Face(book) of History

Second City Producer, John Cates, imagines how Facebook could have changed history through the power of status updates in the latest installment of The Second City's Comic Corner in the Chicago Tribune.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Chicago Live! Premieres to Standing Ovation!

We had a great time at the premier Chicago Live! show last night. Check out blog posts and pics from last night here

Next week, guests include Rhymefest and Albany Park Theatre Project. For a complete line-up as well as listings for future guests, visit

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

"Undocumented Worker: The Audition" is a finalist in the NBC Short Cuts Festival

"Undocumented Worker: The Audition," created by Nyima Funk and Ithamar Enriquez for The Second City Network, features a migrant worker that does painting, dry-wall, and scene study.

Over 1500 videos were entered into this festival, and "Undocumented Worker: The Audition" is in the final six. The creators of the winning video will be engaged to write a pilot for NBC.

The final screening will be held on Wednesday, Oct 20th at The Director's Guild of America (7920 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046). A red carpet reception will be held at 7pm, with screenings to begin at 8pm. The event will be hosted by Craig Robinson (The Office, Last Comic Standing). RSVP by October 14th by emailing

Join us in congratulating Nyima Funk & Ithamar Enriquez for making it to the final round!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Chicago Live! Announces Guest Line-Up

Chicago Live! has announced an exciting line-up of guests and topics for their first broadcast on Thursday, October 14 at 6:30p from Downstairs Chicago Theater:

OCT. 14:

  • Rev. Michael Pfleger, interviewed by Tribune religion writer Manya Brachear
  • Live performance from Billy Elliot
  • Kevin Coval and the Louder Than A Bomb poets
  • Comedy from The Second City
  • Movies with Tribune critic Michael Phillips
  • Sports with Tribune columnists David Haugh and Steve Rosenbloom
  • Jen Weigel hosts the meet & mingle

For a complete list of guests throughout the run, visit the Chicago Live! website.

Tickets are $25 through Ticketmaster, (800) 745-3000, and at the Chicago Theatre box office located at 175 N State St.

Comic Corner: Marathon? Try This

Mary Scruggs wrote this piece for The Second City's Comic Corner in The Chicago Tribune

Monday, October 4, 2010

Second City Teen Ensemble Grads Get Great Press!

Second City Training Center Teen Ensemble graduates created a new show, Oneirology, which received great press today from Pioneer Press and the Southtown Star. The articles featured ensemble members Maeve Devitt, Vasaris Balzekas, and Micki Burton.

Their final performance is scheduled for this Thursday, October 7th at 10:30pm in Donny’s Skybox Theater. Purchase tickets online here or visit our Box Office.

To read more about them visit the Southtown Star or The Doing.

Second City Heads to Rochester

Second City alums Jean Villepique and Ed Furman are headed to Rochester today to start writing material for our upcoming show at the Geva Theater. I'll be Geneseeing You! The Second City does Rochester opens on January 4 and runs through January 30. For updates on the writers trip to Rochester, visit the Geva Theatre Center on Facebook.

To purchase tickets or plan your visit, go to the Geva Theatre.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Comic Corner: Hindsight is 2020

Click here to view the latest Comic Corner in the Chicago Tribune by Seth Weitberg.

Second City Featured in American Theatre Magazine

In the October issue of American Theatre Magazine, Second City Theatricals is profiled in an article about their customized city shows with some of the major regional theatres in the US.

You can read the whole article here

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tickets on Sale for Chicago Live!

Tickets are on sale now for Chicago Live! On October 14, 2010, the Chicago Tribune and WGN Radio, in partnership with The Second City, will premiere an exciting weekly performance called Chicago Live!, hosted by Rick Kogan. Chicago Live! will be performed at the Downstairs Chicago Theatre at 6:30pm Thursdays: October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, and 18, 2010.

Tickets for the Thursday evening events are $25 and available through Ticketmaster here or (800) 745-3000, and at the Chicago Theatre box office located at 175 N State St., Chicago, IL 60601.

Rebecca Sage Allen’s New National Mercury Insurance Commercial

Rebecca Sage Allen’s new spot entitled, "Peasant" for Mercury Auto Insurance, has her facing off against some pretty unruly characters. Rebecca is an alum of The Second City ETC stage in Chicago, has performed for Second City on two NCL ships and traveled the world (including a USO tour to Iraq) with Second City's Touring Company. She performs regularly at The Second City Hollywood with her two smash hits, "Catnip Presents" and "Miss Lady United States: An Improvised Beauty Pageant".

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Comic Corner: Life at AirTran after Southwest Takeover

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Alum Abby Sher Releases New Book

Alumni Abby Sher’s memoir Amen, Amen, Amen: Memoir of a Girl who Couldn’t Stop Praying will be released in paperback on Thursday, April 30th.

"Abby Sher has written a beautiful book. It's deeply personal and original, but deals with the big issues we all struggle with -- faith, family, food, and of course, Neil Diamond." -- A. J. JACOBS, author of The Guinea Pig Diaries and The Year of Living Biblically

Click here for details

Toronto: Alumnus Anand Rajaram’s New Sitcom!

Congratulations to recent alumnus Anand Rajaram! Anand is one of the leads on the new CBC series “Men With Brooms”, based on the film of the same name. It debuts October 4th at 8:30pm. You can check out a trailer for the show right here:

Term 5 is just around the Corner!

Early Registration for Term 5 begins this Friday October 1st. Save $20 off the registration fee and guarantee a spot in the class when you register before October 7th at 6pm. We have classes for all ages and levels of experience. Browse our course catalog, and register starting this Friday!

To see class times and details, visit our course catalog.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Comic Corner: Keeping Hate Alive

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2 For 1 Tickets This Saturday for Eat, Pray, Lie!

Join the Outreach & Diversity cast in their new fall show, Eat, Pray, Lie! opening Saturday, October 2nd at 9PM in Donny's Skybox Theatre (1608 N. Wells 4th Floor) featuring Second City favorites and original scenes.

Mention "Outreach" and get two tickets for the price of one!

For tickets call (312) 337-3992‎

Read more about Second City's Outreach and Diversity.

Space Still Available!!! Long Form Improvisation Workshop with Susan Messing

Delve deeper into ensemble work and creating full-length improvised performance by working on advanced scenic skills, character development and teamwork. Over the course of four weeks, students will gain a deeper understanding of both their own improvisational style, working with an ensemble, and how to create a cohesive and entertaining long-form improv piece.

Four Weeks: Wednesdays 10am – 1pm beginning November 24th. $150.

To register call the Training Center at (312) 664-3959, or register online at Second City.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Diana Martinez Named President for The Second City, Int’l

The Second City is pleased to announce that Diana Martinez, has been named the President of Second City Intl. Her role will encompass overseeing operations in Chicago, Toronto and Hollywood. Martinez has been with the Second City for one year as the Chief Operating and Marketing Officer and demonstrated great leadership, marketing and business development skills which will prove to be a great asset to The Second City. She was a lead producer on the Second City’s 50th Anniversary.

Martinez states: “It is an honor to be a part of this relevant and legendary organization. I have been a fan of The Second City for years, the opportunity to lead in partnership with owner Andrew Alexander, and the rest of the executive team and talent at The Second City, is a dream come true.”

Ms. Martinez is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois, and a resident of Glen Ellyn. She was most recently the Executive Director of Paramount Arts Center and has served on the executive board of the League of Chicago Theatres for a number of years. Ms. Martinez has a unique blend of executive leadership and creative talent. She has helmed multimillion dollar construction projects and increased subscriptions, donors and sponsorships in addition to directing, writing and producing for a variety of theatrical productions in addition to country music star Kenny Rogers. Her awards include the "Influential Women in Business" Award in 2002, and "The Award for Business Excellence" in 2003, she was named "Today's Young Executive in 2003" by the Business Ledger, and awarded "The Hispanic Hero Award" in 2002 by the Chicago Fire.

Ms. Martinez will aide The Second City’s burgeoning training and theatrical divisions, as well as overall marketing and operational efforts for the company. With over 3000 students, The Second City Training Center has become the world’s largest improv-based Arts school. Second City Theatricals has produced a string of hit revues, including “Rod Blagojevich Superstar,” “Barack Stars” and the physical theatre production “Reverie” in association with the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. Second City Proprietor and Executive Producer Andrew Alexander notes that “Diana has always impressed me as a first rate theatre executive as well as a very creative thinker. We’re proud to add her to our team.”

For more information, please contact

Check Out SNL Preview in TimeOut

Check out this week’s issue of Time Out Chicago featuring a preview of the new SNL season which premieres this Saturday starring four Chicagoans including alums Shelly Gossman and Tom Flanigan on the writing staff and Second City Touring Company alum Vanessa Bayer and Paul Brittain in the cast.

Click here to read the article

Second City Denver Gets Rave Review

"When it comes to comedy, The Second City is not hit or miss; it's a night on the town guaranteed to garner plenty of laughs." - Summit Daily

Read the full review at

Come see the final leg of our 50th Anniversary Tour.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Finding The Perfect Tree

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Second City Partners with Chicago Tribune for New Show

On Oct. 14, the Chicago Tribune will premiere an exciting weekly event called Chicago Live!

In partnership with The Second City, Chicago Live! will tell Chicago's stories in innovative ways.

"For 163 years, the Chicago Tribune has portrayed the drama, conflict and joy of life in the Chicago region through our stories," said Tribune Editor Gerould Kern. "This show will tell these stories in new ways, capturing the experience of life in Chicago today. Just about anything on the Tribune's pages could make it to the stage in Chicago Live!"

"I'm delighted by the partnership with The Second City," Kern said. "The show is going to be lively, surprising and fun."

In the intimate Downstairs Theatre of The Chicago Theatre in the city's Loop, the public will be able to see and hear local and national celebrities and newsmakers in hard-hitting, provocative and surprising segments featuring some of Tribune's top personalities. There will be on-stage interviews, performances by the best of the arts and entertainment communities and topical sketch comedy by The Second City.

"We are very excited by this opportunity to be part of a bold and important new adventure," said Kelly Leonard, executive vice president of The Second City. "It is a collaboration of two great Chicago institutions, and we're approaching this as a thoroughly original and compelling way to tell the stories of our city."

Hosted by veteran Chicago reporter, author and radio/TV personality Rick Kogan, each 60-minute show will be followed by a reception where guests, performers and the audience members can mingle. The series of six Thursday evening events will also have a prominent presence in print, online, radio and television.

Each show will be recorded for broadcast on WGN-AM during the weekend.

"We're always looking for fascinating Chicago-focused stories to share with our listeners," said WGN Radio program director Kevin Metheny. "Broadcasting Chicago Live! on WGN Radio will be a great opportunity for captivating and engaging programming."

Tickets for the Thursday evening events will be $25, available starting Sept. 30 through, Ticketmaster, & The Chicago Theatre box office. The Chicago Theatre Downstairs is located at 175 N. State Street.

Updates about show development and guests, as well as opportunities for audience engagement, will be available soon through, Facebook and Twitter.

Chicago Live! is one part of a new initiative of community outreach, which also includes "Chicago Forward: Conversations About the Future," a series of live gatherings of policymakers exploring issues of great importance to the Chicago region; programs by columnists and personalities; literary events; and a series of classes and seminars titled "TribU: Lessons for Life."

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Chris Kattan at The Second City Hollywood!

Kevin & John Farley brought a few familiar faces to The Farley Brothers Radio Hour this week. The show, a live podcast held at the Second City Hollywood Theatre every Wednesday night at 8pm, is filled with some of Hollywood’s biggest comedic talent.

Chris Kattan, of SNL fame and numerous movie & television appearances, stopped by to play with Kevin & John. Derek Waters, the creator of "Drunk History" and winner of the Jury Prize Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, joined in the podcast as well. Rounding out the evening’s guest list was Nicky Whelan, who co-stars with Derek in the new film "Hall Pass" that is directed by the Farrelly Brothers.

The Farley Brothers Radio Hour is a brutally honest, wickedly funny, viewer-discretion-advised confab on all things Farley. Listen live as Kevin & John spin tales of sex, drugs, and comedy alongside their hilarious takes on life, love and family. This is a free show!

Read more about how Derek Waters’s Drunk History Wins at Sundance or his upcoming film Hall Pass

Comic Corner: Man Up And Make Up

Read Seth Weitberg's Comic Corner in The Chicago Tribune

Joshua Funk Appears in National Commercial with Golf Great Phil Mickelson!

Joshua Funk, the Artistic Director for The Second City Hollywood, has a new national commercial for Barclays currently running. This golf themed spot pairs Josh with professional golfer Phil Mickelson and was directed by Peter Farrelly, of the Farrelly Brothers fame. In this comedic piece, Joshua plays a frustrated golfer who takes out his frustration on his clubs.

Read more about Joshua Funk.

Read more about Phil Mickelson.

Read more about Peter Farrelly.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Alum Tim O’Malley Hosts New Show at Beverly Arts Center – One Night Only!

Second City alum Tim O'Malley is hosting his second big show this year at the Beverly Arts Center on the south side.

Tim O'Malley's Super Fun Comedy Extravaganza will be presented for one night only on Friday, September 24th at 8:00pm starring Burning Desires ( O'Malley & Guest Stars Alum Michael J. Gellman and others), Sketch and Sniff ( Conservatory Level 5 Class), and stand-up sensation Beth Stelling (The Readers' Pick for Best Comedian 2010).

Tickets are only $18 and can be reserved at the, Beverly Arts Center website or through the Beverly Arts Center Box Office at 773-445-3838.

Sassy Gay Friend Live in Hollywood

The Second City’s internet phenom “Sassy Gay Friend,” created by and featuring Second City alumni and training center teacher Brian Gallivan, sells out live performances in our Hollywood theatre. Read a review of Brian's show at

Test your Sassy Gay Friend knowledge with our Sassy Gay Quiz.

Second City is Coming to Denver

The Second City is closing out its 50th Anniversary Tour on a Mile High note with a extended run at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Check out this preview in the Denver Post.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Kick Off the Fall in Old Town

Kick off the Fall season this weekend at Old Town’s Wells St. Fall Festival! Check out this suggested itinerary for your weekend and click here for more info:

Saturday, September 11

12:00p – Get a late start and enjoy a lunch at one of Old Town’s great new restaurants, 33 Club (1419 N. Wells).

1:30-3:30p – Roam around the Wells St. Fall Festival and sample wine, check out the juried art showcase and enjoy live music from one of their three stages.

4:00p – Check out The Second City Touring Company’s new show, "Fair & Unbalanced".

6:00p - Top off your afternoon by heading back to the Wells St. Fall Festival, grab a pint of Blue Moon and enjoy more nonstop live music

Sunday, September 12

3:00p – Take in the sights and smells of Fall at the Wells St. Fall Festival. Enjoy amazing wine samples, sample some of the local cuisine and listen to more great music.

5:00p – Treat yourself to an incredible meal at Perennial, one of the best new restaurants in Chicago.

7:00p – Relax and enjoy Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies, the newest show on our mainstage – the perfect way to get ready for a new week and a new season!

The Second City Hollywood Grand Re-Opening and Open House

The Second City Hollywood is proud to announce a grand re-opening and open house celebration, Saturday, October 2, 2010 in honor of their newly renovated facilities on Hollywood Boulevard. The training center has recently added classrooms as well as a first floor student lounge and box office.

The Hollywood school of improvisation, acting, and sketch comedy has expanded to accommodate their growing classes in writing, video, music, advanced studies, teen and youth workshops as well as classes for non-actors wishing to improve their communication skills, meet new people or simply enrich their lives. The Hollywood Training Center is the only school with a roster full of teachers who are Second City resident company alums.

The Hollywood location also houses The Second City’s New Media division, responsible for Their comic videos, featuring Second City Alumni, have reached up to 12.8 million upload views in their first 6 months and have been featured on Comedy Central, MSNBC, CNN and The Huffington Post. They are also the home for internet sensation "Sassy Gay Friend," a sassy time traveler who visits famous women in history and gives them advice that only a gay man can.
The grand re-opening will feature a family open house from noon to 2:00 p.m. with snacks, videos, and drop in workshops, followed by a performance of The Really Awesome Improv Show. The evening festivities will feature cocktails and appetizers along with screenings and film makers from The Second City Network, drop in workshops, alumni performances and celebrity appearances.

To help celebrate the grand re-opening Kevin and John Farley have called on their friends Norm MacDonald, David Spade, Horatio Sanz and David Zucker to perform with them in a tribute performance benefiting the Chris Farley House.
All are welcome to attend this great event; join a drop in class, watch a show, or just raise a glass and celebrate. For tickets to the performances or to RSVP to this great event, please call, 323-464-8542 or go to

12-3pm Family Hours: Snacks and refreshments, videos, prizes and a special performance of The Really Awesome Improv Show at 2pm (tix for the show $10)

6-10pm- VIP cocktail hour Open House with celebrities, agents and press

6-10pm – Screenings of the Best of the Second City Network

7:00-8:30pm Farley Bros Radio Hour- $50 Starring: John Farley, Kevin Farley, Norm McDonald and David Spade.

8:30-9:30pm Off the Wall - $25 Starring: Joel Murray, Fred Willard, Tim Meadows

9:30-10:30pm 313- $25 Starring: Keegan-Michael Key (Mad TV) and Larry Joe Campbell (According to Jim)



Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Alum Jon Glaser Chats with Jimmy Fallon about New Show

Alum Jon Glaser visited Jimmy Fallon to talk about the new season of his show, Delocated, on Adult Swim on Sunday nights at 10:00p.

Click here to see a clip from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on

Comic Corner: America's 5 Most Insensitive Buildings

Comic Corner: America's 5 Most Insensitive Buildings

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This piece was created by Seth Weitberg for The Second City’s Comic Corner in the Chicago Tribune.

Improv Classes Still Available For This Term

If you missed out on registering for an improv class for the current term, it’s not too late! Two sections of Improv Level A and one section of Improv for Actors Level 1 will start on the week beginning September 27. These classes will meet twice a week over four weeks.

To register, call the Chicago Training Center at 312-664-3959. For more information, visit our website at

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

It’s Official – Second City Cast Members Join SNL

The Second City is proud to announce that Second City cast members, Shelly Gossman & Tom Flanigan, have been invited to join the writing staff and Touring Company ensemble members Vanessa Bayer and Paul Brittain have been invited to join the cast for the 36th season of Saturday Night Live on NBC. Producers and writers from Saturday Night Live visited The Second City last month to scout for new talent.

Andrew Alexander, CEO/Executive Producer for The Second City, said, "They are all consummate Second City performers - smart, funny and always ready to say yes...they will be missed at Second City."

Shelly Gossman attended St. Olaf College and The National Theatre Institute before moving to Chicago to study improvisation. During her early years in Chicago, she studied improvisation at The Second City Training Center and eventually became a teacher for The Second City Training Center’s Improv Program. She performed extensively with The Second City Touring Company and wrote her first resident revue at The Second City Las Vegas. Additionally, she has been a volunteer and member for Gilda’s Club Chicago. She has co-written and appeared in four Mainstage revues at The Second City including No Country for Old White Men, America: All Better! and The Second City’s 50th anniversary revue, Taming of the Flu. Most recently, she co-wrote and performed in The Second City’s newest show, Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies.

Tom Flanigan moved to Chicago after earning a biomedical engineering degree at the University of Iowa. While studying and performing improvisation, he was also a co-founder of the science-minded sketch group, Galileo Players. After traveling around the world with The Second City Touring Company, Tom was hired as a cast member of The Second City e.t.c. He has co-written and performed four revues on the e.t.c. stage including Campaign Supernova, Brother, Can Your Spare Some Change?, the Jeff Award Winning Studs Terkel’s Not Working and the current hit revue, The Absolute Best Friggin’ Time of Your Life.

Vanessa Bayer was most recently seen in The Second City’s productions of Jewsical and Girls Night Out as well as performing in a variety of roles as understudy for The Second City Touring Company and The Second City Mainstage. Additionally, Vanessa is a graduate of The Second City Training Center Conservatory Program.

Paul Brittain had recently joined the talent ranks at The Second City appearing with The Second City Theatricals production of El Show Mas Funny.

Shelly, Tom, Vanessa and Paul join a long list of fellow alums that have been a part of Saturday Night Live including Dan Aykroyd, Peter Aykroyd, Jim Belushi, John Belushi, Cindy Caponera, Stephen Colbert, Brian Doyle-Murray, Rachel Dratch, Robin Duke, Ali Farahnakian, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Tom Gianas, Mary Gross, Tim Kazurinsky, Joe Kelly, David Koechner, Michael McCarthy, Adam McKay, Tim Meadows, Jerry Minor, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Michael Patrick O’Brien, Bob Odenkirk, Gilda Radner, Tony Rosato, Horatio Sanz, Martin Short, Jason Sudeikis, Rich Talarico and Nancy Walls.

Youth Program Fall Classes begin this week!

There are still a few spots in our fall classes so don’t miss out. Students ages 2-18 can choose from a wide range of classes including improv, stand up, sketch or one of our new our new classes like Singprov or Acting for ages 13-14. Classes start September 11th and run for 12 weeks through December 5th with a student demonstration on the final day.

Each class has students on their feet participating in exercises that develop stage presence, creativity, communication skills, patience, self-confidence and most importantly - are fun!

All classes at The Second City Training Center, Piper’s Alley 4th floor, 1608 N. Wells Street in Chicago.

For more information check out:

Friday, September 3, 2010

Alums Fred Kaz and Jane Morris – 2 Nights Only in Chicago!

Second City alums Fred Kaz and Jane Morris will perform All These Are True, but Some of Them Didn’t Happen for two nights only at the Annoyance Theater on Saturday, September 11th and 18th at 10:00pm. Directed by Jeff Michalski, performances by Jane Morris are tied together by the music and storytelling of Fred Kaz. For two nights only, long-time veterans of the Second City, Jane Morris and Fred Kaz deliver a show worth coming out of the woodwork for. To purchase tickets and for additional show information, please visit

Thursday, September 2, 2010

EYE Weekly says "Awesome is awesome"

This week marked the opening of a new Second City show on the Toronto mainstage: Something Wicked Awesome This Way Comes... EYE Weekly endorses the awesomeness:

"As spontaneous as it is daring, the new revue is the mainstage cast's most keenly written and full-on funny effort in recent memory."

Read the full review at Eye Weekly.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

• The Second City Training Centre Open House October 16th

The Second City Toronto is pleased to announce that it will host an Open House Celebration on Saturday October 16th in honour of the expansion of its Training Centre facilities.

The Open House will feature family programming from 1-4pm with snacks drop in workshops, puppet shows, face painting and a special performance by The Second City’s Education cast "My Homeroom Teacher's a Vampire!" There is fun for the whole family - and it's all Free!

For more information or to reserve a seat to one of the shows please call 416.340.7270 or e-mail

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Second City Receives Jeff Nominations

The Second City has received three Jeff Award Nominations for Actor in a Revue (Sam Richardson for Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies), Actress in a Revue (Christina Anthony for The Absolute Best Friggin’ Time of Your Life) and Best Revue (The Absolute Best Friggin’ Time of Your Life). For a complete list of nominees, visit the Jeff Awards website.

The Jeff Awards will be presented Monday, October 25 at the Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace. For tickets, visit

Monday, August 30, 2010

Congratulations Emmy Award Winners!

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners at last night’s Emmy Awards! For a complete run down of the winners, including Second City Touring Company alum Jane Lynch for Best Supporting Actress, click here.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Comic Corner: Obama Vacation Talking Points

Obama Vacation Talking Points

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Seth Weitberg created the Obama Vacation Talking Points for The Second City’s Comic Corner in the Chicago Tribune

Great Chicago Travel Deals for Fall

If you’re headed to Chicago this fall, be sure to look for discounts – there are tons of great deals all over town. Here are two that were released today:

  • Book your stay at the Courtyard Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile and receive the $50 Green Gift Card for the Magnificent Mile Shopping Package. The packages includes breakfast for two guests at Viand, local calls, wireless internet, 10% off any in room massage or body treatment by Windy City Massage and a $50 American Express Give Green gift card which would be perfect towards two tickets at The Second City. For more information, visit

  • Hotel Blake is offering Chicago Bear fans a “Get Your Game On” package which includes discounted accommodations, drink vouchers, apparel and parking & transportation discounts. For more information, visit

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Second City Training Center Joins Forces With Zipcar To Create A Recycling Program

On August 30th, The Second City Training Center will begin its recycling efforts in conjunction with Zipcar. Paper goods, plastics, aluminum, and glass will be transported each week to one of Chicago’s recycling centers via a conveniently located car kindly donated by Zipcar.

“We think it is important that individuals and companies alike commit to improving our surroundings on a daily basis,” says Kerry Sheehan, President of The Second City Training Center. “We recently won Active Transport Alliance’s “bike-to-work week” competition. Now, we look forward to sitting back and enjoying the ride to the closest recycling center. ”

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Second City Raises Money to Support Pakistan Flood Response

To support the Pakistan Flood Response efforts, The Second City is accepting contributions after performances in their Chicago and Toronto theaters through September 26th. All contributions made at these performances will be matched by The Second City and donated to the Red Cross Response to Pakistan Floods. For more information on the situation in Pakistan, visit

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Good Day Chicago Talks Blago with Lori McClain

This morning on Good Day Chicago, Lori McClain talked about her role as Patti Blagojevich in Rod Blagojevich Superstar which is now playing at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights, IL. To see the whole segment,click here

Rod Blagojevich Superstar runs through September 18. For more information, visit