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