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 JeffAwards.org.

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 pr-usa.net.

  • 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 prweb.com.

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 RedCross.org.

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 metropolisarts.com

Comic Corner: The World Economic Tournament

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Seth Weitberg created this piece for The Second City’s Comic Corner in the Chicago Tribune

Friday, August 20, 2010

Second City Featured in National Geographic Traveler

The Second City is featured in the September issue of National Geographic Traveler as part of a profile on Chicago. Click here to check out the full article.

Comic Corner: Michael Lehrer Revisits Blago's Defense

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With a second trial on the way, Michael Lehrer looks back on Blago's first defense for The Second City's Comic Corner in the Chicago Tribune.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Brendan Jennings Featured in Chicago Tribune

Brendan Jennings, a member of The Second City e.t.c. cast, has been named one of Chicago Tribune’s Hot New Faces to watch in Chicago Theater. With his cast, Brendan co-wrote and currently performs in “The Absolute Best Friggin’ Time of Your Life” which has received rave reviews and has been Jeff Recommended. Click here to view the full list.

For more information on “The Absolute Best Friggin’ Time of Your Life,” visit our page.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Second City Listed in Chicago Magazine’s Top Artistic Breakthroughs

In this month’s Chicago Magazine, The Second City is noted (twice!) on their Top 40 Artistic Breakthroughs in Chicago. To check out the complete list, visit Chicago Magazine.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Are You a Recent College Grad Seeking More Improv and Comedy?

Come meet Second City next Wednesday, August 25th, 5-6:30pm at our new event. RSVP to dgriffin-irons@secondcity.com for details. Limited seating.

Monday, August 16, 2010

House Improv Ensemble "Twisty" Holding Auditions September 2nd

The Second City Training center will be holding Auditions for the House Improv Ensemble "Twisty" on Thursday, September 2nd. "Twisty" performs every Saturday night in the Skybox Theater with regular rehearsals preceding each performance.

Audition slots will be open to all Conservatory graduates as well as anyone who will be entering Level 5 in term 5 of 2010.

To schedule an audition, please call (312) 664-3959 on AUGUST 19th BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 10am-6pm ONLY. Auditions slots will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

Please bring a headshot and resume to the audition, and wear performance attire.

The Return of Rod Earns Raves

The remount of the hit musical “Rod Blagojevich Superstar” at The Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights has scored great reviews from the Daily Herald and Time Out Chicago. Check out the reviews and the show which runs through September 18.

Read The Daily Herald's Review

Read Time Out Chicago's Review

Friday, August 13, 2010

Chris Jones Gives Spoiler Alert 3 Stars on CBS News

Chris Jones, Chief Theater Critic for the Chicago Tribune and Theater Reporter for CBS News, gave our new show, Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies a 3 Star review on his CBS News broadcast. To check out his review, visit CBS2Chicago.com.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Alum Peter Grosz to Host Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me

Second City alum Peter Grosz will host NPR’s broadcast of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. Host Peter Sagel is on vacation this week. For more information about the show, visit NPR.

Time Out Chicago Recommends Second City Drop-in Classes for Anyone Looking to Improve at Work

Time Out Chicago published a wonderful piece about how Second City classes can help you get over your fears in your personal and professional life. The author recommends our drop-in classes for anyone looking to try it out.

Read the rest of the article at Time Out Chicago.

Wednesday Night Drop-in Improv Classes to Continue

TRAINING CENTER CHICAGO Wednesday night drop-in improv classes to continue

Because of the popularity of our summer Wednesday drop-in improv classes, these classes will continue to be offered. The Wednesday night drop-in classes at 10pm will now have a regular place on the schedule beginning September 1. The semi-regular Sunday 6pm classes will also still be available.

Open to all levels of improvisers, drop-in classes are a great option if you are interested in seeing what an improvisation class is like or just want some extra practice. You do not need to be a Training Center student to attend. Drop-in classes cost $10, and registration is taken in-person at the Training Center reception desk on the fourth floor of Pipers Alley, 1608 N Wells Street. A full list of available class dates is available on the Chicago Training Center website. For more information call 312-664-3959.

Comic Corner: The HP Compensation Converter by Seth Weitberg

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The HP Compensation Converter was created by Second City Alum Seth Weitberg for the Chicago Tribune's Comic Corner.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Joey Bland Performs on WGN Morning Show

This morning, Joey Bland was invited by Dean Richards to appear on the WGN Morning Show to promote “Rod Blagojevich Superstar” which opens at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center on Thursday, August 12. Check out the full segment here.

Tickets for “Rod Blagojevich Superstar” are available at MetropolisArts.com.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Second City Alum Jane Lynch Will Host SNL October 9

Second City Alum, and Glee cast member, Jane Lynch will host Saturday Night Live on October 9. Jane is most recently known for her role as Sue Sylvester on Glee, but she has a long history of film and TV work. Tune in on October 9 to see her improv and sketch skills in action.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Joey Bland as Blago in TimeOut – If Only the Real Thing Were this Funny

Joey Bland gives a hilarious interview as former Governor Rod Blagojevich to Jason Heidemann from TimeOut Chicago. Read for yourself at Time Out Chicago..

Rod Blagojevich Superstar begins previews tonight at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. For more information, visit MetropolisArts.com.

Comic Corner: Lollapalooza Band Quiz by Seth Weitberg

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Seth Weitberg created this Lollapalooza Band Quiz for The Second CIty's Comic Corner in The Chicago Tribune.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

John Hildreth Talks Rod & Burris with Daily Herald

In advance of Rod Blagojevich Superstar opening at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights, Second City alum John Hildreth talks about his experience playing Roland Burris, the evolution of the script and his departure from medicine for improv. Check out the full profile at DailyHerald.com.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Comic Corner: Ravinia's Plan to Engage the "Regular Rich"

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John Cates and Kelly Leonard created this piece for The Second City's Comic Corner in the Chicago Tribune.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Comic Corner: Tony Hayward's Facebook Profile in the Chicago Tribune

Mary Scruggs, one of the writing teachers at The Second City Training Center and a frequent collaborator on projects like this, created Tony Hayward's Facebook pagefor the Tribune's Comic Corner.

Second City Alum Adam McKay Featured in the Sunday New York Times

Adam McKay's latest movie, The Other Guys comes out this Friday. The Sunday New York Times profile McKay, who has been an instrumental figure in recent comedy.

The article covers Adam's time in Chicago, work with Del Close, and founding of the Upright Citizen's Brigade.

Read the whole article at NYTimes.com.

Second Cincy? Second City takes on Cincinnati.

Writers Tom Flanigan and Matt Hovde took a whirlwind trip to Cincinnati to do research for our upcoming show at the Cincinnati Playhouse. Check out a story on their visit at Cincinnati.com.