Monday, September 30, 2013

Bernie Sahlins' Memorial is Tonight

Due to the overwhelming number of RSVPs for Bernie's Memorial, we have reached our capacity and are unable to take additional reservations.

However, as a reminder for those who have already RSVP'd, the memorial will be at Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier tonight, September 30th at 6:30pm. The address to the theater is 800 E Grand Avenue, Chicago IL 60611.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Super Fun Night with Second City Training Centre Alum Lauren Ash!

Super Fun Night is a brand new comedy on ABC following three single ladies who have set aside every Friday night as "Friday Fun Night." The show will star Rebel Wilson, Liza Lapira and Lauren Ash.

Lauren Ash is an alumnus of the Second City Toronto and Chicago Mainstage as well as a Second City Training Centre Conservatory Graduate.

Watch the premiere on ABC Wednesday October 2nd at 9:30pm!

Check out the "Super Fun Night" trailer.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Congratulations to SC Alum Emmy Award Winners

Congratulations to this year’s Emmy Award Winners including a Second City resident and touring company alumni including Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Tom Purcell.

The 65th Annual Emmy’s were held last night on CBS. Click here for a complete list of winners.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Bernie Sahlins' Memorial Update

Just a reminder, if you would like to attend Bernie Sahlins' memorial,
please RSVP at the link below or call the CST Media Office.

September 30, 2013
Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier
800 E. Grand Ave. | Chicago, IL 60611

Click here to RSVP  or call the CST Media Office at 312.667.4968 by
Wednesday, September 25, 2013.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Judy Fabjance Fundraiser on September, 21st

One of our longtime employees and friends in Chicago, Judy Fabjance, has been battling breast cancer for some time, which she just learned has now spread to her brain.

If you'd like to help Judy and her family while she's in treatment, there's a fundraiser, this Saturday, September 21st and there is also the opportunity to get involved with Team Judy in Chicago through Helping Hands.

We will be sending out weekly emails with updates regarding Helping Hands and the upcoming fundraiser. If you would like to be included on this email, please email Hope Hudson at

Second City's Producing 101 Class Receives Press Attention

Second City's Training Center has been churning out talent for years, however, now it's also teaching students the basic elements of how to put up a show.

Producing 101" is being taught by Angie McMahon and shows students what steps they need to take in order to bring a show idea from start to stage, financially, creatively and more. Paul Biasco has taken an extra interest in Angie's class and did a full write-up of it for DNAinfo Chicago.

If you're interested in taking Angie's Producing 101 or her new Producing 102, let us know by either emailing or calling 312.664.3959.

Monday, September 16, 2013

SNL Adds Mike O'Brien to Feature Cast and Cecily Strong Joins Weekend Update

Congratulations to Mike O’Brien on his move to feature cast and Cecily Strong for joining the Weekend Update desk on Saturday Night Live, NBC's Emmy Award-winning late-night comedy showcase, for their 39th Season.

"We are always thrilled with the success of our alumni and we wish them all the best this season on SNL," stated Andrew Alexander, CEO & Executive Producer of The Second City, Inc.

Mike O’Brien graduated from The Second City Training Center Conservatory Program.  He worked with The Second City Touring Company as a performer and director. In December 2008, he opened America: All Better! at The Second City’s legendary Mainstage Theater in Chicago.  The following summer, he was hired from The Second City stage to join the writing staff of Saturday Night Live.

After studying at The Second City Training Center in the Conservatory Program, Cecily Strong performed with Second City Theatricals and was a member of The Second City Touring Company when she was hired last season to Saturday Night Live.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Interview with the Creators of the "Kickstart WWIII" Video

On Monday, September 9th, The Second City Network released the "Kickstart WWIII" parody video. took a few minutes to chat with Jeph Porter and John Loos, the creative minds behind this insanely successful viral video. Take a look at what they had to say.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

SC Alum Mike Myers' Directorial Debut

SC Alum, Mike Myers, will be releasing "Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon,"his directorial debut film tomorrow. Read his interview with Deadline to learn more about the film and how he has brought to life all of these characters we have come to know and love.

Congratulations and best of luck Mike!

SC Alum Kay Cannon Lands New CBS Pilot

SC Alum, Kay Cannon has teamed up with Jason Winer (Modern Family) to produce a new pilot for CBS, titled "The Runt."

"The Runt is a single camera comedy about a group of five adult siblings from the point of view of The Runt. Always the scrawniest and the butt of the joke, she’s now the most successful. And no matter how hard she tries, she can’t seem to break the family dynamics established when she was a kid."

Sounds like a great premise, we can't wait to see what's in store for these two, congratulations!

Read more here.

Congratulations to SC Alum Bob Odenkirk on "Breaking Bad" Spinoff

SC Alum, Bob Odenkirk, will be playing Saul Goodman in "Breaking Bad's" new spinoff, "Better Call Saul." Congratulations on the new show Bob, we can't wait to see it!

Help Kickstart WWIII

In response to recent world events, The Second City Network has joined forces to start a campaign to help President Obama kickstart WWIII. This "Kickstart WWII" video has become such a sensation that it reached over 1MM views within the first 72 hours of being live. It has also attracted the attention of Sean Hannity, from Fox News, as it aired on "Hannity" Wednesday evening, September 11th. The Daily Beast has also published a write up on the campaign to help promote our cause.

What an overwhelming response! Looks like we may just be able to help Obama kickstart WWIII afterall!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Second City Communications On Using Humor To Make Online Training Stick!

Second City Communications On Using Humor To Make Online Training Stick!
Lessons in Social Learning Effectiveness at Training Magazine’s Online Learning Conference

Chicago, September 11, 2013 – Second City Communications (SCC) takes the stage at the annual Online Learning Conference 2013 to showcase how comedy and improvisation can drive stronger results in social learning programs.

The business solutions division of the world-renowned improvisation comedy theater, The Second City, is a featured presenter at the annual conference by Training magazine on September 18 in Chicago. The conference runs from September 17-19 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Lakeside Center.

"Improvisation and short-form comedy are great social learning solutions for breaking down barriers and getting people deeply engaged in training programs – both online and off,” said Tom Yorton, CEO of Second City Communications. “We live in a YouTube era of short attention spans – and humor’s a powerful tool for focusing on what’s really going on – speaking the truth and connecting with audiences. More and more training professionals now get that and are using it to engage audiences to drive training results,” Yorton added.

More information about Training magazine’s Online Learning Conference 2013 is at:

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

SC Alum Valerie Harper to Appear on Dancing With The Stars

SC Alum Valerie Harper is scheduled to appear on the next season of "Dancing With The Stars." We're very excited for her!

Second City Shows Pull in 7 Jeff Nominations

Congratulations to The Second City casts and crews of "Let Them Eat Chaos," "A Clown Car Named Desire" and "The Second City Guide to The Opera" on 7 Jeff Nominations! We're so excited and so proud!

The 45th Annual Jeff Equity Awards ceremony honoring excellence in professional theatre produced within the immediate Chicago area will be Monday, November 4 at Drury Lane Oakbrook, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Bernie Sahlins Memorial Update

Thank you all for your inquiries regarding Bernie Sahlins' memorial. Please see below for more information and if you are able to attend, please RSVP at the link below.

September 30, 2013
Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier
800 E. Grand Ave. | Chicago, IL 60611

Click here to RSVP  or call the CST Media Office at 312.667.4968 by
Wednesday, September 25, 2013.