Friday, June 27, 2014

SC Launches Indiegogo Campaign to Help Fundraise

The Second City has created an Indiegogo campaign to help raise money to support Gilda's Club Chicago and The Second City Alumni Fund as a part of our All-Star Comedy Benefit. You have the option to donate as little as $10 to support the cause or you can purchase a $50 autographed poster or a few thousand dollars for VIP access for you and nine friends. Take a look at the details here and remember that every little bit helps!

Thank you so much and we hope to see you at the event on July 17th!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

SC Alum Jason Sudeikis Cast in New Jared Hess Heist Comedy

SC alum, Jason Sudeikis, is in talks to join Zach Galafianakis, Owen Wilson and Kristen Wiig in the Jared Hess-directed heist drama formerly known as Loomis Fargo, which is set up at Relativity Media. Sudeikis will play a hit man in the pic, which is based on an original screenplay by Emily Spivey and is getting a new title.

For more details, click here.

Rick & Laura Hall Return to The Second City Training Centre July 18th & 19th

They're coming back, for two days only! We have a beginner and an advanced musical improv workshop and two back-to-back shows!

If you've seen Whose Line Is It Anyway? and have always wanted to learn to do musical improv then the beginner class on Saturday, July 19th from 11-2pm is a great starting point. If you have experience with musical improv and are looking to further expand your skills then try your hand at the advanced class on Friday, July 18th from 2-5pm.

Back-to-back shows Friday July 18th starting at 7:30pm in the John Candy Box Theatre.

7:30pm: Open Jam
$5 Second City Training Centre Students/ $10 Non-Second City Training Centre Students

9:00pm: Advanced Workshop show
$8 Second City Training Centre Students/ $15 Non-Second City Training Centre Students

Tickets available at the front desk of The Second City Training Centre (70 Peter Street, Lower Level)

About Rick and Laura:
Rick and Laura met when he was a member of The Second City Touring Company in Chicago and she was the musical director.

Rick is best known for his roles in Three Fugitives, My Fellow Americans & Vice Versa while Laura can be seen on the hit TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? starring Second City Alumni Colin Mochrie & Ryan Stiles.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mainstage Musical Director Speaks about Evolutoin of Role with Technology

The handful of music directors at The Second City over the years have provided piano accompaniment some of the country's biggest stars during their formative years.

What started as a role for a jazz pianist in 1959 has since transformed in tune with the greater music industry.

Jesse Case, the theater's newest music director, still sits behind a grand piano, but is equipped with a synthesizer above the main set keys, a third keyboard down below for sound effects and industry standard audio programs on a laptop to his side...

For the full interview, click here.

New City Stage Recommends e.t.c's "Apes of Wrath"

This is one of the strongest casts that I’ve seen on either stage at Second City and director Jen Ellison handles them with a deft hand, pulling the best out of each. Barreca, Breit and Patel are returning from the most recent e.t.c —the excellent “A Clowncar Named Desire”—and have upped their already impressive games considerably since then, while Mujica, Perlman and Ryder bring an air of newcomers excitement to the mix. The cast works well across the board, but the interspersed solo sketches serve to remind us that while we are indeed insignificant, we still crave individual attention from those around us.

Read the full review here.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

SC Adds More Names to All-Star Benefit

The Second City is excited to announce more alumni and friends to The Second City All-Star Comedy Benefit line-up including Scott Adsit, Neil Flynn, Mike Hagerty, T.J. Jagodowski, David Koechner, Susan Messing, Katie Rich and Allison Tolman. They will be joining Aidy Bryant, Jack McBrayer, Tim Meadows, George Wendt, Fred Willard and Steven Yeun. The Second City All-Star Comedy Benefit is a special one night fundraising event benefiting Gilda’s Club Chicago and The Second City Alumni Fund on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at The Second City Mainstage Theater (1616 N. Wells St). Performances will be at 7:00p and 10:00p. Tickets are on sale now at

Featuring a hilarious cast of alumni and friends, The Second City All-Star Comedy Benefit includes improv and some of the best scenes from The Second City’s 54-year history for one night of legendary laughs at the birthplace of Chicago-style improv and sketch comedy. Scheduled performers include Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live), Neil Flynn (The Middle), Mike Hagerty (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Mob City), T.J. Jagodowski (TJ & Dave), David Koechner (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, American Dad!), Jack McBrayer (30 Rock, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Tim Meadows (Saturday Night Live, Mean Girls), Susan Messing (Messing with a Friend), Katie Rich (Saturday Night Live), Allison Tolman (Fargo), George Wendt (Cheers), Fred Willard (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Modern Family) and Steven Yeun (Walking Dead). This line-up is subject to change based on availability.

Proceeds from The Second City All-Star Comedy Benefit will go to Gilda’s Club Chicago and The Second City Alumni Fund.

VIP Tickets for The Second City All-Star Comedy Benefit are $500.00, and include a post-show private cocktail reception.  Premium tickets which include two cocktails and a souvenir glass will be available for $300.00 and a limited number of seats are available for $250.00. Tickets are now on sale at

The Second City is pleased to work with The James Chicago in partnership for The James' new Cultural Collection, a curated group of partners representing Chicago’s dynamic and vibrant cultural communities.

About Gilda’s Club Chicago
Gilda’s Club Chicago offers FREE programs for men, women, teens and children and their family and friends whose lives have been impacted by any kind of cancer. Their mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

About The Second City Alumni Fund
The Alumni Fund of The Second City is a resource fund for performers, technicians, support staff and other members of the creative and production teams at The Second City and SCTV. The Alumni Fund provides counseling and/or short-term financial aid to assist in expenses for health, housing and rehabilitation after an illness, injury or sudden inability to work.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Kate Lambert Talks About Her Time at SC Training Center

Kate Lambert has performed with The Second City in many capacities and has also gone through a number of our training center programs. Click here for details.

SC Announces New e.t.c Show "Apes of Wrath"

The Second City e.t.c. is proud to announce the opening of The Second City e.t.c.’s 38th Revue, “Apes of Wrath.” In the world of high stakes, we become a more heightened version of ourselves, which can sometimes resemble more simian behavior than human. From unitard sporting performance artists, an intimate encounter with robot culture and the primal effects of downsizing, "Apes of Wrath" embraces the dark and light sides of our human devolution.

Veteran Chicago-based director Jen Ellison leads returning cast members Carisa Barreca, Brooke Breit and Punam Patel with new cast members Eddie Mujica, Asher Perlman and Tim Ryder. Alex Kliner is back at the piano as the Musical Director and Composer and Kyle Anderson returns as Stage Manager. The producing team for “Apes of Wrath” includes Andrew Alexander (CEO & Executive Producer), Kelly Leonard (Executive Vice President), Alison Riley (Producer) and Jeremy Smith (Associate Producer).

Tickets for “Apes of Wrath” start at $23.00 and are available by phone at 312-337-3992 or online. The show schedule is as follows:

Tuesday (Aug 6 - 13)                    8:00 p.m.
Wednesday (July 9 - Aug 13)        8:00 p.m.
Thursday                                     8:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday                          8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
Sunday                                        7:00 p.m.


CARISA BARRECA (Ensemble) is overjoyed to be performing with her second revue on the e.t.c. Stage. Along with writing and performing in A Clown Car Named Desire, Carisa has worked with Second City aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines, UP Comedy Club, and at Lyric Opera with Patrick Stewart and Renee Flemingin on The Second City Guide to the Opera. She’s an artistic director of Matter Dance Company and was voted Best Choreographer by Chicago Reader. You can follow her infrequent and candy fueled tweets @cinderisa.

BROOKE BREIT (Ensemble) is super happy to return to e.t.c. with this amazing ensemble!  Previous credits include writing and performing in A Clown Car Named Desire, The Second City Touring Company, One Nation Under 1%, The Second City Improv All-Stars, Whirled News Tonight (iO Chicago) and Love is Dead (The Annoyance), as well as solo character work. Brooke is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.

EDDIE MUJICA (Ensemble) is incredibly honored to be on the e.t.c. stage! He hails from Hialeah, FL and is a graduate of the University of Central Florida. He is an alum of The Second City Touring Company (RedCo), performs regularly at iO (Winter Formal), and shoots the 3-pointer at a high percentage. Follow along: @mooheekah.

PUNAM PATEL (Ensemble) is thrilled for her second revue with The Second City e.t.c. Previously, Punam was in the e.t.c.’s A Clown Car Named Desire and has also performed with Second City’s Touring Company, Upstairs Gallery, iO, The Playground Theater, Chicago Live!, and Improv All-Stars. A native Floridian, she enjoys sunning, eating, biking, and lounging with Droomie.

ASHER PERLMAN (Ensemble) is delighted to be a member The Second City e.t.c. stage alongside such wonderful people. A Wisconsin native, Asher has also performed with The Second City Touring Company, The Improvised Shakespeare Company, ComedySportz, iO, Comedy Partners, and the TBS Just For Laughs festival’s solo showcase. Follow along: @asherperlman.

TIM RYDER (Ensemble) is honored to appear in his first e.t.c. revue. A veteran of The Second City Touring Company, he has also performed in The Second City Guide to the Opera, The Second City Improv All-Stars, Baby Wants Candy, The Beatbox, and in shows at iO Chicago and ComedySportz. You might have seen him in videos for The Onion, in the webseries Game Bros ( or on those weird TVs in mall food courts. Find him online at and @timryder.

JEN ELLISON (Director) has worked all around Chicago as an actor, writer, and director for Trap Door Theatre, ComedySportz, Theatre Seven, Collaboraction, The Neo-Futurists, and The Second City. In addition to teaching ethics at DePaul University and Writing at The Second City Training Center, she is also a member of the Comedy Studies faculty at Columbia College Chicago.

ALEX KLINER (Musical Director) is super stoked to return to e.t.c. after music directing the previous revue, A Clown Car Named Desire. Prior to joining the e.t.c. family, Alex spent two years traveling the country with the Second City Touring Company. When not working with Second City, Alex designs sounds and composes music for a wide variety of video and theatre projects. Alex’s New Years resolution is to be better about updating his website, We’ll see.

KYLE ANDERSON (Stage Manager) This is Kyle’s third revue with The Second City e.t.c., where he is lucky to serve as both stage manager and lighting designer. He previously worked on A Clown Car Named Desire, Sky’s the Limit (Weather Permitting), and We’re All in This Room Together.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Old Town's Wells Street Art Festival: This Weekend

This weekend, join us in Old Town for the 40th Annual Wells Street Art Festival both June 14th & 15th. There will be over 225 artists, food, music and fun things for the kids.

FOOD: Among the fest's nearly 15 food vendors will be several lauded neighborhood mainstays including The Fireplace Inn, Bistrot Margot, Kamehachi, Dinotto Ristorante, Orso's, Adobo Grill, O'Briens and Woodie's Flat.

MUSIC: The music stage lineup includes acclaimed Chicago singer/songwriter Andrew Belle, Beatles tribute band American English, and the Windy City's own favorite Dave Matthews tribute act, the Trippin Billies.

KIDS: Chicago's acclaimed Emerald City Theatre will present the "Dr. Suess' Cat in the Hat" kids' area each day from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at the intersection of Evergreen and Wells. Craft activities, hop scotch, a Suess photo booth, a 'Crazy' hat making station, and storytelling by the Cat And, on Sunday at Noon, families can enjoy the kids' musical revue that is The Happiness Club

Wells Street Art Festival hours are 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.. Gate donation is $7. Festival proceeds benefiting the Old Town Merchants & Residents Association. For more information, call OTMRA between North Avenue and Division in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood.

The stage schedule is:

Saturday, June 14
12:30 p.m. Elenna Sindler (eclectic singer/songwriter)
2:00 p.m. Jesse White Tumblers
3:00 p.m. The Hat Guys (performing two pop/rock sets)
6:00 p.m. Andrew Belle (pop/rock singer/songwriter)
8:00 p.m Trippin Billies (Dave Matthews tribute band)

Sunday, June 15
12:00 p.m. The Happiness Club (kids' musical revue)
12:40 p.m The Flat Cats (swing jazz)
2:00 p.m. Jesse White Tumblers
3:30 p.m. Generation ('60s/'70s pop/rock)
5:00 p.m. Hot Rocks (Rolling Stones tribute band)
7:30 p.m. American English (Beatles tribute band)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Variety Names Brian Gallivan a Top TV Writer to Watch

SC alum, Brian Gallivan, was named one of Variety's 10 TV Writers to Watch. You may know him from Sassy Gay Friend, but that's just the beginning...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Shaw Media Partners with Second City Toronto

On the heels of its impressive Upfront presentation last week, Shaw Media announced today a series of original digital initiatives that have integrated cross-platform opportunities from their inception. Building on brands Canada knows and loves – Global, HISTORY® Canada, Food Network Canada, and HGTV Canada – Shaw Media is extending its strength in television content into the digital space.

“Shaw Media excels at original content and with these four cross-platform experiences we are building on our already strong efforts in the digital world to bring our viewers and advertisers the quality, creativity, and diversity that they have come to expect from our linear brands,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media.

These exciting new digital initiatives include:

The Second City Project
FALL 2014            
Global TV is bringing the next generation of legendary Second City comedy talent to Shaw Media screens in The Second City Project, led by Bob Martin (Slings and Arrows). Designed to bring premium sketch comedy to Canadian television as well as meet the insatiable appetite for short-form comedy on digital platforms, this series of vignettes will weave together the evolution of a comedy sketch from its inception in the writers’ room to the final produced piece. The sketches will premiere in short form on and Global Go, and will be packaged as a series of on-air specials for Global.

Dino Hunt Canada
FALL 2014
The original cross-platform series Dino Hunt Canada on HISTORY and will showcase Canada as one of the best places in the world to discover dinosaurs. In a four-part television event, Canadian paleontologists unravel prehistoric mysteries and make history through incredible new dinosaur discoveries, from the Alberta badlands to the Bay of Fundy. The series will be accompanied by rich, interactive digital content in partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum. The starting point of the definitive guide to dinosaurs in Canada, will include live streaming from the action of the museum’s paleontology lab to the ultimate ‘Ask the Expert’ section with key personalities from the series.

The Great Canadian Cookbook
Food Network Canada is embarking upon a digital, community-based initiative to start a coast-to-coast conversation celebrating food. The brand is launching a ground-breaking, multi-screen project encouraging all Canadians to contribute recipes, ingredients, and conversation to The Great Canadian Cookbook. The digital content features an ever-evolving food almanac, contributions by favourite Food Network celebrities, instructional videos, exclusive recipes, and user-generated content. A one-hour special television presentation will follow on Food Network in Winter 2015. The Great Canadian Cookbook provides all Canadians with the opportunity to craft the country’s ultimate food identity.

The HGTV Home Giveaway
Every HGTV Canada viewer has one thing in common – the dream of owning their perfect home. The HGTV Home Giveaway is making that dream come true by giving away a fully-furnished, custom-built home plus cash and prizes. This innovative project will originate online as viewers enter to win the home, and they will stay engaged along the way by helping to design the house, from the way it’s built to the finishing touches of d├ęcor. All of this will culminate in a television special on HGTV Canada in which the lucky winner will be revealed.

About Shaw Communications Inc.
Shaw is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.2 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY® and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX – SJR.B, NYSE – SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Bob Derkach Honored at Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame

Former Second City Toronto Musical Director, Bob Derkach, is being honored at Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame. For more details, click here.