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Jill Soloway Is Wrong: We Should Not Topple the Patriarchy. Calm Down. Everything is Great.

Jill Soloway Is Wrong: We Should Not Topple the Patriarchy. Calm Down. Everything is Great.

An Op-Ed by Truck VanCar, Elected Duke of Patriarchy and Ted Nugent Enthusiast

Have Your Best Shame Spiral Ever!

Have Your Best Shame Spiral Ever!

You can do it! Here’s how in eight easy steps!

The Politically Savvy’s Guide to Comic Book Terminology

The Politically Savvy’s Guide to Comic Book Terminology

We are deep into election season, so I believe we all deserve to take a break from the headlines and turn to the funny pages–because Saturday, September 24th is National Comic Book Day. If you’d like to be an informed participant of this hyperbolic holiday, here are some terms you should know to properly pass in your local comic store while still staying political active:.

So, what’s The Second City?

The Second City has been bringing the funny for over 50 years, but here’s the short version.

We began as a small comedy theater, and have grown to become today’s leading brand in improv-based sketch comedy. With a variety of theaters, training centers and full-time, touring ensembles, you can find us all over the world.

We’ve also taken improv off the stage, expanding our business to include collaborations with corporate clients, and television and film productions.

And we have more than a handful of successful Second City alum that we aren’t too modest to mention, like Tina Fey, Chris Farley, Bill Murray, and Keegan-Michael Key.

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1959 Kitchen & Bar - The Second City

1959 Kitchen & Bar

Hungry? Thirsty? Come see us in 1959

Second City Neighborhood Tour - The Second City

Second City Neighborhood Tour

The Second City kicks off another glorious summer with the return of “The Second City’s Neighborhood Tour”.

Second City Gift Cards - The Second City

Second City Gift Cards

Best. Gift. Ever. = Second City Gift Cards.

#DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment - The Second City

#DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment

“Enjoy an evening of hilarious relationship comedy” – The Torch

Afro- Futurism - The Second City

Afro- Futurism

Afro-Futurism is the future of comedy. The vanguard of Chicago’s hippest African-American talent deliver the street satire and cultural cosmologies of a city on the brink.

The Second City’s ​Fast, Loud & Funny - The Second City

The Second City’s ​Fast, Loud & Funny

UP Comedy Club presents: ​​The Second City’s ​Fast, Loud & Funny!

Best of The Second City - The Second City

Best of The Second City

Looking for something to do on Monday night? Hang out with us!

Second City's Improv All-Stars - The Second City

Second City's Improv All-Stars

See Chicago’s finest improvisers