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  • Apr 17 2014

    Congrats to Conservatory Grad Allison Tolman on 'Fargo' Lead Role

    Allison Tolman is turning heads as the lead in FX's 'Fargo', Before landing blockbuster roles, Allison was taking classes at The Second City Training Center and working hard to get ahead. Check out the inspirational Sun Times article on Allison below to find out more.

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  • Apr 10 2014

    SC Alum Stephen Colbert Named New "Late Show" Host

    SC alum, Stephen Colbert, has officially been named the new replacement for David Letterman on CBS' "Late Show." For more information, click here.

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  • Apr 9 2014

    SC EVP, Kelly Leonard: Keynote Speaker for Lake Forest College Commencement

    Lake Forest College alumnus Kelly Leonard ’88, executive vice president of Second City, will be the keynote speaker at Commencement on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Honorands will be Christine Chakoian, pastor and head of staff at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest and Rabiah Mayas PhD, director of science and integrated strategies for the Museum of Science and Industry.

    For the quarter-century since his own college graduation, Kelly has been with The Second City, where he oversees all live theatrical operations and has worked with such celebrated alumni as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Amy Poehler and Keegan Michael Key. He co-founded Second City Theatricals which produced “The Second City Guide to Opera” with Lyric Opera Chicago, “Twist Your Dickens” at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles and an upcoming collaboration with Hubbard Street Dance titled “The Second City Guide to Dance.” He is the man who brought The Second City to the high seas when he brokered a partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line that is entering its tenth year. Additionally, he works with Second City’s television and film division, developing content for broadcast television and new media. His first book, on innovation and improvisation, will be published by Harper Collins in 2015.

    For more information, click here.

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  • Apr 8 2014

    SC Alum Steve Carell to Play David Menasche in The Priority List

    SC alum, Steve Carell,  will portray Miami local David Menasche in the film adaptation of the book The Priority List: A Teacher's Final Quest to Discover Life's Greatest Lessons. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the memoir, which focuses on Menasche's six-year battle with brain cancer and his journey to live in the present and find peace with his illness.

    The Priority List will be produced by Carell and Carousel Productions' members Vance DeGeneres and Charlie Hartsock. With Carell at the helm, the film promises to be a funny, heartwarming, honest tale that would make any teaching hero proud.

    For the full article, click here.

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  • Apr 2 2014

    Tinder: A Second City Love Song

    Earlier this year, The Second City opened "The Second City's Incomplete Guide to Everything." We love it and it has gotten rave reviews. Thanks to the Chicago Tribune, we're able to share a little taste of it with you here. Ladies and gentlemen, we present, "Tinder."

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  • Apr 1 2014

    Alan Arkin In The Spotlight

    SC alum, Alan Arkin, will sit down with TCM host Robert Osborne on Sunday, April 13th for an interview at The Ricardo Montalban Theatre. For more details, click here.

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  • Mar 28 2014

    Depraved New World" Opens with Jeff Award Recommendation & Rave Reviews

    Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Second City Mainstage on the opening of "Depraved New World!" "Depraved New World has received a Jeff Recommendation. A production that has been Jeff Recommended indicates that at least one element was deemed excellent by opening night judges. The entire production is then eligible for nomination for awards at the end of the season. Additionally, Tom Williams with Chicago Critic has Highly Recommended describing it as "a fast-paced, laugh-a-minute comedy revue that easily grabs us from the start and keeps us belly laughing through." Click here to read the full review.

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  • Mar 18 2014

    The Second City Presents "Depraved New World" A Mainstage Revue

    Chicago, IL -- The Second City is proud to announce the opening of The Second City’s 102nd Revue, “Depraved New World.” Reviewing press are invited to attend on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. at The Second City Mainstage Theatre (1616 N. Wells St). A Grand Opening is scheduled for Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

    Ever wonder what people are really thinking? Maybe its positive and sweet. Maybe its weird and dirty. From musical orgies, blind dates and the innocent beginning of an international email scam, “Depraved New World” takes you on a wild ride to see what’s happening behind the eyes of the beholder.

    Returning to The Second City Mainstage, prolific Jeff Award-winning director Mick Napier leads returning cast members Steve Waltien and Tawny Newsome with new cast members Chelsea Devantez, John Hartman, Mike Kosinski and Emily Walker. Jesse Case takes his place behind the piano as the new Musical Director and Composer and Craig Taylor returns to the booth as Stage Manager.  The producing team for “Depraved New World” includes Andrew Alexander (CEO & Executive Producer), Kelly Leonard (Executive Vice President), Alison Riley (Producer) and Jeremy Smith (Associate Producer).

    Tickets for “Depraved New World” start at $23.00 and are available by phone at 312-337-3992 or online at The show schedule is as follows:

    Tuesday - Thursday     8:00 p.m.

    Friday - Saturday        8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.

    Sunday                        7:00 p.m.

    Cast and Crew Information 

    CHELSEA DEVANTEZ (Ensemble) grew up all over the Southwest, went to college at NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts and fell head over heels for Chicago. She and Emily Walker created the series Modern Women, which you can see on She previously toured all across the country with RedCo and the help of Xanax. Learn more about Chelsea at

    JOHN HARTMAN (Ensemble) is so happy to be a member of The Second City Mainstage. He is an alumnus of The Second City Touring Company, is a member of Baby Wants Candy and half of the sketch duo Witaske & Hartman. His solo work has appeared at: Annoyance Theatre, iO Theater, TBS Just for Laughs Festival, Comedy Central Stage, and UCB Theatre. Learn more about John Hartman at

    MIKE KOSINSKI (Ensemble) is so excited to perform on The Second City Mainstage with this incredible cast and crew. Previously, he co-wrote and performed in A Clown Car Named Desire and the Jeff Award–winning We’re all in This Room Together on the e.t.c. stage. Mike traveled the land and sea with The Second City Touring Company and was an ensemble member at ImprovAcadia in Bar Harbor, ME. In Chicago, he has performed at The Annoyance Theater, i.O, ComedySportz, and The Playground.

    TAWNY NEWSOME (Ensemble) is very happy to be joining this lovely group of people. Prior to this, Tawny was in the 101st Mainstage Revue "Let Them Eat Chaos" and The Second City e.t.c.’s 36th Revue "We’re All in This Room Together." A DePaul Theatre School graduate, Tawny has performed with several Chicago theatre companies, including Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Writer’s Theatre, and Porchlight Music Theatre. Tawny can also be seen with her band Jon Langford and Skull Orchard, and she just finished her first solo album and would love to talk to you for way too long about it. Learn more about Tawny at

    EMILY WALKER (Ensemble) hails from the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. She has studied improv, sketch comedy and musical improv with The Second City. She has performed for The Second City at Sea on several NCL Cruise ships and traveled the country with The Second City Touring Company. She and her best friend created the pilot "SBS:Stupid Bitch Syndrome," which is a NYTVF finalist. She is also the co-creator of The Second City Network series "Modern Women."

    STEVE WALTIEN (Ensemble) is thrilled to be part of his third revue on The Second City Mainstage with this wonderful cast and crew. Steve has performed regularly at the iO Theatre for years and toured the world with numerous improv shows including The Improvised Shakespeare Company and Whirled NewsTonight. Favorite scripted shows include "Jordan and Steve are Steve and Jordan, Respectively," "The Late Night Late Show," and his solo show, "Scenes With Ghosts."

    MICK NAPIER (Director) is founder and artistic director of the acclaimed Annoyance Theatre and a director and artistic consultant for The Second City. His work has included the Jeff Award–winning "Paradigm Lost" and Obie Award–winning "One Woman Shoe." As an actor, Mick has appeared in "Ice Harvest," "Let’s Go to Prison," "Watch, Talent," and on the Canadian reality show "Next Comedy Legend." Mick’s book, "Improvise. Scene from the Inside Out" is widely regarded as a seminal work on the subject of improvisation.

    JESSE CASE (Music Director) ecstatically joins the Mainstage ensemble after three revues as the resident musical director of the e.t.c. stage. More recently, he composed/co-wrote/ arranged "The Second City Guide to The Opera," which earned Lyric Opera of Chicago its first-ever Jeff Award. Other notable projects include "The Extended Play E.P., a 41-track hip h-opus" by Yogi Bear 3-D star T.J. Miller on Comedy Central Records. That and almost all of his other music is online at

    CRAIG TAYLOR (Stage Manager) has stage managed more than 35 revues for The Second City and has been asked to provide the impossible for numerous Second City directors.

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  • Mar 17 2014

    Student Spotlight - Student Darren Harrison Co-produces a Documentary

    Congrats to student Darren Harrison for co-producing the documentary After Prison, Responding with Faith, set to air on WTTW April 3rd at 9pm. Currently a student in our Improv for Actors program, Darren was one of 3 producers to create a 12-minute documentary in the hour-long piece. The doc focuses on St Leonard's Ministries and what their organization does to help break the cycle of incarceration. "Without intervention, 50% go back to jail within 3 years. Those who seek St. Leonard's upon release rarely go back," say Darren, President of Darren Harrison Films. Tune in to find out more!

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  • Mar 12 2014

    The Second City Announces the Bob Curry Fellowship Recipients

    The Second City is very excited to announce the recipients of the first annual Bob Curry Fellowship. The sixteen recipients are Ali Barthwell, Sam Bailey, Lisa Beasley, Shantira Jackson, Peter Kim, Lauren Malara, Torian Miller, Saliha Muttalib, Chucho Perez, Dewayne Perkins, Patrick Rowland, Rashawn Nadine Scott, Niccole Thurman, Travis Turner, Kimberly Michelle Vaughn, and Damian Jason White. 
    The Fellowship will begin on Tuesday, March 25th with master classes taking place at the Second City Training Center for eight weeks on Tuesday and Thursday 4pm - 7pm.

    A culminating and celebratory showcase for family, friends and Second City staff is scheduled  in the e.t.c. theatre Wednesday, May 28th. Time is yet to be determined.

    As you may be aware, this is an exciting piece of history at Second City. With this new fellowship program instituted, we are delighted to mentor the inaugural group of Bob Curry Fellowship recipients. We received over 140 submissions and auditioned 85 applicants. Thank you to all of the amazing talent who came out to auditions. These decisions were not easy, but we look forward to creating access and opening more doors for talent interested in pursuing a career in comedy!

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