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  • Apr 10 2014

    Student Graduation Shows this Sunday

    Join us at the Second City Mainstage (51 Mercer Street) this Sunday, April 13th at 3pm for TWO Writing 6 Graduation Shows. We're very excited because this is the first time we've ever had two Writing 6 Grad shows in one term!

    3pm: Journey To The Centre of Google Earth (Directed by Dave Pearce)
    4pm: Selfie's Choice (Directed by Jennifer Goodhue)

    Our Writers have been working as an ensemble to create an original sketch revue for the last six months joined by a cast of our very own Conservatory graduates who have brought the hard work of our writers to life.

    If you want even more comedy, show up at 2pm to watch our Conservatory 3 Archive show. Where they perform scenes from the Second City Mainstage archives.

    All shows are pay what you can.

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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 2 2014

    Student Appreciation Day

    Thinking of taking a class, but not sure what it’s all about? Already a student but not sure what program to take next? Well this is the day for you! To show how much YOU mean to us, come check out an afternoon and evening of free shows and workshops. This is just our way of saying "thank you" the students, for helping Second City build such an amazing community.

    3:00pm: Join us for our Conservatory 6 graduation show, A Person of Pinterest. Check out our latest group of up and coming talent hit the Mainstage at 51 Mercer Street. The show is pay-what-you-can and doors open at 2:30pm.

    6:00pm & 7:45pm: Want to get some extra improv practice time or get a taste of what some of the other programs are like? Check out these workshops. All workshops are open to current students, friends and family members who may want to see what it's like to study with us at The Second City Training Centre. Best of all they’re FREE!

    Here’s a list of the great workshops we’ll be offering:

    Improv 
    Stand Up 
    Longform 
    Writing (6pm only)
    Musical Improv (7:45pm only)
    Stagecraft 101 (7:45pm only)


      Spaces are limited, so it's first come first served. Email areoch@secondcity.com ASAP to reserve your spot. Don’t miss out!

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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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    • Apr 1 2014

      Kevin Frank, Joins TSYO as Narrator/Host of "The Composer is DEAD!"

      The Training Centre's Artistic Director, Kevin Frank, will be the Host/Narrator for the Lemony Snicket Mystery story "The Composer is DEAD!" A series of youth performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thompson Hall running March 29th through to April 3rd.

      For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the website. Click here to read more about Kevin Frank.

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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 25 2014

      SC Alum, Cindy Caponera, Releases New Book

      Second City Chicago Mainstage alum, Cindy Caponera, just released a new book called, "I Triggered Her Bully." Take a look as Cindy explores the world of insecurity and injustice in hilarious and poignant essays that travel all the way from the South Side of Chicago, where bar fights are sport and families large, to New York and Hollywood where you might run into Joni Mitchell at your local deli. Cindy looks both outward and inward with fearless honesty and wicked wit. Whether describing her family’s dysfunction or the perils of dating, her stories will stick with you, like those pop songs from the ‘70s she loves so much.

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