Diversity – Festival

NBC Second City BREAK OUT COMEDY FESTIVAL - June 5-6, 2015

The Second City and NBC Universal joined partnership in 2014 to establish a premiere comedy festival that would identify and support  emerging  and established diverse talent in sketch, stand-up, and improv.  The two day curated event kicks off on June 5-6, 2015  headlined by Al Madrigal (NBC’s About that Boy) on Friday, June 5 and Rob Funches (  NBC’s Undateable)  on June 6. Featured acts include distinguished 2015 Bob Curry Fellows from Second City Chicago and Toronto.  Additional acts to be announced. 


Last Years Event Video

Toronto Diversity and Shows


Join Us! APRIL 25 – 27 THE SECOND CITY TRAINING CENTRE 99 Blue Jay Way, Third Floor, An exciting weekend of Comedy Workshops, Career Networking, Comedy Jams & Auditions.

Saturday, April 25 Meet & Greet • 5:30pm Meet our Bob Curry Fellows, hear about Second City training & NBC Universal Second City Emerging Voice Scholarship Award. Comedy Hour Jam and open Mic immediately follows at 7PM. 

Sunday, April 26 Sketch Writing Workshop • 11am – 2pm Write and develop your comedic voice! This introductory workshop teaches the fundamentals of sketch comedy writing. Open to all experience levels.

 Improv Audition Workshop • 3pm – 6pm Hands on practical experience in improv for actors and performers. Learn the tools for creating your best characters and point of view. Ideal for candidates who want to audition on Monday. Open to all experience levels. Space limited. 

Monday, April 27 AUDITION DAY The Second City is casting for various projects including the Diversity Scholarship Program.
E-mail torontoauditions@secondcity.com to reserve a slot and for more info. All talent must have appointments to audition. Activities open to all performers, students or improvisers, regardless of comedy experience.
For more info, e-mail torontoauditions@secondcity.com with “Diversity Weekend” in subject line to RSVP. Be sure to include which events you are attending and submit headshot and resume for auditions. 

Contact Us

To inquire about college workshops, lecture demonstrations or a visit to your school or university, contact:

Dionna Griffin-Irons
Director of Outreach & Diversity
312-664-4032 ext. 3577

Off the Cuff Podcast

Real Actor Stories, Insightful career tips and Humor to Amuse and Inform you…


Podcast #2
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Podcast #1
From South Side Chicago Stand Up to Second City National Touring Company in 3+ years…

Diversity Partners

A few of our partners…

After School Matters

United States Embassy

Norway & Latvia

Urban Prep Academy

YMCA Black and Latino Achievers

NBC Universal

Big Brothers Club

Columbia College

University of Chicago

Northwestern College

A Long Walk Home

DePaul University


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