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  • Mar 26 2012

    Trivia Night Fundraiser for Make-A-Wish This Tuesday in the e.t.c. Theatre

    The Second City Training Center is hosting a trivia night fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation this Tuesday, March 27th at 7pm in the ETC. $10 gets you in the door, a hot meal and qualifies you to win some pretty amazing, local prizes. Come show off your smarts!

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  • Mar 13 2012

    Join the Training Center for a Screening of "Modern Imbecile's Planet World" on April 13th at 7pm

    Modern Imbecile, comprised of Second City Training Center-Chicago alums, is hosting a Q & A and screening of their newest film "Modern Imbecile's Planet World" on April 13th. Join us in welcoming Doug Manley and Kevin M. Brennan back in the building! Find out more about "Modern Imbecile's Planet World" here.

    When: April 13th, 2012 – Q & A at 7pm / Screening at 7:30pm

    Where: The Second City Training Center Room 305

    How: Reserve tickets by emailing Andrew at or by calling 312.664.3959

    About Modern Imbecile

    Doug and Kevin met while attending the writing program at The Second City Training Center in Chicago. Upon graduation, they formed their own sketch group called The Mantasticks. The Mantasticks went on to tour the country and carve out a bold new path for the underserved audience of young, white, upper middle class males who are into sketch comedy. Modern Imbecile was formed in 2006 when Doug began making funny videos instead of working at his then day job at Chicago post house, Optimus. Doug and Kevin moved to Los Angeles and started hanging out with various celebrities, paying $15 for a cocktail and using phrases like, "We totally get it." and "We're big fans, but it's just not right for us." In the winter of 2010 they ventured into the vast Mojave Desert to begin the 6 day shooting odyssey that became Planet World. The film went on to play Slamdance where it won The Road To Park City Award, The Atlanta Underground Film festival where it won Best Comedy as well as The Austin Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, New Filmmakers Los Angeles and BUTFF in The Netherlands. Currently Doug and Kevin are working on their next feature as well as a TV series based on Planet World. Oh, and they are now paying $16 for a cocktail.

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  • Mar 1 2012

    JR Strzelec Memorial

    The Second City Training Center will be holding a memorial for our dear friend, coworker, and fellow student, JR Strzelec. Please join us Monday, March 12th at 2pm in the ETC Theatre for refreshments and laughter and to remember JR. Contact Scott Elam at with any questions.

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  • Mar 1 2012

    The Second City Training Center Offers "Social Anxiety Bootcamp" Starting March 10th (You can enroll in until March 31, 2012)

    The Second City Training Center is teaming up with Marc Pfeffer, M.S, and the Panic/Anxiety Recovery Center to offer a "Social Anxiety Bootcamp" set to start on March 10th. For more information and to see a video testimonial, click here.

    What is Social Anxiety Bootcamp?

    PARC and The Second City teamed up to design a unique solution for people with anxiety disorders.

    The Social Anxiety Bootcamp is an innovative, comprehensive, and interactive approach to working with people with social anxiety disorder (SAD). Bootcamp combines psycho-educational groups, psychotherapy, and improvisation for those who are ready to do the work. Together, these services will help you achieve less anxiety, allow for more comfort in everyday social situations, manage uncertainty, and let life unfold.

    About Mark Pfeffer, M.S. LMFT

    Mark Pfeffer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Illinois and California. He is Director of the Panic/Anxiety Recovery Center in Chicago. PARC is a specialized outpatient program that provides comprehensive treatment for anxiety and related disorders. Mark received his Master's degree in Psychology from Boston University with additional post-graduate work at UCLA. He also served as the Commissioner of Social Services for the City of Santa Monica and is an active clinical member of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) and International OCD Foundation (IOCDF).

    Mark has appeared on multiple episodes of the A&E's Emmy® nominated show Hoarders, the Discovery Channel, and the National Geographic Channel. He has been featured and quoted regarding mental health issues in various media outlets including: ABC7 Chicago; CBS2 Chicago; NBC; CLTV Chicago; Chicago Tribune; Pioneer Press, WGCI-FM and Home & Garden magazine. He has also authored numerous publications, and was a recipient of the 2002 "Golden Bell" award from the Mental Health Association of Illinois for an article he co-authored on Panic Disorder.

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