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  • May 30 2013

    Second City Offers Exclusive New Video Course in Partnership with Funny or Die

    Two of America's top comedy creators, The Second City and Funny Or Die, have collaborated on an exclusive new video course. The pilot program will launch at The Second City Training Center's Hollywood campus (6560 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028) beginning July 2, 2013. Similar programs will be launched at The Second City Training Centers in Chicago and Toronto in the Fall of 2013.

    The first course offering focuses on DIY or guerilla-style filmmaking with an emphasis on creating short form comedic video content. The course curriculum includes pitching video ideas, scripting and on-location coaching. Basic cameras, lighting equipment and editing software will be provided by The Second City. Students are encouraged to use their own equipment as well.

    Course curriculum has been co-created by Funny Or Die Creative Director, Andrew Steele, and Second City Training Center Artistic Director, Joshua Funk. Course will be taught by Mr. Steele, Mr. Funk and other key Second City and Funny Or Die talent.

    "While The Second City has perfected the process for creating theatrical material," states Andrew Alexander, CEO/Managing Partner of The Second City, "our friends at Funny Or Die have been perfecting the formula for creating funny, edgy and satirical short form videos. In the current comedy environment, it pays to be prolific. Having the right tools and coaching for short form digital content is an important asset for any writer and performer."

    "It makes perfect sense to us. No one teaches short form sketch comedy better than Second City and we think we're pretty good at translating that form to the web," states Andrew Steele, Creative Director for Funny Or Die. "We were kind of stunned that they would come to us but I guess they know what they're doing. I hope they know what they're doing." He added, "This is a natural fit for us. We both have short form comedy in our DNA. And it gives us the added bonus of maybe stealing some of their better talent."

    Course Description
    Creating Video for Funny Or Die is a 12 week course in creating comedic digital shorts. Each student receives weekly feedback from Funny Or Die creative staff and has weekly check-ins with a Second City writing instructor and director. After completion of the 12 week course, each student will have his or her own fully produced digital short. Funny Or Die will post all student content on their main site under a section specifically designated for Second City Training Center student works.

    10 classes meet over 12 weeks
    Prerequisite: None

    Class meets at the Second City Training Center Hollywood, 6560 Hollywood Blvd.
    Tuesdays beginning July 2. Class runs through September 17. 6:30-10:00pm

    Register for the class here.

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  • Jul 11 2012

    Win a free class from IFC's BUNK

    The Second City Training Center is one of a number of improv schools around the country to offer a free class to social media followers of the IFC comedy show BUNK. Each Friday night after BUNK airs, they will post a challenge on their Twitter feed, and the lucky winners receive a voucher to use for a class. Check out their website for the details.

    Also, don't forget to follow the Chicago Training Center on Twitter @SecondCityChiTC and Second City Hollywood @SecondCityLA

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  • May 24 2012

    Frank Caeti and Matt Craig to return to Piccolo Fringe

    Frank Caeti and Matt Craig to return to Piccolo Fringe this weekend. After three popular turns at Piccolo Fringe, Los Angeles improv duo FrankenMatt (commonly referred to as "the short guy and the tall guy") return to Charleston with American Imperil, an evolving, politically themed sketch show that takes their familiar brand in new directions. Read more about their Piccolo performances here. American Imperil was originally presented the Hollywood Studio Stage and we wish the guys tons of success with it at the festival!

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  • Apr 11 2012

    Douglas Eby Covers Second City Hollywood

    In a recent post on The Creative Mind, Douglas Eby writes about improv, both in music and drama. During the part about improv on the stage he cites a recent book by Jonah Lehrer who wrote about his experience studying Double Down at Second City Hollywood. onah said he wanted to try improv while he was here, but was intimidated because the performers were so good.

    Read the full article here.

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  • Feb 22 2012

    RedEye Interviews Second City Alum, Maribeth Monroe, About Her Experience On "Workaholics"

    If you haven't seen "Workaholics" yet, you are missing Maribeth Monroe playing the ice-cold boss of three friends who work together as telemarketers from 9 to 5 and live together from 5 to 9. In reality, the three friends are Anders Holm, Blake Anderson, and Adam Devine, alumni of The Second City Training Center. Maribeth talks with the RedEye about her part in "Workaholics" and how Anders saw her on The Second City's Mainstage when he was a student in Chicago's Conservatory. Read the whole interview.

    For more information on classes and summer camps, see our class catalog.

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  • Jan 6 2012

    "American Imperil" Makes Angeleno Magazine's Top 10 Events for January

    The Friday night showcase at Second City Hollywood, "American Imperil," was picked as one of the top 10 events in January by Angeleno Magazine. See the full list of events here.

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  • Jan 4 2012

    Second City Alum, Keegan-Michael Key, Stars with Jordan Peele in Comedy Central's "Key and Peele" Sketch Series

    Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele make their debut on Tuesday, January 31 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Key was a member of Second City Detroit's mainstage cast as well as the Second City Chicago's e.t.c. theatre, where he wrote and performed shows "Holy War, Batman!" and "Curious George Goes to War" for which he won several Joseph Jefferson Awards (which honor excellence in Chicago theater). Read the whole release here.

    Check out Keegan-Michael Key's sketch informing potential students of how cool Second City Training Center classes are here (Not Safe for Work):

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  • Dec 14 2011

    Joshua Funk Interviewed by

    Joshua Funk, Vice President of Television Development and New Media & Artistic Director, The Second City Training Center Hollywood, talks New Media Production. Click here to read the article.

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  • Nov 7 2011

    Celebrities Performing at Second City Hollywood this November and December

    The Second City Studio Stage in Hollywood welcomes many favorite celebrities in the coming weeks! Jim Belushi continues his run of performances wih Rob Belushi and John Barinholtz in "Sheldon" at 8pm Nov 14. Paul F. Tompkins will guest in "Late Night with Howie Kremer" Dec 9. Fred Willard's "MoHos" continue their monthly run at Second City Hollywood with an appearance in the "Twice as Nice" charity show Dec 10. Bob Odenkirk will also be appearing Dec 10 in the show "Second City This Week." And Molly Ringwald is the special guest host for "Second City This Week's" last show of the year on Dec 17!

    Tickets for all shows are aavailable here.

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  • Jul 26 2011

    Steve Carell Talks with NPR About His "First Big Break’ with The Second City

    Carell talks with a caller about his first big break with The Second City as a performer during an interview with NPR. Click here to hear the whole interview.

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