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The Second City Brings Comedy to Your Couch: Live Shows Begin Streaming 4/2

The Second City Brings Comedy to Your Couch: Live Shows Begin Streaming 4/2

New live-streamed entertainment, education & business programming launches online. 

Remembering Longtime Second City Stage Manager Craig Taylor

Remembering Longtime Second City Stage Manager Craig Taylor

Craig Taylor’s contributions to our art and our community are immeasurable.

What Is The Second City?

The Second City opened its doors as a small cabaret theater nearly 60 years ago and has since become the world’s premier name in improv-based sketch comedy and education.

We have more than a handful of successful Second City alumni that we aren’t too modest to mention, like Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Steve Carell, John Candy, Stephen Colbert, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Keegan-Michael Key, Tim Meadows, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Catherine O’Hara, Gilda Radner, Joan Rivers, Martin Short, and Fred Willard. With a variety of theaters, Second City Training Centers, and Theatrical and Touring Company ensembles, The Second City can be found all over the world. We’ve also taken improv off the stage, expanding our business to include collaborations with corporate clients and television and film productions.

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Commit to the Future of Comedy! - The Second City

Commit to the Future of Comedy!

Buy a gift card now. Enjoy comedy real soon.

Get the New Second City Book! - The Second City

Get the New Second City Book!

The Second City: The Essentially Accurate History is now available.

Explore Vol. IV of The Second City Playzine - The Second City

Explore Vol. IV of The Second City Playzine

Explore & Download the 60th Anniversary Edition

Second City Merch Now Availiable! - The Second City

Second City Merch Now Availiable!

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