The Second City Cast & Crew of Tonight's Performance (Up!)

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Second City is a professional production employing members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers.

 

KILEY FITZGERALD (they/she) is not only from Boston but started her career there in the early 2000’s at Improv Asylum. She came to Chicago by way of New York and is thankful for that move every day. She loves her Redco fam and is honored to be working for The Second City, it’s a dang dream! She can also be seen performing with Chicago’s Improvised Shakespeare Company. This show is dedicated to her mom, brother and her favorite show “Daddy and the Chief.” 

 

LEILA GORSTEIN is thrilled to perform with The Second City! Leila hails from Charleston, SC and received her B.A. in Theater from Indiana University.  She has performed all over Chicago with various improv and sketch shows, and was lucky enough to perform with Second City Theatricals aboard the NCL Breakaway.  Currently, Leila is a cast member and writer on the morning show Toon in with Me, which plays weekday mornings on MeTV.  Thank you to Leila’s family, who made her laugh so much, she decided to make a career out of it. Leila is represented by Paonessa Talent. You can follow her on Instagram @lolgorstein. 

GEORGE C. OWENS was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and moved to Chicago to attend Loyola University. When George isn’t touring with The Second City he performs all around the city of Chicago with Artemis at iO, Hitch*Cocktails at The Annoyance Theater, and with his independent sketch duo Henrik and George. George is proud to be represented by Paonessa Talent Agency. He wants to thank his parents, Carol and Greg, and his siblings, Will and Emma, for always being so supportive. You can follow George on Instagram and Twitter @george_c_owens.

JORDAN STAFFORD comes to you from the dope city of Detroit, Michigan. He attended Saginaw Valley State University where he studied theatre, and while there he was also introduced to improv. After graduating in 2015, he moved to Chicago and loves it. He is on the iO Harold team Lil’ Tooties and also does solo work all around Chicago. Stafford is represented by Paonessa Talent. You can follow him on instagram @dudewiththeabolistionistpart. 

Brittani Yawn

BRITTANI YAWN (she/her/hers) is a performer and writer based in Chicago. Originally from Cleveland, OH, Brittani moved to Chicago after earning her BA in Theatre from Miami University. Some of her recent credits include Poison (The Plagiarists), The Suffrage Plays (Artemisia Theatre), and The Ridiculous Darkness (Sideshow Theatre Company). She has also performed with Black Lives Black Words International Project, Hell in a Handbag Productions, the Annoyance, and iO, among others. You can catch her improvising at multiple comedy spaces in Chicago. Brittani is a 2021 NBC Universal/Second City Bob Curry Fellow.

Today’s Performance is being accompanied by David Yontz.

DAVID YONTZ (Music Director) has been slinging musical goofs in Chicago since 2010, both as a solo act and as music director for countless sketch and improv shows at such venues as The Second City, iO Chicago, Comedy Sportz, and The Annoyance. His accolades include winning the Deli Magazine Chicago Artist of the Month poll in October 2013 and receiving an artist grant from The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in 2015 and 2019. He wants everybody to know that he feels fortunate to be turning his dreams into his profession, and needs $2.25 to take the bus home after the show. You can check out his music (comedy and otherwise) and videos at http://www.davidyontzmusic.com.

 

JEFF GRIGGS (Director) is the author of the book Guru; My Days with Del Close and a Director/Performer/Teacher at Second City.  He’s a faculty member of the Second City Film School and is a professor at Depaul University and Columbia College. He has performed improv and sketch at theaters around the world and is a current director for the Second City National Touring Company.

 

JOHN LOVE (Musical Director) is a musician/actor based out of Chicago, IL. He currently tours with The Second City and plays piano for a collective in Chicago called The North and Wells Band. He gives all of his love and appreciation to his family and friends; especially his Mom, his sister, E & A, and his dear friend KB.

SARA STOCK (Stage Manager) is a writer, stage manager, and defiantly proud Floridian. She is ecstatic to be part of The Second City Touring Company and this fantastic cast. She’s stage managed a lot cool shows in the building, including Julia Sweeney: Older & Wider and Legendary Laughs. Sara co-produces and performs at two storytelling shows in the city, We Have Questions and  Appetite for Rock N’ Roll Storytelling. Instagram: @stormbrewer

 

A native Arkansan, GEORGE ELROD (Understudy) wrote and performed in Second City’s first original LGBTQ sketch revue, Salute to Pride: Not Safe for Werk. TV credit includes HBO’s Somebody Somewhere. Other Chicago sketch/improv comedy credits include Trigger Happy (Annoyance Theatre), Deck the Hallmark (Second City), and Let’s Make it Perfectly Queer (Second City). George is an alumni of DePaul University, and represented by Grossman & Jack Talent. Thank you to Mom, Dad, Justin, & Comet for their love and support! Follow him on Twitter & Instagram: @XoGossipGeorge

CLAIRE FAVRET (Understudy) writes and performs all around Chicago, but most often at Second City, iO theater, CIC theater, and The Annoyance. She has contributed headlines for Clickhole and co-wrote an episodic comedy podcast/radio play called A Winkle In Time. It’s about the Winklevoss brothers traveling through time to patent inventions and fight their nemesis, Mark Zuckerberg. It’s on iTunes and all the other podcast places!

CHAS LILLY (Understudy) is a Chicago-based writer, performer, and improviser from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He regularly performs with “fair dinkum” at CiC theater and the Chicago improv darlings “Randy.”  He recently produced the album Us Who Know for Chicago folk band The Q’s.

LAURA MAYNARD (Understudy) was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee before moving to Chicago in 2015. She studied Comedy Writing and Performance at Columbia College Chicago, graduating in 2019. She can be seen improvising all over town with the iO Harold team Slice and independent team Cool Aunt. She wouldn’t be here without her parents, so John and Laura if you’re reading this – I love you! You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @lauramaynerd

Adisa Williams

ADISA WILLIAMS (Understudy) (she/her) is originally from both Boston and Kingston, Jamaica. (This cannot be further explained). She is currently a writer for YouTube News show: Gay News and actor/writer for web series Bennie and Barbara. She is currently in the 2020 Second City NBCUniversal Bob Curry Fellowship.  When not on stage or behind a camera, you can catch her in the middle of a ring of Krispy Kreme doughnuts because she likes being surrounded by greatness. Previous credits include:  iO’s House Sketch Team, iO’s diOversity Scholars, ComedySportz Seattle Ensemble. Huge thank you to her Chicago family and friends. Follow @runoftheschmill on Instagram and @schmilliams on Twitter/TikTok