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  • Jul 7 2014

    Student Jacob Williams returns to Nick Cannon's Wild N Out!

    After taking our 'Acting on Camera' class and frequenting our open mics, jams and drop-ins, Jacob Williams returns as a cast member on the MTV2 improv show Wild N Out on Wednesdays at 10pm this summer. Hosted by Nick Cannon with guest stars each week, episodes will be available to stream on the show's website the day after they air.

    Say hi to Jacob on Twitter and check out the show here

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  • Jul 1 2014

    The Second City Remembers Paul Mazursky

    It is with great sadness that The Second City learned of the passing of film director, screenwriter, actor and Second City alum Paul Mazursky in Los Angeles last night. Mazursky earned an Oscar nomination for directing his first film "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" in 1969. Other films he wrote and directed include the Oscar winning "Harry and Tonto," "An Unmarried Women" which was nominated for Best Picture and "Down and Out in Beverly Hills." Paul Mazursky performed with The Second City in 1961 in a long running engagement at the Ivar Theatre in Los Angeles. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.


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  • Jun 27 2014

    SC Launches Indiegogo Campaign to Help Fundraise

    The Second City has created an Indiegogo campaign to help raise money to support Gilda's Club Chicago and The Second City Alumni Fund as a part of our All-Star Comedy Benefit. You have the option to donate as little as $10 to support the cause or you can purchase a $50 autographed poster or a few thousand dollars for VIP access for you and nine friends. Take a look at the details here and remember that every little bit helps!

    Thank you so much and we hope to see you at the event on July 17th!

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  • Jun 25 2014

    SC Alum Jason Sudeikis Cast in New Jared Hess Heist Comedy

    SC alum, Jason Sudeikis, is in talks to join Zach Galafianakis, Owen Wilson and Kristen Wiig in the Jared Hess-directed heist drama formerly known as Loomis Fargo, which is set up at Relativity Media. Sudeikis will play a hit man in the pic, which is based on an original screenplay by Emily Spivey and is getting a new title.

    For more details, click here.

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  • Jun 25 2014

    Rick & Laura Hall Return to The Second City Training Centre July 18th & 19th

    They're coming back, for two days only! We have a beginner and an advanced musical improv workshop and two back-to-back shows!

    If you've seen Whose Line Is It Anyway? and have always wanted to learn to do musical improv then the beginner class on Saturday, July 19th from 11-2pm is a great starting point. If you have experience with musical improv and are looking to further expand your skills then try your hand at the advanced class on Friday, July 18th from 2-5pm.

    Back-to-back shows Friday July 18th starting at 7:30pm in the John Candy Box Theatre.

    7:30pm: Open Jam
    $5 Second City Training Centre Students/ $10 Non-Second City Training Centre Students

    9:00pm: Advanced Workshop show
    $8 Second City Training Centre Students/ $15 Non-Second City Training Centre Students

    Tickets available at the front desk of The Second City Training Centre (70 Peter Street, Lower Level)

    About Rick and Laura:
    Rick and Laura met when he was a member of The Second City Touring Company in Chicago and she was the musical director.

    Rick is best known for his roles in Three Fugitives, My Fellow Americans & Vice Versa while Laura can be seen on the hit TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? starring Second City Alumni Colin Mochrie & Ryan Stiles.


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  • Jun 24 2014

    Mainstage Musical Director Speaks about Evolutoin of Role with Technology

    The handful of music directors at The Second City over the years have provided piano accompaniment some of the country's biggest stars during their formative years.

    What started as a role for a jazz pianist in 1959 has since transformed in tune with the greater music industry.

    Jesse Case, the theater's newest music director, still sits behind a grand piano, but is equipped with a synthesizer above the main set keys, a third keyboard down below for sound effects and industry standard audio programs on a laptop to his side...

    For the full interview, click here.

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  • Jun 24 2014

    New City Stage Recommends e.t.c's "Apes of Wrath"

    This is one of the strongest casts that I’ve seen on either stage at Second City and director Jen Ellison handles them with a deft hand, pulling the best out of each. Barreca, Breit and Patel are returning from the most recent e.t.c —the excellent “A Clowncar Named Desire”—and have upped their already impressive games considerably since then, while Mujica, Perlman and Ryder bring an air of newcomers excitement to the mix. The cast works well across the board, but the interspersed solo sketches serve to remind us that while we are indeed insignificant, we still crave individual attention from those around us.

    Read the full review here.

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  • Jun 19 2014

    SC Adds More Names to All-Star Benefit

    The Second City is excited to announce more alumni and friends to The Second City All-Star Comedy Benefit line-up including Scott Adsit, Neil Flynn, Mike Hagerty, T.J. Jagodowski, David Koechner, Susan Messing, Katie Rich and Allison Tolman. They will be joining Aidy Bryant, Jack McBrayer, Tim Meadows, George Wendt, Fred Willard and Steven Yeun. The Second City All-Star Comedy Benefit is a special one night fundraising event benefiting Gilda’s Club Chicago and The Second City Alumni Fund on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at The Second City Mainstage Theater (1616 N. Wells St). Performances will be at 7:00p and 10:00p. Tickets are on sale now at www.SecondCity.com.

    Featuring a hilarious cast of alumni and friends, The Second City All-Star Comedy Benefit includes improv and some of the best scenes from The Second City’s 54-year history for one night of legendary laughs at the birthplace of Chicago-style improv and sketch comedy. Scheduled performers include Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live), Neil Flynn (The Middle), Mike Hagerty (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Mob City), T.J. Jagodowski (TJ & Dave), David Koechner (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, American Dad!), Jack McBrayer (30 Rock, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Tim Meadows (Saturday Night Live, Mean Girls), Susan Messing (Messing with a Friend), Katie Rich (Saturday Night Live), Allison Tolman (Fargo), George Wendt (Cheers), Fred Willard (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Modern Family) and Steven Yeun (Walking Dead). This line-up is subject to change based on availability.

    Proceeds from The Second City All-Star Comedy Benefit will go to Gilda’s Club Chicago and The Second City Alumni Fund.

    VIP Tickets for The Second City All-Star Comedy Benefit are $500.00, and include a post-show private cocktail reception.  Premium tickets which include two cocktails and a souvenir glass will be available for $300.00 and a limited number of seats are available for $250.00. Tickets are now on sale at www.SecondCity.com.

    The Second City is pleased to work with The James Chicago in partnership for The James' new Cultural Collection, a curated group of partners representing Chicago’s dynamic and vibrant cultural communities.

    About Gilda’s Club Chicago
    Gilda’s Club Chicago offers FREE programs for men, women, teens and children and their family and friends whose lives have been impacted by any kind of cancer. Their mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

    About The Second City Alumni Fund
    The Alumni Fund of The Second City is a resource fund for performers, technicians, support staff and other members of the creative and production teams at The Second City and SCTV. The Alumni Fund provides counseling and/or short-term financial aid to assist in expenses for health, housing and rehabilitation after an illness, injury or sudden inability to work.

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  • Jun 13 2014

    Kate Lambert Talks About Her Time at SC Training Center

    Kate Lambert has performed with The Second City in many capacities and has also gone through a number of our training center programs. Click here for details.

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  • Jun 13 2014

    SC Announces New e.t.c Show "Apes of Wrath"

    The Second City e.t.c. is proud to announce the opening of The Second City e.t.c.’s 38th Revue, “Apes of Wrath.” In the world of high stakes, we become a more heightened version of ourselves, which can sometimes resemble more simian behavior than human. From unitard sporting performance artists, an intimate encounter with robot culture and the primal effects of downsizing, "Apes of Wrath" embraces the dark and light sides of our human devolution.

    Veteran Chicago-based director Jen Ellison leads returning cast members Carisa Barreca, Brooke Breit and Punam Patel with new cast members Eddie Mujica, Asher Perlman and Tim Ryder. Alex Kliner is back at the piano as the Musical Director and Composer and Kyle Anderson returns as Stage Manager. The producing team for “Apes of Wrath” includes Andrew Alexander (CEO & Executive Producer), Kelly Leonard (Executive Vice President), Alison Riley (Producer) and Jeremy Smith (Associate Producer).

    Tickets for “Apes of Wrath” start at $23.00 and are available by phone at 312-337-3992 or online. The show schedule is as follows:

    Tuesday (Aug 6 - 13)                    8:00 p.m.
    Wednesday (July 9 - Aug 13)        8:00 p.m.
    Thursday                                     8:00 p.m.
    Friday - Saturday                          8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
    Sunday                                        7:00 p.m.

    CAST AND CREW INFORMATION

    CARISA BARRECA (Ensemble) is overjoyed to be performing with her second revue on the e.t.c. Stage. Along with writing and performing in A Clown Car Named Desire, Carisa has worked with Second City aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines, UP Comedy Club, and at Lyric Opera with Patrick Stewart and Renee Flemingin on The Second City Guide to the Opera. She’s an artistic director of Matter Dance Company and was voted Best Choreographer by Chicago Reader. You can follow her infrequent and candy fueled tweets @cinderisa.



    BROOKE BREIT (Ensemble) is super happy to return to e.t.c. with this amazing ensemble!  Previous credits include writing and performing in A Clown Car Named Desire, The Second City Touring Company, One Nation Under 1%, The Second City Improv All-Stars, Whirled News Tonight (iO Chicago) and Love is Dead (The Annoyance), as well as solo character work. Brooke is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.




    EDDIE MUJICA (Ensemble) is incredibly honored to be on the e.t.c. stage! He hails from Hialeah, FL and is a graduate of the University of Central Florida. He is an alum of The Second City Touring Company (RedCo), performs regularly at iO (Winter Formal), and shoots the 3-pointer at a high percentage. Follow along: @mooheekah.






    PUNAM PATEL (Ensemble) is thrilled for her second revue with The Second City e.t.c. Previously, Punam was in the e.t.c.’s A Clown Car Named Desire and has also performed with Second City’s Touring Company, Upstairs Gallery, iO, The Playground Theater, Chicago Live!, and Improv All-Stars. A native Floridian, she enjoys sunning, eating, biking, and lounging with Droomie.






    ASHER PERLMAN (Ensemble) is delighted to be a member The Second City e.t.c. stage alongside such wonderful people. A Wisconsin native, Asher has also performed with The Second City Touring Company, The Improvised Shakespeare Company, ComedySportz, iO, Comedy Partners, and the TBS Just For Laughs festival’s solo showcase. Follow along: @asherperlman.






    TIM RYDER (Ensemble) is honored to appear in his first e.t.c. revue. A veteran of The Second City Touring Company, he has also performed in The Second City Guide to the Opera, The Second City Improv All-Stars, Baby Wants Candy, The Beatbox, and in shows at iO Chicago and ComedySportz. You might have seen him in videos for The Onion, in the webseries Game Bros (gamebroswebseries.com) or on those weird TVs in mall food courts. Find him online at thisistimryder.com and @timryder.




    JEN ELLISON (Director) has worked all around Chicago as an actor, writer, and director for Trap Door Theatre, ComedySportz, Theatre Seven, Collaboraction, The Neo-Futurists, and The Second City. In addition to teaching ethics at DePaul University and Writing at The Second City Training Center, she is also a member of the Comedy Studies faculty at Columbia College Chicago.

    ALEX KLINER (Musical Director) is super stoked to return to e.t.c. after music directing the previous revue, A Clown Car Named Desire. Prior to joining the e.t.c. family, Alex spent two years traveling the country with the Second City Touring Company. When not working with Second City, Alex designs sounds and composes music for a wide variety of video and theatre projects. Alex’s New Years resolution is to be better about updating his website, alexkliner.com. We’ll see.

    KYLE ANDERSON (Stage Manager) This is Kyle’s third revue with The Second City e.t.c., where he is lucky to serve as both stage manager and lighting designer. He previously worked on A Clown Car Named Desire, Sky’s the Limit (Weather Permitting), and We’re All in This Room Together.

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