The Second City Advanced Comedy Camp is a fully comprehensive program that dives deep into the skills required to present a Second City-style revue. Curriculum includes training in advanced scenework and long form improv as well as additional lessons in clowning, stand-up, and music improv. Students will also receive a special jacket as a souvenir of their summer with The Second City.
Advanced Comedy Camps meet Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm each day for three weeks.
APPLICATION Advanced Comedy Camps are for students ages 15-18 who have completed at least four terms of improv training at The Second City or at least two sessions in our summer camp program. Students must submit this online application, which includes submitting an essay on the following topic: “Aside from your family and friends, who or what makes you laugh, and why? Feel free to reference specific comedians, shows, writers, etc.” If you have questions about the training prerequisites or eligibility, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline: The deadline for 2019 camps is May 1, 2019.
PERFORMANCES Students will present their stand-up material on the second Friday of the program and a one-act sketch revue on the final day.
HAVE QUESTIONS? Please check out our Comedy Camp Frequently Asked Questions. The answers to most questions can be found on the FAQ, but if you need more information please email email@example.com.
SCHOLARSHIPS The Second City Training Center has a limited number of full and partial scholarships available. Applications for 2019 camps are accepted through this online form and are due by April 1, 2019. All applicants will be notified of a decision by May 10—no phone calls or emails please.
WHERE TO STAY Coming from out of town? The Second City Training Center does not provide housing for camp students. See our “Where To Stay” page for recommended hotels, hostels, and dormitories in the Chicago area.
Advanced Comedy Camp ages 15-18
Improv (9:00am–11:30am) – Explore the fundamentals of improv as taught and performed at The Second City. Develop skills like creative thinking, self-confidence, listening, brainstorming, team building, empathy, and communication, while having loads of fun and laughs.
Sketch Comedy (12:00pm–2:30pm) – Learn the basics of sketch comedy scenes, the building blocks of any Second City show. Study classic Second City scenes, use improv to develop scenes, and create original sketches.
Stand-Up & Musical Improv (2:45pm-4:00pm) – Come develop your personal style as a stand-up comedian or storyteller as we focus on developing material, stage presence, and delivery. Campers may present their material in an optional open mic on the second Friday of camp. During the final week of camp, advanced campers will study musical improv and songwriting. These lessons focus on vocal technique, musicianship, learning to rhyme, and applying existing improv skills to songs, so that campers feel comfortable presenting original songs during their final showcase.