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 time with The Second City.
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.
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.
Prerequisite: must have completed 2 previous camp sessions or 1 year of improv training classes
The Second City will be requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for in-person students (ages 12+) in our Chicago building effective July 5th, 2021. On or before that date, all in-person students must be fully vaccinated, meaning you have received all applicable doses of your respective vaccine + the recommended 2 week waiting period after your final dose.