There are no mistakes (in improv)! Learn what a gift improv can be, whether you want to be more adaptable in group work situations, improve your public speaking skills, or learn a new art form.
Students begin in Level A with ensemble, environment, and games, and end in Level E by rehearsing and performing their own fully improvised show.
Our core Comedy Writing program is a yearlong course of study introducing students to the fundamentals of sketch comedy writing and culminating in a one-act sketch comedy show performed by top Training Center talent and produced by the writing students themselves.
Whether you want to get better at writing for yourself or for others, this program is for you!
Discover your unique comedic voice in Second City’s Stand-Up and Storytelling courses. Stand-Up uses an improvisational approach to the creation and delivery of solo comic material. Craft your set, learn joke construction, and discover how to navigate your first open mic.
Storytelling courses help bring structure and craft to autobiographical stories in compelling ways. Many Stand-Up and Storytelling courses end with a casual showcase of student work.
The Second City Music Program is dedicated to helping students explore comedy’s unique relationship to music through voice, instruments, improvisation, and songwriting.
Our Intensive Programs are crash courses in the philosophies and methods The Second City uses to find, explore, and create material. In addition to locals, these programs attract students from all over the country and abroad.
Come learn new skills, meet new friends, and take advantage of Chicago’s rich comedy scene!