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Congratulations To The Very First Graduating Class Of The Harold Ramis Film School

Congratulations To The Very First Graduating Class Of The Harold Ramis Film School

Thank you to these 15 fearless creative forces for helping us make history.

Emmy-Winning Director Betty Thomas On The Best Lie She Ever Told

Emmy-Winning Director Betty Thomas On The Best Lie She Ever Told

“I panicked…I lied. I was full of sh*t.”

Stephen Colbert Talks Putin’s Manspreading with Hillary Clinton

Stephen Colbert Talks Putin’s Manspreading with Hillary Clinton

She spilled some Russian tea.

So, what’s The Second City?

The Second City has been bringing the funny for over 50 years, but here’s the short version.

We began as a small comedy theater, and have grown to become today’s leading brand in improv-based sketch comedy. With a variety of theaters, training centers and full-time, touring ensembles, you can find us all over the world.

We’ve also taken improv off the stage, expanding our business to include collaborations with corporate clients, and television and film productions.

And we have more than a handful of successful Second City alum that we aren’t too modest to mention, like Tina Fey, Chris Farley, Bill Murray, and Keegan-Michael Key.

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Hosting For Television - The Second City

Hosting For Television

This Introduction to Hosting class is all about learning to think on your feet and soar under pressure. Lesley Powers is here to throw you curve balls and challenge you in different hosting situations. Everything from entertainment stand-ups (think E! News), how to be red carpet savvy, game show hosting, co-hosting tricks, and man-on-the-street interviewing.

Upcoming Class Registration - The Second City

Upcoming Class Registration

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LA Diversity in Comedy Festival - The Second City

LA Diversity in Comedy Festival

2017 Festival Dates are October 20, 21, and 22
Submissions for the 2017 festival are being accepted and the deadline has been extended to Sept 10! Click here for the application ➜ http://bit.ly/2nHCFY4

The goal of this festival is to offer a platform for celebrating the unique points of view that come from diverse talent in Los Angeles and beyond. This festival will offer performers of diverse backgrounds an opportunity to explore issues of diversity across race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity through performances, panels, and workshops. Hosted by The Second City in Hollywood, this festival will take place in Los Angeles.

Who qualifies as “diverse”? We feel that diversity extends to any group of underrepresented cultural voices- this could be based on gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc. If you believe your comedic voice is underrepresented and reflects your unique background…apply!

Over the next few months we will be adding information on our many workshops, guest panels and performers. Check ladiversityfestival.com for current updates!