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The annual list honors companies and nonprofits that have built cultural relevance and impact through
compelling branding and efforts that naturally extend their presence into communities
CHICAGO —October 3, 2023 – Legendary comedy institution The Second City has been named today
on Fast Company’s third annual Brands That Matter list, honoring brands that communicate and
demonstrate brand purpose. This prestigious recognition highlights companies and nonprofits that
have built cultural relevance and impact through compelling branding and efforts that naturally
extend their presence into the community.
The Second City is honored in the ‘Enduring Impact: 15+ Years in Business’ category for its nearly 65
years of dedication to fostering the next generation of comedy and continuing to innovate its content
and business to reflect the human experience today from every angle.
“We are thrilled to be recognized by Fast Company as one of the 'Brands That Matter' for 2023,” said
The Second City CEO, Ed Wells. “This acknowledgment reflects our dedication and passion for
shaping the comedy landscape, developing future generations of talent, and improving lives through
our Yes, And training philosophy for over six decades.”
Fast Company editors judged each brand on relevancy, cultural impact, ingenuity, and business
impact to compile the list.
Click here to see the complete list.
The Fall issue of Fast Company magazine is available online now and will be on newsstands
beginning October 10, 2023.
About Fast Company
Fast Company is the only media brand fully dedicated to the vital intersection of business,
innovation, and design, engaging the most influential leaders, companies, and thinkers on the future
of business. The editor-in-chief is Brendan Vaughan. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company
is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, along with our sister publication, Inc., and can be found
online at fastcompany.com.