24 Hour 2018: To the Moon and Back, Buddies

 The best 24 hours of the year are almost here.

The Second City’s 17th annual 24-hour improv & music marathon takes over the e.t.c. Theater Monday, Nov. 19th-Tuesday, Nov. 20th and will feature over 100 performers in an all-star lineup of Second City alumni, current talent, and special guests from the worlds of comedy, theater, and music.

All proceeds support families from Chicago’s Onward Neighborhood House, an organization that opens doors to improve lives and uplift communities through educational, economic and support services.

Watch Fred Armisen explain what the whole deal is:


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(*Subject to change & all times are an estimate, because live entertainment):

New special guests added!

  • George Wendt will appear on Monday at 7pm!
  • Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis is dropping by Monday night!!
  • SNL‘s Chris Redd is gonna be here!!!
  • Laura Jane Grace will grace Baby-prov Tuesday morning!!!!!!!


4:00 PM Doors Open ($20, cash only, as long as seats are available). Enjoy the spellbinding music of mariachi-style band (and family of nine) Cielito Lindo!

5:00 PM Show Begins with your 24 Hour improvisers (get used to these faces, ’cause you’re about to look at them for 24 hours straight): TJ Jagodowski, Brad Morris, Dan Bakkedahl, Edgar Blackmon, Emily Candini, Scott Goldstein, Brett Lyons, Anthony LeBlanc, Brendan Jennings, and Dana Quercioli

6:00 PM All hail Soul Spectacular: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin to get us all up & dancing

7:00 PM Welcome Super Special Guests George Wendt, Tim Kazurinsky, Kevin Dorff, Marypat Farrell, Tom Flanigan and Ashley Nicole Black to the stage

8:15 PM The twisted minds behind Cards Against Humanity play games with our hearts

9:30 PM Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy takes the stage to make us some money! Want him to play you a song right there and then? Bid on it. Want him to come to your actual house and play a private concert for you and 29 friends with a playlist determined by you? Bid on that, too.

10:00 PM SNL alum Tim Meadows, Shad Kunkle, Tom Flanigan, and from TV Land’s Teachers–Caitlin Barlow, Kate Lambert, and Kathryn Renée Thomas.

11 PM Singer-songwriter Shannon Wright unleashes her musical might



1:00 AM The “plainspoken mysticism” (says Pitchfork) of singer-songwriter Shannon Lay

3:00 AM Let’s dance to stay awake!!!

5:00 AM Friends of the Bog jam while we wait for the sunrise

6:00 AM The return of BABYPROV! With ultra-special guest Laura Jane Grace stopping by!

7:00 AM Music by Sofia Mia Canale

8:30 AM Music by Bobby, Holly & The Rickets

10:00 AM Grey Gersten blows our collective minds

11:00 AM Special Guest Alert! Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster…and Steve Albini

2:00 PM Q: What’s better than a little late afternoon LIVE BAND KARAOKE? A: Nothing

2:15 PM Amber Ruffin, John Lutz & Jenny Hagel check in via Skype

3:00 PM Veruca Salt‘s Nina Gordon rocks us two-hours-left-to-go-style

4:00 PM The cast of She the People lovingly burns the patriarchy and counts us down to…

5:00 PM The End!


Planning to stay for all 24 hours?  TIME IS MONEY. New for 2018, we invite you to ask your friends, your family, and even your enemies to sponsor you. Download the pledge sheet and get those sponsors, people! You will be rewarded handsomely with:

  • Premiere reserved seating

To sign up for the All 24 crew or to ask questions about the pledges, shoot an email to holly@ltschi.com.