The Second City

For over 45 years, The Second City has been finding humor in the conventions of politics, culture, and social institutions. Its legendary touring company performs sketch comedy and improvisation in shows that are fast, loose, clever, provocative and above all, funny. Time magazine has called The Second City “brilliant.”

Taking its name from the title of A.J. Liebling’s derisive profile of Chicago in The New Yorker, The Second City opened on December 16, 1959. Success was almost instantaneous.

The concept that is The Second City has been translated by four to seven actors, with the help of a creative director, to enliven an empty stage with topical comedy sketches. Using few props and costumes, and punctuating scenes with original music, the ensemble creates a slice-of-life environment, lampooning our modern lives politically, socially and culturally. The Second City develops all of its material in a performance situation, improvising on ideas suggested by the audience during improvisational sets held nightly after the regular show. Then, by refining, culling, and amplifying the ideas during rehearsals, the finished pieces become the next revue.

Over the years the troupe has honed such talents as Bill Murray, Joan Rivers, Jim Belushi, Chris Farley, Mike Meyers, Tina Fey, and Rachel Dratch to name a few. Its current performers are destined to be the superstars of the next millennium. For those who believe that laughter is the best medicine, an evening with The Second City is a prescription for a fun-filled, unforgettable experience.