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The Second City

"The entire recent tradition of American satire can be summed up in three words: The Second City." - New York Times

Can't make it to The Second City? THE SECOND CITY will come to you! For over fifty-five years, THE SECOND CITY has taken its act on the road, performing at colleges, performing arts centers, clubs, theatres, fundraisers, festivals, conventions and more.

Performing social and political satire in two 45-minute acts of scripted scenes, music, and improvisation, THE SECOND CITY TOURING COMPANY is always original, daring, and hilarious. Their alumni list is a veritable "Who's Who" of comedy, including Bill Murray, John & Jim Belushi, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, George Wendt, Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Horatio Sanz, Tim Meadows, Joan Rivers, John Candy, Stephen Colbert, Chris Farley, Harold Ramis, Jack McBrayer, Jason Sudeikis, Jane Lynch, Aidy Bryant, Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key and so many more.


The Best of The Second City; A two-act collection of the best from our sketch comedy archives. Available all year round!

The Second City's Game Night; An interactive take on our favorite live game shows.  Available throughout the 2017-2018 season

The Second City's Improv All-Stars; An hour-long of improvised scenes, games & songs. Available throughout the 2017-2018 season

We're All In This Room Together; An interactive twist on our classic scenes. Available thru July 2017

Cure for the Common Comedy; A fresh take on today's comedy and the comic voices of the next generation! August - Dec 2017

Look Both Ways Before Talking;  Bringing the best in political, social and personal satire. January - July 2018

The Second City's Non Denominational Christmas Show; Your holiday fix for all faiths! November - December 2017

The Second City's Summer Blockbuster; A sunshine-themed dose of satire. June - August 2018

And each touring company provides community & educational support through group improv, writing and wellness workshops! 

"The troupe that gave us SCTV and inspired Saturday Night Live and Whose Line is it Anyway?!" - Chicago Tribune

"A temple of satire" - TIME

"Legendary" - The New York Times

Tulip Time Festival - Holland, MI

The show was fantastic, I actually was able to attend the show this year. There is a strong likelihood we will have them back for 2 shows next year.  Both shows were sold out.


University of Chicago - Chicago, IL

The show was absolutely wonderful and the students LOVED it. The group was great and did an extra little set at the end. Absolutely worth the price and certainly a big hit to start Senior Week off right.


Touhill Performing Arts Center - St. Louis, MO

Everything went great! We sold out 3 out of the 4 shows! We are ready to submit our offer for next year.

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Montalvo Center for the Arts - Saratoga, CA

The Second City have become a staple in our calendar. They sell out every year and our patrons love the talent they bring. Their ability to change the show every year makes them a no brainer for our venue.

Performing Arts

Loras College - Dubuque, IA

The audience loved it and was engaged the entire time.  I've heard a ton of great feedback from the student body as have the professors that I've spoken to about the event.  I would absolutely love to have them back again.  We had over 400 people attend the show which is a HUGE success for our campus.  We really enjoyed the show and it has given comedy a good reputation around campus.  The cast did a fabulous job!


CA University of Pennsylvania - CA, Pennsylvania

The cast was great to work with and were very personable with the students.  The entire lower bowl of the theatre was filled. The students that attended the event loved the show and have already asked the programming board to bring the show back in the future. As a programming board, we would most definitely look at bringing back the program in the future and would also recommend the program to other schools.  Thank you for making this program and process of advancing the show so easy.


Austin Theatre Alliance - Austin, TX

Everyone loved the show and the production team thought the cast was a dream.  Plus, financially the show was a success.  Looking forward to having everyone back again next year!

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Arts Council York County - Rock Hill, SC

The shows went really well; They got a standing ovation each night.  This was the best cast we've ever had.  The actors were first-class and the response was great.  We want to have them back next year.

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Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY

It was great!  


Paramount Theatre - Bristol, TN

It was a great show and the audience was rolling in their seats.  They are a great group and very appreciative of everything.

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Lake Forest Academy - Lake Forest, IL

Fantastic all around - great HW, great turnout (350-400), wonderful reviews. 


Boulder Theatre - Boulder, CO

They were great! Let's book them back again!

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University of Nebraska - Kearney, NE

Great show. The cast was great, friendly, and very professional. We would definitely bring them back.


Warren Performing Arts Center - Indianapolis, IN

Second City was wonderful!!   I think we successfully reached a younger crowd than usual and they loved it.  On the back end, everyone in the company was very professional and easy to work with--a real treat for us, and makes me want to book them again, for sure.

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University of Notre Dame - Notre Dame, IN

They were great! The students LOVED them, we could hear them through the walls of Washington Hall cracking up. I would definitely bring them back, we had close to 500 students there!


Everything went great... We even had some walk-ups, which has been rare of late. The Meet and Greet at Bluebird Books got things off to a good start. The workshop went very smoothly and I know all the participants had a great time. And the show also was well received that evening. We had over 600 paid on a night when there were several other events going on in the community and elsewhere. I was pleased with the turnout and especially happy to see some younger guests in attendance who haven't been regular patrons of the theatre for some of our other series programs.
The cast was very easy to work with, gracious and appreciative, and as you are no doubt aware, that always makes the experience so much more enjoyable for our staff, crew and volunteer workers. And I heard many positive comments from audience members as they were leaving afterward.
I would absolutely recommend the show to others, and we would be happy to have them back at some point in the future.

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Heritage Center at The University of Dubuque - Dubuque, IA

The Second City performance was awesome! I laughed so hard, I cried. The stage manager and the cast were super easy to work with. We were definitely pleased with ticket sales. The Executive Director said that The Second City performance has sold the most tickets out of any performance that has been at that venue to date.
I would definitely recommend The Second City to others and want to bring them back in the future.
Thank you for your help in bringing The Second City to Dubuque! It was truly an amazing event!

Performing Arts

For over 55 years, The Second City has been the leader in teaching students of all ages and from all walks of life the skills of improvisation, comedy writing and performing. The classes are dedicated to helping students develop their artistic voice, both individually and within an ensemble, and to providing the tools and techniques needed to express that voice.

Workshops as well as Educational Programs and Residencies are offered. Workshops include a Beginning/Kids Workshop, focusing on teaching students the building blocks of improvisation, an Improv for Actors Workshop, focusing on teaching students scenic improvisation, and The Master Class Workshops, which instruct others about the art of comedic improvisation. The Second City is also happy to work on an extended basis in communities in a residency-type program that is custom-made for your educational needs.