The Second City Comedy Tour
Our Cure for the Common Comedy
Friday, November 3rd | 8pm
Pricing: $40 Front Section (+$5.50 Ticketing Fee); $35 Orchestra (+$4.50 Ticketing Fee); $30 Balcony (+$4.50 Ticketing Fee)
Due to the nature of this event, ticketing is Reserved Seating. You will be expected to remain seated during the performance.
**Due to mature content in this performance, you must be 17 years or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to attend this event. Please bring proof of ID.**
Member Sale: Monday, April 24th @ 12pm EST
Public Sale: Friday, April 28th @ 12pm EST
Are you sick and tired of jokes that make you feel sick and tired? Don’t let it all get you down! The Second City has theAre you sick and tired of jokes that make you feel sick and tired? Don’t let it all get you down! The Second City has the fix, as Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater brings ”The Cure for The Common Comedy” this fall!
Edgy, thought-provoking and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating nearly six decades of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest.
The Second City opened its doors on a snowy Chicago night in December of 1959. No one could have guessed that this small cabaret theatre would become the most influential and prolific comedy theatre in the world.
With its roots in the improvisational games of Viola Spolin, The Second City developed an entirely unique way of creating and performing comedy. Founded by Spolin’s son, Paul Sills, along with Howard Alk and Bernie Sahlins, The Second City was experimental and unconventional in its approach to both theatre and comedy. At a time when mother-in-law jokes were more the fashion, The Second City railed against the conformist culture with scenes that spoke to a younger generation.
Today, The Second City continues to produce the premiere comic talent in the industry. From Mike Myers to Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert to Tina Fey – The Second City imprint is felt across every entertainment medium. Additionally, The Second City has grown well beyond a single stage to become a diversified entertainment company. Second City Training Centers in Chicago, Toronto, and Los Angeles teach thousands of students every week; four touring companies perform Second City revues all over North America and abroad; Second City Communications has become an industry leader in bringing improv-based methodologies to the corporate sector; and Second City continues to create unique media in television, film and the digital realm.
Our performance will be by Second City’s RedCO:
ALISON BANOWSKY is a Chicago improviser, actor and writer from Colorado. She is a graduate of The Annoyance Theater and iO. Alison has performed at The Second City in Best of The Second City, Second City Theatricals aboard the NCL Gem, The Annoyance Theater [Trigger Happy, Burlesque Is More, Big Sausage Pizza, Sight Unseen, Penny the F*ckable Dolphin], and at iO [Miracle Ranch, Lola]. You can also catch her performing around town with her independent team Handsome. She loves bread and cheese and is represented by Paonessa Talent. Follow @alisonbanow
E.J. CAMERON is very excited to be a part of this show. He's lived in Chicago for four years and graduated and performed at iO, The Second City, Comedy Sportz and was a member of the Bob Curry Fellowship for 2016. Before moving to Chicago he received his BFA in Acting at Columbus State University (not Ohio!) and performed with multiple troupes. He's an avid pro-wrestling fan and loves the color purple.
MARK CAMPBELL is so grateful to be a part The Second City Touring Company! He has performed with The Second City Theatricals aboard the NCL Dawn and Gem. He also performs with the ComedySportz Chicago professional ensemble and with Big Tobacco at iO Chicago. He is proudly represented by Paonessa Talent Agency. Huge thank you to his family, especially his dog, Smitty. Follow him for tweets @themarkcampbell!
KATIE KERSHAW is originally from the foothills of Appalachia in Eastern Kentucky and loves her hometown more than most people love their dogs. She is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory and the iO Training Center. Katie can be seen improvising around town with Perennials at iO, Tone at the Mission Theater, and Trigger Happy at The Annoyance.
SAURABH PANDE is a native Houstonian. Now in Chicago, he performs with Big Tobacco at iO and he was a recipient of the 2015 Bob Curry Fellowship. He is a performer and a producer of Man Bites Dog Comedy. Additionally, he is one of the founders and producers of the 48 Hour Improv Marathon. He is blessed to have a family who has supported him all along the way. Follow him @saurabhthemovie on Twitter.
JORDAN SAVUSA was born and raised in the great State of Hawaii, and worked with Hawaii’s longest running improv troupe On the Spot HawaiiI, and was also a regular opener for the Laugh Factory Hawaii. In 2014, he moved to Chicago to pursue a career in comedy and since then has graduated from the Second City Conservatory Program. He also received the 2016 NBC Universal Bob Curry Fellowship, the 2016 iO Diversity Scholarship, and performed regularly on Second City’s House Team Twisty, and The Second City’s Really Awesome Improv Show for kids. He’s also a bluegrass music enthusiast and plays a mean five-string banjo. @jtsoles
AMY THOMPSON is honored to perform with The Second City. She grew up in California and received degrees in English and Acting from Brandeis University before studying improvisation at The Second City, The Annoyance, and iO. Amy performs each Friday at The Annoyance with her team, Baby Wine. Thanks to family and friends for the encouragement to chase my dreams. You can follow Amy on Twitter at @thompthompthomp.
FERNANDO ALVAREZ (Stage Manager) graduated with his Bachelors in Theatre Education from University of Texas at El Paso where he stage managed numerous shows such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Threepenny Opera. In Chicago, he completed a stage management internship at the Goodman Theatre for their production of Chinglish, stage managed Family Devotions (Halceyon), Assisted Living (Profiles), L-Vis Live! (Victory Gardens), The Diary of Anne Frank (Metropolis Performing Arts Center), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Haven Theatre), and assistant stage managed Be a Good Little Widow (Collaboractions), Reefer Madness and Pippin: A Bollywood Spectacular (Circle).
ANTHONY SANDERS (Music Director) has been performing music around Chicago since he was 14 years old. He’s toured nationwide with numerous bands, including his own, The Island of Misfit Toys. He graduated from Maine East High School in Park Ridge, from which he immediately set out to the city to focus on music.
JEFF GRIGGS is the author of the book, Guru; My Days with Del Close, and teaches History and Analysis of Modern Comedy in the Comedy Studies Program at Columbia College and Episodic Narrative for The Harold Ramis Film School. He also is a Director-At-Large for The Second City. Most recently, he directed Red, White and Blaine at iO and The Soap Box Derby King at The Annoyance, along with several productions for The Second City Training Center and The Second City Theatricals. He has performed improv and sketch at theaters around the world and directed for The Second City on numerous NCL Cruise Ships. He is a current director for The Second City National Touring Company and is a faculty member in the training centers for The Second City and iO.
“Second City does the comedy of shared experience more quirkily and savvier than most.” —Chicago Tribune “A temple of Satire…” —Time magazine
“The entire recent tradition of American satire can be summed up in three words: The Second City.” —New York Times
“The troupe that gave us SCTV and inspired Saturday Night Live and Whose Line is it Anyway?!” —Chicago Tribune
“Legendary” —The New York Times