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The Second City is a Chicago-based improvisational theater enterprise, famous for its current set of performances. It first opened on December 16th, 1959, and has since become one of the most prolific and influential comedy theaters in the world.  The name for the enterprise comes from the title of an article regarding Chicago that appeared in The New Yorker, in 1952. The first show premiered at the 1842 North Wells Street. The theater was created as a place where stories were made via improvisation, using unique methods that were later referred to as Theater Games. And now this theater is headed to your town. Grab The Second City tickets at the earliest.

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Let’s take a look at what this theater and its comedy is all about.

History of The Second City

The Second City opened its doors in Chicago, on a snowy, winter night in the December of 1959. Since then, it has grown to become the world’s premier comedy club, school of improvisation and theater. It features live shows every night in various cities such as Toronto, Chicago and Hollywood. The group based its performances on what it learned from the book of improvisation techniques by Spolin and recreated these according to their own individual style.

In recent years, the project was head by Andrew Alexander and his recently deceased partner, Len Stuart. They acquired The Second City in 1987. Alexander led the Second City for nearly 42 years and produced various television programs, including “Second City Presents”, “SCTV” and “Next Comedy Legend”.

Founders of The Second City

The Second City was founded by three partners, who dedicated a lot of their energy and time into making The Second City a worldwide success.

Bernard Sahlins – This American writer, comedian and director was born in Chicago in 1922 and was a University of Chicago graduate. He had also received an honorary doctorate from Columbia College in Chicago. In 1959, he opened The Second City, where he continued as a producer and eventually became one of the directors in the 1990s. He hired many talents, including the likes of John Candy, Harold Ramis and Bill Murray.

Howard Alk – Born in 1930, Alk was a Chicago-based filmmaker who was also enrolled in the University of Chicago.  According to Bernard Sahlins, Howard Alk can be attributed with coming up with the group’s name, The Second City. He worked with the group initially but left around the early 1960s.

Paul Sills – Also a graduate of the University of Chicago, Paul Sills was an American director, who originally directed The Second City in Chicago. He was also an improvisation teacher. His mother was the teacher and writer, Viola Spolin, who is credited to have authored the first book on improvisation techniques, Improvisation for the Theater.

Notable Alumni

Since the debut of The Second City, many comedians, actors, directors and other working in the show business have launched their careers via this platform. Big names who have launched their careers from The Second City include Alan Arkin, James Belushi, John Candy, Jane Lynch, Andrea Martin, Amy Sedaris, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Gilda Radner, Harold Ramis, Joan Rivers, Stephen Colbert and Ian Gomez.

Tina Fey, the American actress, writer and comedian, known for her performance with Saturday Night Live, has also been a part of The Second City. She first broke into the comedy scene as a featured player in The Second City, before landing her big role in SNL.

Another famous name that came out of The Second City is Bill Murray. The 66-year old actor got his start with The Second City through an invitation from his older brother, Brian. He gained further exposure with his role on Saturday Night Live, which also earned him his first Emmy Award. The actor has starred in numerous comedy films since then, including Meatballs, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Tootsie. His critically acclaimed role in Lost in Translation (2003) earned him various awards.

Steve Carell is another big name that came out of The Second City. He performed with the comedy troupe in 1991 and later went on to pursue other career goals. He has worked on various projects since, including movies such as Get Smart (2008), Evan Almighty (2007) and Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011).

If you want to catch the show that helped launch all these amazing careers, you need to grab The Second City tickets now. The show is all set to take place in California, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

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The minimum ticket price for The Second City tickets is $54.00.

How much are The Second City Tickets?

The least expensive The Second City ticket is $54.00 in section R BALC with 10 tickets available.

When does The Second City tickets go on sale?

Tickets are on sale now. The next event is on Sun, 4 Dec 2022 in Chicago at UP Comedy Club at Second City - Chicago with 24 tickets available and the last event is on Sat, 25 Mar 2023 in Hampton at American Theatre - Hampton with 242 tickets available.

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Some of the premium tickets for The Second City are in Hampton, VA on Sat, 25 Mar 2023. Often these are front row or floor seat tickets, best available (VIP) seats. These seats are in section MAIN ORCH with 10 seat(s) available.

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How long before the event can I buy The Second City tickets?

You can buy The Second City tickets even on the day of the event, if available. However, it is usually better to book tickets early since seats are limited and prices sometimes rise just before the event. We have 931 available tickets for The Second City till the date Sat, 25 Mar 2023.


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The Second City Comedy Tour Dates 2022 & Shows

Some of the best theatre productions have released their schedules. The Second City will run at the venues from 4-Dec-22 until 25-Mar-23. Upcoming show will be staged at UP Comedy Club at Second City - Chicago, Chicago; whereas the last one will be held at the American Theatre - Hampton, Hampton. For the complete list of dates and venues, please visit our website.

Event Venue City Date
The Second City - What The Elf UP Comedy Club at Second City - Chicago Chicago, IL Sun Dec 04 202208:00 PM
The Second City - What The Elf UP Comedy Club at Second City - Chicago Chicago, IL Thu Dec 08 202208:00 PM
The Second City - What The Elf UP Comedy Club at Second City - Chicago Chicago, IL Fri Dec 09 202208:00 PM
The Second City - What The Elf UP Comedy Club at Second City - Chicago Chicago, IL Sat Dec 10 202208:00 PM
The Second City - What The Elf UP Comedy Club at Second City - Chicago Chicago, IL Sun Dec 11 202207:00 PM
The Second City - What The Elf UP Comedy Club at Second City - Chicago Chicago, IL Thu Dec 15 202208:00 PM
The Second City - What The Elf UP Comedy Club at Second City - Chicago Chicago, IL Fri Dec 16 202208:00 PM
The Second City - What The Elf UP Comedy Club at Second City - Chicago Chicago, IL Sat Dec 17 202208:00 PM
The Second City - What The Elf UP Comedy Club at Second City - Chicago Chicago, IL Sun Dec 18 202207:00 PM
The Second City - What The Elf UP Comedy Club at Second City - Chicago Chicago, IL Fri Dec 23 202208:00 PM

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