Even if you know nothing about improv, chances are you've heard of Second City. This is the place that put both sketch and improvised comedy on the map while launching the careers of many distinguished comics including Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Chris Farley, John Belushi, Joan Rivers, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell. Mainstage revues are occasionally stodgy, but most shows are still top-notch.
The Second City Mainstage
|Venue name:||The Second City Mainstage||Contact:|
1616 N Wells St
|Cross street:||at North Ave|
|Transport:||El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Sedgwick. Bus: 11, 22, 36, 72, 156.|
|Price:||Average price: $20–$30|
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Panic on Cloud 9
The Second City Mainstage. Directed by Ryan Bernier. Music directed by Jacob Shuda. With Chelsea Devantez, John Hartman, Paul Jurewicz, Daniel Strauss, Christine Tawfik, Emily Walker. Running time: 2hrs; one intermission. Comedy review by Kris Vire At...Sketch shows Until Saturday December 19 2015Read more
The Second City's Holidazed and Confused Revue
The Second City's off-night winter sketch revue pokes fun at all the crazy and insufferable parts of the holidays.Sketch shows Saturday November 28 2015 - Monday December 28 2015Read more
Fool Me Twice, Déjà Vu
The Second City’s 104th mainstage revue, the follow-up to Panic on Cloud 9, features a strong cast of holdovers (Chelsea Devantez, Paul Jurewicz and Daniel Strauss) and newcomers (Rashawn Nadine Scott, Sarah Shook and Jamison Webb) directed by e.t.c....Sketch shows Tuesday December 1 2015 - Friday April 1 2016Read more
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Went to see an improv show and it was by far the best live comedy show I've seen. They also offer a wide variety of shows for all kinds of tastes. Would love to come back here again.
This is always at the top of my list of things I tell people to do when visiting Chicago for the first time. It can be expensive, but I've never, ever had a disappointing time at Second City. It's worth every penny. I usually laugh until my face hurts. And chances are, someone in the cast you see will go on to perform on SNL very soon (I saw Aidy Bryant there!). There's not a bad seat, either, as it's a pretty small theater. This is improv at its very best.
Of course visiting a Second City show was tops on my to do list for my first ever visit to Chicago. I worship at the altar of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey and had to make a pilgrimage to see where these two hilarious, intelligent women began. Most friends familiar with the city recommended Mainstage, but timing and tickets just did not work out. A friend and I watched the #DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment show at UP Comedy Club instead. The show was poignant and very funny, though it did end on a bit of a dark note. Overall great experience and I hope to get back for a more improv-based show one day!