Not only a beloved Chicago showcase, Second City is now treasured by the world, as well. Many a legendary comedy career began ... More
Not only a beloved Chicago showcase, Second City is now treasured by the world, as well. Many a legendary comedy career began here; perhaps you will catch tomorrow's star in tonight's revue. This is the birthplace of sketch comedy, the type of humor that spawned such shows as Saturday Night Live and The Kids in the Hall. In fact, many favorite SNL comedians got their start here. John Belushi, Bill Murray, Jerry Stiller and Elaine May are just a handful of those who went on to national fame. Be sure to check out all the photos on the wall while you wait to be seated - cabaret style, of course. The drinks are good, the price is right, the comedy and satire is unbeatable. This is an unforgettable end to an evening out in Old Town.
Nestled in gorgeous Old Town is the Cradle of Sketch Comedy. Always on the lookout for the next John Belushi, Gilda Radner, or Chris Farley, Second City skewers all sacred cows in service to the big laugh. It's rapid-fire, hit-and-miss, controlled bedlam. Don't dispair if you can't get tickets to the big show. The back-bench is deep, and sometimes Second City Etc. is funnier than the main stage's show.
This comedy theater is known for finding talent for the likes of Saturday Night Live, such as Gilda Radner, Dan Akroyd, Eugene Levy, and Chris Farley.
I took some friends to see their show at the smaller theater (there are 2, right near each other), so there are two different casts. Each of the theaters perform a different prepared series of sketch comedy, and at the end they do live improvised sketches (for which the audience can opt to stay or leave).
The humor is farcical and sartirical (much like SNL), and a few skits are brief musicals. There is the sort of humor that is so non-PC (politically correct) that it is absurdly funny. Political references definitely have a liberal bent. My friends did laugh, so it was a good time.
Tickets were about $18 for the Sunday evening show. They also serve a variety of cocktails and some bar food. I had a turkey panini, where the bread was burnt, so I don't recommend the food.
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