Working In The Theatre: Second City

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.

With a list of alumni too expansive to name, the Second City has been training some of the most recognizable names in comedy for 56 years.

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