If you’ve been a fan of improvisational or sketch comedy like the stuff you see on Mad TV, Kids in the Hall, or Saturday Night Live, you would absolutely love spending just a little bit of time checking out The Second City comedy troupe. Comprised of some of Chicago’s most famous stand up and sketch comics, as well as an incredibly deep bench of comedians, actors, writers, and even directors, this is the kind of amazing entertainment you’ll find nowhere other than the Windy City.
First established in December 1959, Second City has been producing some of the most gut busting laughs Chicago or any city around the world has ever seen. Originally conceived of as a bit of a review style show by some undergrads from the U of Chicago, the original group soon morphed into a whole different animal. And while they were able to bring a significant amount of fame to their comedic endeavors inside Chicago, it wasn’t really until the mid to late 1970s that Second City really started to become more of a mainstream comedy act.
They soon branched out to open other theaters in Toronto and several other cities around the world, but remain most well-known for the landmark theater built right in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago. Most of their best comedians are world-famous and people you’ve no doubt seen in other media, we are talking about people like Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Adam McKay, John Belushi, John Candy, and so many more. The new breed of comedic talent currently stabling the Second City endeavors are just as good as the ones your most familiar with, and you’ll be able to enjoy amazing laughs and a truly once in a lifetime experience the moment you come through those doors.
No trip to Chicago would be the same or totally complete without at least spending a bit of time catching a few shows at the Second City theater. Easily one of the best comedy venues on the planet, you’re never quite sure what to expect but will always be more than pleasantly surprised by the show. Alumni have been known to drop by from time to time, and you’ll never really know if you’re going to rub elbows with someone like Steve Carell or Vince Vaughn on any given night.