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Direct Connect

  Let us help you connect. Starring Pat Reidy, Adam Peacock, Michael Lehrer and Lydia Merlot Written by Michael Lehrer Produced and Directed by Jeph Porter Sound Joel Labahn Editing and Graphics by Caitlin Nordigian [more]

November 13, 2013 Comedy, Video
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How to Create the Perfect Web Series

Well, it finally happened: improv has lost its charm. Every time you get on stage, you feel like you’re performing in a vacuum. Sure, it’s great to have all of your friends and peers constantly telling you what a great [more]

November 13, 2013 By: Daniel Strauss, Comedy, Words
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How to Improvise with a Stranger (& Other Bizarre Situations)

Whether it’s at an audition, a workshop, a jam or a weird thrown-together shit-show in a bar somewhere at midnight, we, as improvisers, are constantly finding ourselves playing with strangers. Are you intimidated by playing with strangers? Try this perspective [more]

November 11, 2013 By: Andel Sudik, Comedy, Words
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7 Audition Tips for The Conservatory Program

The Second City Training Center’s Conservatory Program auditions are just around the corner– and they fill up fast. If you get a slot (or not), let these 7 tips ease your anxiety and help you put your best improv foot forward. [more]

November 8, 2013 Comedy, Words
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9 Benefits of Chicago’s New Ventra Card

This fall, the Chicago Transit Authority introduced Ventra, an all-new payment system for the city’s public transportation fleet. Ventra (Latin for “ill-conceived”) ushers in a new era for public transit users by streamlining the payment and boarding processes. For those [more]

November 7, 2013 By: Greg Ott, Comedy, Words
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Life Lessons Twitter’s CEO Learned @TheSecondCity

Twitter is expected to officially go public later this week, and financial experts estimate that the value of me reading about the flatbread you ate for lunch and also checking out Kim Kardashian butt-selfies is about to be well over [more]

November 6, 2013 By: Liz Kozak, Comedy, Words
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How to Celebrate Guy Fawkes Night in America

If you’re like me, you have no idea what the f*** Guy Fawkes Night is. I only learned of the “holiday” (also known as “Bonfire Night”) last week, when my Catholic dad asked if I’d be doing anything to mark [more]

November 5, 2013 By: Anne McCarthy, Comedy, Words
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Toronto’s Crack-Smoking Mayor Rob Ford: 8 American Comparisons

Toronto is boring and polite.  That’s what we here in Toronto assume most people in the U.S. think of our city, if they think of us at all. But then in 2010, we somehow elected a cartoon character as mayor: [more]

November 1, 2013 By: Ian MacIntyre, Comedy, Words
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When to Wear Blackface for Halloween

Julianne Hough dressing as “Crazy Eyes” from Orange is the New Black. Those jackholes from Facebook who dressed as Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. These costume choices bring up an important question: When is it appropriate to wear blackface for Halloween? [more]

October 31, 2013 By: Patrick Rowland, Comedy, Words
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7 Ways Improv Makes Me a Better Parent

While it seems like just yesterday, my adorable daughter arrived and made a mom out of me nearly a year ago. I consider it a gift to her that she has a charming, hilarious improv actor for a mom, although [more]

October 30, 2013 By: Natalie Shipman, Comedy, Words