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Thanksgivukkah Holiday Mashups!

Thanksgivukkah (Thanksgiving + Hanukkah) is almost upon us. It may not be upon us again for 79,000 years, which got me thinking: Celebrating every holiday on different days is really inefficient. We could really spice things up by combining holidays [more]

November 21, 2013 By: Andel Sudik, Comedy, Words

The Second City Announces Lineup for 24-Hour Improv & Music Marathon!

Better brew that coffee strong! Why…? Because The Second City is thrilled to announce the 12th annual return of its legendary 24-hour improv and music holiday marathon to support families from Chicago’s Onward Neighborhood House and Letters to Santa. When [more]

November 19, 2013 By: Liz Kozak, Comedy, Words

7 Sketches You WILL Write

Sketch comedy is an exciting and fun form of writing to learn – but everyone has a few cliches they have to get out of their system first. Here are 7 sketches you will write before you find your own unique [more]

November 18, 2013 By: Caitlin Kunkel, Words

A Love Letter to Norm Holly

  Dear Norm, Hi, Norm! It’s me, Julie! I know you’ve had a lot of students over the years, but I’m pretty sure you remember me: the doughy 26-year-old who tried kissing you on the mouth at Conservatory graduation in [more]

November 15, 2013 By: Julie Marchiano, Comedy, Words

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

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

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

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

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

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