The Second City

Over the summer, my dad had a business trip in Chicago, and I had nowhere to stay. We decided that I would go along with him, and while he was working I would wander around Michigan Avenue by myself. He tried his hardest to make it fun, and he did an excellent job.

I went shopping, which is always productive, often more so than you can afford. I watched movies in the hotel room, and went to Wow Bao for lunch every day (it’s absolutely delicious for those of you who have never been).

At night, my dad and I would go dinner somewhere new, and then to a movie or back to the hotel to relax. One night though, he really wanted to go see a The Second City show. I resisted, but my dad was determined, as he often is. I had never been to a comedy act, and I didn’t really know what to expect. I honestly thought the show would be filled with cheesy humor that wasn’t especially funny.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The Second City turned out to be one of the world’s leading comedy acts, and experts at improvisation. Their website advertises 50 years of funny, which is an accurate statement. I could hardly stop laughing the entire show, even during the political acts which I knew nothing about. The show was hilarious, and the humor was priceless.

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Few people know just how huge The Second City really is. Founded in 1959, it has become one of the most “influential” and “prolific” international comedy theatre groups. Broadway stars Mike Nichols and Elaine May made their debut with The Second City, along with Alan Arkin, Barbara Harris, Robert Klein, David Steinberg, Fred Willard, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Gilda Radner.

Today, The Second City continues to produce stars known for their comedy, such as Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and Tina Fey. I assume many of you are very familiar with those names.

By the time I left the small theatre that night, I couldn’t believe I had resisted going as much as I had. It was one of the funniest nights of my life, and I plan on watching The Second City show whenever I get the chance. I highly recommend you all do the same.

You can watch a bit of it here.

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