ProVIDEO Comedy Series
The Second City Dysfunctional Holiday Revue Stage Manager *LAURA HUM Musical Director MATT GRIFFO Director SANDY MARSHALL Talent BARRY HITE MICHAEL KOSINSKI HOLLY LAURENT RACHEL MILLER EILEEN MONTELIONE * denotes a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the professional union for actors and stage managers.
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A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY
It all started in a converted Chinese laundry on Chicago’s north side in 1959. No one could know that by the next century, The Second City would have established itself as the premier comedy institution in the world. With theaters in Chicago, Toronto, Detroit, and Las Vegas; training centers in each of those cities as well as Los Angeles; a corporate division that offers creative services to the business world; a TV and film division; and touring troupes that bring its unique brand of improv-based sketch comedy all over the world, The Second City has become, in the words of the New York Times, “A Comedy Empire.” The touring troupes at The Second City have been the springboard for generations of the comedy world’s best and brightest. Its alumni list includes Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, Robert Klein, Peter Boyle, Harold Ramis, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, John Candy, Martin Short, George Wendt, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Chris
Farley, Ryan Stiles, Mike Myers, Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey and more. In addition to stellar talent, Second City’s other chief export is comedy that is both hilarious and thought provoking; smart and silly; sophisticated and wild. The concept is simple: six actors augmented by a musical accompanist and a sound and lighting director perform a twoact revue featuring sketch comedy, songs and improvisation. Drawing from the vast archives of material that Second City has created over 40 plus years, The Second City touring companies are also creating on-the-spot, topical comedy that changes with every performance. The diversity of Second City performances are matched by the diversity of its venues, as the company has taken its act on the road to theatres, festivals, colleges, and performing arts centers in every state of the union and to international audiences from Singapore to Vienna.
SANDY MARSHALL (Director) is proud to be directing for The Second City. Recent directing credits include HERO and Play (i.O. Chicago), NewPlay (Magnet NYC), and MelanComedy (PIT NYC). Sandy co-founded the comedy ensemble Schadenfreude in 1997, performs with Second City Communications and appears in lots of films (www.sandymarshall.com). Thanks to family and friends. Special thanks to Mayor Daley.
*LAURA HUM (Stage Manager) is delighted to be joining Second City and returning to her hometown of Chicago. She recently ventured to the mystical lands near Philadelphia as the company manager for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and stage manager for their WillPower Tour. She also recently stage managed in the not-somystical and far more cow-ridden lands of Columbus, OH, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University. The Second City | Overture Center 3
MATT GRIFFO (Musical Director), from Upstate NY, has music directed at theaters all across Chicago, performed with the Second City Musical Improv House Ensemble and at festivals, comedy clubs, theaters and music venues across the Northeast and Midwest. He is excited to join the cast of Greenco and would like to thank Erin for being a constant support in his life. Thank you Erin. You can check out Griffo’s comedy music at mattgriffo.com BARRY HITE couldn’t be happier to join this talented lot of folks. Haling from rough and tumble Mechanicsville, Virginia, he performs with several ensembles around Chicago including Bullet Lounge, Family Tree House
Boast Accident, The Improvised Shakespeare Company and Close Quarters. He thanks Second City for this opportunity, his family and friends for their support and Laura for everything. MICHAEL KOSINSKI is so happy to perform with The Second City Touring Company! Prior to touring on land, he toured the seas of Hawaii, the Caribbean, Alaska, Bermuda and Europe with The Second City aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines and is happy to answer any questions about cruising you may have. In Chicago, Mike has performed at ComedySportz, the i.O. Theater, The Annoyance, and The Playground. Big thanks to his cast mates, teachers and directors past and present!
Parsons Dance with the East Village Opera Company
BELL LABORATORIES SERIES
TUE, FEB 22, 7:30 pm Parsons Dance with the East Village
Opera Company, Remember Me
TUE, MAR 29, 7:30 pm Momix, Botanica
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a muSt See experience!
Fri, Jan 28 – Sun, Jan 30 $35–$75 | Overture Hall
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A ProVIDEO Comedy & Theater Series Event
Sat, apr 30, 7 pm
$26 – $34 | Capitol Theater This tender, loving, life-affirming Tony-
nominated one man show celebrates the life and career of George Burns, played by Alan Safier, as he finds himself caught between this world and the next, unable to join his beloved Gracie until he summons one last command performance.
“You’ll be in heaven yourself, at least for an hour and a half.”
— New York Times
WHO’S WHO (cont.)
HOLLY LAURENT grew up in Niles, Michigan dreaming of living in the big city someday. After moving to Chicago she trained at The Second City, iO, and Annoyance Theatres. She is a writer and performer, and member of the long-standing Chicago improv group The Reckoning. She enjoys teaching in the iO training center and performing every Tuesday and Thursday at iO Chicago with The Reckoning and in the show Shotgun. Holly earned her Masters Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College in 2007 and joined the Second City touring company the same year. She thanks Greg for being the most outstanding man alive, and her family for being a constant source of great stories.
A night of hilarious stand-up with the Southern Fried Chicks!
Sat. Jan 29 7:30 pm
RACHEL MILLER loves being a part of The Second City. Favorite credits: Green Co, Second City’s Philadelphia production The City of Nutterly Love: Funny as Bell, guitar/vocal improv duo Vlad & Rachel, The Podcast, Breathing On Cougarness, BFF:DOA, the 5-1/2 years she spent in Amsterdam with Boom Chicago, comedy festivals in Edinburgh, Singapore and Berlin, and freestyle-rapping at U2’s “Vertigo” European Tour Party. Love and thanks to family, friends, bosses, this cast, her dog Lu, and especially Andrew. EILEEN MONTELIONE is thrilled to join The Second City aboard The Norweigen Pearl! She began performing at the age of six, majored in theater at UIC, and has been fortunate enough to perform all over the world, from Chicago to Moscow, both on stage and in film. Recently, she created and performed in Sit and Run’s well received show, Talking to No One…, with Joel Wiersema. Eileen would like to thank her family, Bill Raffeld, Cynthia Blaise, Michael Gellman, Michael Descoteaux, Ranjit Souri and all of her teachers.
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