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Second City funny girl The Second City theatre has a reputation for discovering some of the nation’s greatest comedic talent. Newcomer Carisa Barreca, Comm ’02, is making her mark as a resident actor on Second City Chicago’s e.t.c. stage.
BY KILEY PETERS, COMM ’08
The same stage that once was home to comedy powerhouses Tina Fey,
Amy Poehler, Steve Carell and alumnus Chris Farley, Sp ’86, is now introducing Barreca to comedy audiences.
She moved to Chicago two years after graduating and landed a job on the night staff at Second City.
“I would host and sell merchandise most nights so I could watch all the shows,” she
says. “I’d take conservatory classes on Tuesday, work nights at Second City Wednesday through Saturday and was a receptionist at a gym during the day. I got there at 6 a.m., worked until about 3 p.m., came home, took a nap and then came to Second City and worked from 5 p.m. to midnight. Then I’d go home and do it again the next day. I did that for about two years.”