ABOVE: GILDA RADNER AND ANDREW ALEXANDER SHARE A LAUGH WITH FRIENDS CIRCA 1974.
Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity. â€“ Gilda Radner
A LETTER FROM
ANDREW ALEXANDER I’d like to welcome you to The Second City by sharing one of my favorite quotes from the incomparable Gilda Radner: “Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.” Gilda’s words perfectly capture the spirit of what we’re all about at The Second City. Yes, our work is grounded in the improvisational methods invented by Viola Spolin in the 1920s and then developed right here over the last six decades, but that’s not where we stop when it comes to relishing in the art of the unknown. Perhaps your suggestion will lead the actors into an improvised scene that’s never happened before and will never happen again. Perhaps you’ll strike up a conversation with the stranger next to you and share a laugh with a newfound friend. Maybe something will click as watch the show, and you’ll decide that you have a future in improv (but be warned, it’s harder than it looks). And your friendly server? Or the affable host who sat you? You might see them again one day...on the big screen. Some of the most beloved names in entertainment were once part of our dedicated house staff. Catherine O’Hara was a server before SCTV. Jordan Peele welcomed guests into the theater as a host long before he won an Oscar for Get Out. And Stephen Colbert sold tickets and t-shirts in the box office before taking over the Late Show desk. So let go of your expectations and get ready to feast on some delicious ambiguity. The nachos are pretty good, too.
CEO/Executive Producer, The Second City
HOW THE COMEDY SAUSAGE GETS MADE
HOW THE COMEDY SAUSAGE GETS MADE BREAKING DOWN THE SECOND CITY METHOD
The makeup of a Second City show—or “revue,” as we call them—has remained virtually the same since the very beginning: two acts that are (mostly) scripted, followed by our famed third act of improvisation. The show is actually written by the cast over an eight- to ten-week rehearsal period. We call this sacred time “process,” and it’s a comedy gauntlet. The cast and crew rehearse all day long and perform at night, constantly testing and adjusting material based on the audience’s reactions and suggestions. Most new material is generated in those third-act improv sets, and if an improvised piece is particularly strong, it will be further refined the next day in a rehearsal with the director. (That means your suggestions are VERY IMPORTANT.) During process, the new material is introduced into the scripted show. Themes begin to develop, and the actors and directors craft the scenes into a brand new production. And a few months later, we do it all over again…
BEHIND THE BENTWOOD It can be a rocket ship. A race car. A Viking helmet. Giant high-heeled shoes.
Babies have even been birthed on these things. It’s called a bentwood chair, and it just might be the single most important item in this room. Named for the method in which wet wood is literally bent into shape, this curved beauty began preventing people from falling down in 1859, thanks to a German cabinet maker named Michael Thonet and his Chair No. 14. The simple design—six pieces of wood, ten screws, two nuts—is now one of the most familiar silhouettes in the world, and we wouldn’t be The Second City without it. When The Second City founders Bernie Sahlins, Howard Alk and Paul Sills began building our first home up the street at 1842 N. Wells, the former site of Wong Cleaners & Dyers, resources were scarce. The nightclub was outfitted with old telephone booths, used stage lights and 150 bentwoods, purchased at auction for $1 a piece. On opening night in 1959, six of those chairs served as the scenery. We haven’t changed the scenery in over 58 years.
FAQs Q: WHERE DID THE NAME THE SECOND CITY COME FROM?
& OTHER IMPORTANT LETTERS
A: The Second City defiantly chose its name from a rather biting book written by New Yorker journalist A. J. Liebling in 1952, titled Chicago: The Second City. Explore more of our lore at secondcity.com/history.
Q: WHY’S IT SO COLD IN HERE? A: When hundreds of people enter a small room at once, the temperature increases dramatically. Even the finest of HVAC systems can’t handle that kind of rapid transition well. Also, the weather up on stage under the lava-hot lights is vastly different for the performers than it is for you. And no one wants to watch a bunch of overheated actors raining sweat onto the front row.
Q: IS THERE A TWO-DRINK MINIMUM? A: Nope. Who are we to presume your thirst levels?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: CAN I TAKE A PHOTO DURING THE SHOW? A: Timing is everything. During the show, it’s strictly forbidden to take photos or otherwise use your phone. In addition to being disruptive to the performers and other audience members, taking photos or videos of the performance is prohibited by the Actors’ Equity Association. Before the show, during intermission or after the show, you’re welcome to go nuts. Don’t forget to tag us @TheSecondCity!
Q: I REALLY LIKED THAT ONE SKIT.
A: Oooooh...you just hit a bit of a nerve. We call each scene a “sketch” (hence, “sketch comedy”), and those in the biz are mighty touchy about this one. Also, that wasn’t even a question.
Q: HOW DO I/MY HILARIOUS DAUGHTER/ MY AWKWARD CO-WORKER GIVE THIS IMPROV THING A TRY? A: The Second City Training Center offers classes to thousands of students each year, ranging from aspiring pro performers to newcomers just looking to gain confidence and meet new friends. Check out all we have to offer at secondcity.com/tc.
Illustrator Bill Utterback drew the signature caricatures of our casts from 1976 until his passing in 2010. You can find many examples of his work displayed around the building.
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Match the alum to their Second City caricature! 1. Steve Carell 2. Stephen Colbert 3. Rachel Dratch 4. Chris Farley 5. Tina Fey 6. Bonnie Hunt
7. Keegan-Michael Key 8. Tim Meadows 9. Catherine Oâ€™Hara 10. Amber Ruffin 11. Amy Sedaris 12. George Wendt L 11
ANSWERS: 1-C; 2-H; 3-K; 4-A; 5-D; 6-F; 7-L; 8-E; 9-B; 1O-J; 11-I; 12-G
CAST OF DREAM FREAKS FALL FROM SPACE Lâ€“R: TYLER DAVIS, TIEN TRAN, KELSEY KINNEY, NATE VARRONE, RYAN ASHER, JEFFREY MURDOCH
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY: RYAN ASHER TYLER DAVIS KELSEY KINNEY JEFFREY MURDOCH TIEN TRAN NATE VARRONE
CEO/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ANDREW ALEXANDER
DIRECTED BY RYAN BERNIER
PRESIDENT STEVE JOHNSTON
MUSICAL DIRECTION, ORIGINAL MUSIC, SOUND DESIGN VINNIE PILLARELLA*
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER D’ARCY STUART
STAGE MANAGER CRAIG TAYLOR*
VICE PRESIDENT OF PRODUCTION JEN HOYT
ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR JILLIAN E. MUELLER
PRODUCER ALISON RILEY
SET DESIGN, CREATIVE DIRECTOR BOB KNUTH
LINE PRODUCER JEREMY SMITH
LIGHTING DESIGN, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR KYLE ANDERSON
COMPANY MANAGER WILLIAM COLLINS
STYLIST IZUMI INABA
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS DAWN KUSINSKI
All actors and stage managers are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers. All musicians are members of the Chicago Federation of Musicians, Local 10-208. Due to an arrangement with the Actors’ Equity Association,the use of cameras and recording devices is prohibited in this theater. Please turn off all beepers and cell phones. Please keep all aisles clear during the performance.
Illustration by Jess Fang
Who’s Who In the Cast RYAN ASHER (Ensemble) is incredibly honored to be here! She is from Charlottesville, VA, and got her BFA in theater at VCU. Ryan has performed all over Chicago in The Annoyance’s Trigger Happy, iO’s The Late 90’s, and SHEBEAST. Ryan wouldn’t be here today without her family, Suze, Dr. T, Mick, Billy, Green Co, SHEBEAST, and all the loud-ass women who came before her! Ryan’s performance is dedicated to the memory of Julia Gremer, who taught Ryan to laugh at herself and eat ranch. Follow Ryan on Insta and Twitter @Reen_machine or check out paonessatalent.com.
TYLER DAVIS (Ensemble) is honored to join the 106th revue! Outside of Second City, he performs with Devil’s Daughter (iO), Trigger Happy (The Annoyance Theatre), and CSz Chicago. He is represented by Grossman & Jack Talent. Love to his Mom and Dad for their unending support. Thanks to Mick and Jen, RedCo and The Museum of Science and Industry. TORQUE! Twitter: @TylerADav
KELSEY KINNEY (Ensemble) is thrilled to be joining this cast for her second Mainstage revue. Kelsey has been acting, writing, and improvising in Chicago for the better part of a decade. She spent three of those years touring the country with The Second City, but not the first three--those were spent waiting tables. She currently writes horrible, awful, no-good things for the game Cards Against Humanity. For more nonsense, follow her @kelseysfromohio or check out paonessatalent.com.
JEFFREY MURDOCH (Ensemble) was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area, attending school at the University of Michigan. Go Blue! After college, he moved to Chicago to pursue comedy, where he’s had the privilege of performing at The Annoyance, iO, and now The Second City! However, his favorite comedic moments come from working with his comedy partner Jo Scott in their group Seriously Unprepared. Check out their videos at SeriouslyUnprepared.com or follow Jeff on Twitter: @jsmurd and Instagram @jmurdoink.
TIEN TRAN (Ensemble) is so excited to be joining The Second City Mainstage. A proud BC Eagle and 2016 Bob Curry Fellow, she was previously in the e.t.c.’s 41st revue Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno and The Second City and Slate’s Unelectable You. As a stand-up, she was recently featured at the 2017 Comedy Central Comics to Watch Chicago Showcase. She would like to thank her friends & family, and her Erin & Russ for everything. Follow her: @hanktina
NATE VARRONE (Ensemble) is from Columbus, Ohio, and attended The Ohio State University, where he received a B.A. in English. While performing does rule, he also loves creating short films and sketches online. His work has been featured in McSweeney’s, Splitsider, and Funny or Die. He thanks his family, Jane, The Annoyance Theatre, and his friends for their love and support! Follow him on Insta/Twitter: @natevarrone
Who’s Who on the Crew RYAN BERNIER (Director) is excited to be directing his sixth Second City resident revue. Recent directing credits at Second City include Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno, Jeff Award winner We’re All in this Room Together (Best Revue, Best Director), and America: All Better!! at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre (Helen Hayes Award-nominated). He was awarded Suffolk University’s 10 Under 10 Honor. Ryan has the pleasure of directing productions in Chicago, Boston, DC, LA, New York, Toyko, Vienna, Brussels, and on the ocean. Ryan also teaches at Emerson and Columbia College. CRAIG TAYLOR (Stage Manager) has stage managed more than 35 revues for The Second City and has been asked to provide the impossible for numerous Second City directors. VINNIE PILLARELLA (Musical Direction, Original Music, Sound Design) is a Chicago native and is excited to be sitting behind the piano for his second Mainstage revue. He is a veteran of the Second City Touring Company and has created music in theaters around the city, including The Annoyance, iO, Public House, and Silk Road Rising. Thanks to his supportive family, friends, and to his bandmates in Biographer and SINGHVAZQUEZPILLARELLA!
BOB KNUTH (Set Design, Creative Director) is the Creative Director of Marketing & Brand for The Second City (Chicago, Toronto, Hollywood) and UP Comedy Club. Sets for The Second City include: A Red Line Runs Through It, Soul Brother, Where Art Thou?, Fool Me Twice, Deja Vu, Panic on Cloud 9 and Depraved New World. Bob has been nominated for 15 Jeff Awards and received two for Best Set Design both with Circle Theatre. Other sets include: The Addams Family and The Color Purple at Mercury Theater. Check Bob out at www.bobknuth.com and on instagram @bob_knuth KYLE ANDERSON (Lighting Design, Technical Director) is proud to serve as Second City’s Technical Director. Kyle joined the company in 2005 as a Stage Manager for the Touring Company. He joined the Second City e.t.c. in 2010 as Stage Manager and Lighting Designer for five revues. In 2015, he left stage management behind to focus on keeping all of our productions looking and sounding sharp. He thanks the people here who make his job possible, and his wife, Lauren, who makes him happy.
ALISON RILEY (Producer) has been with The Second City since 1986. Wow, that’s a long time! During her tenure, she has worked as a server, Night Manager, and General Manager. She joined the producing team as Associate Producer in 2004, and in 2008, Alison became Producer for the resident stages, since producing dozens of resident company revues with the most talented actors and directors IN THE WORLD! JEREMY SMITH (Line Producer) began working at The Second City in 2002 as a stage manager for The Second City Touring Company. He has had the privilege of working on a multitude of Second City collaborations, such as The Art of Falling (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), The Second City’s Almost Accurate Guide to America (Kennedy Center), The Good, The Bad and the I-5 (La Jolla Playhouse), Twist Your Dickens! (Goodman Theatre, Kennedy Center), America All Better!! (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), Chicago Live! (Chicago Tribune), and Rod Blagojevich Superstar! (Chicago Shakespeare). Jeremy has also helped produce numerous revues at The Second City, including Southside of Heaven, Sky’s the Limit (Weather Permitting), and Fool Me Twice, Deja Vu, as well as countless other productions both locally and nationally.
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CAST OF GASLIGHT DISTRICT Lâ€“R: JASBIR SINGH VAZQUEZ, ANDREW KNOX, SAYJAL JOSHI, ALAN LINIC, EMILY FIGHTMASTER, KATIE KERSHAW
gASliGhT DisTrIct WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY EMILY FIGHTMASTER SAYJAL JOSHI KATIE KERSHAW ANDREW KNOX ALAN LINIC JASBIR SINGH VAZQUEZ DIRECTED BY ANNELIESE TOFT MUSICAL DIRECTION, ORIGINAL MUSIC, SOUND DESIGN JACOB SHUDA STAGE MANAGER LAURA HUM ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR MOLLY TODD MADISON SET DESIGN, CREATIVE DIRECTOR BOB KNUTH LIGHTING DESIGN ABBY BEGGS TECHNICAL DIRECTOR KYLE ANDERSON CHOREOGRAPHY CARISA BARRECA WARDROBE STYLIST JESSICA SHEEHAN
CEO/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ANDREW ALEXANDER PRESIDENT STEVE JOHNSTON CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER D’ARCY STUART VICE PRESIDENT OF PRODUCTION JEN HOYT PRODUCER ALISON RILEY LINE PRODUCER JEREMY SMITH COMPANY MANAGER WILLIAM COLLINS DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS DAWN KUSINSKI
All actors and stage managers are members of Actors’ Equity Association, he union for professional actors and stage managers. All musicians are members of the Chicago Federation of Musicians, Local 10-208. Due to an arrangement with the Actors’ Equity Association, the use of cameras and recording devices is prohibited in this theater. Please turn off all beepers and cell phones. Please keep all aisles clear during the performance.
Who’s Who In the Cast EMILY FIGHTMASTER (Ensemble) is from Cincinnati, Ohio, which really isn’t that bad. She is so excited to be a member of this e.t.c. cast. Emily graduated from DePaul University with a Women and Gender Studies degree. She has traveled coast to coast with The Second City Touring Company (Green Co forever) and is a proud alum of Boom Chicago, the Amsterdam-based comedy theatre. Emily is a member of Baby Wine (Chicago’s queerest improv team) at The Annoyance. She loves her mom. For nudes follow @genderless_gap_ad.
SAYJAL JOSHI (Ensemble) is from North Carolina, where she helped open a really awesome improv comedy club called The Idiot Box. Back for her second revue on the e.t.c. stage, she’s also done comedy for the Kennedy Center, the Goodman, Woolly Mammoth, Cincinnati Playhouse, Zanies, The Kates, The Second City Touring Company, the Annoyance Theatre, iO, Laugh Out Loud Theater, and critically acclaimed Asian-American sketch ensemble, Stir-Friday Night! If you want dumb things, follow her @SayjalJoshi.
KATIE KERSHAW (Ensemble) was born and raised in Eastern Kentucky and is a ridiculously proud Appalachian. Before joining the e.t.c. stage Katie could be seen around the country with The Second City Touring Company. She can be found making goofs with The Late 90s (iO), Trigger Happy (Annoyance), and her one true love SheBeast (Annoyance). She is a former cast member of Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, and she also had the pleasure of performing in The Second City’s Almost Accurate Guide To America: Divided We Stand at The Kennedy Center. She is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency. Twitter: @chachakershaw ANDREW KNOX (Ensemble) is originally from Shelburne, Vermont. An ensemble member in the e.t.c.’s 41st revue, Fantastic Great Super Nation Numero Uno, he is also a Second City TourCo alum and member of the Improvised Shakespeare Company. He'd like to thank the many teachers, coaches, and directors he's had over the years as well as Mom, Dad, Amanda, Tyler, and his incredible wife Catherine for their unending love and support. And also his dog, Izzy, who is too young to see the show. Instagram/Twitter: @agordonknox
ALAN LINIC (Ensemble) Alan Linic is excited to return to the e.t.c. stage as part of Gaslight District. Check out his joke book for couples, Our Perfect Marriage, and follow him on Twitter @alanlinic. Special thanks to the cast, crew, and of course Claire Linic, who is an amazing supportive genius lady.
JASBIR SINGH VAZQUEZ (Ensemble) is an alum of The Second City Touring Company. He is a graduate of The Second City Training Center’s improv, writing, acting, and Conservatory programs. Jasbir has performed with the Second City House Ensemble and Outreach program, at iO, the Annoyance Theatre, and with his award-winning sketch group Warm Milk. You can check out his videos at vimeo.com/jasbir.
Who’s Who on the Crew ANNELIESE TOFT (Director) is directing her first Second City resident stage production after regularly contributing as a director for The Second City Theatricals. Her recent projects include Fast, Loud, & Funny at UP Comedy Club, The Second City’s collaboration with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Longer! Louder! Wagner! and a two-year tenure with The Second City Touring Company. She also directs sketch comedy in venues all over Chicago, including the Annoyance, Theater Wit, Stage 773, The Public House Theatre, and iO. Anneliese has also directed dozens of plays, including the critically acclaimed world premiere of Tammy: a Coming of Age Story About a Girl Who is Part T-Rex, now published by Playscripts, Inc.) JACOB SHUDA (Original Music, Sound Design, Musical Director) is a composer, performer, and moon worshiper from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He started live-scoring improv when he was 16 years old. Jacob has traveled the world with The Second City Touring Company and has just finished his fourth resident stage revue. He is excited to see what his mom thinks of the show, since she tends to see each one about 5 times. Jacob also leads the synth heavy dance rock band Veil Surfer.
LAURA HUM (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be a part of the e.t.c.’s 42nd revue. Previous credits on this stage include Fantastic Great Super Nation Numero Uno, A Red Line Runs Through It, and Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? She’s a proud alumna of the The Ohio State University and The Second City Touring Company. BOB KNUTH (Set Design, Creative Director) is the Creative Director of Marketing & Brand for The Second City (Chicago, Toronto, Hollywood) and UP Comedy Club. Sets for The Second City include: A Red Line Runs Through It, Soul Brother, Where Art Thou?, Fool Me Twice, Deja Vu, Panic on Cloud 9 and Depraved New World. Bob has been nominated for 15 Jeff Awards and received two for Best Set Design both with Circle Theatre. Other sets include: The Addams Family and The Color Purple at Mercury Theater. Check Bob out at www.bobknuth.com and on instagram @bob_knuth KYLE ANDERSON (Lighting Design, Technical Director) is proud to serve as Second City’s Technical Director. Kyle joined the company in 2005 as Stage Manager for the Touring Company. He joined the Second City e.t.c. in 2010 as Stage Manager and Lighting Designer for five revues. He thanks the people here who make his job possible, and his wife, Lauren, who makes him happy.
ALISON RILEY (Producer) has been with The Second City since 1986. Wow, that’s a long time! During her tenure, she has worked as a server, Night Manager, and General Manager. She joined the producing team as Associate Producer in 2004, and in 2008, Alison became Producer for the resident stages, since producing dozens of resident company revues with the most talented actors and directors IN THE WORLD! JEREMY SMITH (Line Producer) began working at The Second City in 2002 as a stage manager for The Second City Touring Company. He has had the privilege of working on a multitude of Second City collaborations, such as The Art of Falling (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), Twist Your Dickens! (Goodman Theatre, Kennedy Center), America All Better!! to Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains) (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), Chicago Live! (Chicago Tribune), and Rod Blagojevich Superstar! (Chicago Shakespeare). Recent credits at The Second City Chicago include Southside of Heaven, Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno, and Dream Freaks Fall From Space.
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FOUR WAYS IMPROV CAN HELP UNLEASH YOUR INNER SUPERHERO WANT TO BE MORE CREATIVE AT WORK? HERE ARE FOUR HEROIC WAYS. By Rebecca Sohn 26
Contrary to how we make it look up there on stage, being creative doesn’t just happen. It requires effort, energy and stepping outside of your comfort zone. Unleashing your full creative potential can be scary...requiring bravery on a heroic level.
That’s right, you could be a hero.
1. ENGAGE (AND ALSO DISENGAGE…) It’s really just a decision to be more present and aware. Turn away from whatever screen is in front of you and look around. What do you see? A grey cubicle wall? A tree? A human person? Get up. Walk over and touch it. (Not the human, unless they ask you to. Also, not the actor on stage if the show is happening right now. Just sit back and be inspired!) The point is, move your body and engage more in the moment. That’s a Zen practice and an improv skill.
2. FREE YOUR FRAGILE, SCARED BUNNY We’re all inherently creative (it’s the nature of being human), but we allow judgment to stop us. Here’s the thing: if judgment is a firebreathing dragon, then creativity is a scared bunny. It’s fragile. It’s furry. Okay, not furry, but it does require patience, support and time to come out of its safe hiding place. That can look different for every individual. Maybe you require loud music to set your creativity free. Maybe you need to duke it out with finger puppets. No judgment here! Whatever it takes for you to create an environment that opens you up to taking risks.
3. SEPARATE CREATIVITY FROM COMMERCE Many times, we try to be creative at work when we haven’t yet figured out how to be creative in our lives. Try creating purely for the sake of creation, because the more freely you create for yourself, the more easily you’ll be able to create with— and for —others. Sing, dance, invent a new dessert, make a popsicle stick birdhouse, build a workbench, or improvise (we’re a little biased towards that one). All of it gets your bunny hopping.
4. BRING IT TO WORK, AND BRING IT WHOLEHEARTEDLY Every time we throw an idea out into the world, we run the risk of rejection...and that scared bunny runs back to its safe home. In the work environment, expectations are high, making it even more critical that every single person suspend judgment. We see it all the time when we bring improv into the workplace. Once that final, reluctant person joins in, the whole room—and the whole company—benefits. Hey, look at those improvisers up there on the stage. By saying “yes, and” to everything, there’s no such thing as “making a mistake.”
And that’s exactly the kind of support that encourages people to take their crazy ideas even further… knowing they have the wholehearted support of every single fellow superhero bunny in the room. Second City Works brings award-winning improvisation, comedy and audience-driven techniques to every type of business, delivering high-energy experiential learning, live events, workshops, and custom digital content to organizations seeking a more empowered, creative, and collaborative business culture. Start making work better at secondcityworks.com. 27
PLAYRIGHTS THEATRE CLUB & THE SECOND CITY NEW YORK 1955-1959 Alan Alda Jane Alexander Howard Alk Alan Arkin Larry Arrick Rose Arrick Ed Asner Sandy Baron Lloyd Battista Walter Beakel Shelley Berman Haym Bernson Roger Bowen Hildy Brooks R. Victor Brown Jack Burns Mona Burr Loretta Chiljian Del Close Robert Coughlan Barbara Dana Severn Darden Bob Dishy Kornel Michael David MacIntyre Dixon Paul Dooley Andrew Duncan Tom Erhart Theodore J. Flicker Barbara “Bobbi” Gordon Mark Gordon Philip Baker Hall Larry Hankin Valarie Harper Barbara Harris Jo Henderson Mo Hirsch Kenna Hunt Henry Jaglom Linda Lavin Martin Lavut Sid Lazard Mickey LeGlaire Richard Libertini Ron Liebman Freya Manston Allaudin Mathieu Elaine May Paul Mazursky Anne Meara Lucy Minnerle George Morrison Mike Nichols Tom O’Horgan Robert Patton Nancy Ponder Diana Sands Reni Santoni Linda Segal Omar Shapli Suzanne “Honey” Shepard David Shepherd George Sherman Peg Shirley Paul Sills Viola Spolin Leslie J. Stark Jerry Stiller Ron Weyand Collin Wilcox Mary Louise Wilson
THE SECOND CITY CHICAGO 1959 Howard Alk Roger Bowen Severn Darden Andrew Duncan Barbara Harris Mina Kolb William Mathieu Sheldon Patinkin Bernard Sahlins Paul Sills Eugene Troobnick
1960 Alan Arkin Paul Sand Joyce Sloane 1961 Bill Alton John Brent Hamilton Camp Del Close Melinda Dillon Anthony Holland Zohra Lampert Alan Myerson Irene Riordan Joan Rivers Avery Schreiber 1962 Mona Burr Dennis Cunningham Dick Schaal 1963 Jack Burns MacIntyre Dixon Ann Elder Judy Harris Melissa “Sally” Hart Richard Libertini Omar Shapli 1964 Ian Davidson Eugene Kadish Fred Kaz Harv Robbin David Steinberg 1965 Joan Bassie Robert Benedetti Alex Canaan Sondra Caron Josephine Forsberg Judy Graubart Robert Klein David Paulsen Fred Willard 1966 Bob Curry Sid Grossfeld Sandy Holt Jon Shank David Walsh Penny White 1967 J. J. Barry Peter Boyle Martin Harvey Freidberg Burt Heyman Lynne Lipton Ira Miller 1968 Murphy Dunne Michael Miller Carol Robinson 1969 David Blum Martin de Maat Jim Fisher Joe Flaherty Nate Herman Pamela Hoffman Roberta Maguire Judy Morgan Brian Doyle Murray Harold Ramis Eric Ross Cyril Simon Paul Taylor 1971 John Belushi Eugenie Ross-Leming Dan Ziskie 1972 David Rasche Ann Ryerson
1973 John Candy Stephanie Cotsirilos Tino Insana Bill Murray Jim Staahl Betty Thomas 1974 Dan Aykroyd Cassandra Danz Don DePollo Michael J. Gellman Allan Guttman Deborah Harmon Richard Kurtzman Eugene Levy Raul Moncada Rosemary Radcliffe Gilda Radner Mert Rich Doug Steckler Paul Zegler 1975 Bernadette Birkett Miriam Flynn George Wendt 1976 Will Aldis Eric Boardman Steven Kampmann Shelley Long Jim Sherman 1977 Cynthia Cavalenes Larry Coven 1978 Jim Belushi Tim Kazurinsky Audrie Neenan Lawrence J. Perkins Maria Ricossa 1979 Danny Breen Mary Gross Bruce Jarchow Nancy McCabe-Kelly 1980 Meagen Fay Lance Kinsey Rob Riley 1981 Susan Bugg John Kapelos Rick Thomas 1982 Nonie Newton-Breen Cheryl Sloane Craig Taylor 1983 Bekka Eaton Ed Greenberg Michael Hagerty Isabella Hoffman Richard Kind 1985 Andrew Alexander Mindy Bell Jim Fay Mona Lyden Len Stuart 1986 Dan Castellaneta Rick Hall Bonnie Hunt Maureen Kelly Harry Murphy 1987 Steve Assad Kevin Crowley Aaron Freeman Ruby Streak Barbara Wallace Ron West
1988 Joe Liss Mike Myers
Maribeth Monroe Alison Riley Claudia Michelle Wallace
1989 Chris Farley Tim Meadows Joel Murray David Pasquesi Judith Scott Holly Wortell
2005 Matt Craig Molly Erdman
1990 Tom Gianas Bob Odenkirk Tim O’Malley Jill Talley 1991 Fran Adams Cynthia Caponera Steve Carell Michael McCarthy John Rubano 1992 Paul Dinello Kelly Leonard Ruth Rudnick Amy Sedaris 1993 Stephen Colbert David Razowsky 1994 Scott Adsit Scott Allman Jackie Hoffman 1995 Rachel Dratch Jon Glaser Jenna Jolovitz Adam McKay 1996 Kevin Dorff Tina Fey Mick Napier Lyn Pusztai 1997 Jim Zulevic 1998 Rachel Hamilton T.J. Jagodowski Susan Messing Jeff Richmond Tami Sagher Rich Talarico Stephnie Weir 1999 Ed Furman Beth Kligerman - Producer 2000 Craig Cackowski Sue Gillan Angela Shelton 2001 Debra Downing Nyima Funk Martin Garcia Michael Kennard David Pompeii 2002 Brian Boland Josh Funk Al Samuels Abby Sher 2003 Dan Bakkedahl Jean Villepique Liz Cackowski Lisa Brooke Antoine McKay 2004 Brian Gallivan Robin Hammond
2006 Joe Canale Ithamar Enriquez Kirk Hanley - Producer Marc Warzecha - Director 2007 Matt Hovde -Director Brad Morris Amber Ruffin 2008 Lauren Ash Jim Carlson -Director Shelly Gossman Anthony Leblanc Michael Patrick O’Brien Emily Wilson 2009 Andy St. Clair Monica Wilson 2010 Allison Bills Timothy Edward Mason Julie B. Nichols Sam Richardson Tim Robinson 2011 Edgar Blackmon Billy Bungeroth Holly Laurent Katie Rich Megan Teal 2012 Tim Baltz Jeremy Smith Mary Sohn Steve Waltien 2013 Ross Bryant Tawny Newsome 2014 Ryan Bernier Chelsea Devantez John Hartman Paul Jurewicz Mike Kosinski Jacob Shuda Daniel Strauss Christine Tawfik Emily Walker 2015 Rashawn Nadine Scott Sarah Shook Jamison Webb 2016 Shantira Jackson Kelsey Kinney Martin Morrow Vinnie Pillarella Lesley Stone 2017 Ryan Asher Tyler Davis Jeffrey Murdoch Tien Tran Nate Varrone
THE SECOND CITY E.T.C. STAGE CHICAGO 1983 Bill Applebaum Rob Bronstein Don DePollo Jim Fay Susan Gauthier Carey Goldenberg
Jeff Michalski Jane Morris Bernard Sahlins Joyce Sloane Ruby Streak 1984 Steve Assad Dan Castellaneta Isabella Hoffman Maureen Kelly Harry Murphy 1985 Andrew Alexander Len Stuart 1986 Mark Belden Mindy Bell Kevin Crowley Kevin Doyle Joe Keefe Barbara Wallace 1987 Chris Barnes Madeleine Belden Joe Liss 1988 Laura Hall Judith Scott Jill Talley Holly Wortell 1989 Mark Beltzman Dan Gillogly Nate Herman Michael McCarthy Ruth Rudnick Ron West 1990 Fran Adams Steve Carell Tom Gianas John Rubano 1991 Rose Abdoo Megan Moore Burns Peter Burns Ken Campbell Jeff Garlin Dave Razowsky 1992 Scott Allman Stephen Colbert Jimmy Doyle Ian Gomez Jackie Hoffman Jenna Jolovitz Kelly Leonard 1993 Scott Adsit Michael Broh Norm Holly Nia Vardalos 1994 John Hildreth 1995 Adam McKay Jeff Richmond Aaron Rhodes Dee Ryan Brian Stack Miriam Tolan Jim Zulevic 1996 Neil Flynn Laura Krafft Jerry C. Minor Horatio Sanz Peter Zahradnick 1997 Aaron Carney Matt Dwyer Rachel Hamilton
Mick Napier - Director Rebecca Sohn Rich Talarico 1998 Craig Cackowski Kristin Ford Noah Gregoropoulos Tami Sagher 1999 Ali Farahnakian Martin Garcia Sue Gillan Beth Kligerman Jack McBrayer David Pompeii Lyn Pusztai Klaus Peter Schuller -Stage Manager
Angela Shelton Trey Stone Michael Thomas 2000 Andy Cobb Debra Downing Abby Sher 2001 Sam Albert Joshua Funk TJ Jagodowski Keegan-Michael Key 2002 Peter Grosz Nyima Funk Jean (Augustyn) Villepique 2003 Jeremy Wilcox - Stage Manager 2004 Lee Brackett -Stage Manager Jen Bills Frank Caeti Matt Craig Rebecca Drysdale Ithamar Enriquez Robin Hammond Alison Riley 2005 Rebecca Sage Allen Jim Carlson -Director Alex Fendrich Robert Janas Chad Krueger – Music Director Niki Lindgren Nicky Margolis 2006 Kirk Hanley -Producer Amanda Blake Davis Andy St. Clair 2007 W. Shane Oman -Stage Manager Marc Warzecha -Director 2008 Christina Anthony Mike Descoteaux –Music Director Tom Flanigan Megan Grano Laura Grey Matt Hovde Timothy Edward Mason Bruce Pirrie -Director Joseph Ruffner -Stage Manager 2009 Beth Melewski 2010 Tim Baltz Billy Bungeroth Jesse Case Brendad Jennings Mary Sohn Monica Wilson 2011 Kyle Anderson Aidy Bryant Jessica Joy Michael Lehrer
2012 Ryan Bernier Tawny Newsome Mike Kosinski Andel Sudik Chris Witaske 2013 Carisa Barreca Brooke Breit Alex Kliner Punam Patel 2014 Eddie Mujica Asher Perlman Tim Ryder 2015 Lisa Beasley Anthony LeBlanc Scott Morehead Rashawn Nadine Scott 2016 Aasia LaShay Bullock Laura Hum Peter Kim Katie Klein Julie Marchiano Lesley Stone 2017 Sayjal Joshi Andrew Knox Alan Linic Jacob Shuda Jasbir Singh Vazquez Tien Tran 2018 Emily Fightmaster Katie Kershaw Anneliese Toft
THE SECOND CITY TORONTO 1973 Dan Aykroyd Andrew Alexander Valri Bromfield Jayne Eastwood Gino Empry Joe Flaherty Fred Kaz Brian Doyle Murray Gilda Radner Bernard Sahlins Gerry Salsberg Sam Shopsowitz Joyce Sloane 1974 John Candy Todd Jeffrey Ellis Piers Gilson Allan Guttman Eugene Levy Catherine O’Hara Sheldon Patinkin Jim Patry Rosemary Radcliffe 1975 Carol Cassis Ben Gordon Andrea Martin John Monteith Dave Thomas 1976 Peter Aykroyd Brenda Donohue Len Stuart 1977 Del Close Robin Duke Steven Kampmann Robin McCulloch Martin Short Dave Thompson Peter Torokve
1978 Scott Baker Sally Cochrane Cathy Gallant 1979 Maggie Butterfield Don DePollo Don Dickinson Melissa Ellis Derek McGrath Tony Rosato Kim Sisson Mary Charlotte Wilcox 1980 Tom Baker Gabe Cohen Steve Ehrlick John Hemphill Kathleen Laskey Denise Pidgeon Wendy Slutsky 1981 Ken Innes Jerrold Karch Deborah Kimmett 1982 Michael J. Gellman Don Lake 1983 Donald Adams Bob Derkach June Graham Bruce Hunter Ron James Madelyn Keane Debra McGrath Lyn Okkerse Peter Okkerse Bruce Pirrie Jane Schoettle Blaine Selkirk Adrian Truss 1984 Sandra Balcovske Karen Poce 1985 Dana Andersen Bob Bainborough Kevin Frank Linda Kash Dorothy Tenute 1986 David Huband Jeff Michalski Mike Myers Deborah Theaker Mark Wilson 1987 Tamar Malic Ryan Stiles Audrey Webb 1988 Neil Crone Wendy Hopkins Lindsay Leese Colin Mochrie Alana Shields Tim Sims
1993 Andrew Currie Jackie Harris Steve Morel Paul O’Sullivan Jonathan Wilson 1994 Lori Nasso Janet Van De Graaff 1995 James Carroll Tamara Bick Kerry Garnier Albert Howell Nancy Marino Teresa Pavlinek 1996 Jennifer Irwin Mollie Jacques Bob Martin Jack Mosshammer 1997 Marc Hickox Melody Johnson Arnold Pinnock Angela Shelton 1998 Gavin Crawford Tracy Dawson Andrew Dollar Mary Pat Farrell Jerry C. Minor Doug Morency Lee Smart Gina Sorell Jennifer Whalen 1999 Paul Bates Lisa Brooke Kevin Dorff K. McPherson Jones 2000 Geri Hall Carolyn Taylor Sandy Jobin-Bevans 2001 Aurora Browne Jennifer Goodhue Paul Constable Nathan David Shore 2002 Pat Kelly Matt Baram 2003 Jamillah Ross Naomi Snieckus 2004 Derek Flores Rebecca Northan 2005 Anand Rajaram Lauren Ash Steven DelBalso Mick Napier
1989 Patrick McKenna
2006 Jim Annan Scott Montgomery Matt Reid
1990 Kathryn Greenwood Karen Hines Gary Pearson Ed Sahely
2007 Marty Adams Darryl Hinds Karen Parker Leslie Seiler
1991 Christopher Earle Nick Johne Jenny Parsons Judith Scott Peter Sherk Brian Smith
2008 Ashley Botting Kerry Griffin Reid Janisse 2009 Rob Baker Dale Boyer
Adam Cawley Caitlin Howden 2010 Inessa Frantowski Kris Siddiqi 2011 Carly Hefferman Jason DeRosse Alastair Forbes Nigel Downer Ashley Comeau 2012 Stacey McGunnigle Christina Cicko Craig Brown Allison Price Jan Caruana 2013 Craig Brown Jan Caruana Allison Price Kevin Vidal Connor Thompson 2014 Sarah Hillier Kevin Whalen Etan Muskat 2015 Leigh Cameron Kyle Dooley Kirsten Rasmussen Becky Johnson Meaghan Maguire 2016 Lee Cohen Roger Bainbridge Brandon Hackett Lindsay Mullan Ann Pornel 2017 Nadine Djoury Paloma Nuñez Devon Hyland Colin Munch Allana Reoch 2018 Jordan Armstrong Stacey McGunnigle Georgia Priestley Sharjil Rasool Chris Wilson
THE SECOND CITY NORTHWEST (CHICAGO) 1988 Fran Adams Andrew Alexander Jon Anderson Mark Beltzman Bill Cusack Fred Kaz Tim O’Malley David Pasquesi Ruth Rudnick Cheryl Sloane Joyce Sloane Len Stuart 1989 Steve Carell Christina Dunne Jim Jatho Sean Masterson John Michalski David Razowsky John Rubano Claudia Smith-Special Faith Soloway 1990 Ken Campbell Kevin Crowley Amy Sedaris 1991 Scott Allman
Stephen Colbert Paul Dinello Ian Gomez Jackie Hoffman John Holtson Megan Moore-Burns Mick Napier Charlie Silliman Nia Vardalos
1995 Michael Bloom Anne Libera Theresa Mulligan Todd Stashwick Nancy Walls
Patrick Dubois Kevin Frank Michael J. Gellman Mike Goran Kathryn Greenwood Allan Guttman David Healey Karen Hines Shari Hollett Wendy Hopkins Bruce Hunter Todd Jeffrey-Ellis Linda Kash Madelyn Keane Joe Keefe Peter Keleghan Deborah Kimmett Elvira Kurt Lindsay Leese Frank McAnulty Patrick McKenna Steve Morel Sue Morrison Barbara Muller Lori Nasso Lyn Okkerse Jenny Parsons Bruce Pirrie Karen Poce Ed Sahely Jerry Schaefer Jane Schoettle Devin Scott Paul Scott Blaine Selkirk Tim Sims Brian Smith Marilyn Smith Rob Smith Len Stuart David Talbot Deborah Theaker Adrian Truss Nia Vardalos Audrey Webb Jonathan Wilson Mark Wilson
THE SECOND CITY EDMONTON
THE SECOND CITY DETROIT
1979-1982 Andrew Alexander Bob Bainborough Sandra Balcovske Lorraine Behnan Gabe Cohen Bob Derkach Don Dickinson Robin Duke Michael J. Gellman Christine Henderson Sparky Johnston Jerrold Karch Gail Kerbel Keith Knight Don Lamont David Mann Kat Mullaly Jeanette Nelson Jan Randall Mert Rich Carol Sinclair Kevin Smith Veena Sood Doug Stratton Len Stuart Adrian Truss
1993 Andrew Alexander Robin Bucci Colin Ferguson John Holtson – Stage Manager Mark Levenson Jerry C. Minor Suzy Nakamura Andrew Newberg Lyn Okkerse -Producer Tim Pryor Jackie Purtan Angela Shelton Len Stuart
1992 Scott Adsit Tom Gianas John Hildreth Norm Holly Mark Levenson Aliza Murrieta Aaron Rhodes Mitch Rouse Jim Zulevic 1993 Peter Burns Deborah Goldberg Karol Kent Kelly Leonard John Thies Tracy Thorpe 1994 Renee Albert Pat Andrews Bernadette Birkett Martin Brady Matt Dwyer Jennifer Estlin Pat Finn Michael Gellman David Koechner Ron West
THE SECOND CITY LONDON, ONTARIO 1983-1992 Donald Adams Andrew Alexander Dana Andersen Elizabeth Baird Sandra Balcovske Jack Banks John Bynum Luc Casimiri Alan Catlin John Costello Catherine Creary Martin de Maat
1994 Tom Gianas Nancy Hayden Chris Smith Todd Stashwick 1995 Peter Burns John Farley Joshua Funk Dionna Griffin Grant Krause Emily Rose Merrell Ed Smarron Rico Bruce Wade 1996 Larry Campbell Kim Greene John Hildreth Chad Krueger Anne Libera Trey Stone 1997 Eric Black Margaret Exner Andrew Graham Brandon Johnson Keegan-Michael Key
Joe Latessa Catherine Worth 1998 Michael J. Gellman Elaine Hendriks Marc Evan Jackson Mary Jane Pories Ron West Nyima (Woods) Funk 1999 John Edwartowski Shatha Faraj Joe Janes Antoine McKay Maribeth Monroe Mary Vinette Marc Warzecha 2000 Dexter Bullard Jeff Fritz Kirk Hanley Cheri Lynne David Razowsky 2001 Rob Chambers Kiff Vanden Heuvel 2002 Scott Allman Suzan Gouine Lisa Maxine Melinn Topher Owen 2003 Jelly PJ Jacokes Shawn Handlon 2005 Ken Faulk Jenny Hagel Quintin Hicks Matt Hovde Tiffany Jones Caroline Syran Rauch 2006 Jim Carlson Amy Duffy Nate DuFort Brett Guennel Shari Hollett Tara Nida Tim Robinson Megan Wilkins 2007 Jaime Moyer
THE SECOND CITY LAS VEGAS 2001 Jean Augustyn Dan Bakkedahl Frank Caeti Kay Cannon Joshua Diamond Matt Dwyer Jennifer Estlin Mary Pat Farrell Sarah Gee Karen Graci Kelly Haran Fred Hemmiger Joe Janes Robin Johnson Mike Lukas Seamus McCarthy Mick Napier Phil Randall Jason Sudeikis Marc Warzecha Mike Watkins 2002 Scott Allman Ed Goodman Brooke Schoening Holly Walker
2003 Joe Kelly Brian Shortall Amy Rowell 2004 Ithamar Enriquez Martin Garcia Lauren Dowden Bridget Kloss Shatha Hicks 2005 Amanda Blake Davis Paul Mattingly David Novich Craig Uhlir 2006 Ryan Archibald Jim Carlson Shelly Gossman Katie Neff Andy St. Clair 2007 Ryan Archibald Shelly Gossman 2008 Rob Belushi Michael Lehrer Robyn Norris Bruce Pirrie
THE SECOND CITY DENVER 2006 Dave Colan Brendan Dowling Jenny Hagel Matt Hovde Timothy Edward Mason Beth Melewski Amber Ruffin
THE SECOND CITY CLEVELAND 2002 Andrew Alexander George Pete Caleodis Maria Corell Cody Dove Colleen Doyle Joshua Funk Jack Hourigan Kelly Leonard Tommy LeRoy Quinn Patterson Dana Quercioli David Schmoll Ron West 2003 Dave Buckman Katie Caussin Nate Cockerill Lauren Dowden Randall Harr Chad Krueger Kiff Vanden Heuvel Joseph Ruffner
THE SECOND CITY HOLLYWOOD 1989 Dana Andersen Christopher Best Mark DeCarlo Andy Dick Teresa Ganzel Michael G. Hagerty John Hemphill Richard Kind Don Lake Joseph Plewa Ryan Stiles Linda White
THE SECOND CITY, INC. CEO & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ANDREW ALEXANDER PRESIDENT STEVE JOHNSTON CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER D’ARCY STUART CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER KERRY SHEEHAN VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS MIKE CONWAY VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING & CRM MARILYN COX VICE PRESIDENT OF PRODUCTION JEN HOYT VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE DAVID QUINN VICE PRESIDENT OF TRAINING CENTERS ABBY WAGNER C0-ARTISTIC DIRECTORS MATT HOVDE, ANTHONY LEBLANC, RYAN BERNIER DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI RELATIONS & THEATRICALS CASTING BETH KLIGERMAN CASTING DIRECTOR CLAUDIA MICHELLE WALLACE ARTISTIC CONSULTANT & DIRECTOR FOR THE SECOND CITY MICK NAPIER CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & BRAND BOB KNUTH DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES JULIE BRONSTEATTER DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY TALENT & DEVELOPMENT DIONNA GRIFFIN-IRONS DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS DAWN KUSINSKI DIRECTOR OF EDITORIAL & CONTENT DEVELOPMENT LIZ KOZAK DIRECTOR OF VIDEO MARKETING CHRIS PAGNOZZI FUNDRAISING EVENTS PRODUCER HEATHER WHINNA STAFF WRITER ED FURMAN SENIOR DESIGNER MATT ROEDER GRAPHIC DESIGNERS WOLFGANG STEIN, JESS FANG DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING OPERATIONS CRAIG TOMMEY SALES & OPERATIONS MANAGER ANDREW CAMPBELL DIGITAL MARKETING STRATEGIST MAYTAL KOWALSKI SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIST ALEX CADICE CONTROLLER FRANK BYERS SENIOR ACCOUNTANT SENADA LUKOVIC´ STAFF ACCOUNTANTS CAMERON CREEKMUR, MIRZA JAKUPOVIC PAYROLL MANAGER TANISHA WHITE PAYROLL ACCOUNTANT JASMINE LUCAS HUMAN RESOURCES COORDINATORS ANDREW BARFIELD, LINDA ROMAN, ANA RUEDA EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT KATE EDDY
THE SECOND CITY, CHICAGO PRODUCER ALISON RILEY PRODUCER JOE RUFFNER PRODUCER JEREMY SMITH PRODUCER STEPHANIE CASE ASSOCIATE PRODUCER JESSE SWANSON COMPANY MANAGER, TOURING & RESIDENT STAGES WILLIAM COLLINS DIRECTORS FOR THE SECOND CITY CASSIE AHIERS, JEN ELLISON, JEFF GRIGGS, CARLY HEFFERNAN, TYLER SAMPLES, ANDEL SUDIK, ANNELIESE TOFT TECHNICAL DIRECTOR KYLE ANDERSON ASST. TECHNICAL DIRECTOR ABBY BEGGS GENERAL MANAGER TIM CHRISTOFFERSEN ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER NIQ SCHWARTZ ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER SUSANNA RODRIGUEZ CATERING & EVENTS MANAGER ANDREA MILLER ACCOUNT MANAGER, GROUP SALES & EVENTS HEATHER SCHOLL CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE DIRECTOR DANNY BISCHOFF BOX OFFICE MANAGERS KYLE MANTEGNA, ANDREW NEWTON, CAROLINE PRAMAS HOUSE MANAGERS MARCEL WILKS, NEAL MCCOLLAM, AMY ANDERSON, CHRIS WALLACE, GRETCHEN KLEIN BEVERAGE MANAGER MEGAN SIT SERVICE MANAGER EDWARD VERA AUDIENCE SERVICES MANAGER MAXINE GRANDY OPERATIONS MANAGER 1959 LORI BUNNIN SERVICE MANAGER 1959 KATHRYN MCMILLIN BAR SUPERVISOR JOHN KRAMER SOUS CHEF JOSH SCHULTZ SOUS CHEF 1959 LAUREN CALDERON KITCHEN MANAGER JASON EASON KITCHEN MANAGER 1959 ALEX VIDAL MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR ADAM STANLEY
MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR MARY COLLINS CUSTOMER SERVICE TEAM LISA AKROUSH, NATHAN BOBO, CAITLIN CASH, MARIAH MICHAEL, CHANCE NICHOLS, DOMENIC PADULO, AMY RAMELLI
SECOND CITY WORKS PRESIDENT & MANAGING PARTNER STEVE JOHNSTON VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT STEVE KAKOS, SCOTT ZOLL VICE PRESIDENT, CLIENT SERVICES ELIZABETH HOWARD VICE PRESIDENT, CREATIVE BUMPER CARROLL VICE PRESIDENT, RISK MANAGEMENT DOUG WILSON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, INSIGHTS & APPLIED IMPROVISATION KELLY LEONARD SOLUTIONS MARKETING MANAGER MIKE FARINACCIO DIRECTORS OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SUNJAY AGTEY, FACIE CHIWANZA, KATHLEEN FINLEY, COREY LALLO, KIRK MILLER, DREW MUIR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGERS BETHANNI BUIKEMA, JILL CLANCY, ANDREW JAMES PROJECT MANAGERS MARK BURNS, MADISON FALCO, BRYON HENDERSON, LAUREN HERRMANN, CHRISSY WEADICK DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION NICOLE BISHOP DIRECTOR OF POST PRODUCTION PATRICK BAUER VIDEO PRODUCERS MIKE FOSTER, TAYLOR WITTEN ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, CREATIVE ENSEMBLE MARK SUTTON CREATIVE ENSEMBLE BUTCH JERINIC, COLLEEN MURRAY, MEAGAN O’BRIEN, MARK SUTTON, JASON BALL, BECCA BARISH, JESSE CASE, SHAD KUNKLE, BINA MARTIN, RACHEL MILLER, LIZ JOYNT SANDBERG, ADAM SCHRECK
SECOND CITY TRAINING CENTER & EDUCATION PROGRAM HEAD OF IMPROVISATION RACHAEL MASON HEAD OF WRITING PROGRAM JAY STEIGMANN HEAD OF COMEDY STUDIES ANNE LIBERA HEAD OF MUSIC PROGRAM JEFF BOUTHIETTE HEAD OF KIDS & TEEN PROGRAM JEFF POOLE HEAD OF ACTING PROGRAM MICHAEL PIEPER HEAD OF TV, FILM & DIGITAL PROGRAM JACK C. NEWELL HEAD OF WELLNESS PROGRAM BECCA BARISH ONLINE CONTENT MANAGER JEREMY DABBS SALES ASSOCIATE JENNA STEEGE PROGRAM MANAGER, ONLINE EDUCATION ANDREW THORP ASSOCIATE MUSIC DIRECTOR STEPHANIE VLCEK STUDENT SERVICES MANAGER RAWSON VINT ADULT PROGRAM & INTENSIVES COORDINATORS ROSIE CHEVALIER, SHEENA LAIRD PRODUCTION MANAGER KERI MACK TV/FILM/DIGITAL ASSISTANT TIM SCHMIDT WRITING & IMPROV PROGRAMS ASSISTANT WINTER DAVIS
HAROLD RAMIS FILM SCHOOL CHAIR TREVOR ALBERT ADVISOR ERICA MANN RAMIS PROGRAM DIRECTOR JACK C. NEWELL VICE PRESIDENT ABBY WAGNER ACADEMIC MANAGER JULIE ALEVIZOS OUTREACH AND COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR LYN PUSZTAI HRFS OPERATIONS MANAGER TIM SCHMIDT HRFS OPERATIONS SENIOR ASSISTANT MEAGAN FROEHLICH HRFS ASSISTANT COLLEEN MCDERMOTT
SECOND CITY PLAYBILL EDITOR/WRITER LIZ KOZAK CREATIVE DIRECTOR BOB KNUTH LEAD GRAPHIC DESIGN WOLFGANG STEIN GRAPHIC DESIGN MATT ROEDER, JESS FANG PHOTOGRAPHY KIRSTEN MICCOLI, TODD ROSENBERG, TIMOTHY SCHMIDT CONTRIBUTOR JEREMY SMITH
'GROUNDHOG DAY' 25 YEARS LATER Producer & Harold Ramis Film School Chair Trevor Albert Relives Making Movie History By Liz Kozak 32
“Citizen Kane.” Do you think comedies have always gotten the same respect as “serious films”?
HAROLD RAMIS AND TREVOR ALBERT ON THE SET OF MULTIPLICITY
In honor of this year’s silver anniversary of the iconic film, Harold Ramis Film School chair Trevor Albert popped out of a hole (or more likely, the screening room) to reminisce about producing the 1993 comedy classic, history repeating itself, and what makes a story just as relevant 25 years later. On that fateful day when you opened up the original “Groundhog Day” script, how did reading it make you feel? I was given the script by an agent with very little fanfare. By the time I got to page 10, I knew I had stumbled onto something extraordinary. It was love at first sight. When I was finished reading, I immediately called my partner Harold and told him I had a script he might like. I didn’t hype it at all, but I couldn’t wait to see if I was crazy or not. You and Harold Ramis worked together on a number of films, including “Caddyshack,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” and “Multiplicity.” Did partnering so frequently ever start to feel like living the same experience over and over? How did you manage to keep your joint creative forces aligned? Yes! Working with an incredibly nice, funny guy got really annoying after a while! Creatively, we had our share of disagreements, but Harold was a great collaborator and he loved to laugh, so the partnership worked. The film, which turns 25 this year, was chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Film Registry, right alongside
It’s a peculiar thing about comedies. Movies that shine a stark, dramatic light on the human condition are often considered “important,” but movies that satirize and make light of the human condition are usually considered trivial and frivolous. Both can ultimately be entertaining and illuminating, but personally, I prefer my medicine with a little sugar. Particularly right now, with so much divisiveness and darkness in country, we need the clowns and the court jesters to help us get through the day. So yes, comedy is undervalued in our culture, and it ain’t right!
comedy is undervalued in our culture, and it ain’t right! Why do you think the film is just as beloved today as it was when it came out? Or do you think it’s actually aged into its relevance—rather than grow dated—like some comedies do? Hmm. I’m not sure. A fair amount of alchemy goes into making a movie, in addition to all the hard work. There are so many variables at play, and you just hope that it all adds up in the end. Similarly, that same unpredictability, that mystery, carries over into the reception of a movie. “Groundhog Day” opened to decent reviews. It did moderately well business, but by no means was it a critical or commercial smash. Time has been very kind to the film, and I’m very appreciative. The Harold Ramis Film School is the only film school in the world focused entirely on comedy. To find out more, visit ramisfilmschool.com.
DEAR SECOND CITY... WE CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP.
We always find your revues very entertaining, but this week’s was one of the best ones in recent memory. We started our tradition when our youngest was attending the U.S. Naval Academy and would come home for Christmas. We’d take the family to Twin Anchors for ribs and then end the evening with a session at Second City. This year found him overseas on his first deployment, but his fiancée, also a lieutenant in the Navy, came in from D.C. to visit us this past week (they’re getting married in October), so we introduced her to the family tradition, and she loved every minute of it! We’re looking forward to many more. Michael Handley Naperville, IL Share your Second City tradition with us at secondcity.com/contact.
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Before you go, don’t miss these five photo-friendly spots around the building. The iconic arches outside the Mainstage entrance on Wells Street originally graced the facade of Chicago’s Louis Sullivan-designed Garrick Theater. When the building was demolished in 1961, the arches found a new home at The Second City. According to Second City legend, the four faces are (from left to right): 19th century opera composer Giacomo Meyerbeer, German novelist Fritz Reuter, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and philosopher/dramatist/art critic Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. Visit the bust of Second City and 'SCTV' alum Harold Ramis when you stop in for a drink at 1959 Kitchen & Bar on the 2nd floor.
The Second City Training Center expansion space boasts a wall of fame you can see from space, or at least from across North Avenue.
When you gotta go, go up to the 3rd floor and peep the giant mural of Steve Carell, Paul Dinello, Stephen Colbert and David Razowsky—right outside the restrooms.
Let our glowing neon bentwood chair be a beacon that welcomes you into the Training Center entrance on the 2nd floor
VOL. 2 • 2018 • 001
The Second City's 106th revue "Dream Freaks Fall from Space" & the e.t.c.'s 42nd revue "Gaslight District"