The Second City

It alL Started wIth chIldren’s games.

Rooted in the groundbreaking improvisational games of Viola Spolin, The Second City opened its doors on a snowy Chicago night in December of 1959, and a comedy revolution began.The small cabaret theater has grown to become the most influential and prolific comedy empire in the world, developing an entirely unique way of creating art and fostering generation after generation of superstars.

Co-founded by Spolin’s son, Paul Sills, along with Howard Alk and Bernie Sahlins, The Second City was experimental and unconventional in its approach to both theater and comedy. Almost immediately, alumni of The Second City, including Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, Fred Willard, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, launched the theater into the international spotlight.

In 1976, Second City launched “SCTV,” which has been hailed as one of the greatest sketch comedy series of all time. The two-time Emmy winner featured an all-star cast made up of Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas, Joe Flaherty, and Rick Moranis.

Today, The Second City is home to a world-class entertainment company, continuing to produce premier talent in all three of its locations--Chicago, Toronto, and Hollywood--and entertaining more than one million audience members a year. From Steve Carell to Keegan-Michael Key, Stephen Colbert to Tina Fey, Chris Farley to Mike Myers, Second City’s imprint is all over film, television, and beyond.

In addition to its stages, Second City Touring Companies perform electrifying revues and original productions across North America and abroad. Our creative collaborations have produced thrilling and critically acclaimed work in partnership with organizations like the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Cruise Line, the New York Comedy Festival, and the Chicago Bulls.

Second City Training Centers in Chicago, Toronto, Hollywood, and online teach thousands of students a year, and the opening of the Harold Ramis Film School in
2016 gave the world the first film school dedicated to comedy. Finally, Second City Works is an industry leader in bringing improv-based methodologies to businesses and organizations of all types.

We hope you enjoy the show...after all, it’s been almost 60 years in the making.



Ft. The Second City Touring Company

MEGHAN BABBE is originally from Rapid City, South Dakota and is thrilled to be representing The Second City! She lives in Chicago where she regularly performs sketch and improv at CiC Theater and iO. She an alumni of the Comedy Studies program. Her writing has appeared in Reductress and Paper Machete. She loves Chandler Goodman and her family and would like to thank witchcraft for blessing her with such a great #Redco crew. Follow her on Twitter @ m_babbe

ALISON BANOWSKY is thrilled to be part of the Second City Touring Company. She hails from Colorado and is a graduate of The Annoyance Theatre, iO, and Second City's Comedy Studies Program. Alison has performed with Second City Theatricals aboard the NCL Gem, at The Annoyance Theatre [Trigger Happy, Burlesque is More, Big Sausage Pizza, Sight Unseen] and iO [Lola, Miracle Ranch]. TV credits include Hidden America with Jonah Ray and Hot Date on Pop TV.. She is proudly represented by Paonessa Talent. Thanks to her family and friends for their endless love and support. Follow her on social media @alisonbanow.

E.J. CAMERON is very excited to be a part of this show. He's lived in Chicago for five years and graduated and performed at iO, The Second City, Comedy Sportz and was a member of the Bob Curry Fellowship for 2016. Before moving to Chicago he received his BFA in Acting at Columbus State University (not Ohio!) and performed with multiple troupes. He's represented by Paonessa and is an avid pro-wrestling fan and loves the color purple. Follow @Ej_Cam19

VERNON MINA is honored to be performing with The Second City. He is Honduran, a NBC Bob Curry Fellow and a graduate of the Second City Improv and Music Conservatory. His Solo Show, Solo Yo held an extended run at Flat Iron Comedy. Vernon produced and performed in the first Latinx Showcase for The Second City and can be seen as a member of Trigger Happy at the Annoyance Theatre. He sends a special thanks to The Second City, Grossman & Jack, APA, Mick, Scott, his awesome Mom, his hilarious four siblings, and his amazing Wife and super cool Son for making his glass over-full! Conspiracy theories are romantic. @vernonmeenah

JORDAN SAVUSA Hailing from the Great State of Hawaii, Jordan Savusa is an honored ensemble member of The Second City Touring Company. He performs regularly around town and abroad, with nationally renowned musical improv troupe Baby Wants Candy, and many of iO Chicago's house shows, like Deep Schwa, the Deltones, and Whirled News Tonight. He is a proud card-carrying member of Actor's Equity Association and is represented by Grossman and Jack Talent. Say Aloha to Jordan @jtsoles

JACKIE SOUTHEE moved to Chicago in 2009 after graduating from James Madison University. She is an alumnus of The Second City’s Conservatory and Writing program. She also wrote and performed with Training Center’s HouseCo ensemble, Tubbs Avenue. Outside of The Second City, Jackie performs regularly at iO, The Annoyance, and was the Managing Producer of Flat Iron Comedy where she performed on the house team, Neat. Big thanks to her amazing family for their never-ending support and inspiration. Follow Jackie on Twitter: @JackieSouthee

FERNANDO ALVAREZ (Stage Manager) graduated with his Bachelors in Theatre Education from University of Texas at El Paso. He is excited to be on the road for a third year with Second City’s Touring Company.. In Chicago, he completed a stage management internship at the Goodman Theatre for their production of Chinglish, stage-managed Family Devotions (Halceyon), Assisted Living (Profiles), L-Vis Live! (Victory Gardens), The Diary of Anne Frank (Metropolis Performing Arts Center), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Haven Theatre), and assistant stage managed Be a Good Little Widow (Collaboractions), Reefer Madness and Pippin: A Bollywood Spectacular (Circle).

JEFF STRICKLAND (Music Director) is a musician and composer originally from NC. He studied Music Business at Belmont University in Nashville, TN before moving to Chicago. He was music director at Public House Theater for ten years where he starred in Bye, Bye Liver: The Chicago Drinking Play for eight years, wrote and directed West (and North) Side Story as well as other projects. He worked for Second City Theatricals aboard Norwegian Cruise lines and in #DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment and is now thrilled to be a part of The Second City Touring Company.

JEFF GRIGGS (Director) is the author of the book, Guru; My Days with Del Close and teaches at Colombia College and the Harold Ramis Film School. He is a Director-At-Large for The Second City Theater. Most recently, he directed Red, White and Blaine at iO and The Soap Box Derby King at The Annoyance. He has performed improv and sketch at theaters around the world and directed and performed for The Second City on numerous NCL Cruise Ships. He is a current director for The Second City Touring Company and is a faculty member in the training centers for the Second City and iO.

All actors and stage manager are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the professional union for actors and stage managers.

The Second City Touring Company
CEO & Executive Producer ... Andrew Alexander
Vice President of Production … Jen Hoyt
Producer of the Touring Companies ... Joe Ruffner
Company Manager … William Collins
Casting Director … Claudia Wallace

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