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The Second City

World-Famous Comedy Troupe

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 The Second City Biography

Taking its name from the title of A. J. Liebling's derisive profile of Chicago in "The New Yorker," The Second City opened on December 16,1959. Success was instantaneous. The Second City has been touring the world with its trademark satire and wit for over thirty years. The Second City currently operates resident theatres in Chicago, Toronto and Detroit, as well as three touring troupes out of its Chicago theatre.

Though still far short of being venerable, The Second City has become a North American theatrical institution and has been the starting point for many of the comedic actors, writers and directors working today in American film, television and theatre. Training Centers have been established in both Chicago and Toronto. Its reputation has so far outgrown its humble beginnings that many first-time visitors are surprised at the theatre's still modest and informal atmosphere. Second City's alumni list reads like a Who's Who of American comedy, as it includes: Alan Arkin, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Robert Klein, Gilda Radner, Joan Rivers, Mike Myers, Dan Aykroyd, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, Martin Short, George Wendt, Shelley Long, John Candy, Harold Ramis, and a host of others.

Featuring a blend of classic scenes, songs and improvisations performed by a six-member ensamble - augmented by a musical accompanist and sound and light director - an evening with The Second City's National Touring Company combines the best material from Second City's storied history with the brightest comic performers of the future. A typical two-act performance by The Second City features a wide variety of material on a wide variety of topics. The Second City's National Touring Company is always original, intelligent, daring and hilarious.

The Second City has taken its act on the road performing at colleges, performing arts centers, clubs, theatres, fundraisers, festivals, conventions and more. Second City's National Touring Company has appeared at the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, The English Speaking Theatre in Vienna, Austria, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Mayfest in Glasgow, Scotland, as well as countless Universities and Performing Arts Centers across the globe.

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Speaking Topics
  • Corporate Comedy "An Evening with The Second City"

  • Second City's Barack Stars.

    The Second City takes a bite out of the beltway in Second City's Barack Stars, an evening of political comedy straight from the land of Lincoln, Obama, and Blagojevich--well, two out of three isn?t bad. Featuring sketches and songs, Second City's Barack Stars provides bi-partisan hilarity ripped from the day's headlines. From the endlessly enigmatic commander in chief to his terrifyingly tiny chief of staff--political gaffes, power plays, and an insatiable media all make for the targets in Second City's Barack Stars.

  • Funny Business: The Live Customized Comedy Show.

    The Second City's most popular offering, custom shows are clean, one-act revues prepared and customized specifically for your company. A third of the show is made up of original scenes crafted by our writers and based on the day-to-day life of your company and business. Additionally the revue includes equal parts "best of" Second City sketches and improvisation--all carefully chosen to fit your audience. You approve all content and we work hard to make it suitable to your organization.

  • Interactive Talk Show.

    Our talk show helps organizations transform what could be a series of podium speeches into an opportunity for your executives to connect with an audience. You get to pick the guests, and our host will tee-up their talking points with light questions and a little fun--will also include "commercial breaks" as live scenes throughout the show. These "commercials" are custom-written sketches that tee-up the topics of the day, generating hearty laughs and a great transition into discussions between our host, the guests on stage, and the audience who we involve via roving microphone (Thanks, Donahue!).

  • BizQuiz: The Game Show About Your Company.

    Our customized game show, complete with an over-the-top host and competitive contestants, is a great way to convey some interesting facts and insights about your company, new products, or internal process changes. This customizable show has an open format and the Second City can even use your executives or guests to show off their knowledge on the unique details of the industry, such as "name that acronym" and "buzzword bingo."

FAQs
  • HOW TO BOOK The Second City?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like The Second City for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for The Second City, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for The Second City or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK The Second City?

    Booking fees for The Second City, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire The Second City, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR The Second City?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like The Second City for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book The Second City for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent The Second City or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for The Second City or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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The Second City

World-Famous Comedy Troupe

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The Second City Biography

Taking its name from the title of A. J. Liebling's derisive profile of Chicago in "The New Yorker," The Second City opened on December 16,1959. Success was instantaneous. The Second City has been touring the world with its trademark satire and wit for over thirty years. The Second City currently operates resident theatres in Chicago, Toronto and Detroit, as well as three touring troupes out of its Chicago theatre.

Though still far short of being venerable, The Second City has become a North American theatrical institution and has been the starting point for many of the comedic actors, writers and directors working today in American film, television and theatre. Training Centers have been established in both Chicago and Toronto. Its reputation has so far outgrown its humble beginnings that many first-time visitors are surprised at the theatre's still modest and informal atmosphere. Second City's alumni list reads like a Who's Who of American comedy, as it includes: Alan Arkin, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Robert Klein, Gilda Radner, Joan Rivers, Mike Myers, Dan Aykroyd, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, Martin Short, George Wendt, Shelley Long, John Candy, Harold Ramis, and a host of others.

Featuring a blend of classic scenes, songs and improvisations performed by a six-member ensamble - augmented by a musical accompanist and sound and light director - an evening with The Second City's National Touring Company combines the best material from Second City's storied history with the brightest comic performers of the future. A typical two-act performance by The Second City features a wide variety of material on a wide variety of topics. The Second City's National Touring Company is always original, intelligent, daring and hilarious.

The Second City has taken its act on the road performing at colleges, performing arts centers, clubs, theatres, fundraisers, festivals, conventions and more. Second City's National Touring Company has appeared at the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, The English Speaking Theatre in Vienna, Austria, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Mayfest in Glasgow, Scotland, as well as countless Universities and Performing Arts Centers across the globe.

The Second City Speaking Topics

  • Corporate Comedy "An Evening with The Second City"

  • Second City's Barack Stars.

    The Second City takes a bite out of the beltway in Second City's Barack Stars, an evening of political comedy straight from the land of Lincoln, Obama, and Blagojevich--well, two out of three isn?t bad. Featuring sketches and songs, Second City's Barack Stars provides bi-partisan hilarity ripped from the day's headlines. From the endlessly enigmatic commander in chief to his terrifyingly tiny chief of staff--political gaffes, power plays, and an insatiable media all make for the targets in Second City's Barack Stars.

  • Funny Business: The Live Customized Comedy Show.

    The Second City's most popular offering, custom shows are clean, one-act revues prepared and customized specifically for your company. A third of the show is made up of original scenes crafted by our writers and based on the day-to-day life of your company and business. Additionally the revue includes equal parts "best of" Second City sketches and improvisation--all carefully chosen to fit your audience. You approve all content and we work hard to make it suitable to your organization.

  • Interactive Talk Show.

    Our talk show helps organizations transform what could be a series of podium speeches into an opportunity for your executives to connect with an audience. You get to pick the guests, and our host will tee-up their talking points with light questions and a little fun--will also include "commercial breaks" as live scenes throughout the show. These "commercials" are custom-written sketches that tee-up the topics of the day, generating hearty laughs and a great transition into discussions between our host, the guests on stage, and the audience who we involve via roving microphone (Thanks, Donahue!).

  • BizQuiz: The Game Show About Your Company.

    Our customized game show, complete with an over-the-top host and competitive contestants, is a great way to convey some interesting facts and insights about your company, new products, or internal process changes. This customizable show has an open format and the Second City can even use your executives or guests to show off their knowledge on the unique details of the industry, such as "name that acronym" and "buzzword bingo."

FAQs on booking The Second City

  • How to book The Second City?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like The Second City for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for The Second City, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for The Second City or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book The Second City?

    Booking fees for The Second City, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire The Second City, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for The Second City?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like The Second City for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book The Second City for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent The Second City or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for The Second City or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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The Second City Speaking Topics

  • Corporate Comedy "An Evening with The Second City"

  • Second City's Barack Stars.

    The Second City takes a bite out of the beltway in Second City's Barack Stars, an evening of political comedy straight from the land of Lincoln, Obama, and Blagojevich--well, two out of three isn?t bad. Featuring sketches and songs, Second City's Barack Stars provides bi-partisan hilarity ripped from the day's headlines. From the endlessly enigmatic commander in chief to his terrifyingly tiny chief of staff--political gaffes, power plays, and an insatiable media all make for the targets in Second City's Barack Stars.

  • Funny Business: The Live Customized Comedy Show.

    The Second City's most popular offering, custom shows are clean, one-act revues prepared and customized specifically for your company. A third of the show is made up of original scenes crafted by our writers and based on the day-to-day life of your company and business. Additionally the revue includes equal parts "best of" Second City sketches and improvisation--all carefully chosen to fit your audience. You approve all content and we work hard to make it suitable to your organization.

  • Interactive Talk Show.

    Our talk show helps organizations transform what could be a series of podium speeches into an opportunity for your executives to connect with an audience. You get to pick the guests, and our host will tee-up their talking points with light questions and a little fun--will also include "commercial breaks" as live scenes throughout the show. These "commercials" are custom-written sketches that tee-up the topics of the day, generating hearty laughs and a great transition into discussions between our host, the guests on stage, and the audience who we involve via roving microphone (Thanks, Donahue!).

  • BizQuiz: The Game Show About Your Company.

    Our customized game show, complete with an over-the-top host and competitive contestants, is a great way to convey some interesting facts and insights about your company, new products, or internal process changes. This customizable show has an open format and the Second City can even use your executives or guests to show off their knowledge on the unique details of the industry, such as "name that acronym" and "buzzword bingo."

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

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