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From Dan Akroyd to Stephen Colbert to Tina Fey, legendary improv comedy enterprise The Second City has been a training ground for some of the funniest minds in entertainment since its founding in Chicago in 1959. Notable alumni (including dozens of "Saturday Night Live" cast members) cut their teeth performing at Second City's famous revues, during which semi-improvised and scripted scenes are acted out alongside new material developed on the spot based on audience suggestions. The Second City also seeded "SCTV", a sketch comedy TV show which aired on Canadian networks for eight seasons. Often called The First Family of Comedy, the troupe continues to send its touring company - full of new comedic blood - full of new comedic blood on the road in addition to hosting classes and nightly shows at their own venues in Chicago, Toronto and Los Angeles.

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Venue Details

53 Star Starred
UP Comedy Club
3rd Floor Pipers Alley 230 W. North Ave Chicago, IL 60614
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Dario Idrovo
You will have a hard time finding parking in the area unless you want to pay $16 for parking for the time you will be there. I always take an uber or a lyft there as I like to enjoy my night and have a few drinks. DONT DRINK AND DRIVE!!
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Dario Idrovo
The weather was Cool. I wore A dress shirt, chinos and oxfords. You want to dress nice for the event as a lot of people go there on dates and also you don't want to look like a bum. .
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4.4 average rating
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52 events
27 reviews
2 stars
attended Mar 26 2014

Everyone was funny. Great concept and carried out extremely well. Nice venue as well.

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63 events
14 reviews
21 stars
attended Sep 07 2014

We were really disappointed. We typically love Second City. This was our first time seeing them in Chicago. We should have picked a different show.

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7 events
1 review
2 stars
attended Jun 01 2014

It was just okay. The crowd was small, because the Blackhawks were playing game 7 of a series, so that was probably a factor. It had bright moments, but lacked the energy of most other comedy shows I've seen there.

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The cast includes Joey Bland, Brendan Dowling, Paul Grondy, Megan Hovde, Tim Paul and Sue Salvi, as well as writer/musical director Matthew Cohen.

About the Ticket Supplier: UP Comedy Club, LLC

UP Comedy Club is a new hybrid performance venue with an eclectic blend of comedy.

In addition to a diverse slate of original programming, UP Comedy Club also features a full service kitchen and bar with a menu that includes Chicago favorites and Eli's Cheesecake. There is a no drink minimum.