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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

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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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Reviews & Ratings

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4.6 average rating
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119 events
41 reviews
8 stars
attended Mar 02 2014

I'm always amazed as to how good the Second City troupes are. Most of the skits were really funny. One of the skits would have required a slightly older crowd.

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17 reviews
7 stars
attended Sep 28 2014

Very funny. Talented group and a terrific way to spend an afternoon.

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10 reviews
1 stars
attended Sep 27 2014

Had a good time. Called in advance and house was very helpful in seating our party front and center. My husband has a hearing loss and that. sometimes causes him to miss a lot, but he was able to hear just fine. Thank you for your consideration.

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Quotes & Highlights

  • “[The sketches] are knockouts even if you’ve seen them done before … This cast is particularly adept at improvising and the show offers plenty of it.” —Stage and Cinema
  • “The cast is hilarious and diverse — each member brings something different to the table … [The show is] silly but smart, and supercharged with off-the-cuff hilarity that the cast makes seem effortless.”—The Real Chicago

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.