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The Second City: Mo’ Funny, Less Problems

Time: November 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Venue: Historic Academy Theatre
Cost: $20 – $57

Academy Member Presale begins Monday, July 8, 2024. Remaining tickets will be released to the public on Friday, July 12, 2024. All sales begin at 10 AM EST.

The Second City Touring Company’s “Mo’ Funny, Less Problems” promises an uproarious celebration of comedy genius through two acts of scripted scenes, musical comedy and their legendary improvisation. The iconic Chicago theater makes America laugh at pop culture, headlines, scandals and trends.

The Second City’s 65-year influence on comedy is rich with luminaries considered the best comedic minds of their generation such as: Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy, Catharine O’Hara, John Candy, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Keegan-Michael Key, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jane Lynch, Amy Poehler, Colin Mochrie, Amber Ruffin, Jason Sudeikis, Aidy Bryant, and countless others.

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The Second City History

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.

On Sale Days/Times:

Academy Member Presale begins Monday, July 8, 2024. Remaining tickets will be released to the public on Friday, July 12, 2024. All sales begin at 10 AM EST.

Academy Members Level 5+ Pre-Sale: Monday, July 8, 2024
Academy Members Level 4+ Pre-Sale: Tuesday, July 9, 2024
Academy Members Level 3+ Pre-Sale: Wednesday, July 10, 2024
Academy Members Level 1+ Pre-Sale: Thursday, July 11, 2024
General Public On-Sale: Friday, July 12, 2024

Tickets:

Box Seat: $57*
Pit Seat: $48*
Premium Seat: $43*
Standard Seat: $39*
Value Seat: $29*
Obstructed Seat: $20*

*Plus taxes and fees

For more information or to purchase tickets to this performance, contact our Bank of the James Ticketing Office at (434) 846-8499.

Sponsored By:

The Mike Show Radio 434
 
National Endowment for the Arts

Know before you go:

Age Requirement

All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket for this event unless otherwise stated. All ages are welcome.

Camera Policy

Videography and audio recording during the performances are prohibited. Photography of the set on stage is allowed pre-show, post-show, and during intermission. But we do ask that you show our designers and visiting performers some love by crediting them (and by tagging us) in your social media posts.

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Doors Open

Our lobby doors open 60 minutes prior to show time. House doors open 30 minutes prior to show time for seating.

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Volunteer

Want to volunteer and see this show for free? Contact Mele Thompson, [email protected]for more information.