Second City, second to none
September 23, 2010
Whether it’s the fools in Shakespearean days or comedians in our modern day, one thing is clear: Cultures need those bold souls who don’t conform to societal standards – namely, remaining mum about taboo subjects.
The Second City has built a reputation for comedy, and irreverence, through alumni like Joan Rivers, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Steve Carell and Tina Fey. In its current incarnation, The Second City carries on the tradition of making people laugh by bringing up race, sex, politics, religion – and plenty of other topics upon which most people learn to walk the straight-and-narrow, politically correct road.
This year, The Second City celebrates its 50th anniversary by reviving some of the best sketches, songs and improvisations from the company, dating back to Alan Arkin and stretching forward to 2010 skits.
The cast of five maintains a high-energy show full of belly laughs and memorable moments through its zany improvisation and audience interaction, as well as raps, and skits about deceased nuns who owned sexually-explicit music; lesbians who incur the wrath of God (or not); Texas residents (enough said); and intellects trying to learn to play football.
When it comes to comedy, The Second City is not hit or miss; it’s a night on the town guaranteed to garner plenty of laughs.