Legendary Second City Comedy Troupe Comes to Blair This Weekend
Adele Starrs

Formed in 1959, the Second City improv group is a giant in comedy. A training ground for “Saturday Night Live” performers and many legendary comedians, the historic troupe’s main theatre is located in Chicago and has launched the careers of some of the funniest people on the planet, including Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Bill Murray and many others. 

Thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous donor, on Saturday, December 4, the influential comedy group is coming to Blair. In the morning, Second City members will join one of Blair’s theatre classes, and later in the day, the group will host an interactive workshop designed for our class councils, entitled “Using Improv to Build Leadership Skills with The Second City.” Associate Dean of Students Rod Gerdsen, who coordinated bringing the event to campus, describes the workshop as a tremendous opportunity for students. By diving into a series of hilarious and spirited warm-up activities, students will learn "some of the critical tenets of improvisation by playing interactive exercises that are not only fun, but also apply to the skills needed to be an effective leader.”

Second City will then take to the stage in the Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts to perform for the entire school. “I can’t wait for laughter to fill our theatre,” says Mr. Gerdsen. “This will be fun and interactive and, who knows, you could be rubbing elbows with the next Adam Sandler, Dave Chappelle or John Mulaney!” 

Member of the Senior Class Council Megan Donaghy ’22, for one, can’t wait. “Being able to see such a high level of comedy and creativity is really exciting. I’ll definitely be sitting in the front row!”

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