Carolines and The Second City Partner to Present Inaugural Pop-Up Training Center at 2017 New York Comedy Festival

Carolines and The Second City Partner to Present Inaugural Pop-Up Training Center at 2017 New York Comedy Festival

The New York Comedy Festival (NYCF), presented in association with TBS, today announced the lineup of comedians bringing laughter to New York November 7 - 12 when the festival takes over some of the city's most prestigious venues. Over 200 comedians are set to perform over the six-day festival, including Conan O'Brien, Samantha Bee, Bill Maher, and Nick Offerman.

As part of this year's lineup, The Second City will come to New York for the first time in partnership with Carolines for the inaugural Pop-Up Training Center. The center will include a selection of improvisation, writing, and stand-up workshops. Half-day, full-day, and 4-day workshops will be available for the duration of the festival, along with limited access to Second City's newest creation, the Harold Ramis Film School. The Second City is the world's largest school of improvisation, sketch, stand-up, and comedy writing. Workshops will take place at Ripley Grier Studios, The Public Hotel, and Carolines on Broadway.

For further details on classes and workshops visit the festival website, www.nycomedyfestival.com.

About The Second City
Beginning as a small cabaret theater on Chicago's north side in 1959, The Second City has grown to become a comedy empire, building a robust $55 million business based on its core improvisational methodologies. Resident theaters in Chicago and Toronto create topical sketch comedy revues that satirize politics, culture and news of the day. Additionally, Second City performs thousands of shows each year in regional theaters, colleges and performing arts centers. Beyond its stages, The Second City created the foremost school of improvisation-based arts in the world with training facilities in Chicago, Toronto and Los Angeles that currently enrolls more than 11,000 students annually. The Second City also has a business division that works with hundreds of Fortune 500 companies in the areas of training, marketing, entertainment and brand services, and The Second City's forays into television and new media continues to produce new content and programming, including the classic, Emmy Award-winning comedy series SCTV.

About The New York Comedy Festival

Now in its fourteenth year, The New York Comedy Festival is produced by Carolines on Broadway in association with TBS. The festival has featured the country's top comedians, including Aziz Ansari, Judd Apatow, Hannibal Buress, Bill Burr, Louis C.K., Margaret Cho, Billy Crystal, Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Kathy Griffin, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Norm Macdonald, Bill Maher, Tig Notaro, Nick Offerman, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, and Wanda Sykes, to name a few. In 2007, the festival launched the "Stand Up for Heroes" event to benefit The Bob Woodruff Foundation, which has featured performances by Louis C.K., Ricky Gervais, John Mayer, Seth Meyers, John Oliver, Conan O'Brien, Ray Romano, Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, and Robin Williams, among others. To date, the "Stand Up for Heroes" events have raised over $40 million. For more information please visit the NYCF website, like the NYCF Facebook page, and follow the NYCF on Twitter, @NYComedyFest.

About TBS

TBS is television's #1 comedy network and home to six of the most popular and critically acclaimed new comedy series on cable - Angie Tribeca, The Detour, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, People of Earth, Search Party and Wrecked - as well as the animated hit American Dad! Upcoming comedies include The Guest Book, The Last O.G., Close Enough, The Cops, Tarantula and Final Space. TBS also presents late-night comedy in the form of CONAN, starring Conan O'Brien, and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and will soon launch a late-night block from Super Deluxe. TBS's slate of unscripted series includes the upcoming competition series Drop the Mic and The Joker's Wild.

Turner, a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, sports, animation and young adult multi-platform content for consumers around the world. Turner brands and businesses include CNN/U.S., HLN, CNN International and CNN.com, TBS, TNT, TCM, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, Turner Sports, Bleacher Report, FilmStruck, Super Deluxe, iStreamPlanet and ELEAGUE.

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