The Second City Returning to Liberty Theatre in 2015

Back by popular demand-because they always sell out!-Chicago's legendary comedy theatre company The Second City returns to the Liberty Theatre in Hailey on Thursday, January 15, and Friday, January 16, at 7pm.

2015 marks the 12th consecutive year that this world-renowned comedy troupe has come to the Wood River Valley. As always, The Second City on Tour features the next generation of comic greats performing a diverse array of sketches and songs, as well as unexpected comic brilliance with off-the-cuff improvisation. From the battle of the sexes to the battles at the voting booth, The Second City provides a hilarious and insightful look into contemporary American culture.

It all started in a converted Chinese laundry on Chicago's North Side in 1959. No one could have known that by the next century, The Second City would have established itself as the world's premier comedy institution. With theatres in Chicago, Toronto, Detroit and Las Vegas; training centers in each of those cities as well as Los Angeles; a corporate division that offers creative services to the business world; a TV and film division; and touring troupes that bring its unique brand of improv-based sketch comedy all over the world, The Second City has become, in the words of The New York Times, "A Comedy Empire."

The touring troupes at The Second City have been the springboard for generations of the comedy world's best and brightest. Its alumni includes: Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, Robert Klein, Peter Boyle, Harold Ramis, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, John Candy, Martin Short, George Wendt, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Chris Farley, Ryan Stiles, Mike Myers, Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey and more.

In addition to stellar talent, The Second City's other chief export is comedy that is both hilarious and thought provoking; smart and silly; sophisticated and wild. The formula is simple: 6 actors, joined by a musical accompanist and a sound and lighting director, perform a two-act revue featuring sketch comedy, songs and improvisation. Drawing from the vast archives of material that The Second City has created over 40-plus years, the company's touring troupes are also creating on-the-spot, topical comedy with every performance.

No topic or subject matter is off limits for The Second City. If your parents asked you not to speak about it at the dinner table, chances are it will be lampooned in an evening with The Second City. If you don't believe us, learn more at www.secondcity.com.



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