July 21, 2011 2 Comments
[Editor’s Note: Thanks to one of our readers, grievingguy, we realized we misspelled Tim Baltz’s name with “Blatz”. We have since corrected ourselves in the piece. Our apologies to Mr. Baltz for confusing him with Tim Blatz, the superhero-secret agent with the license to kill. We promise it won’t happen again. ;-) ]
For those who are unfamiliar with Chicago’s The Second City, here is what you must know: it’s hilarious. Founded in 1959, it opened its doors as a comedic cabaret that focused on a brand of comedy based in improvisation and sketches. Due to its originality, it quickly grew in popularity, as did the list of comedic geniuses who started there. Today, The Second City has its original theater and an additional E.T.C. Theater in Chicago, a theater in Toronto, a touring company, and training centers in Chicago, Toronto and Los Angeles. Their list of alumni includes John Belushi, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Gilda Radner, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler… you get the idea. It is the premiere spot for comedy, and as a result, my first stop in Chicago.