Second City

Improv comedy company, cultivating a sense of humor in business


Topics

Communication, Entertainment, Humor, Teamwork/Teambuilding, Training, Master of Ceremonies / Emcee


Full Bio


The Second City has been performing sketch comedy in front of audiences for nearly 50 years, making it the standard by which comedy and improv in America is judged. So much talent has come from the ranks of the company's many theaters over the years, it reads like a who's who of contemporary American comedy. Some of their most well-known alumni are John Belushi, Gilda Radner,  Dan Aykroyd,  John Candy, Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Steve Carrell and Stephen Colbert to name a few.  Second City Communications works with corporate groups to create a fun, interactive and unconventional approach to training and entertainment. Working with groups as small as 4 and as large as 18000, they have worked with the employees of over 400 Fortune 1000 companies.

MOST REQUESTED TOPICS:
Funny Business
the Live Customized Comedy show
Our most popular offering, custom shows are clean, one act revues (approx. 50-60 minutes) prepared and customized specifically for your company. A third of the show is made up of original scenes crafted by our writers and based on the day-to-day life of your company and business. Additionally, the revue includes equal parts "best of" Second City sketches and improvisation - all carefully chosen to fit your audience. You approve all content and we work hard to make it suitable to your organization.

Interactive Talk Show
Our talk show helps you transform what could be a series of podium speeches into an opportunity for your executives to connect with an audience.  You get to pick the guests, and our host will tee-up their talking points with light questions and a little fun - we'll also include "commercial breaks" as live scenes throughout the show. These "commercials" are custom-written sketches that tee-up the topics of the day, generating hearty laughs and a great transition into discussions between our host, the guests on stage, and the audience who we involve via roving microphone (thanks, Donahue). The talk show typically runs 60-90 minutes.

BizQuiz
the Game Show About Your Company 
Our customized game show, complete with an over-the-top host and competitive contestants, is a great way to convey some interesting facts and insights about your company, new products, or internal process changes.  This 45-60 minute show has an open format & we can even use your executives or guests to show off their knowledge on the unique details of the industry (think "name that acronym" or "buzzword bingo").                                                                 

Improv Keynote
Audiences loathe flat, cookie-cutter monologues posing as 'keynote speeches'. Our improv keynotes are interactive, funny experiences that encourage your audience to "think outside the box" and become more innovative in their careers. We start with a focus on Innovation, the very element that has allowed The Second City to create award-winning productions on stage and television- then we combine presentation, demonstration, audience participation and entertainment elements in a perfect blend. Each keynote contains sharp, funny, hosting supported by hilarious videos to reinforce the learning points. Improv keynotes typically run 45-60 minutes.

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