Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Second City players

Back by popular demand


    Back by popular demand, Chicago’s legendary comedy theater company The Second City will return to the Liberty Theatre in Hailey on Thursday, Jan. 10, and Friday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m., marking the 10th consecutive year that Company of Fools has brought the world-renowned comedy troupe 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 off-the-cuff improvisation that can provide completely unexpected comic brilliance. 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 premier comedy institution in the world. With theaters 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 list 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 and Tina Fey.
    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 concept is simple: Six actors augmented 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, its touring companies also create on-the-spot, topical comedy that changes 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 that it will be made fun of in an evening with The Second City.

Laughing place
When: Thursday, Jan. 10, and Friday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m.
Where: Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St. in Hailey.
Tickets: $35 lower reserved seating and $25 balcony reserved seating.
Online: at
Phone: 578-9122.


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