Happy 54th Birthday to the Second City!
3:17 pm, December 17th | by Kady Ruth Ashcraft
Well, happy belated birthday to The Second City: technically yesterday was the legendary comedy theater’s 54th birthday, but in all likelihood the “Harvard of comedy” wasn’t fully operational in a day (I mean, the world took seven — YOU THINK YOU’RE BETTER THAN GOD, SECOND CITY?!), so if you let it slide, so will we.
In celebration of half a century and some odd years, The Second City released a “listicle” (so young and hip SC; no one would ever guess your age!) of the fifty-four things you didn’t know about the improv and sketch mecca. The facts range from interesting (take for instance number nineteen: “Keanu Reeves studied Improv at the Toronto Second City Training Centre in 1983. He was in my class. –Kevin Frank”) to impressive (number forty-five: “Executive Vice President of The Second City and President of Second City Theatricals, Kelly Leonard, first got hired as a dishwasher”) to not so exciting (number five: “We can only plug one heater in at a time backstage at the e.t.c. or we’ll blow a fuse. –Punam Patel”), of course, hilarious (“The sections in Mainstage spell SMOKE R POT”).
So, happy birthday you ol’ broad! Thank you for sharing the talents of Tina Fey, Gilda Radner, Nyima Funk, Aidy Bryant and countless others with us!