Speaker The Second City

The Second City

Renowned Improvisational Comedy Troupe

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $10,001 - $20,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
    English
  • Travels From
    Illinois, USA

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The Second City’s Key Accomplishments Include . . .
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 many great talents have emerged from the ranks of The Second City’s many theaters over the years, it reads like a Who’s Who of contemporary American comedy. Some of The Second City’s most well-known alumni include: 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.

The Second City works with corporate groups to create a fun, interactive and unconventional approach to training and entertainment. Working with groups as small as four and as large as 18,000, The Second City has worked with the employees of over 400 Fortune 1000 companies.

As strange as it may seem, a bunch of comedy theater guys can help your organization, because they’ve combined their ingenious comic minds with some cagey marketing and learning experts, helping clients of all shapes and sizes do cool new things to get noticed, win audiences, develop their talent and build business.

Things are only funny when they’re true, and the truth is your organization could probably use some fresh thinking. Business moves fast…Improvise.

More About The Second City . . .
Are your events unique or predictable? Is content memorable or easily forgotten? Do your events generate excitement or a nap? The Second City has nearly 20 years of helping clients – literally hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies – stage successful, memorable and fun meetings. They’re experts at building a presentation that engages people, uses comedy to reveal truths and involves the audience in the show by “breaking the fourth wall.”

Improvisation is all about responding to change quickly and The Second City teaches you how. You’ll learn how to use key techniques of improvisation to successfully adjust and navigate through times of change and increase the ability to be flexible and adapt to change, respond to unexpected changes “in the moment” and create effective solutions to manage long-term changes.

Whether you’re a B2B, B2C, BBC or ACDC, The Second City can help. If you like baseball, think of them as your creative bullpen; if you like westerns, they’re your guns for hire; if you like romance novels, you’re out of luck, because you’d never want to see them with their shirts off.

Testimonials 1

  • “Second City provided a fun-filled and positive afternoon of team building and collaborative learning through the use of humor and “yes and” exercises and provided our team with walk-away tools for improved business conversation.”

    DuPont

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Custom Scenic Support

To bring the meeting content to life, keep the audience engaged and build a thematic through-line throughout the program, SCW will write custom scenes or “sketches” to be performed throughout the event. Our writers work with you to identify what’s ‘true’ about your company, your industry, or your audience, and turn that into a series of funny, smart sketches that entertain, educate and inspire. These scenes can be used to set up a speaker, highlight new initiatives, and/or support audience-related themes. They also can be used as a high energy opening for a conference or act as energy bumps between breakout groups to keep your audience engaged.

  • Lead time 6 weeks
  • Each scene is about 4-6 minutes long

Host/Emcee

Similar to the custom scenic support, but on a smaller scale. We provide an experienced host to welcome your audience, warm the crowd, introduce speakers, announce company winners, and keep things moving in a fun way with engaging energy bumps throughout the event.

  • Can include a musical sidekick on the piano
  • Lead time is 6 weeks

Talk Show/Game Show

You pick the guests, we supply the host. Just like Stephen Colbert or Jimmy Kimmel, we write a custom show with you, and our host will tee-up talking points based on relevant questions with a little fun added to the mix. The talk show format works well to support a panel discussion and is a great way to convey interesting facts about your company, new products, or internal process changes. The goal with these talk shows is to showcase your people, make knowledge exchange more conversational and engaging, helping your presenters better connect with the audience.

  • Custom written sketches that highlight the topics of discussion in between talking points
  • We can use your executives or guests to show off their knowledge on the unique details of the industry
  • Lead time 6 weeks
  • Typically between 45-90 minutes in length.

Improv Show

We hand-select our best actors for a short-form improvisation show, taking live audience suggestions to create an entirely original set in the moment using concepts most relevant to your business. Our actors make sure all suggestions are safe and corporate appropriate.

  • Cast of 6 (4 actors, 1 musical director & 1 stage manager)
  • Lead time 4 weeks
  • 30-45 minutes in length

Best of the Second City Show

We pull our best material from our nearly 55-years of theatrical history archives, including sketches and improvisation based off of your audience and event theme.  Pulling relevant scenes will make the audience feel as if the show was written just for them but without the custom pricing.

  • Cast of 7 (5 actors, 1 musical director & 1 stage manager)
  • Lead time is 4-6 weeks
  • 50 minutes in length
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