Speaker The Second City

The Second City

Renowned Improvisational Comedy Troupe

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

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From the world famous The Second City Theater that gave us such famous comedic actors as Dan Ackroyd, John Belushi, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, and Steven Colbert comes a proven and innovative training methodology that builds the skills necessary to make companies successful. Whether in a Keynote format for large audiences or smaller breakout workshops, Second City Works delivers interactive, engaging, and entertaining sessions that continue to exceed the expectations of their varied client base. Subjects include Collaborative Communication, Using Yes, And to build innovative cultures, Storytelling, Presentation Skills, and Leadership Development.

In addition to interactive Keynotes and workshops, Second City Works uses comedy, improvisation and digital content to help hundreds of global clients deliver key messages to their customers and employees. Drawing on The Second City’s 55-year legacy of engaging audiences with smart, incisive comedy, Second City Works supports meetings and conferences by creating custom sketches and content that supports presentations and meeting messages.

Not forgetting their roots in pure entertainment, Second City Works performs improv-based shows for corporate audiences, which includes “The Best of Second City” and customized shows written specifically for the company’s audience, industry, and culture.

The Second City learning philosophy is the focus of a popular book by Tom Yorton and Second City executive vice president, Kelly Leonard titled, Yes And: How Improvisation Reverses “No, But” Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration, which is published by Harper Collins.

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  • “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.”


  • I think a program like this one should be given to all new employees hired in MetLife. It would be very beneficial and very worthwhile.

    Workshop Participant


  • LOVED THIS!!! Such a refreshing way to learn new sales skills.

    Workshop Participant


  • We are confident that the work the Second City Works team did through the session will impact the behaviour of members of our group going forward. I certainly find myself starting sentences (at least in my head) with “yes, and”!”


    Vp & General Counsel, BMO Financial

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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


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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