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‘Second City for President’ is next weekend

October 4, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

LAKE PLACID - A touring company from Chicago's famous sketch comedy theater, Second City, takes on the election in "Second City for President" at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

With scripted and improvisational elements, the audience will be part of the show.

The Second City opened its doors in Chicago in December 1959. With its roots in the improvisational games of Viola Spolin, at a time when mother-in-law jokes were more the fashion, it bucked the conformist culture and spoke to a younger generation.

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Earlier alumni include Alan Arkin, Barbara Harris, Robert Klein, David Steinberg and Fred Willard. "Saturday Night Live" starred Second City alumni John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner and Bill Murray. Second City's sister theater in Toronto developed "SCTV" for television with Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas, Joe Flaherty and Rick Moranis. Later alumni include Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey.

Today, Second City Training Centers in Chicago, Toronto and Los Angeles teach thousands of students every week, four touring companies perform Second City revues all over North America and abroad, Second City Communications brings improv-based methodologies to the corporate sector, and Second City continues to create television, film and digital media.

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