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The world's premier comedy club, comedy theatre and school of improvisation. Live shows every night in Chicago, Toronto & Hollywood. Tickets on sale now.

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The world's premier comedy club, comedy theatre and school of improvisation. Live shows every night in Chicago, Toronto & Hollywood. Tickets on sale now.

Viola Spolin, The Second City opened its doors on a snowy Chicago night in December of 1959, and a comedy revolution began. Co-founded by Bernie Sahlins, Howard Alk, and Spolin's son Paul Sills, the small cabaret theater grew to become the most influential and prolific comedy empire in the world, developing an entirely unique way of creating art and fostering generation after generation of superstars.