Chicago’s Second City will soon deliver its award-winning humor to homes around the world, according to a news release. At 7 p.m. on April 2, the famed 60-year-old Chicago institution will begin live-streaming entertainment, education and business content directly to virtual audiences online via the video conferencing app, Zoom.

The program will kick off with “Improv House Party,” an interactive performance featuring “co-quarantined pairs (who) convene digitally to improvise their hearts out in this wild west of comedy streaming live from everyone’s bunker.” Second City cast members starring in the performance will connect, engage, and accept suggestions from the virtual audience during the show.

To register for the Zoom show, click here.

See how well our work translates

According to The Second City CEO and executive producer Andrew Alexander, the institution’s renowned methodology is a perfect fit for modern technology.  

“It’s incredible to see how well our work translates to this platform,” he said. “There are so many people who have yet to experience The Second City, and it’s so rewarding to our talent and staff to get back to work online and give the world a taste of what we do.”

Vice President of Production Jen Hoyt agreed.

“We don’t know when we’ll be able to welcome an audience back into our theaters, so we’ve had to improvise on a whole new scale,” she said. “We can actually offer audiences at home live, interactive performances featuring the world’s best improvisers.”

The events will be streamed for free, but donations will be accepted to The Second City Alumni Fund, a resource for performers and other members of The Second City community experiencing critical health and financial challenges, according to the release.

For more information about The Second City, including The Second City Training Center and Second City Works, click here. Follow The Second City on social media for information on future shows: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or at


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