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The Second City

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The Second City opened its doors on a snowy Chicago night in December of 1959, and has since grown to become the world’s premier comedy club, theatre and school of improvisation—with live shows every night in Chicago, Toronto and Hollywood.

About The Second City

Bernard Sahlins, Howard Alk and Paul Sills, son of teacher Viola Spolin, founded Second City as a place where scenes and story were created improvisationally, using techniques that grew out of the innovative techniques Spolin developed and taught. The Second City chose its self-mocking name from the title of an article about Chicago by A. J. Liebling that appeared in The New Yorker in 1952. Andrew Alexander and his recently deceased partner Len Stuart acquired The Second City in 1987. Andrew Alexander has helmed the Second City for 42 years and has produced television programs in both the United States and Canada including “SCTV,” “Second City Presents” and “Next Comedy Legend.” Since its debut, The Second City has been a launching pad for comedians, actors, directors and others working in show business.
51 Mercer Street
Toronto, ON M5V 9G9
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Transportation & Parking

The Second City does not have a dedicated parking lot, however, there are many public parking options located within a block of the theatre doors. Parking prices vary, ranging from $10-$15 for an evening. Prices may be higher due to special events in the city.
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    St. Andrew
    504
    Peter Street / Blue Jays Way

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