The Second City comedy club has been closed for over a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Second City has announced that it will reopen with strict social distancing protocols on May 7. The notorious comedy theater that helped launch the careers of Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert, and Amy Poehler amongst others, is one of the most prolific on the planet and has been a talismanic figure of the Chicago entertainment scene since opening in 1959.
In a release, the beloved comedy club announced it will reopen this May bringing back “live, in-person experiences”. Tickets for the first two comedy shows happening at Second City in May will go on sale this Thursday, March 25.
According to the theater’s new executive producer Jon Carr, “Our talent, our staff, and our faculty are looking forward to entertaining and educating in the same room again. We realize that most people have binge-watched every TV show ever made at this point, so it’s exciting that live, in-person experiences are set to make their long-awaited return.”
Shows will return to the 290-seater Mainstage and the 196-seater e.t.c Stage while classes at Second City’s training center will also resume in early May with limited capacity and social distancing protocols.
COVID-19 safety requirements will include capacity limits, mandatory mask-wearing, enhanced cleaning procedures, and audiences will be required to fill out health questionnaires upon arrival.
There will be shows Thursday through Sunday including two shows on a Friday night and two shows on a Saturday night. You can purchase tickets via the Second City website.
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