Second City at the Vilar
BEAVER CREEK – John Belushi, John Candy, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Mike Myers: What do these names all have in common? They are a just handful of comedians that are alumni of The Second City comedy troupe. This hilarious, versatile and legendary comedy group will touch down in Beaver Creek Friday and Saturday as The Second City touring group brings it special brand of comedy to the Vilar Center.
It all started in a converted Chinese laundry on Chicago’s north side in 1959. No one could know that by the next century, The Second City would still be considered the premier comedy institution in the world. With theatres in Chicago, Toronto, Detroit, Las Vegas and Cleveland, training centers in each of those cities, as well as in New York and Los Angeles, a TV and film division, a theatrical company and touring improv troupes, The Second City has become, in the word of The New York Times, “A Comedy Empire.” The Second City boasts among its alumni, the world’s best and brightest comedians and comic actors including: Joan Rivers, Peter Boyle, Harold Ramis, Martin Short, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Jerry Stiller and Alan Alda, to name a few more.
In addition to its talent, The Second City’s other chief export is comedy that is not only hilarious, but thought-provoking, smart, silly, sophisticated and wild. The concept is simple: Six actors perform a two-act revue featuring sketch comedy, songs and improvisation. Drawing from the vast archive of material that the group has created over the past 46 years, The Second city touring companies are also creating on-the-spot, topical comedy that changes with each and every performance. Tickets to the production are $34. For more information about The Second City or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.vilarcenter.org or call the Vilar Center box office at 845-TIXS (8497).