It’s love at first laugh with The Second City! Bring your partner, lover, significant other, spouse, friend with benefits, friend with EXTRA benefits, platonic BFF, or your spectacularly single self to The Second City Swipes Right: An Incomplete Guide to The Ultimate Date Night, the brand-new experience you've been aching for at WCU Bardo Arts Center. Spend a naughty 90 minutes with their caliente cast of comedians as they (consensually) annihilate everything that turns you on—and off—about love, dating, relationships, and everything else in-between the sheets!
Have you heard of Steve Carell, Chris Farley, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Tim Meadows, Jordan Peele, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler? These are just a few names of those who have launched their careers through The Second City and have gone on to become comedians, award-winning actors, and directors in show business. The Second City, the world’s premier comedy club and school of improvisation, all started with children’s games. Rooted in the groundbreaking improvisational games of 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, with live shows hosted every night in Chicago, Toronto, and Hollywood.
John Love - Music Director: (he/him) He is a Chicago musician from small town, central Illinois. A Conservatory graduate, he also music directs for several projects around the city, including The Severn Darden Graduate Program at Second City and Huggable Riot. Listen for his band, The Lovebirds. His mom thinks he is just great! Love to KB.
Bree Bartman - Stage Manager: She is the Stage Manager for this production! For the past 10 years, she’s been hiding in the shadows at several theaters around Chicago, including The Second City and the long running show, Bye Bye Liver. When she’s not at Second City, you can find her slinging sass at Ed Debevic’s! Please enjoy the show!!!
Jeff Griggs - Director: (he/him) He is the author of the book Guru; My Days with Del Close and a Director/Performer/Teacher at Second City. He’s a faculty member of the Second City Film School and is a professor at Depaul University and Columbia College. He has performed improv and sketch at theaters around the world and is a current director for the Second City National Touring Company.
*This performance will cover mature content and is not intended for children.
Stop by and laugh awhile with The Second City and Bardo Arts Center on Thursday, March 23rd, at 7:30pm! Doors will open thirty minutes before the performance, and The Second City will bring the laughs. Box Office is open Tuesday-Friday from 10am-4pm and Thursdays from 10am-7pm.