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Introduction to Improv at The Second City

with Second City Faculty

Improv Classes in Chicago

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Class Info

Chris Farley
Tina Fey
Stephen Colbert
+ Dabble.

Above isn't the roster for next weekend's Saturday Night Live cast (honestly we've been on SNL so many times that we're just ready for a change of scenery...) but it is a growing list of people who have spent time developing their funny bones on Chicago's own Second City stage. We're excited to be in such great company, and even more excited to let you in on the fun!

Come kick it with Dabble and the Second City crew in this class for beginning improvisers. We'll be stepping outside our comfort zones + meeting lots of new people while we walk through a series of exercises to promote team building, environment constructing, acceptance, object work and more.

Perhaps the best part? You don't need to be 'funny' to be successful here. You just need to be willing to try and have a penchant for laughter!

Want to hang longer? After class, we will get comped tickets to a 9pm improv show in the Training Center's de Maat Theater. Performers are grads of the Conservatory program that landed an extremely-competitive audition. See t hem before they hit it big!



Course Reviews (6)
91% positive

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    James G.

    Left over 1 year ago
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    This was quite an enjoyable event and I will likely stop by some of the drop-in classes soon. I also met several new people.

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    Jeanne W.

    Left over 1 year ago
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    The class was fun but didnt reach its potential because there was WAAAY too many people in it to fully enjoy it. There was approximately 40-45 people in this class, which was just too much and really took away from the class. Would not take another class if there will be this many people.

    {"commenter_avatar":"//dabble-production-db-herokuapp-com.global.ssl.fastly.net/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-d31b851edf55356d11069c446ee3bfdc.png","reviewer_name":"Logan C.","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EIntroduction to Improv at The Second City\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"The class was a great time! \r\n\r\nThe instructors were really into the class and shared a lot of fun improv games and activities. It was a relaxed, fun environment and participants only had to put themselves out there as much as they chose (could volunteer to be \"on stage\" or observe).\r\n\r\nDefinitely a great taste of improv and The Second City.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//dabble-production-db-herokuapp-com.global.ssl.fastly.net/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-d31b851edf55356d11069c446ee3bfdc.png","reviewer_name":"Kyle S.","created_at":"about 2 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EIntroduction to Improv at The Second City\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Had a rough time arriving: train was running late and the weather decided to pour down rain when I finally figured out where I was going! After arriving late, I was relieved to see that I was still allowed into the classroom, where we began with some really fun warmup exercises and group activities. It only got better (and funnier) from there!","teacher_response":null}

    Other Teacher Reviews (13)
    96% positive

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      Oz D.

      Left over 2 years ago
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      Excellent session. Even though my character idea for my blog is more dramatic than humorous, studying 'character' through comedy gave me solid components for thinking about development of a compelling character.

      I also got an inside perspective on the mechanics of why some of my favorite shows are funny.

      90 minutes well spent.

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      S O.

      Left over 2 years ago
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      Great class! Covered basic box step and salsa. Teacher was awesome: engaging and encouraging. Would love to take another!

      {"commenter_avatar":"//dabble-production-db-herokuapp-com.global.ssl.fastly.net/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-d31b851edf55356d11069c446ee3bfdc.png","reviewer_name":"Brian D.","created_at":"over 2 years","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/ballroom-dancing-with-second-city-faculty'\u003E Ballroom Dancing \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"I took the class with my girlfriend, and we both had an awesome time. The group was fairly small (10-12) and the instructor was fun, friendly and taught at the appropriate newbie level.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"//dabble-production-db-herokuapp-com.global.ssl.fastly.net/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-d31b851edf55356d11069c446ee3bfdc.png","reviewer_name":"Megan H.","created_at":"almost 3 years","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/the-second-city-guide-to-writing-anything-with-second-city-faculty'\u003E The Second City Guide to Writing ANYTHING \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"A great first taste of Second City!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/188821/thumb_HLH.jpg","reviewer_name":"Hilary H.","created_at":"almost 3 years","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/the-second-city-guide-to-humor-writing-for-social-media-and-blogs-with-second-city-faculty'\u003E The Second City Guide to Humor Writing for Social Media and Blogs \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"David brings a wealth of knowledge to the Second City table. He is a bright, engaging teacher and I learned quite about online humor POV, character development and dos/dont's in our brief 90 minutes together. ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/188331/thumb_314600_551313237476_2115397831_n.jpg","reviewer_name":"Pavi P.","created_at":"almost 3 years","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/stand-up-comedy-101-with-second-city-faculty'\u003E Stand-up Comedy 101 \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Excellent first glance into the world of writing stand-up comedy. I left the class with a direction to practice some basics on my own and with the desire to learn more.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/190461/thumb_Dane_Canada.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dane C.","created_at":"almost 3 years","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/the-second-city-guide-to-writing-anything-with-second-city-faculty'\u003E The Second City Guide to Writing ANYTHING \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"This class turned out to be one part improv, one part writing; but if you think about it, those are roughly the same skill. \r\n\r\nI write very few things on a daily basis besides FB posts and emails, but I'd like to think both have improved 10-fold because of this class.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"//dabble-production-db-herokuapp-com.global.ssl.fastly.net/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-d31b851edf55356d11069c446ee3bfdc.png","reviewer_name":"Valerie A.","created_at":"almost 3 years","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/the-second-city-guide-to-writing-anything-with-second-city-faculty'\u003E The Second City Guide to Writing ANYTHING \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"It was great to spend some time with other people interested in writing and learn some other tips on how to start the process. I loved it!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"//dabble-production-db-herokuapp-com.global.ssl.fastly.net/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-d31b851edf55356d11069c446ee3bfdc.png","reviewer_name":"George G.","created_at":"almost 3 years","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/the-second-city-guide-to-writing-anything-with-second-city-faculty'\u003E The Second City Guide to Writing ANYTHING \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Fun, smart class. Great teacher. Well done SC. ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/190391/thumb_delaware-3.jpg","reviewer_name":"Stephen G.","created_at":"almost 3 years","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/the-second-city-guide-to-writing-anything-with-second-city-faculty'\u003E The Second City Guide to Writing ANYTHING \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"So much fun - and very rewarding. Really fun group of people, and the teacher was great.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"//dabble-production-db-herokuapp-com.global.ssl.fastly.net/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-d31b851edf55356d11069c446ee3bfdc.png","reviewer_name":"Brittney L.","created_at":"almost 3 years","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/the-second-city-guide-to-writing-anything-with-second-city-faculty'\u003E The Second City Guide to Writing ANYTHING \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Amazing class! I'm not a \"comedy person\" by any means, but I enjoyed this class and all of the improv exercises that we did. The teacher made it stupidly easy to see how things we learned through these exercises can be applied to any type of writing. I highly recommend this class, even if the idea of doing anything at Second City is scary for you (it's not! I promise!) or you aren't a writer. Anyone could walk away from this class happy that they went. ","teacher_response":null}
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      Faculty members at The Second City Training Center are working improvisers / performers that have years of experience in their craft. Each faculty member undergoes rigorous continuing education via The Second City's improv program and throughout the city in their personal experiences. Please see our faculty page for details:

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