Second City Hollywood
About Our Training Program
THE SECOND CITY HOLLYWOOD
Because life doesn’t come with a script!
Los Angeles is the world capital of the Entertainment Industry and The Second City is in the heart of it on Hollywood Boulevard. For 59 years The Second City has created a wealth of comedic material from a legendary group of performers such as Tina Fey, John Belushi, Rachel Dratch, Chris Farley, Jim Belushi, Steve Carell, Keegan-Michael Key and Stephen Colbert. The Training Center follows the traditions developed by these groundbreaking and innovative men and women while encouraging the continued growth and development of the art forms of comedy and improvisation. Today, The Second City Training Center is the largest school of improvisation and sketch comedy in the world.
We offer a variety of classes for students at any level of experience. Whether a seasoned performer or someone who's never been onstage, you are encouraged to take classes with us. Our students come from a diverse array of backgrounds, each with a unique accomplishment they wish to achieve with our courses. Whatever your reasons for taking classes with us, we are here to support you and help you grow your skills. In addition to our Improv Program we offer Improv 1 Intensives, a professional Conservatory program, Musical Improv, Long Form Improv, and an array of Comedy Writing and Writing for TV & Film classes, Stand-Up, Storytelling and a full Kids Program and Summer Camp for ages 6-18. Please do not hesitate to contact our offices with any questions or concerns you might have. There are many places in Los Angeles that you can learn the art of improvisation but we are so confident in our history, teachers, curriculum and our amazingly supportive community that we would like to give you a free two hour workshop in either improv, stand-up, or writing. The workshop is called the Taste of Second City, just call 323.464.8542 to sign up.
Fridays 8pm: Trump in Space - The Musical • Extended thru Aug 17!
Trump in Space is Star Trek meets Avenue Q meets Trump, a musical battle of good vs bad, and ideals vs opportunism. This original musical is an epic space adventure filled with all the sci-fi tropes we love and all the politics we love to hate. 400 years in the future, the fallout of the Trump administration has left humans stranded in search of a new planet. We follow Capt. Natasha Trump, a direct descendant from President Donald J. Trump, in her race to find humanity a new planet because due to crazy Trump shit, the earth blew up! Performed by Gillian Bellinger, Landon Kirksey, Jim Shipley, Scott Palmason, Nicole Pellegrino, Jessie Sherman, Mary Lou, Joy Regullano, and Rob Warner. Directed by Frank Caeti. Assistant Director, Jenna Torrisi. Written by Gillian Bellinger and Landon Kirksey. Music by Tony Gonzalez and Sam Johnides. Lyrics by Gillian Bellinger and Landon Kirksey.
NOTE: Located on the 2nd floor with stair access only
● ”Nonstop laughs!” -Ticket Holders LA
● "Audience members were rolling in their seats..." -Stage Raw
● “Laughs abound...political satire to the max” -Broadway World
● Winner: 2017 LA Fringe Festival Encore Award
Fridays 9:30pm: Opening Night: The Improvised Musical!® • May 4 - Aug 17
Opening Night: The Improvised Musical!® is exactly that - a Broadway-style musical that is made up on the spot, based on a single audience suggestion. Therefore, every night is the `Opening Night’ of a musical that has never been seen! Sadly, it is also the closing night, but closing night sounds so very final -- and not even this cast can withstand the damage done by weekly wrap parties. Since 1998, Opening Night's cast of veteran improvisers has combined Chicago and Los Angeles improv with the Broadway stylings of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Gilbert & Sullivan, and Andrew Lloyd Webber, resulting in over one thousand original musicals! Cast: Hilary Rowe, Matt Young, Norm Thoeming, Shulie Cowen, Mark McConville, and Derek Miller. Directed by Shulie Cowen. Musical Director, Michael Pollock. NOTE: Located on the 2nd floor with stair access only
● Voted Best of LA - LA Weekly
● "You'll Laugh Every Time" "A Comedy Machine" -LA Weekly
● "A kind of magic" "This is mastery of the craft...talent in action." -Michael Konik
● "An incomparable piece of insanity" -IN Magazine
● "You provide the subject: they score and choreograph it on the spot!" -Los Angeles Magazine
● "Love musicals or hate 'em, you'll never see them the same way after this show" -Oil and Marble
Saturdays 7pm: Super Sexy Sexy Superhero • June 2 - Aug 18
Super Sexy Sexy Superhero is a scathingly satirical musical journey into the world of contemporary Hollywood, but in the style of classic Hollywood. Join us as the men who run XYZ Studios set out to make The Most Feminist Movie Ever Made. It’s like Singin’ in the Rain, but with sex scandals. This Hollywood musical has it all: action heroes, casual misogyny, sassy sidekicks, overt misogyny, and lasers! Cast: Paul Bianchi, Jeffery Hammerstein, Takaaki Hirakawa, Brendan McCay, Kaeli Quick, Darby Rae, Becky Sanders, and Alison Yates. Directed by Nicole Williams. Music & Lyrics by Dan Wessels. Musical Director, Jose Acain. NOTE: Located on the 2nd floor with stair access only
Saturdays at 8:30: 177Fox • Extended thru Aug 18!
Seventeen Seventy Fox is the true story of the Constitution as told by the heroes at "Fox And Friends." Learn the true meaning of Free Speech, The 2nd Amendment, and Christmas. MERRY CHRISTMAS, BY THE WAY. "It's like 'Hamilton' for loud, angry uncles!" - Uncle Matt. This Second City Hollywood Premium Show stars Jason Ryan Bornstein, Lauren Frost, Chase Ingrande, Derick Otto, Brendan McCay, Jessie Sherman and Jacklyn Uweh. Written and Directed by David Colan. Assistant Director, John David DeFour. Music & Lyrics by Wessels. Musical Director, Tony Gonzalez. NOTE: Located on the 2nd floor with stair access only
● “Makes you wish you paid more attention in school!” -LA Weekly
Saturdays 12noon • The Really Awesome Improv Show • Celebrating an 8yr run!
Fun (and appropriate) for all ages, 2yrs-200, The Really Awesome Improv Show features improv games that rely on audience suggestions and participation, is great for the whole family. There’s a rotating cast so you’ll see a different faces and games each week. Great for birthday parties and family outings! NOTE: Located on the 2nd floor with stair access only
● “Best Kids’ comedy Show” -LA Magazine
● “Your kids get to act like goofballs. Highly recommended.” -Patton Oswalt
● “Had a BLAST at this show. Kids (and adults) will LOVE!” -Susan Yeagley
● “A most impressive, quick on their feet (and wit) troupe.” -Tolucan Times
● “Had a blast and were laughing like crazy. Thanks, Second City!” -Goldstar