The comedy institution The Second City announced the opening date, slate of shows, and cast for its brand-new New York City location, located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The nearly 12,000 square-foot entertainment complex at 64 N. 9th Street comprises two cabaret-style live theaters, seven Training Center classrooms, and a full-service restaurant and bar. The Second City New York will open to the public on November 16, 2023.
The opening slate of shows at The Second City New York is as follows:
The Second City Presents The First City Revue
The First City Revue celebrates New York City with bold sketch comedy and world-famous improvisation.
Jack Frost Roasting On an Open Fire
Want to see some real nutcrackers this holiday season?! Dash on through the snow to The Second City’s Jack Frost Roasting on an Open Fire…
Your classic holiday family gatherings, office parties, movies, and Mariah Carey on infinite repeat will be severely lampooned in this fast-paced, interactive comedy revue stuffed with seasonal songs and sketches.
The Second City’s Improv Holiday Brunch
This November and December, The Second City brigs comedy and brunch, for a seasonal breakfast with a totally improvised experience from the city’s comedic talent. Food and mimosas are available a la carte.
The Second City is also announced their first-ever New York City-based cast, which includes E.J. Cameron, Ashley Leisten, Ben Rameaka, Yazmin Ramos, Drew Reilly, and Jacklyn Uweh. Jen Ellison directs The Second City Mainstage 1 revue. Alan Kliffer will serve as Artistic Director NYC, Jeff Bouthiette as Musical Director, and Kayla Freeman as Stage Manager, with Technical Direction from Kurt Cruz. Matt Prigge will serve as Producer.
“There is no better way to kick off our 65th anniversary celebrations than by opening the doors to The Second City New York in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. As the center of global culture and entertainment, New York represents a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase our world-renowned brand of comedy-based entertainment with an incredible NYC-based cast, and to deliver our proprietary Yes, And… improv-based training,” said The Second City CEO, Ed Wells in a statement. “Building upon our storied history and decades of success in Chicago and Toronto, we are thrilled to improvise a whole new adventure with the New York City community.”
The Second City’s expansion to New York City adds to its existing physical locations in Chicago and Toronto. This year, The Second City Toronto celebrates its 50th year, followed by the 65th anniversary of The Second City Chicago in 2024.