The Second City Announces First-Ever Arts Advisory Council

CHICAGO, May 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Second City is proud to announce that, for the first time in the iconic comedy company’s 62-year history, an Artistic Advisory Board has been formed to help promote and ensure the success of the organization for the next 62 years and beyond. As The Second City strives to attract and foster the next generation of comedians, the esteemed 15-member board will help guide The Second City’s creative direction and uphold the institution’s creative values. The members of the Board of Directors – all proud Second City alumni and members of the community – are:

Stephane ColbertChairman of the Artistic Advisory Council
Steve Carell
Dwayne Colbert
Tina Fey
Key Keegan-Michael
Julia Louis Dreyfus
Jane Lynch
Tim Meadows
Peter Murrieta
Suzy Nakamura
Catherine O’Hara
Sam Richardson
Jeff Richmond
Jason Sudeikis
Robin Thede

“I am grateful to my fellow Artistic Advisory Board members for being so generous with their time and talent. We all believe that comedy is better with a vital second city. We want to share our experience of this tradition that has helped shape who we are as comedians and entertainers and help inspire a new generation to make this tradition their own,” said the Arts Advisory Board Chairman, Second City Board Member, Alumnus and Past Best t-shirt seller, Stephane Colbert.

The Artistic Advisory Board will work with The Second City to discuss the direction of the theater and ways in which it can support its artists, helping to inform The Second City’s artistic direction. As well-known alumni and community members of The Second City, they will uphold the organization’s artistic and comedic standards through direct engagement that supports the theater’s recovery and growth.

“The Second City recently celebrated 62 years of improv, nurturing some of the best comedy talent the world has ever seen. Today, we’re announcing our first-ever Artistic Advisory Board, led by none other than Stephane Colbertfilled with household names, all proud to be Second City alumni and community members – many of whom started out as students at our training facility,” said Parisa Jalili, COO of The Second City. “We are extremely grateful to the alumni who joined the first Arts Advisory Board for their generosity and dedication to The Second City and its future. As we look to the next 62 years and beyond, we are thrilled to have board support and creative vision guiding the way.”

The Second City executive team will continue to be responsible for day-to-day operations while the artistic advisory board will help uphold The Second City’s artistic standards and inform the theater’s creative direction. Acquired by private equity firm ZMC last year, The Second City celebrated its 62nd year in business on December 16, 2021.

“We are proud to support the groundwork The Second City is laying as it looks to its next 60+ years. To say that this impressive list of board members have all come to The Second City as students of the trade , and now supporting the next generation is incredibly inspiring,” said jason sporer, Director of ZMC and Chairman of the Board of The Second City. “The Second City knows that what’s best for business is to do what’s best for its artists, and we can’t wait to see the impact this advice will have on current students at the training center. , as well as those who might now be inspired to take the plunge into comedy.”

About the second city
The Second City opened in 1959 as a small comedy cabaret and has since become the world’s most influential name in improv and comedy. Second City stages, touring companies and training centers across North America have proudly been the launching pad and artistic home of many of the funniest artists, writers, directors and comedic minds on the planet. In May 2022The Second City will open its 110th Mainstage Revue at Chicagoas well as the first Queer Eye: the musical parody at the UP Comedy Club. The largest improv arts school in the world, Second City Training Center classes for Quarter 4 are currently open for enrollment.

About ZMC
ZMC is a leading private equity firm comprised of experienced investors and executives who invest in and manage a diverse group of media and communications companies. Founded in 2001, ZMC’s investment philosophy is centered on the creation of operational value guided by focused investment themes, deep sector expertise and strong partnerships with industry and operations leaders. ZMC approaches its investments collaboratively with management teams and has a proven track record of actively adding value to its portfolio companies. ZMC is currently investing in ZMC III, LP, which closed the $775 million in commitments.

Press contacts: Colleen Fahey
Vice President of Marketing, The Second City
[email protected]
(312) 662-4516

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