One of the most prestigious comedy theaters in the world, The Second City in Chicago, has produced some of the most famous comedic identities known today, including Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey.
Tonight, The Second City is making a stop at CSU to perform their college-themed show, â€œThe FAFSA and the Furious.â€ The show is sponsored by the Association for Student Activity Programming, and will take place at 7 p.m. in Main Ballroom of the Lory Student Center.
â€œWe try to get different kinds of comedic acts to come to CSU â€¦ and improv comedy might facilitate more of the student body,â€ said Ellen Roth, a comedy coordinator for ASAP. â€œA lot of it is audience participation. And itâ€™s a great chance to see a lot of up-and-coming talent. A lot of performers of Second City are picked by Saturday Night Live and SCTV to perform or write for them.â€
Tickets cost $5 for the CSU community and $7 for the general public and can be purchased at the IBox in the LSC.
The show will contain material the theaterâ€™s performers have written themselves, as well as archive material. And of course, they will be improvising throughout the show, portraying college life on and off campus, including roommate issues and academic probation.
â€œThereâ€™s stuff about different classes and things college students can relate to,â€ said Cecily Strong, a member of The Second City. â€œThis show is more referential (than some of our other shows). College students will usually get references that our older audiences sometimes wonâ€™t.â€
â€œA lot of the stuff weâ€™re doing is so strong and so funny,â€ she added. â€œImprov is a lot of fun with a college audience. Itâ€™s something different. Itâ€™s not something you experience all the time.â€
But performing in front of a college audience isnâ€™t the only thing Strong is looking forward to about coming to Colorado.
The last time she was here with The Second City, they went to Coloradoâ€™s famous Mexican restaurant attraction: Casa Bonita.
â€œWe had a lot of fun. And Warren, (another Second City performer) kept getting into (playful) fights with little kids, it was so funny,â€ she said. â€œI was sold on it. Iâ€™ll probably try to go back.â€
Strong is originally from Chicago, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater from the California Institute of the Arts. But she moved back to Chicago because of its thriving improvisation culture, which is partly because of The Second City.
â€œItâ€™s the best being a part of this institution,â€ she said. â€œItâ€™s always been a dream. Itâ€™s quite an honor to be a part of this and perform this material. Iâ€™ve gotten to see parts of the country I wouldnâ€™t normally get to see.â€
Aside from being on stage and learning how to â€œfail in front of an audience,â€ the performers also train and learn how to write shows. There are new opportunities that open up every day, Strong said, and sheâ€™s always meeting talented, funny people.
Strong was hired at The Second City last year and has been a part of one of the institutionâ€™s three touring companies since the end of this past April.
â€œThere are four big training centers in Chicago, and Second City is the one you want to work at,â€ she said. â€œAll of us are used to doing shows for five people, begging friends to come to your shows. Itâ€™s great to work for Second City where you get audiences finally.â€
While watching a friendâ€™s comedy show recently, Strong said she thought to herself, â€œI canâ€™t believe this is my life and itâ€™s my job.â€
â€œItâ€™s such a nice thing to get to do,â€ she added. I get to laugh and make other people laugh. Itâ€™s very nice to be able to laugh so much during the day, and thatâ€™s my job.â€
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What: â€œThe FAFSA and the Furiousâ€
When: Tonight from 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: The Main Ballroom in the Lory Student Center
Cost: $5 for the CSU community and $7 for the general public. They can be purchased through the IBox in the LSC.
More information: asap.colostate.edu.