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The Second City Toronto reopens with shows, classes and laughter


In-person performances and classes to resume at a new location in Toronto’s east end

TORONTO, ON, Oct. 14, 2021 – The Second City Toronto has just announced that the legendary comedy company has found a temporary home at 2800 Danforth Avenue (halfway between Victoria Park and Main St.). In a partnership with Comedy Bar, this interim residency will allow for Second City Training Centre classes to resume in six newly-built studios, and the stage will welcome two new shows, The Second City Mainstage ensemble in Welcome Back to the Future and The Fast and the Furiously Festive! featuring The Second City Touring Company.

The Danforth facility is part of a Comedy Bar expansion and will serve as a second outpost for the home of independently produced stand-up, improv, and sketch comedy shows. Second City’s move comes after construction on the theatre’s expansive new permanent location at One York Street was delayed by the pandemic. Second City has been without a Toronto address since November of 2020.

The Second City Toronto reopens at a new location in Toronto’s east end. photo Black-McConnell exchange a little laughter. by The Second City

“The Second City has called Toronto home for almost fifty years, and we are so glad to be able to bring back laughter, education, and live comedy to our dedicated students and fans. The closing of our facility on Blue Jays Way came several months into the pandemic, and unfortunately, our plans at One York Street were delayed. We are grateful to our friends at Comedy Bar for this opportunity to partner. It’s a testament to the Toronto comedy community’s solidarity and resilience,” said Parisa Jalili, COO of The Second City.

“It’s beyond exciting to get Second City talent back to doing what they do best. Our pivot to online programming has allowed us to reach amazing new audiences and stretch ourselves creatively, but we’re thrilled to be able to add back in-person offerings and create the cathartic connection that comes from that experience,” said Carly Heffernan, Creative Director of The Second City Toronto.

The Second City Toronto is now open again for shows and classes. photo by The Second City

The Second City Training Centre will resume select in-person classes starting on November 15th. Class registration is now open at secondcity.com.  Public performances begin December 3rd. Ticket prices start at $30 and can be purchased online at comedybar.ca.

The Second City takes the health and safety of its patrons, talent, students, and staff very seriously. In addition to strict sanitization standards, capacity limits, and increased space between theatre seating, proof of vaccination is required for anyone 12 years old and up entering the building. Masks are required indoors at all times except when eating or drinking.

World famous Second City alumni. Photo secondcity.com

About The Second City
The Second City is one of the world’s most influential and prolific comedy theatres. Established in Toronto in 1973, the legendary comedy company has been the starting point for award-winning actors and directors including Gilda Radner, John Candy, Bill Murray, Catherine O’Hara, John Belushi, Eugene Levy, Mike Myers, Day Aykroyd, Martin Short, Keegan-Michael Key, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Sam Richardson, Chris Farley, Steven Yeun, Lauren Ash, Amber Ruffin, Suzy Nakamura, and Stephen Colbert, among many others.

SOURCE The Second City

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