Second City brings laughs to Aspen |

Second City brings laughs to Aspen

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Contributed photoThe Second City National Touring Company brings its improvisational comedy to Aspen's Wheeler Opera House on Friday, Feb. 13.

ASPEN ” The Second City isn’t just the theater that introduced John Belushi, Chris Farley, John Candy and several comedians who were not overweight and didn’t die early. It’s a comic empire.

Second City, as any observer of comedy knows, is based in Chicago ” and Toronto, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, with outposts in less glamorous spots like Novi, Mich. The factory, which celebrates its 50th anniversary of brand-hood this year, also has a presence on Norwegian Cruise Lines, so that sailing vacationers who tear themselves away from the buffet for a few minutes can take in some on-ship laughs and improv workshops.

And the mega-troop has multiple touring companies ” so if one squadron is booked, say, on the Notre Dame campus, fans in Lynchburg, Va., don’t have to be then deprived of their Second City fix that same night.

One wing of the touring company visits the Wheeler Opera House on Friday, Feb. 13 ” which presumably leaves sufficient manpower to tend to other tasks like occupying Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province and (please?) resurrecting “SCTV.”

Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $27.50, available at the Wheeler or

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