LETTERS TO SANTA, 24 HOUR IMPROV AND MUSIC BENEFIT!

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30 for 30- A private living room concert. You pick 30 songs for JEFF TWEEDY to play in your living room for you and 29 friends. Last year this item went for $23,000.

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Cecily Strong is an Oak Park, Illinois native who graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a degree in Theater. She trained and performs regularly at Second City, ImprovOlympic and iO Chicago, . She has appeared at the Chicago Sketchfest, Chicago Just for Laughs, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has performed at numerous theaters in was even a member... More

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Emily Candini is a California native that has been performing for over 20 years. Obsessively in love with comedy since the age of two, she has always known her path. After years of modern and classical theater she moved to Mecca (Chicago) to study improvisation, writing and sketch with The Second City, iO Chicago and Annoyance theaters. After six years of writing and... More

In 2005, while working for The Second City National Touring Company, I started working as a copywriter for Draft FCB. Almost four years later, I am still in love with both copywriting and improvising/performing. Bottom line: I know how fortunate I am to be able to do something I love. Other bottom line: I hope I'm lucky enough to keep doing it. More

Sue Gillan has worked at The Second City in Chicago as a resident stage actress and writer, as well as directing two reviews: She Titled Deemed Indecent by FCC, and From Fear To Eternity. An Evanston native, Sue used to come and watch the free improv sets and continues to be blown away that now she's allowed to play in them. Sue is also co-founder of Brain Drain... More

Native and perpetual Chicagoan Scott Goldstein is honored to be directing for the Second City. A graduate of Northwestern University as well as the training centers of Second City, IO, and the Annoyance, previous directing credits include Color Deaf, Buckle, Disappointed Men, Tommy's Place, and Bodyslam! The Rise and Fall of CAWC. As a performer he as appeared in... More

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Shelly Gossman grew up in Iowa. She attended St. Olaf College and The National Theatre Institute before moving to Chicago to study improv. Shelly toured with The Second City prior to spending a year performing at The Second City Las Vegas. This is her third Mainstage revue. She would like to thank Ben, her family, and her friends for their constant love, support, and... More

Paul Grondy has been performing since 1992 and teaching at iO since 1997. He typically teaches level 4 at iO on the Harold. He is married to Sue Salvi and they have two children.
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T. J. Jagodowski (b. September 2, 1971, Holyoke, Massachusetts) is an American comedian, actor, and improvisational performer who lives in Chicago. He has been a member of The Second City as well as a performer and teacher at iO, formerly known as "Improv Olympic". He has appeared in movies such as Stranger Than Fiction, The Ice Harvest, No Sleep Till Madison,... More

Brendan Jennings is honored to be a part of The Second City. He was born and raised in East Patchogue NY, is a graduate of Xavier University (OH) and honed his love for improv at SAK Comedy Lab in Orlando Florida. Brendan has toured with The Second City’s Touring Company, performed with Baby Wants Candy and in many shows at iO including Ginger Snaps and Cook County... More

Mike Kosinski (Ensemble) is honored to be a part of his first review on the e.t.c. stage. Prior to joining this cast, he toured the U.S. with Second City's Touring Company (GreenGroup), the high seas with Second City aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Bar Harbor, ME as a cast member of ImprovAcadia. In Chicago, Mike trained and performed at The Annoyance Theater,... More

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Sam is excited to be part the Mainstage cast of The Second City. A native of Detroit, he performed at The Second City Detroit, Planet Ant and other theatres in the city until moving to Chicago to join The Second City Touring Company. He also performed in shows such as Barack Stars and Rod Blagojevich Superstar. He would like to thank his friends and his family and Green... More

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Rebecca Sohn has been a member of The Annoyance since 1992 and began teaching in ‘97. She taught for The Second City Training Center for many years and currently teaches workshops all over the country with her 3 woman long-form group, Switchboard. She improvises with Switchboard and Bad Touch and has been TJ’s guest improviser in "TJ and Dave." Her... More

Rich, a twenty-year veteran of the Chicago improv scene, has been teaching at The Annoyance Theatre for the last nine years. As a student at The Annoyance, The Second City, and IO he’s trained under many astounding teachers including Mick Napier, Del Close and Martin daMaat. He has performed with groups including The Annoyance Theatre, The Second City Touring... More

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