Second City Comes to UNO
March 9th, 2016
Omaha, NE — A legendary Chicago comedy troupe is coming to the metro area.
On Wednesday night at both 7 and 9 p.m., the Second City Improv All Stars will perform at the UNO Theatre inside the Weber Fine Arts Building bringing their patented brand of satire and improvisation to the Omaha area. Company member John Thibodeaux talked briefly about what audience members can expect to see.
“You name it, we got it,” he said. “We also do a bit of improvisation. That’s how a lot of sketches are generated here in Chicago is through improvisation. Chicago has been the home of improv for many years. It’s the mecca of that type of work. That’s what we do all around the country.”
After graduating from the University of Illinois, Thibodeaux enrolled in Second City’s conservatory program to train in the same techniques used by famous alumni like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Bill Murray, and countless others. He then auditioned and joined the touring Improv All Star troupe soon after. He said improv training goes far beyond just being a funny actor. It also helps you in your day to day interactions with friends and co-workers.
“With improv, you really have to listen actively which I feel transfers to your everyday life,” he said. “A lot of times people are just waiting for their turn to talk, but in improvisation you can’t do that sort of thing because you have to actually listen and process what the other people are saying in order to add to it. The ‘yes’ comes easy but the ‘and’ is the harder part because that requires you to process what the other person has said. I think a lot of times in our everyday life, people have the tendency to not really actively listen to people who are talking to them.”
Thibodeaux said the type of comedy the Second City Improv All Stars perform helps shed a humorous eye on many of the more serious issues facing society today. It’s through that comedic lends, he said, that we can step back and evaluate our changing world.
“I guess the thing that attracts me to the work is the ability to bring people together through laughter to talk about the harder things. Sometimes comedy is a good vehicle to talk about society’s ills. That’s what drew me to comedy and satire specifically, which is what Second City is known for.”
The Second City Improv All Stars will perform Wednesday night at 7 and 9 p.m. at the UNO Theatre inside the Weber Fine Arts Building on 60th and Dodge. For more information on the event, visit www.unotheatre.com.
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