Chicago’s pioneering improv comedy troupe, the Second City, is an institution. It’s been a career-launching point for comedians, actors and directors who have risen to become household names since its inception in 1959. Second City’s touring company, made up of young unknowns currently working and studying at one of the theater’s several locations, returns to the Dr. Phillips Center this weekend for two nights. Don’t expect much in the way of audience suggestions and “Yes, and”-ing. They’ll be performing sketches from the Second City’s repertoire that include some written by the likes of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Bill Murray back before anyone knew who they were. And who knows? Maybe in 30 years, another touring company will be performing sketches written by some of the actors in these shows.
7:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 & 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6-7 | Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave. | 844-513-2014 | drphillipscenter.org