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Second City performs political satire ‘Free Speech!’ at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 9

Second City performs political satire ‘Free Speech!’ at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 9
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From a press release:

Chicago-based comedy troupe The Second City will bring their new political satire show, “Free Speech! (While Supplies Last),” to the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets, which are $29.50, plus fees, are on sale now and can be purchased at the Kirby Center box office (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at, and by phone at 570-826-1100.

With its roots in the improvisational games of Viola Spolin, The Second City developed an entirely unique way of creating and performing comedy. Founded by Spolin’s son, Paul Sills, along with Howard Alk and Bernie Sahlins, The Second City was experimental and unconventional in its approach to both theatre and comedy.

The Broadway success of Mike Nichols and Elaine May – members of The Second City’s predecessor, The Compass Players – put attention on the fledgling company. Soon, alumni of The Second City, such as Alan Arkin, Barbara Harris, Robert Klein, David Steinberg, and Fred Willard, began to cement the theater’s reputation for developing the finest comedic voices of each and every generation. With the debut of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” populated by Second City alums John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and Gilda Radner, the theatre became internationally known for its ever-increasing roster of comedy superstars.

The Second City continues to produce the premiere comic talent in the industry. From Mike Myers to Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert to Tina Fey, The Second City imprint is felt across every entertainment medium. Additionally, The Second City has grown well beyond a single stage to become a diversified entertainment company. Second City Training Centers in Chicago, Toronto, and Los Angeles teach thousands of students every week; four touring companies perform Second City revues all over North America and abroad; Second City Communications has become an industry leader in bringing improv-based methodologies to the corporate sector; and Second City continues to create unique media in television, film, and the digital realm.

“Free Speech! (While Supplies Last)” provides an irreverent look at America’s electoral insanity. This topical new show features political satire made famous by Second City stars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and Keegan-Michael Key, as well as brand new scenes, songs, and improv straight from their sold-out shows in Chicago and Toronto. It’s a must-see evening of comedy that features some of Chicago’s best and brightest and a majority of laughs.