Comedy troupe Second City to perform Oct. 26 at WCU

Second City will brings its legendary improvisational comedy to WCU’s Bardo Arts Center on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Second City will brings its legendary improvisational comedy to WCU’s Bardo Arts Center on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Chicago’s renowned comedy troupe Second City is coming to Western Carolina University to present “Free Speech! (While Supplies Last),” an irreverent look at America’s electoral situation, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The sketch and improvisation performers will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, as part of the university’s Arts and Cultural Events series and Homecoming week activities.

Second City opened its doors on a snowy Chicago night in 1959 and has since earned a reputation as the world’s premier comedy club, theater and school of improvisation, with live shows every night in Chicago, Toronto and Hollywood. The self-mocking name comes from the title of an article about Chicago that appeared in The New Yorker in 1952.

Over the years, Second City has been a launching pad for some of the most famous names in comedy including John Belushi, John Candy, Stephen Colbert, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Mike Myers Gilda Radner, Joan Rivers and Amy Sedaris.

WCU students will be admitted free to the show. Tickets for others are available at the Bardo Arts Center box office and online at bardoartscenter.wcu.edu or by calling 828-227-2479.

Tickets purchased in advance are $5 for non-WCU students; $13 for WCU faculty and staff; $18 for general admission; and $15 per ticket for groups of 20 or more. On the day of the show, regular ticket prices apply: $10 for non-WCU students; $18 for WCU faculty and staff; and $23 for general admission.