The Second City – Durham, NC – Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Second City - Durham, NC - Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Second City – Cure For The Common Comedy

Saturday, January 27, 2018
Carolina Theatre – Durham

Durham, NC

Tickets On Sale Now:
Tickets available at, by phone at 800-745-3000, and at the Carolina Theatre Box Office.

Ticket Prices:
(plus applicable fees and/or taxes)

Doors: 7:00pm
Show: 8:00pm

Presented by NS2

Cast Announced:
Fernando Alvarez (stage manager)

Anthony Sanders (music director)
Amy Thompson
Emma Pope
Katie Anne Kershaw
Kimberly Michelle Vaughn
E.J. Cameron
Mark Campbell

E.J. CAMERON is very excited to be a part of this show. He’s lived in Chicago for four years and graduated and performed at iO, The Second City, Comedy Sportz and was a member of the Bob Curry Fellowship for 2016. Before moving to Chicago he received his BFA in Acting at Columbus State University (not Ohio!) and performed with multiple troupes. He’s an avid pro-wrestling fan and loves the color purple.

MARK CAMPBELL is so grateful to be a part the Second City Touring Company! He has performed with Second City Theatricals aboard the NCL Dawn and Gem. He also performs with the ComedySportz Chicago professional ensemble and with Big Tobacco at iO Chicago. He is proudly represented by Paonessa Talent Agency. Huge thank you to his family, especially his dog Smitty. Follow him for tweets @themarkcampbell!

KATIE KERSHAW* is originally from the foothills of Appalachia in Eastern Kentucky and loves her hometown more than most people love their dogs. She is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory and the iO Training Center. Katie can be seen improvising around town with Perennials at iO, Tone at the Mission Theater, and Trigger Happy at Annoyance Theater.

EMMA POPE is thrilled to be a part of The Second City Touring Company. She hails from Washington, DC, and is a graduate of the College of William & Mary. You can see her performing around Chicago at iO (Sears Tower, Tone) and CIC (JOAN, House Ensemble). She is represented by Paonessa Talent. Thank you to her unbeatable family and friends for their endless support, love and laughter.

AMY THOMPSON is honored to perform with The Second City. She grew up in California and received degrees in English and Acting from Brandeis University before studying improvisation at The Second City, Annoyance, and iO Theaters. Amy performs each Friday at the Annoyance Theatre with her team Baby Wine. Thanks to family and friends for the encouragement to chase my dreams. You can follow Amy on Twitter at @thompthompthomp.

NATE VARRONE is happy to be a member of The Second City Touring Company! He performs at iO with Crab Atlanta and is a cast member of Holy F*** Comedy Hour at The Annoyance. He’d like to thank his family, The Upstairs Gallery, and The Annoyance for their support. Most importantly, Nate writes shorts and then puts them online and hopes people see and like them. Venmo him @NateVarrone.

KIMBERLY MICHELLE VAUGHN graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with her BA in Theatre. She recently just closed, #DATEME at The Second City’s UP Comedy Theatre. She is currently a member of The Second City’s touring company, performing with her Improv troupe, ‘99 Problemz, and acting in film and television shows. She is represented by Paonessa Talent. Follow her on Instagram – @BritishCatWoman and check out her website –

FERNANDO ALVAREZ (Stage Manager) graduated with his Bachelors in Theatre Education from University of Texas at El Paso where he stage managed numerous shows such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Threepenny Opera. In Chicago, he completed a stage management internship at the Goodman Theatre for their production of Chinglish, stage managed Family Devotions (Halceyon), Assisted Living (Profiles), L-Vis Live! (Victory Gardens), The Diary of Anne Frank (Metropolis Performing Arts Center), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Haven Theatre), and assistant stage managed Be a Good Little Widow (Collaboractions), Reefer Madness and Pippin: A Bollywood Spectacular (Circle).

ANTHONY SANDERS (Music Director) has been performing music around Chicago since he was 14 years old. He’s toured nationwide with numerous bands, including his own, The Island of Misfit Toys. He graduated from Maine East High School in Park Ridge, from which he immediately set out to the city to focus on music.

JEFF GRIGGS (Director) is the author of the book Guru; My Days with Del Close and teaches History and Analysis of Modern Comedy in the Comedy Studies Program at Columbia College andEpisodic Narrative for The Harold Ramis Film School. He also is a Director-At-Large for Second City Theater. Most recently, he directed Red, White and Blaine at IO Theater and The Soap Box Derby King at the Annoyance Theatre, along with several productions for the Second City Training Center and the Second City Theatricals.. He has performed improv and sketch at theaters around the world and directed for Second City on numerous NCL Cruise Ships. He is a current director for the Second City National Touring Company and is a faculty member in the training centers for Second City and IO Theater.

All actors and stage manager are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the professional union for actors and stage managers.

The Second City, Inc.
CEO & Executive Producer … Andrew Alexander
Producer … Joe Ruffner
Associate Producer … Lesley Stone
Production Assistant … Mary Collie
Casting Director … Claudia Wallace


Are you sick and tired of jokes that make you feel sick and tired? Don’t let it all get you down! The Second City has the fix, as Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater brings ”The Cure for The Common Comedy” on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, taking up residence at Charleston Music Hall at 8pm.

Edgy, thought-provoking and always spectacularly funny​,​ The Second City is celebrating nearly six decades of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest.

The Second City

The Second City opened its doors on a snowy Chicago night in December of 1959. No one could have guessed that this small cabaret theatre would become the most influential and prolific comedy theatre in the world.

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. At a time when mother-in-law jokes were more the fashion, The Second City railed against the conformist culture with scenes that spoke to a younger generation.

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.

Soon, Second City’s sister-theater in Canada developed its own sketch comedy series, SCTV, hailed as one of the greatest comedy series of all time and featuring an all-star cast that included Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas, Joe Flaherty and Rick Moranis.

By the 1980’s, The Second City had become much more than a small cabaret theater on Chicago’s north side. In the middle of the decade, The Second City would begin a new era as Second City Toronto proprietors Andrew Alexander and Len Stuart would buy out Bernie Sahlins’ interest in The Second City Chicago and set in motion a new era of innovation for the company.

Today, 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.

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