Slate, the daily web magazine that seeks to explain and analyze the world in a provocative, witty, and intelligent way, has partnered with renowned Chicago-based comedy theater The Second City, to produce a traveling, election-themed live political comedy show!
In addition to the talents of The Second City, the legendary institution that’s incubated America’s best comedic talent for over fifty years, the Slate/Second City collaboration will incorporate Slate writers and personalities into each show. Comprising both scripted and improvisational portions, the production will explore topics such as campaign trail scandals, what makes a candidate “electable,” how voters consume political news, and much more.
It’s a fast-paced combination of sketch, improv, music and multi-media taking a hard-hitting look at our election process. First and foremost, it’s an evening of hilarious jokes and entertainment in the classic Second City style, fueled by the keen wit and observations from the folks at Slate.
Composed of both scripted and improv comedy, the collaborative production will feature writers and personalities from Slate to spotlight humor to be found along the campaign trail. Frequent Second City director, Matt Hovde, will bring the scandals, political news and “electable” candidates to life with writers, Steve Waltien, Tyler Alexander, Billy Bungeroth, Marla Caceres, Ed Furman, Scott Morehead, Carley Mosesley and John Thibodeaux.
The show is slated to run through fall as the presidential race heats up. The tour will stop in over a dozen cities throughout the U.S., including a stint at the Kennedy Center in October.
Runtime: 120 minutes with a brief intermission.
Recommended for ages 16 and up.