Second City to show its new comic talent

Troupe graduated such comics as Bill Murray, Chris Farley and Mike Myers.

Laughter and music will take up residence throughout the night and well into the morning inside the walls of Emens Auditorium in an effort to prove wrong the idea that "there's nothing to do in Muncie."

The University Program Board will host another edition of "Late Nite at Ball State" with a comedy show featuring the talents of Second City, a national touring company that started up in 1959.

Second City, a Chicago school that teaches young men and women the art of comedy, has produced many well-known comedians who later ending up on Saturday Night Live and in Hollywood. Among some of Second City's alumni are former SNL stars as Billy Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Gilda Radner and Chris Farley.

Second City with theatres in Chicago, Detroit and Toronto, has performed for various groups all over the world.

Janice Altland, assistant director of campus programs, said the six-member group, accompanied by a musician and stage manager would mostly be doing improvisations and give its unique flavor of comedy to campus by joking about classic scenes and popular songs. Material performed will be a mixture of old scenes from the group's archives coupled with new material.

Altland also said the group was at Ball State last year and that show was successful.

"We had them during Homecoming last year in the Ball Room," she said, "and the place was packed."

"They had me laughing so hard last time they came, that they were not allowed to leave the stage until they performed more comedy," UPB advisor Jan Gaff said.

This year, however, the show will take place in Emens Auditorium to accomodate more students.

Altland said well over an hour's worth of comedy is expected and the show could last as late as 1 a.m., hence "Late Nite at Ball State." The show will be split into two 45-minute blocks of laughs separated by an intermission.

Admission is free with a Ball State ID, and one guest per student will be admitted. The show will start at 10 on Saturday night.


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