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Source: Todd Holmberg, 785-532-6425,
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News release prepared by: Nellie Ryan, 785-532-6415,

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Chicago's legendary comedy theater The Second City will open Kansas State University's 2009-2010 McCain Performance Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, in McCain Auditorium.

The special performance will feature some of the best sketches, songs and improvisations from The Second City's 50-year history. It is the first of 18 acts on board for McCain Performance Series.

Beginning as a small cabaret theater on Chicago's north side in 1959, The Second City has grown to become a comedy empire. It is known as the launching pad for generations of comedy superstars. Hit shows like NBC's "Saturday Night Live" have been historically populated by Second City alums, including John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Tina Fey and many more.

Not only will an evening with The Second City provide audiences with the chance to see comedy stars in the making, but they also will have the opportunity to see hilarious satire and improvisation. As no topic or subject matter is off limits for The Second City, the performance is not suitable for children.

Tickets for The Second City are on sale now. Prices start at $13 for K-State students and $26 for the general public. Discounts for K-State faculty, seniors and military are also available. Tickets can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office, open 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, or by calling 785-532-6428. More information is available online at