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National improv group to visit Holland Theatre

Picture seeing Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert or Tina Fey perform on stage before anyone really knew who they were.


West Liberty-Salem Dramatics Society members listen as Kris Swisher of the Holland Theatre leads an improvisational acting workshop Wednesday. The workshop was part of an Arts Midwest grant that is also helping fund a Saturday evening performance by the Second City acting troupe that has been a breeding ground for major U.S. comedians for five decades. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

That’s the opportunity the Holland Theatre is offering local residents with Saturday evening’s performance by the Second City improvisational acting troupe.

The Chicago-based group of comedians has been the breeding ground for America’s top talent since 1959, raising up a long list of high-profile comedians.

“We have a 50-year tradition of creating scenes out of improv and this is some of the best material we have created over the past 50 years,” Second City spokesman Joe Ruffner said of the performance, which is titled Second City for President and focuses on political satire.

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