Day 16: Go to a Second City show

September 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

Tonight we took my parents to a show by the famous Second City comedy troupe, which has produced such prominent personalities as Tina Fey, Steven Colbert, Steve Carrell, Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Dan Aykroyd ,Bill Murray, John Candy, and John Belushi. We saw Rod Blagojevich Superstar, a musical about the rise and fall of Illinois’ disgraced former governor. The show was hysterical.

We sat in the front row of a small theater, so the actors were only a few feet away. The opening number was to the tune of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and in it Blagojevich repeated the line “My party, my party, why have you forsaken me?” The show also featured a number of great one liners, such as, “Your name is perfect for politics. It’s ethnic, but still obviously Caucasian” and “All I want is power and a way to make some cash under the table.” While the laughs were hearty and consistent throughout the first half of the production, they might have been even greater during the second half of the show, during which Blagojevich agreed to testify to the audience because he “wasn’t forced to go under oath.” He improvised answers to questions from the “prosecution,” aka the audience. In reply to the question of who styled his hair, the actor playing Blagojevich replied, “God. God does this hair. It’s shaped from the natural man-musk that is secreted from my head.”

Unfortunately we went on closing night, because otherwise I seriously think that I’d see it again. Second City definitely lived up to the hype.


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