Win Tickets ($50): The Second City: Improv All-Stars @ Newmark Theatre | Inspiration for Saturday Night Live, Where Most of America’s Comedy Stars Started

We are giving away a pair of tickets to The Second City: Improv All-Stars @ Newmark Theatre on March 5. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, February 27.



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From our sponsors:
The Second City: Improv All-Stars
March 5, 2017
Doors 7 p.m. | Show 7:30 p.m. | $20-$25 | All Ages
Tickets: portland5.com

Newmark Theatre
1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 7:30pm, Chicago’s legendary comedy theater returns to the Newmark Theatre with “The Second City: Improv All-Stars,” an irresistible hour of improvised comedy. The masters of the form will astound you with their talent, skill and wit– all without the aid of scripts or sets.

Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating 55 years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and has launched the careers of legends like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more.

“Second City does the comedy of shared experience more quirkily and savvier than most.” – Chicago Tribune

“A temple of Satire…” – Time magazine

“The entire recent tradition of American satire can be summed up in three words: The Second City.” – New York Times

“The troupe that gave us SCTV and inspired Saturday Night Live and Whose Line is it Anyway?!” – Chicago Tribune

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175 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): The Second City: Improv All-Stars @ Newmark Theatre | Inspiration for Saturday Night Live, Where Most of America’s Comedy Stars Started

  1. Danaire January 30, 2017 at 10:07 am #

    I love Second City!

    • Kathleen Rogers January 31, 2017 at 4:46 pm #

      Never been, love to laugh!

    • Lori Balbi February 2, 2017 at 3:18 pm #

      I have been volunteering at the Newmark as an usher for nine years. It is a treat to attend as a patron and simply enjoy the show.

    • Lillie February 15, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

      Nothing makes me laugh like stand-up comedy. New to Portland and love checking out the local theaters!

  2. Rossh January 30, 2017 at 11:52 am #

    pick me

  3. Brian January 30, 2017 at 12:29 pm #

    I want to go to there

  4. Ken Phillips January 30, 2017 at 12:39 pm #

    Love to get your updates. Thanks!

  5. Stacey January 30, 2017 at 2:55 pm #

    Love second city!

  6. Tonya January 30, 2017 at 5:27 pm #

    Could use a good laugh!

  7. Maureen January 30, 2017 at 6:05 pm #

    One of the best dates I took my husband on, was to see Second City, years ago!! We would absolutely love to see them in our new hometown <3

  8. Lisa January 30, 2017 at 8:31 pm #

    Looks fun, I’ve never heard of this! Pick me!!!

  9. Marc January 31, 2017 at 7:38 am #

    Yes please!

  10. Chris Webb January 31, 2017 at 7:50 am #

    Sounds like fun!

  11. Wil Stevens January 31, 2017 at 10:07 am #

    To laugh is to live!

  12. Andy January 31, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

    Improv is the best! Would love to see these touring folks.

  13. Rae January 31, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

    Sounds super fun!

  14. Emily January 31, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

    I really need some humor in my life these days…

  15. Natalie January 31, 2017 at 12:15 pm #

    My boyfriend would love this!! So funny

  16. Jana Woodson January 31, 2017 at 12:15 pm #

    Please help me laugh!

  17. Kristie January 31, 2017 at 12:24 pm #

    I would love to go!

  18. Stefanie January 31, 2017 at 12:29 pm #

    Some much needed laughs!

  19. Dave G. January 31, 2017 at 12:30 pm #

    Second City is my first nature!

  20. Marlon Jimenez Oviedo January 31, 2017 at 12:33 pm #

    It’s awesome that they are coming to Portland! I wanna go…

  21. Travis January 31, 2017 at 12:39 pm #

    Sctv rocks

  22. corrina stellflug January 31, 2017 at 12:47 pm #

    I’d love to take my boyfriend for his birthday!

  23. Claire January 31, 2017 at 12:58 pm #

    I’ve been to a show at Second City in Chicago, and would love to see what they can bring to PDX!

  24. Bret Jones January 31, 2017 at 1:12 pm #

    There’s no way I can improv a comment to this. I need to see how these guys do it, so I can learn.

  25. Kris M January 31, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

    Love Second City

  26. Julie Fink January 31, 2017 at 1:17 pm #

    I would love to win this and go with my husband for a date night!!!

  27. Kelsey January 31, 2017 at 1:24 pm #

    because I desperately need to laugh

  28. Marcie January 31, 2017 at 1:50 pm #

    Will it stave off recent feelings of existential dread and gloom? I think so. Sorely needed.

  29. Jas January 31, 2017 at 1:59 pm #

    Ive never been to a Second City show but have always wanted to go, and its great that they are coming to Portland. I would love to laugh the night away with a friend!

  30. Tim D January 31, 2017 at 2:02 pm #

    Ok, this will probably be hilarious! We desperately need some laughs. I mean, we’ve been laughing instead of crying and raging in these crazytown times, but this would be legitimate laughing. Thanks!

  31. Jen January 31, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

    Am from Chicago and have great memories of Second City!

  32. Darcella January 31, 2017 at 4:38 pm #

    We have never seen a comedy show! what a great night out!

  33. steadyprove January 31, 2017 at 8:08 pm #

    thanks for the chance!

  34. Denise January 31, 2017 at 8:31 pm #

    This would be much needed comedy for us right now. Laughter is the best medicine–

  35. Bobbie Kramer January 31, 2017 at 8:33 pm #

    Go Cubs Go!

  36. Morgan January 31, 2017 at 9:27 pm #

    aaaaah yes

  37. Mary February 1, 2017 at 1:37 am #

    I loved reading about Tina Fey’s experience in this group. What a wonderful read! I hope I can see the show

  38. Ed February 1, 2017 at 7:58 am #

    Sounds like a great way to spend an evening!

  39. Kim February 1, 2017 at 9:16 am #

    Would love to check this out!

  40. Mauraborealice February 1, 2017 at 10:06 am #

    Yes! Comedy so needed….

  41. Chris Johnson February 1, 2017 at 10:38 am #

    We’d love to go!

  42. Madelyn February 1, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

    Killer! Love Second City! Manufacturing smiles and laughter via satirical absurdity, yes please!

  43. cathy February 2, 2017 at 10:44 am #

    This would be amazing!

  44. Lisa February 2, 2017 at 3:56 pm #

    Who can’t use a little more laughter in their life? Would enjoy winning tickets to this!

  45. John February 2, 2017 at 6:36 pm #

    Sounds like a hoot!!

  46. April February 2, 2017 at 7:44 pm #

    Would love to go see Second City!

  47. jim February 2, 2017 at 11:53 pm #

    yes please, I want to be improved

  48. Joseph February 3, 2017 at 5:23 am #

    Ready to laugh with the powers of comedy. Promise to bring games back to students in my theatre classes!

  49. Aleks February 3, 2017 at 6:08 am #

    Sounds fun!

  50. Tahni February 3, 2017 at 9:19 am #

    This sounds like a blast! I just read Amy Poehler’s book and would love to see them!

  51. eric February 3, 2017 at 9:42 am #

    legendary… My partner and I have been YUGE fans for many years, and she being an aspiring comic this would be a perfect date of appreciation, inspiration, and laughs…

  52. John February 3, 2017 at 10:13 am #

    Sign me up

  53. Allen February 3, 2017 at 10:38 pm #

    My missed calling. The life I was supposed to live. Comic relief take me away from it all

  54. Jodi February 4, 2017 at 8:01 am #

    Laughter is the best way to chase away the winter blues!

  55. Sarah February 4, 2017 at 11:25 am #

    Count me in! Can always use a few extra laughs this time of year, especially this year!

  56. catie February 4, 2017 at 4:51 pm #

    right on

  57. catie February 4, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

    laughing really is the best medicine

  58. Judy February 5, 2017 at 12:07 am #

    My boyfriend and I need a date night at the Newark Theatre with. “The Second City: Improv All-Stars,”. It will be perfect to lighten on all the stress in our lives right now. I want them to astound us with their talent, skill and wit– all without the aid of scripts or sets and laughter will be the best medicine for us!

  59. Zoe February 5, 2017 at 12:08 pm #

    I love improv – it makes me so happy!! This would be a great night out :)

  60. Alicia February 5, 2017 at 3:38 pm #

    I tried to come up with something creative for this post… However my improv skills are lacking.
    I should go to this event.

  61. Malia February 5, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

    Everyone needs to laugh.

  62. Jessica R Richards February 5, 2017 at 10:47 pm #

    Nothing like a night of laughter to lift the spirits on the tail end of winter in the West. I’d love to look forward to this!

  63. Ryan February 6, 2017 at 9:49 am #

    Freakin. Love. Improv. Would love to go to this show and laugh til I cry and wet my pants!

  64. Erin B February 7, 2017 at 9:03 am #

    with everything going on lately, some comedic relief is much needed. cheers*

  65. whodat? February 7, 2017 at 10:54 am #

    Oh hell ya! This is going to be great!

  66. Bree February 7, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

    Me! I want to laugh!

  67. Anna February 7, 2017 at 12:42 pm #

    tix please!

  68. Tim Bedford February 7, 2017 at 12:44 pm #

    Would love to catch Second City – as a Chicago native, this would be my first comedy experience in Portland since moving moving here 10 months ago!

  69. Monica February 7, 2017 at 12:51 pm #

    As a teacher on the day of a certain confirmation of a certain individual, I think I could really use a good laugh right about now. I prefer my satire to stay in the world of comedy, not in the real world…. I would love to see the show!

  70. Jessica February 7, 2017 at 1:02 pm #

    Hahahahahahaha! Pick me, I love to laugh!

  71. Linda February 7, 2017 at 1:14 pm #

    As an “experienced” worker, looking for a new career, I most certainly could use a laugh! I can go – I am NOT doing anything that night!

  72. Stephanie February 7, 2017 at 1:18 pm #

    Sounds like fun!

  73. Deb B February 7, 2017 at 1:23 pm #

    Went to Second City years ago and it was a blast. Would love to see this comedy troupe again in our backyard!

  74. Kelly February 7, 2017 at 1:57 pm #

    I’m always looking for excuses to laugh!

  75. Nick H February 7, 2017 at 2:44 pm #

    Looks like fun

  76. Sandra Miller February 7, 2017 at 2:52 pm #

    I love improv! and these days we could all use some laughs!

  77. Michelle Mathews February 7, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

    Oh yes please! We are looking for a good time with some 2nd City folk tearing it up!

  78. Edie February 7, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

    where so many great ones got their start! would love to attend!

  79. Renee February 7, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

    I want to go!

  80. James February 7, 2017 at 4:32 pm #

    One of if not the best improv organizations in the country.
    Such fertile ground.
    Thanks

  81. Rhea February 7, 2017 at 5:20 pm #

    Love Second City! I have only been to the Chicago location. I would love to take my Valentine with me!

  82. Sofia M. February 7, 2017 at 9:41 pm #

    I fell in love with stand up comedy at an early age, but I haven’t been to an improv show in ages. With all the unbelievable/saddening things happening in this world I would love to win some tickets to help me laugh once again. A big thank you to all comedians/entertainers for providing the world the gift of laughter.

  83. Aleks February 7, 2017 at 9:51 pm #

    Comedy always helps.

  84. Kelsey S. February 7, 2017 at 10:21 pm #

    I need more laughter in my life!

  85. Peter February 8, 2017 at 7:57 am #

    Would love to see this with my wife for her birthday!

  86. Susanne Richter February 8, 2017 at 7:19 pm #

    Been down in the dumps cause of them Trumps…………..

  87. Nicole February 8, 2017 at 11:45 pm #

    This sounds like a fun night out with my girlfriend!

  88. Michelle February 9, 2017 at 3:31 pm #

    This would be a very enjoyable night out!

  89. AJ February 9, 2017 at 3:32 pm #

    Love it! Pick me!

  90. steadyprov February 9, 2017 at 5:24 pm #

    Thanks for the chance.

  91. Erin V February 9, 2017 at 5:56 pm #

    I really want to attend a Portland comedy show!

  92. Laura McNamara February 9, 2017 at 9:19 pm #

    More ha has please!

  93. Christina Larson February 9, 2017 at 10:57 pm #

    I grew up watching the original cast of SNL and have loved sketch comedy ever since.
    I would love to see improvisation done by seasoned performers – especially those from Second City. It’s on my bucket list to visit that birthplace of so many incredible comedians.

  94. poppy February 10, 2017 at 10:18 am #

    Love it!

  95. Stephanie Satori Johnson February 10, 2017 at 7:56 pm #

    My honeypie and I got married this summer and have been holding on tight for a roller coaster ride ever since. We could certainly use a night out full of laughter! (Who doesn’t?)

  96. lauren scher February 12, 2017 at 2:20 pm #

    I would love to go!

  97. Judy February 14, 2017 at 1:17 am #

    I need a good laugh! I would bring my young grandson, so we could spend some time together!

  98. Katie February 14, 2017 at 9:37 am #

    I could really use a good, hearty laugh right about now!

  99. John February 14, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

    Pick me! Pick me!

  100. Rich Allen February 14, 2017 at 12:21 pm #

    Make us laugh till it hurts!

  101. Nancy February 14, 2017 at 12:30 pm #

    Definitely into this!

  102. Crystal February 14, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

    I would love to take my partner! It’s rare we get a date night, especially since his nights off are Sunday and Monday. This would be perfect!!

  103. Anne February 14, 2017 at 12:40 pm #

    I need to join this temple of satire!

  104. Maura February 14, 2017 at 12:52 pm #

    Missed it when I went to Chicago- 2nd best!

  105. Joan M Shaughnessy February 14, 2017 at 1:31 pm #

    Comedy has never been so important. We all need our sense of humor to survive.

  106. James February 14, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

    My wife and I are missing our Valentine’s Day together because she’s with her Dad in the hospital in New Mexico. When she gets back, we’ll really need a laugh…

  107. Bree February 14, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

    Sounds like so much fun!

  108. Kat February 14, 2017 at 2:29 pm #

    Need some laughs!! Please pic me

  109. J February 14, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

    I totally should go. Because I once looked exactly like the kid in the picture.

  110. Wendy February 14, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

    An awesome opportunity!

  111. David K. Gilroy February 14, 2017 at 3:57 pm #

    I could use a good laugh…and then some!

  112. Aidan February 14, 2017 at 6:53 pm #

    I once had dreams of being an improv all-star myself… any chance to live those dreams through others sounds great to me!

  113. Shannon February 14, 2017 at 7:16 pm #

    I love to laugh!

  114. Tom P February 15, 2017 at 7:27 am #

    Thank you in advance for picking me!

  115. Trevor February 15, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Love second city!

  116. whitney February 15, 2017 at 2:13 pm #

    i love improv! this looks so fun.

  117. Alex February 15, 2017 at 3:20 pm #

    because it sounds lovely

  118. Andy February 16, 2017 at 12:11 pm #

    this would be a perfect surprise date for my wife!

  119. Nina Smith February 16, 2017 at 2:52 pm #

    I would love to surprise my husband with this! He would love it!!!

  120. Tammara Tippel February 16, 2017 at 2:53 pm #

    Laughter is the best medicine and I strive to find daily doses of it. This would be a great evening of entertainment. We have not been here before, but would be thrilled to win tickets and come check it out. Thank you!

  121. Jill H February 16, 2017 at 3:17 pm #

    I love Second City and haven’t been to one of their shows in ages!

  122. Megan February 16, 2017 at 3:27 pm #

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Second City!!!!!! To have them come here is awesome! And it’s 2 days before my day of birth! I would love to go! This is what I need in my life. Thank you for the chance and anyone who gets picked with have so much fun.

  123. Selina February 16, 2017 at 3:38 pm #

    I would like to attend because I hate comedy and I wanna go laugh at it.

  124. jazzdad February 16, 2017 at 4:22 pm #

    Haven’t had much to laugh about lately; I could use this! Second City is awesome!

  125. Ann February 16, 2017 at 8:57 pm #

    Boyfriend loves the comedy

  126. jamey billig February 16, 2017 at 10:34 pm #

    Chicago comes to us? I’m IN! Pick me!

  127. Ron T February 16, 2017 at 11:00 pm #

    I’m watching the History of Comedy on CNN, right now. I’d love to see the show.
    Please pick me.

  128. Robert February 16, 2017 at 11:37 pm #

    Sounds like a swell time!

  129. Brett A. February 17, 2017 at 8:57 am #

    This aspiring comedy writer, a la “I’m not sure how to quit my addiction to cold turkey,” would love to see the show.

  130. Lauren February 17, 2017 at 4:36 pm #

    I loooove Second City! I saw a great show in DC over the summer. Would love to see them again!

  131. Lea Anna February 19, 2017 at 9:52 am #

    My husband and I would love to see this!

  132. kaitlin park February 20, 2017 at 3:16 pm #

    laughter is great for the soul!

  133. cassandra February 21, 2017 at 12:19 pm #

    I’d love to go with my boyfriend! We love to laugh! Who doesn’t?

  134. Niki February 21, 2017 at 12:32 pm #

    I’d love to take my boyfriend! We’ve never been to improv.

  135. Megan February 21, 2017 at 12:33 pm #

    Saw them in Detroit years ago and loved it!

  136. Keri February 21, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

    We LOVE to laugh – ha ha ha ha!!!

  137. Tom February 21, 2017 at 12:35 pm #

    I’ve never seen live Second City. This is the time

  138. Jefe February 21, 2017 at 12:49 pm #

    I think second city is way better than first city.

  139. Ashley D. February 21, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

    Sounds like a fun show. Would live to go!

  140. Josh Oppenheim February 21, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

    My man is an improv star here in PDX and this would be a great gift for him!

  141. Lisa February 21, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

    A night of laughter sounds great. Count me in!

  142. Michelle February 21, 2017 at 3:15 pm #

    I’d love to go!

  143. Dayle Nelson February 21, 2017 at 3:28 pm #

    Finally a chance to wear our Second City t-shirts to see our favorite comedy team. If chosen, we will try to find our pants.

  144. Taunya February 21, 2017 at 4:33 pm #

    Need some funnies!

  145. Andy Gospodnetich February 21, 2017 at 6:08 pm #

    I’m always game for improv!

  146. Brad February 21, 2017 at 8:19 pm #

    Pick me! Pick me!

  147. Jay February 21, 2017 at 8:33 pm #

    Would love to go!

  148. toots February 22, 2017 at 8:17 am #

    for laughs!

  149. Matt K February 22, 2017 at 9:46 am #

    YES OH YES OH YES OH YES OH YES OH YES OH YES OH YES OH YES

    If you give these tix to me and my GF, your life will be filled with endless pleasure… eternal love… you will rest easy knowing you have done the right thing…

  150. Jazz February 22, 2017 at 4:46 pm #

    With such a rough start to the year, I would love nothing more than to laugh my way into spring and sunshine with this amazing show!

  151. Stacy February 22, 2017 at 8:13 pm #

    Huge fan of the Second city an ant of the comics who got their start there. This would be a night to remember.

  152. Lisa February 22, 2017 at 8:42 pm #

    Would love to go and check this out.

  153. Shawn February 23, 2017 at 6:38 am #

    I’m from Chicago!

  154. Allison February 23, 2017 at 10:06 am #

    I’d love to take my boyfriend as the perfect way to wrap up his birthday weekend!

  155. Malinda February 23, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

    We love a good comedy! Thanks for the giveaway.

  156. Kyle February 23, 2017 at 3:34 pm #

    aww yisss!

  157. Pam February 23, 2017 at 3:49 pm #

    Neeeeeeed to laugh away the gray skies

  158. Robert February 23, 2017 at 6:50 pm #

    I would love to see some great comedy!!!!

  159. Mary b February 23, 2017 at 8:51 pm #

    Good Lord I need a laugh right now

  160. Christina February 23, 2017 at 11:37 pm #

    Holy Cow. That kid looks funny. I gotta see what happens!

  161. Jorge February 24, 2017 at 12:06 am #

    Wow. Would love to see this show. Most comedy shows are on Friday and Saturday night when I work.

  162. Jennifer February 24, 2017 at 9:07 am #

    Always up for a laugh and always need one! :)

  163. Jen February 24, 2017 at 4:35 pm #

    Bring on the laughter!

  164. Gwen February 25, 2017 at 8:55 am #

    This looks like it will be an outstanding show, I’d love to go!

  165. Sara K February 25, 2017 at 10:32 am #

    We could definitely use a good night of improv to improve our lives!

  166. Janna February 25, 2017 at 7:46 pm #

    I’ve been meaning to go to something like this ever since I moved to Portland. This would finally get me there :)

  167. Brian February 26, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

    It would be a great night to get away from stress with my partner

  168. Whitney February 26, 2017 at 11:41 pm #

    Quirky, satire, improv… count me in!!! I need a night of laughter!

  169. Melanie February 27, 2017 at 9:33 am #

    pick me

  170. Melanie Lane February 27, 2017 at 9:33 am #

    How fun!!

  171. Caitlin Zimmerman March 1, 2017 at 6:38 am #

    It’s been several years since my family and I have seen Second City! I am flying across the country this weekend to be reunited with my family in Portland and it’d be such a treat to take my parents to this show!

  172. Brad March 3, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

    I’ve loved Second City since the 70’s. Would love to go.

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