The Second City celebrates 40 years of funny at River Run

Guelph, ON January 8, 2014 – Say the words “The Second City”, and some of the greatest names in comedy instantly come to mind. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the sketch comedy group’s Toronto location. To celebrate, the National Touring Company is taking its revue show on the road. The schedule of performances includes a stop at River Run Centre. The curtain rises for this Main Stage performance on Saturday, January 18 at 8 pm.

The Second City 40th Anniversary Tour celebrates the great Canadian legacy of sketch comedy excellence. The show includes a ‘best of’ collection of some The Second City’s favourite sketches and songs. The repertoire is harvested from work written – and originally performed – by some of the group’s most famous alumni. These classics are blended with a healthy mix of sketches from the Toronto Company’s most recent revue shows, and a peppering of improv.

The show features members of The Second City’s national touring company, including Leigh Cameron, Hayley Kellett, Kevin Whalen, Devon Hyland and Lindsay Mullan. All are seasoned actors and improvisational comedians, and represent some of the finest comedy talent working in Canada today. Veteran stage manager Meg Maguire and musical director Lee Cohen oversee the show’s technical requirements, bringing light, music and sound to this anniversary extravaganza.

The Second City’s Toronto location was launched in 1973. Among the players from this original Canadian lineup were Dan Aykroyd, Joe Flaherty, Jayne Eastwood and Gilda Radner. Other greats to tread the boards at Toronto’s Second City include John Candy, Catherine O’Hara, Andrea Martin, Dave Thomas and Martin Short. Since its inception the theatre has been an incubator for comedic talent, helping to launch the careers of countless actors, comedians, writers and directors. Chances are audiences at the River Run Centre performance may witness a performance by soon-to-be comedy superstars.

Language and content may offend some. Guelph Infiniti Comedy Series is not suitable for children.

Tickets start at $33 for adults and $31 for students and seniors. $5 eyeGO tickets are available for high school students with valid ID. $20 uGO tickets are available to university and college students with valid ID. Tickets are available at the River Run Box Office at 519-763-3000, or online at

Ella Pauls | Manager of Cultural Development
Culture & Tourism| Community & Social Services
City of Guelph
T 519-822-1260 x 2589