Unelectable You Circa 2016
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Unfortunately for us, the candidate we all thought was unelectable, was elected.
Slate Presents Unelectable You: The Second City's Completely Unbiased Political Revue
Wouldn’t you like to take this whole election process and rip it apart with your bare hands? Why not let Second City and Slate do it for you!
Yes, Second City and Slate present Unelectable You: The Second City’s Completely Unbiased Political Revue, a fast-paced combination of sketch, improv, music and multi-media taking a hard-hitting look at our election process. We’re stuck with two of the least popular candidates in election history, and many people will be using this election not to vote for someone, but against. From breaking down Hillary and Donald, to exploring the media circus, to looking at ourselves to see if we’re the problem, this show will examine what it means to be electable – or not.
120 minutes with a brief intermission.
Recommended for ages 16 and up.
About The Second City: Beginning as a small cabaret theater on Chicago’s north side in 1959, The Second City has grown to become a comedy empire, building a robust $55+ million business based on its core improvisational methodologies. Resident theaters in Chicago and Toronto create topical sketch comedy revues that satirize politics, culture and news of the day. Additionally, Second City performs thousands of shows each year in regional theaters, colleges, performing arts centers. Beyond its stages, The Second City created the foremost school of improvisation-based arts in the world with training facilities in Chicago, Toronto and Los Angeles that currently enrolls over 11,000 students annually; a corporate division that works with hundreds of Fortune 500 companies in areas of training, marketing, entertainment and brand services; and The Second City’s forays into television and new media include the classic, Emmy Award-winning comedy series SCTV and continues to produce new content and programming.
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A Few Thoughts: Remember the tag line for Unelectable You: The Second City's Completely Unbiased Political Review: Wouldn’t you like to take this whole election process and rip it apart with your bare hands? Why not let Second City and Slate do it for you! Well, here we go again as 2019 winds down and the #!!%% show which is the Trump's administration is spewing it out every day. When you think things couldn't get any worse, that Trump and the GOP could go any lower, it's another day of bombshell revelations of incompetence and corruption. As I sit at the outpatient alcohol treatment center I check my phone to see how the impeachment process is going. This might be my last day here at the treatment center. I found an online site last week called LifeBac that has a slightly different approach to dealing with excessive drinking. Sure they have pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy components to their program, BUT they are not a rehab or treatment clinic, but a collection of modern, science-based tools to empower people to get their drinking under control from the privacy of your home. You have online doctor visits, with follow up in-app medication reminders and check-ins. The medication, baclofen, is delivered discreetly to your door. While commonly used to treat multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries, baclofen is still undergoing testing in the US as a treatment for alcoholism. However, doctors in Europe have been prescribing, for quite a while, baclofen as the primary treatment for people who drink excessively. LifeBac's holistic solution lets a person cut back his/her drinking by themself and in private. Baclofen removes alcohol cravings helping a person to unwind their deeply ingrained habit before it's too late. I want to check with my doc to see if I can take baclofen since people with certain health conditions such as epilepsy, ulcers, heart-related ailments, or psychological conditions (such as depression and anxiety disorders) may also experience adverse effects when taking it. And quite honestly, with Trump in the White House who doesn't feel depressed or anxious.
So Second City what is going to be your encore for the 2020 elections. I'm waiting!
Cody Dove is thankful for performing during this election season when every day feels like Comedy Christmas. He can seen in the film “The Yank” acting alongside Fred Willard and Colm Meaney – and has improvised onstage with everyone from Colin Mochrie to Bob Odenkirk. His credits with The Second City include: “The Second City’s Improv All Stars,” “The Second City’s History of Chicago,” “The Second City 2: Less Pride More Pork” for Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park, Arizona Theater Company’s “The Second City Does Arizona,” and four main stage revues for The Second City Cleveland. He’s proud to be from the great state of New Mexico. Thank you MDC.
Carisa Barreca is thrilled to join the cast of Unelectable You. Carisa is an alumni of the Second City e.t.c Stage where she performed in three resident stage revues. She was also honored to work with Second City at Lyric Opera with Patrick Stewart and Renee Fleming in The Second City’s Guide to the Opera and most recently in the Second City collaboration with Hubbard Street in The Art of Falling. She was awarded “Best Actress” from The Midwest Filmfest for her webseries Doomsdate (www.Doomsdateseries.com). Sincere thanks to The Second City, The Producers, This Amazing Cast, Friends, Family, and Kevin. Follow her candy fueled tweets, instagrams, snapchats @cinderisa.
FRANK CAETI Second City credits: National Touring Company, resident company Chicago and Las Vegas. Regional Theater credits include: Goodman Theatre, Center Theatre Group Los Angeles, La Jolla Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, and Dallas Theater Center. TV credits include: MADtv (Series Regular), Modern Family, Key & Peele, The Hotwives of Orlando, Adam Ruins Everything, Reno 911, and NCIS. Sketch/Improv: Just for Laughs Montreal, Upright Citizens Brigade, iO, iO West, The Second City Hollywood, and one half of the acclaimed duo FrankenMatt. www.frankcaeti.com @frankcaeti
Ian Owens grew up in Cocoa Beach Florida. He began performing stand-up comedy in Los Angeles in 2009. He studied and performed at The Second City, Los Angeles before being hired as an actor at Boom Chicago in Amsterdam. His Briggs Myers test score is ENTP. He is unsure of what that means.
Tien Tran is a Chicago-based comedian and proud 2016 Second City Bob Curry Fellow. She got her start in comedy as an undergrad at Boston College and has spent the last six years performing with the sketch group Astronaut Theatre at festivals and venues around the country. As a stand-up, she’s performed at showcases throughout the city and was most recently featured at the 2016 Second City NBCUniversal Break Out Comedy Festival. She would like to thank her friends & family, her comedy family, and her Erin & Russ for everything. You can follow her @HankTina
Alan Linic is a happy to join this all-star cast as part of Unelectable You. He is an alumnus of the Second City Touring Company, and can be seen performing at Chicago’s UP Comedy Club, iO Theater, and online as part of Calamity Group Comedy. He and his wife, Claire, have a book coming out in October called “Our Perfect Marriage.” Follow the two of them at their joint Twitter @WeFoughtAbout and Alan unelectableyouividually @AlanLinic.
Matt Hovde’s Directing credits include the 100th Revue Who Do We Think We Are?; Sky’s The Limit (Weather Permitting); Studs Terkel’s Not Working (Jeff Winner – Best Director); America: All Better!; Rod Blagojevich Superstar!; Campaign Supernova; Between Barack and a Hard Place; and The Best of The Second City. He is the Artistic Director of the Second City Training Center, and is a founder of the Galileo Players sketch group. Matt was born in Chicago, grew up in Omaha, and graduated from TCU. He thanks Mick, Richard, and Pegi for inspiration and his family for their support. He enjoys games, science, and sandwiches.
Steve Waltien originally hails from Vermont. He performs regularly all over the world with The Improvised Shakespeare Company and on Tuesday nights at iO in a two-person improv show with Rush Howell. Steve has written and performed three revues on The Second City Mainstage as well as two critically acclaimed sketch shows at iO and UCB with his writing partner, Daily Show corespondent Jordan Klepper. Their first show was named ‘the best sketch show of the year’ by the Chicago Tribune. Steve also created and performed the Del Close award-winning solo show ‘Scenes With Ghosts.’ Steve was lucky to be a part of the Mr. Show Reunion with Bob Odenkirk and David Cross at the Just For Laughs Festival in Chicago in 2009. TV credits include Chicago PD, BTN’s Friday Night Tailgate and The Second CIty Project- a new sketch comedy show from The Second City. Steve is a member of the teaching faculty at iO and The Second City. Love to Mom, Dad, Ali, Kate and Thomas.
DAN KOIS is the culture editor of Slate and the co-host of Slate’s parenting podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting. Dan is also a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and the author of the book “Facing Future,” about the Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. “The World Only Spins Forward,” his history of “Angels in America” co-written with Isaac Butler, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2018; his memoir of parenting around the world, “How to Be a Family,” will be published by Little, Brown in 2019. A onetime performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York, Dan now lives in Arlington, VA. @dankois.
TYLER ALEXANDER – (Vice President of Brand & Marketing) After studying Arts & Entertainment Management at Columbia College, Tyler took a brief sabbatical from the entertainment business to attend professional flight school earning his licenses in both rotorcraft and fixed wing aircraft. Tyler Alexander returned to his first love, The Second City, in 2011 working with The Second City Network, Second City’s acclaimed digital portal. Currently serving as Vice President of Brand & Marketing for The Second City, Inc., Tyler oversees Second City’s Marketing strategy.
Billy Bungeroth is a director and musician who is proud to call Chicago his home. He is a resident director, creative director, and artistic consultant at The Second City. His dark comedies have been staged throughout the country, including La Jolla Playhouse, Atlanta’s Alliance Theater, and Woolly Mammoth in DC. His work with Lyric Opera won him a Joseph Jefferson Award. As a musician he has performed throughout the world, playing Lollapalooza, ACL, and others. He has had the honor of directing & performing with a disperse assortment of today’s top entertainers from a wide variety of disciplines Fred Armisen, Aubrey Plaza, Renee Fleming, Phish, Patrick Stewart, Jeff Tweedy, to name a few.
Marla Caceres is a writer for the Second City. She has worked on numerous Second City video and theatrical productions, as well as projects for dozens of corporate clients. As an improviser and actor, Marla has performed in Second City shows in La Jolla, Miami, and at sea with the NCL Dawn and Spirit. Marla is also a founding member of Whirled News Tonight, an improvised political satire show that’s been running for 13 years at the iO Chicago.
ED FURMAN – Chicago native Ed Furman is a founding member of the Annoyance Theater where he co-created numerous shows including Co-ed Prison Sluts and Donkey Improv. He is an alumni of the Second City Mainstage and has co-authored the shows Rod Blagojevich: Superstar!, Rush Limbaugh: the Musical and Lanyard Skynerd with TJ Shanoff. Ed has written city specific shows for Second City Theatricals for cities including Dallas, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia. He was part of the duo Trainwreck with Dan Bakkedahl and author of the one-act play Doublewide Lust.
SCOTT MOREHEAD is currently appearing in his second revue on The Second City e.t..c stage. He was previously seen in Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? and has also performed with The Second City’s Touring Company (Mighty, Mighty!), The Improvised Shakespeare Company, Baby Wants Candy and at iO with The Late 90’s. He’d like to thank his family & friends for their support and every wonderful soul at THe Second City. The most special of thanks to his wife, Karisa, and his impossibly perfect son, Grayson. For a closer look: @moremorehead
CARLEY MOSELEY is thrilled to work with The Second City. A New Jersey native, Carley moved to Chicago after graduating from Vassar College. She has studied and performed at the Second City Training Center, the iO Theater, and Redtwist Theatre. Carley plays with Lola at iO and tweets @carleymoseley. Special thanks to family and friends for being so great!
JOHN THIBODEAUX got his start with The Second City performing in three Outreach and Diversity reviews; Eat Pray Lie, Rahm Wasn’t Build in a Day, and Barackolypse Now. You also may have seen him understudy in the Mainstage revue South Side of Heaven. You can see him at the iO Theater performing with The Improvised Shakespeare Company and 3Peat. He wrote and performed a one man show entitled Ebony Man in an Ivory Tower at The Bughouse theater. He also has co-created a TV pilot called The StartUp which won the CW Seed development deal at the New York Television Festival in 2013. Follow him on twitter; @john_thibodeaux
Chief Political Correspondent
Jamelle Bouie is a Slate’s chief political correspondent. He covers politics, policy, and race. He is also a political analyst for CBS News.
Faith Smith is Slate’s executive producer for live programming where she leads all events and gatherings for Slate, Panoply, and Slate Custom. Before joining Slate, she was the director of events and external relations at New America, a nonpartisan think tank.
Editor in Chief
Julia Turner is Slate‘s editor in chief. Working from Slate‘s New York office, she oversees the magazine and edits pieces on technology, culture, and design. She also writes regularly for the magazine and is one of the hosts of Slate’s weekly Culture Gabfest podcast. Before joining Slate, she worked at Time Inc.—first in magazine development and later at Sports Illustrated Women.
RAQUEL ADORNO (Costume Design) is a designer living in Chicago. Credits include We Gotta Bingo (Chicago Theatre Works),Cymbeline (Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre), Motel 666 (WildClaw Theatre), The Jacksonian, Our New Girl, Genius, The Other Place, The Cryptogram, Reasons to Be Happy, Annapurna, Cock, Gidion’s Knot, In God’s Hat, In the Company of Men, The Dream of the Burning Boy and four productions ofHellcab (Profiles Theatre); Murder Ballad, Princess Mary Demands Your Attention, and CARRIE: The Musical (Bailiwick Chicago); Angry Fags (Steppenwolf Garage), Book of Merman, The Submission, Some Men, Songs from an Unmade Bed, andThe All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret (Pride Films and Plays);Barefoot in the Park, Crimes of the Heart, Dead Accounts, three productions of HoliDAZE, Darlin’, and The BenchMark (Step Up Productions); Dust (Lower Case Theatre), Scenes from an Execution (Runcible Theatre Company), Robin Hood and Maid Maria, The Long Christmas Ride Home, Desperate Dolls (Strawdog Theatre Company), Trafford Tanzi and Patria Libre (Prologue Theatre Company).
William is a Chicago-based scenic designer who is thrilled to make his Second City debut. Recent regional/ international work includes Cardboard Piano with Actors Theater of Louisville and The Snow Dragon with Opera Siam in Bangkok. He has worked with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Wolftrap Opera, Pig Iron Theater Company, The Hypocrites, American Theater Company, A Red Orchid Theatre, Sideshow, First Floor Theater, and Opera Northwestern, amongst others. See more of his work at williambolesdesign.com.
Sound and Composition
Design/Composition credits with Second City include five original revues as resident musical director of the Main and e.t.c. stages in Chicago, and the Jeff Award-winning The Second City Guide to the Opera. Additionally he’s made music and sound for a wide variety of short films, pilots, theatrical productions, web series, and documentaries, and his credits as a producer include a bloated, overindulgent rap album by T.J. Miller for Comedy Central Records. Hear it all at www.iamjessecase.com.
Heather Gilbert (Lighting Designer) ’s lighting designs have been seen on manyChicago stages including The Hypocrites, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, CourtTheatre, Steep Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Writers’Theatre, About Face Theatre, and countless storefronts. Regional: OregonShakespeare Festival, American Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Rep, Milwaukee Rep,Huntington Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Alley Theatre, Berkeley Rep, andActors Theatre of Louisville. International: the Almeida in London. Heather received theNEA/TCG Career Development Grant and the 3Arts Award. Heather serves as theHead of Lighting Design at Columbia College Chicago, and received her MFA at theTheatre School. She is a member of The Hypocrites community.
Mike Tutaj (Projection Design) joins Second City again on this production having designed projections for the Mainstage Revues “Let Them Eat Chaos” and “Depraved New World.” Based in Chicago, Mr. Tutaj has designed projections for The Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Steppenwolf Theatre, Court Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, and many more. Mr. Tutaj is an artistic associate with TimeLine Theatre Company and an adjunct professor in the Theatre Department of Columbia College Chicago.
July 28 – August 28, 2016
UP Comedy Club
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Stocker Arts Center
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Creative Arts Theater
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River Center for the Performing Arts
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Mattie Kelly Arts Center
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Ft. Pierce, FL
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Straz Center for the Performing Arts
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Charleston Gaillard Center
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Givens Performing Arts Center
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The Hanover Theater
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Veterans Memorial Theatre
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Port Huron, MI
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The Kennedy Center
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Newport News, VA
Ferguson Center for the Arts
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Des Moines, IA
Des Moines Performing Arts
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Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts
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Cedar Falls, IA
Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
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Bloomington Performing Arts Center
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New London, CT
Garde Arts Center
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Mesa Arts Center
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Fox Performing Arts Center