I’m a little embarrassed to say that I haven’t personally attended Second City’s Letters to Santa event in a few years, but it’s only because it’s annually scheduled alongside Newcity’s weekly production schedule, making it physically impossible. That said, each year has offered a spectacular range of entertainment.
The premise: twenty-four straight hours of improv by SC performers and alumni, plus special guests, musical and otherwise, scattered throughout. Jeff Tweedy’s performed over the last handful of years, and auctions off a private performance for you and your friends every year. (All proceeds for the event provide holiday gifts for needy children.) This year, alongside Tweedy, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Robbie Fulks, The Mountain Goats, Nina Nastasia and more perform. (Tom Lynch)
More details follow in the press release.
SECOND CITY HOSTS ANNUAL 24-HOUR IMPROV BENEFIT TO WRAP UP ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 2, 2009 Chicago, IL —– The Second City is proud to announce the 8th annual event: “The Second City That Never Sleeps: Letters to Santa” – 24 consecutive hours of improvisation by Second City performers and alumni featuring a variety of special guest artists – a tradition that provides presents for needy children during the holiday season and this year wraps up a weekend of events around The Second City ‘s 50th Anniversary.
Doors will open at 5:45pm. The show will begin on Tuesday, December 15th in The Second City e.t.c. (1608 N. Wells St, 2nd Floor of Piper’s Alley) at 6:00pm and will conclude on Wednesday, December 16th at 6:00pm.
An ensemble of Chicago’s best known improvisers (along with alumni of The Second City) will take the stage for an entire 24-hour period. Improvisational games, scenes, songs, monologues and random acts of weirdness inspired by sleep deprivation will accompany performances by such artists as Robbie Fulks, Jeff Tweedy, UCB’s ASSSCAT, Bonnie Prince Billy, The Mountain Goats and The Blisters.
|12/13/09 – 7:00pm||Jeff Tweedy|
|12/13/09 – 10:00pm||Robbie Fulks|
|12/14/09 – 12:00am||UCB’s Asssscat with Matt Walsh, Horatio Sanz and Chicago friends|
|12/14/09 – 3:00am||Flash-mob Marching Band|
|12/14/09 – 6:00am||Bonnie Prince Billy|
|12/14/09 – 7:30am||BabyCo|
|12/14/09 – 12:00p||Nina Nastasia|
|12/14/09 – 2:00pm||The Mountain Goats|
|12/14/09 – 4:30pm||The Blisters|
Tickets for “The Second City That Never Sleeps: Letters to Santa” are $15.00 for the 24 hour period and can be purchased at the door. The event is open to all ages. Alcohol will be available to those 21 years and older from 6:00p-2:00a and from noon-6:00pm.
In addition to raffle prizes offered during the event, there will also be an auction to win a private performance with Jeff Tweedy.