Cold wind blows, Second City does not


Second City comedy visited CSU-Pueblo Thursday, Feb. 4, and they had the crowd rolling with laughter. The cold weather did not prevent the crowd from enjoying the comedy performance.

Photography at this event was not allowed. Photo courtesy of iehillel.org.

Around 100 people showed up to see Second City. The crowd was a mix between students and the Pueblo community. Some of the audience picked up a small handheld megaphone at the entrance so the improv group could hear their voices. The audience gave Second City a big welcoming to CSU-Pueblo.

Second City warmed up the crowd by performing a short series of various scenes. The first scene was in an airplane where a flight attendant warned the passengers to buckle up and woke up two men sleeping.

“Captain we need you to wake up to land the plane.”

There were multiple short scenes like this and the crowd cracked up in laughter.

These short scenes were followed by an improv skit that involved each cast member but they weren’t allowed to speak until they were pointed at by the lead cast member. Their objective was to tell a story about Taco Bell. The audience chose this story. They decided the story was a drama and then later as if it was written by Stephen King.

Six more skits followed this scene, which were of a variety of topics. Two of them were songs, one about a break up the other about ironic situations. Second City had an improv scene that involved a bell that could rewind the story back and they had to make up new jokes. The scene picked by the crowd for this improv was in a Jamaican dormitory.

After a short intermission, Second City came back with 10 more skits. These skits changed periodically from a scene of a doctor and a patient imitating each other to a political song with a Tea Party member and an “Occupy Wall Street” advocate. These skits ranged from short snippets to lengthy scenes.

There were 23 skits and the final skit was of a man who sat center stage and wrote the scene on the stage as it happened. It was set in the 1930s. The cast grabbed an audience member and incorporated him into the skit. Second City gave him a Pepsi at the end of the bit as a reward for being part of it.

The crowd gave Second City a standing ovation and seemed to have really enjoyed themselves.

 “I really don’t have a favorite bit,” said Trevor Swank, a freshman at CSU-Pueblo, “Collectively, the show was good.”