Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The Second City and Nike Sportswear Collaborate to Benefit Hollywood Media+Arts

LOS ANGELES — The Second City, a comedy theater company, will present “The Best of Second City," an hour-long sketch comedy revue to benefit Hollywood Media +Arts. The event is co-sponsored by Nike Sportswear. The show will be presented one night only at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15 at the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre, a 750 seat-theater located at 1615 Vine Street.

Scheduled to perform are Larry Joe Campbell (“According to Jim”), Frank Caeti ("MADtv") and Nyima Funk (“Chocolate News” and “MTV’s Wild N’ Out”) Maribeth Monroe (“Thank God You’re Here"), and other alumni of The Second City resident companies.

The Second City has launched the careers of such comic greats as John Belushi, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, and many others. In Hollywood, the Second City offers top-notch training in improvisation and sketch comedy writing at its Hollywood Boulevard training center.

Hollywood Media+Arts is a one-of-a-kind arts academy for homeless and foster care young people located in the heart of Hollywood. The center offers classes in media, music and the commercial arts. Classes emphasize hands-on learning, mentor relationships, teamwork and technical skills. The Hollywood Media+Arts Center hosts a fully equipped recording studio, computer lab and classroom space. Classes are offered at no cost and lead to work-based mentorships, internships, and entry-level work opportunities.

“The Second City is proud to support Hollywood Media+Arts and its mission to impact the minds and empower the lives of young people through positive experiences in arts-based education,” said Rachel Romanski, director of The Second City Training Center-Los Angeles.

Tickets are $40 and are available in advance at www.etix.com. All proceeds benefit Hollywood Media +Arts.

This event is a nice way for The Second City to benefit a non-profit with ties to arts-based education for needy young people. Kudos also to Nike Sportswear for its support.

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