Remember when Tina Fey was on Saturday Night Live? That was awesome. And then remember when she got her own show? “30 Rock” was even more awesome, with extra helpings of the comedy genius of Alec Baldwin. And then she wrote her memoir Bossypants, which shot immediately to the top of just about every bestseller list?
I admit it’s possible that I like Tina Fey a lot (but totally not in a stalker type of way…stop looking at me like that), but it’s her humble beginnings as a touring cast member for The Second City and her scholarly take on the life skills of improv that made Bossypants such an enjoyable read and cemented my admiration of this unique brand of comedy.
I never missed The Second City when traveling to their home base of Chicago or when they toured in Little Rock, and I’m beyond excited The Rep is bringing back America’s famed comedy troupe in October with their “Laugh Out Loud Tour.”
The Second City launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner and Bill Murray, just to name a few, and each season these tours introduce you to the next generation of the comedy world’s best and brightest in an evening of hilarious sketch comedy and Second City’s trademark improvisation.
I am convinced that I’m going to witness the birth of the next Steve Carell or Tina Fey, and I’ll get to say I saw them at The Rep!
The Rep is also bringing back the wildly popular event, BrewHaHa, on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Brews, pizza and lots of laughs with The Second City here at our newly renovated theatre at 601 Main Street and sponsored by the coolest kids on the downtown block, Sync Weekly. Tickets to BrewHaHa are $30 for all seats, but I hear you might win tickets if you watch Sync’s Facebook page.
The Second City will appear on The Rep’s stage Oct. 12 – Oct. 23 for twelve performances only, Wednesday – Sunday. Improv Little Rock will also crash the party as they join the cast of The Second City for a final improv act on Friday, Oct. 14 and Friday, Oct. 21. Tickets are available at tickets.therep.org and range from $25 – $35, with student tickets $15 with a valid student ID.
In fact, The Rep is bringing a comedy celebration of sorts north of the river to Argenta Community Theatre with a band that has appeared locally before in the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase and fans call “Tenacious D on white lightnin’ moonshine.”
10Horse Johnson is a country comedy band that debuted nationally on the legendary Dr. Demento radio show, sang ‘Lord Please Make My Daddy Burt Reynolds’ for the iconic superstar on an NBC sitcom and wrote and performed the Sirius XM Playboy Radio Night Calls theme, ‘Talk Purty to Me.’
10Horse serves up all-original, side-splitting satellite radio and cable TV-ready country. They’ve attracted such players to the group as Mark Hart (‘Crowded House,’ ‘Supertramp’) and the late Jerry Rightmer (‘Sanford-Townsend Band,’ ‘Seals & Croft’). You can read more about 10Horse on their Facebook page.
10Horse Johnson will appear at Argenta Community Theatre for four performances only Oct. 20 – Oct. 22. Tickets are $10 for the Wednesday preview and $20 for the rest of the performances and will be available at tickets.therep.org.
The Rep is bringing the funny in October, so come make laughs with us!