Second City

When: Fri., Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m. 2012

When it comes to sketch comedy troupes, the Chicago-born Second City is pretty renowned. Not only has it continued to thrive since the mid-1980s, with training centers expanded to bases in Toronto and Los Angeles, but it boasts an impressive roster of alumni, including the likes of Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Martin Short, Bill Murray, Chris Farley and Mike Myers. That said, current members of the group are touring with a special, election-themed show, titled "Second City for President." It stops in nearby Rock Hill for two performances on Aug. 31 & Sept. 1. The troupe, whose comedic abilities undoubtedly upstage their political prestige, will address issues related to Republican and Democratic parties and venture into sketchy, unrelated territory — because let’s face it, we could all use a break from politics and some laughter before the Democratic National Convention disrupts our daily lives.

Anita Overcash

Price: $40-$45

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