Second City comedy troupe can still make you laugh out loud

Eric Daft, Clarion Staff

The Second City, who have had famous past members such as John Belushi, Bill Murray, and Dan Aykroyd, have continued on a legacy of excellent humor with the members participating now. Keeping up with sketches that have been done by those famous comedians and more recent comedic geniuses such as Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey and even Wisconsin’s own Chris Farley, The Second City comedy troupe hasn’t lost a step without those big names and on March 24 proved that some jokes simply don’t get old.

On their Laugh Out Loud tour the group stopped in at the Overture Hall on State Street to amuse the masses of Madison, Wisconsin. Covering many different topics, the troupe maintained the interest of their crowd throughout the entire performance. They covered many different topics, such as religion and marriage.

It seemed that the comedians – Shad Kunkle, Kate Lambert, Eddie Mujica, Nick Rees and Emily Walker – each had their own specialties. Throughout the night Nick Rees proved his expertise at improvisation, at one point even making the rest of the troupe break character due to uncontrolled laughter. With a talent that the average person would not expect from a comedy troupe, Kate Lambert wowed the audience with her spectacular singing abilities. And it seemed from an observer’s perspective that the eldest, Shad Kunkle really kept the group together, giving an outstanding performance whenever he was on stage.

The troupe’s show was excellent overall. When they first began it seemed that the audience took some time to warm up to the group, with only sparse laughs here and there. After continued skits of great success though, the crowd was very much intrigued which was only helped by the troupe asking the audience for ideas for improvisations.

After the intermission ended and the second part of the show began, the audience was once again seemingly reluctant to laugh at the early jokes. However, the troupe was simply lolling the audience into a false sense of calm before unleashing their best skits of the night. There were multiple times that the performers had to pause for an extended period of time while the entire audience erupted with laughter.

After they finished their last skit they bowed and the show was seemingly done. People slowly began to file out, missing what was undoubtedly the best part of the entire show. Instead of ending, the troupe asked the audience for help in setting up scenes for their improvisation. This was truly were the show excelled. A couple of the members of the troupe faltered a bit without rehearsed lines but Nick Rees stole the show with his wit. To cap off the night the troupe invited a group of UW-Madison students to do the last skit with them, ending the night with a roar of applause.