Review: Second City at The Dogwood
Where: Dogwood Center Main Stage
When: Saturday September 9th
By Megan Wirts
The legendary Second City came to the Dogwood Center for Performing Arts this past weekend with their Cure for the Common Comedy and if you missed the show, well, you shouldn’t have. This is the first time that the touring company has made its way to Fremont and we hope it won’t be the last. Fast paced and energetic, the cast of six funny people kept the audience laughing and entertained with a mix of sketch comedy and improv.
Founded in 1959, Second City has been making people laugh for 58 years. With humble beginnings in the city of Chicago, Second City is now a comedic juggernaut that boasts former cast members like Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and so many more. The comedic stars of tomorrow are made at Second City and it was obvious that we were seeing some of them up close and personal.
With only a few chairs as props, the cast took the audience on a hilarious ride for nearly two hours. The show was full of scripted sketches, quick one liners and a little bit of improv. As we took our seats in the beautiful main stage auditorium of the Dogwood Center, my husband and I were ready to laugh and we were not disappointed.
Immediately as the lights went up it was obvious that we were in for a treat. The cast members consisted of E. J. Cameron, Mark Campbell, Saurabh Pande, Emma Pope and Amy Thompson. Each one with excellent comedic timing and wit, but the standouts to me were Emma Pope and Mark Campbell. At one-point Campbell does one of the best impressions of an inflatable tube man that you see outside of a car dealership, that I have ever seen. Pope and Campbell were also a very convincing and hilarious pair of embarrassing mid-western parents that would say things like “self-defecating” instead of “self-deprecating” and wore their pants so high up on their waists it didn’t leave much to the imagination. Then there was Pope and Cameron’s rendition of Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” during an awkward work party that left my husband and I in stitches.
The cast members excelled during their sketch comedy skits, but it was the improvisational parts that really left me laughing. With suggestions from the audience and no script, you never knew where a scene is about to go. I’m pretty sure Fremont is one of the only places that the cast will hear “polka” when the audience is asked to give a musical genre suggestion.
The night was a success for the Dogwood Center and the members of The Second City’s Cure for the Common Comedy. Laughter really is the best medicine and comedy is definitely the cure.
In addition to being one of the area’s most popular (and funny) stand up comics Ms Wirts is a wife, mother, friend to many , Dystonia activist and regular N3 columnist.
She will be sharing her intriguing brand of comedy in an appearance at the Fremont Harvest Fest in October.
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