It’s common knowledge that Saturday Night Live produces great comedians. But where does Saturday Night Live find its cast? 

The Second City Improv Group is the answer, and they’re coming to Blacksburg as part of the Virginia Tech Union’s spring performances.

The current class of the troupe that The New York Times called the “Harvard of humor” will take the stage in Burruss Hall Auditorium at Virginia Tech on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. 

Tickets, which are available at the ticket office in Squires Student Center and online, are $20 for general admission, $17 for Virginia Tech faculty and staff, $11 for children, and $7 for Virginia Tech students.

The Second City Improv Group, based in Chicago, has a long, reputable history of sketch comedy. In the company’s 50 year history the alumni list has grown to include great classic comedians as well as some of the biggest names making us laugh today. Before John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and Gilda Radner starred as three original cast members on Saturday Night Live, they worked with Second City. Before Mike Myers was the international man of mystery and a giant, green ogre, he was on stage in Chicago performing with Second City. The list goes on, and today’s Second City cast features some of the brightest, up-and-coming funny faces in the entertainment industry. 

Second City combines a series of comedic sketches and improvisation into their work. The current tour features the “Fair and Unbalanced” show. The audience can expect smart, witty humor and big laughs.

Virginia Tech Union  is the largest programming organization at Virginia Tech hosting more than 60 events each academic year. Founded in 1969, Virginia Tech Union’s mission is to provide quality educational and social entertainment that represents the diverse culture of Virginia Tech’s students and its community. In addition, the Virginia Tech Union enhances Virginia Tech students’ out-of-classroom experience through leadership and volunteer opportunities. Virginia Tech Union  is advised by the Virginia Tech Department of Student Activities, part of University Unions and Student Activities, a unit within the Division of Student Affairs. More information about Virginia Tech Union's spring schedule is available at the Virginia Tech Union  website.

The Division of Student Affairs at Virginia Tech encompasses departments dedicated to providing a rich co-curricular experience and essential student services. Virtually every aspect of a student's life outside the classroom is represented through the division's departments.

By Leigh Ann Benson of Wrentham, Mass. a senior majoring in English in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

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