The Second City National Touring Company is bringing its “best of” show to Spokane on Wednesday for an evening of sketch comedy, improv and a whole lot of laughs. The show features a series of sketches and songs written and made famous by veterans of the Second City including Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell.
The Second City is known for its simultaneously believable and wild characters.
“When you create a character there’s a very thin veil,” touring cast member Sarah Dell’Amico said. “A great example would be Michael Scott from ‘The Office,’ Steve Carell’s character. Michael Scott is still a character but he could exist in the real world.”
Dell’Amico has been with the group since 2017. Dell’Amico never had any interest in straight plays but always knew she wanted to be on stage.
“I’m an improv kid through and through,” Dell’Amico said. “Theater was never really my thing but I found improv and it was great … it’s whatever you feel in that moment. (As) a traditional theater actor … you know your place, you know your line’s coming next and there’s nothing unexpected. I expect the unexpected. I enjoy the controlled chaos of it.”
Improv and comedy came naturally to Dell’Amico and an early love for “Saturday Night Live” inspired her to follow the passion she had for the artform.
“That was always something I wanted to do and be a part of and every time I watched that show I knew it was my calling,” Dell’Amico said. “I love to perform. I love making people laugh.”
She found the Second City and fell in love.
“The joy of this job is that you get to do what you love to do … you’re seeing new places and the people you tour with really become your family,” Dell’Amico said.
Traveling with the group has a few cons. Long drives and not being able to see family for long stretches of time can be trying for cast members. But the positives far outweigh the negatives.
“I like to make people laugh and feel good and come to the show for two hours without worrying,” she said. “We have their attention and I feel the most fulfillment when I’m like ‘maybe they’ve had a hard day and they come to the show and we can make that go away for a little bit.’ ”
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