"They Used to Have More Chairs"
Never let it be said that sketch comedy is a young person’s game. At Second City Sunday night, after the mainstage show, alumni from 1968 to 1972 reunited to perform a surprise set of classic scenes. The perfomance included such noteworthy Second City veterans as Joe Flaherty, Brian Doyle-Murray and Harold Ramis, who played the hour-long set to a packed house. The setlist included scenes that have become staples of the Second City touring companies, including “Funeral,” in which mourners try to stifle their amusement at their friend’s undignified demise, and “PTA,” which sends the cast out into the house to simulate the chaos that ensues after the topic of sex education is introduced at a PTA meeting.
Although the scenes themselves were almost forty years old, much of the humor arose from the random attempts to update the settings. References to iPod Docks clashed hilariously with comments about four-dollar movie tickets and the draft. Some of the scenes had been created by Jim Belushi, David Blum and director Del Close, to whom the evening was dedicated.
Second City celebrates its fiftieth anniversary next year, so there’s a chance that there will be a few more nights like this in the future.