After ten hectic days in New York City, I flew to Chicago. If I was going to be in America on an Improv expedition, of course I had to visit the birthplace of longform Improv. I spent a week in Chicago and took a level one sketch writing class at Second City – a world famous theater and training center that has been around for fifty years. I’ve never really fancied myself a sketch writer but I definitely wanted to get a taste of how Second City operates so that’s the one I enrolled in.
About two months ago I returned home to Australia from a massive trip around the United States. The major thing that drew me to America in the first place was my love for Improv so my trip revolved around visiting arty cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles to take classes, see shows and perform. As my post-vacation sadness begins to subside, now seems as good a time as ever to document my adventures. I will begin by recounting my time in New York City and the Del Close Marathon.