The Second City and Nike Sportswear at the Montalbán Collaborate to Benefit Hollywood Media+Arts

Actors from the legendary comedy Second City Theatre to perform in a special benefit performance for Hollywood Media +Arts on Monday, December 15, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 and available through

Los Angeles, CA, November 27, 2008 --( The Second City, legendary comedy theatre company, announced today that it will present “The Best of Second City”, an hour-long sketch comedy revue that will benefit Hollywood Media +Arts. The event is co-sponsored by Nike Sportswear at the Montalbán. The Best of Second City” will be presented one night only The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre, a 750 seat theatre located at 1615 Vine Street on Monday, December 15 at 8:00 p.m.

Scheduled to perform in this show are Larry Joe Campbell (“According to Jim”), Frank Caeti (MADtv) and Nyima Funk (“Chocolate News” and “MTV’s Wild N’ Out” and “Thank God You’re Here) and Maribeth Monroe (“Thank God You’re Here), and other alumni of The Second City resident companies.

Since 1959, The Second City has established itself as a national treasure. The theatre that launched the careers of such comic greats as John Belushi, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrel, Tina Fey, Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, and many others offers nightly comedy shows, as well as a variety of other programs and services in Chicago and Toronto. In Hollywood, the Second City offers top-notch training in improvisation and sketch comedy writing at its Training Center at 6560 Hollywood Boulevard.

Hollywood Media+Arts are a one-of-a-kind arts academy for homeless and foster care young people located in the heart of Hollywood. The Center offers classes in media, music and the commercial arts. Classes emphasize hands-on learning, mentor relationships, teamwork and technical skills. The Hollywood Media+Arts Center hosts a fully equipped recording studio, computer lab and classroom space. Classes are offered at no cost and lead to work-based mentorships, internships, and entry-level work opportunities.

“Experiences with the arts provide young people with a place to feel safe; develop thinking skills; experience accomplishments that lead to improved self-esteem; teach relationship management through group exercises; and help young people master basic educational concepts,” says Dylan Kendall the Executive Director of Hollywood Arts. “The Second City is proud to support Hollywood Media+Arts and its mission to impact the minds and empower the lives of young people through positive experiences in arts-based education,” says Rachel Romanski, Director of The Second City Training Center-Los Angeles.

Tickets are $40 and are available in advance at All proceeds benefit Hollywood Media +Arts. For box office information, call: 323/464-8542.

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The Second City Training Center-Los Angeles
Rachel Romanski
Cell: 312/371-4476