Roy Wood Jr. PHOTO COURTESY WMPAC

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A weekend of comedy at WMPAC

There is plenty to laugh about at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center. The Center is hosting an upcoming weekend of improv and stand-up comedy, beginning with a performance by the legendary sketch comedy group The Second City on Jan. 7, and moving on to a standup performance by Roy Wood, Jr on Jan. 8.

The Second City first came to WMPAC in 2014, and returns six years later for an encore show. The improv comedy group was founded in Chicago in 1959, and has launched the careers of countless major comic actors, including Steve Carrell, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Jason Sudekis, Aidy Bryant, Bill Murray, and many more.

“The Second City IS American comedy. They’re a pipeline to careers on Saturday Night Live, and for good reason: they’re absolutely hysterical,” said John Zirkle, WMPAC’s executive director.

After the runaway success of their shows and classes in Chicago, the theater group opened satellite branches in Toronto and Hollywood. They have touring groups with various current members, and will bring down the house in Big Sky on the first night of the Center’s comedy weekend. The show is recommended for audiences 16 and up.

On Saturday, Jan. 8, Roy Wood, Jr will take the stage to perform his incredibly sharp stand-up. Wood Jr was a long-time correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and has recorded two stand-up specials with Comedy Central. His comedy is known for being incisive and witty, and he delivers it with his signature deadpan style. Wood Jr’s comedy is geared for adults over 18, so leave the kids at home and enjoy a night out with friends.

WMPAC has enacted a series of guidelines in line with those of other national performing arts centers to keep our community as safe as possible in the midst of this ongoing pandemic. Upon arriving, guests will be asked to show either proof of a negative COVID test result within 72 hours of the show or proof of vaccination. To streamline the process, WMPAC is encouraging ticket holders to download and use the MyBindle app, which will turn it into a one-step process. All guests will be asked to wear a mask for the duration of the performance, as is consistent with local school district policies.

If audience members feel more comfortable seeing a show from home, they are able to do so thanks to WMPAC’s advanced streaming infrastructure, which they installed during the pandemic. Guests are able to purchase a live streaming experience or tickets to see a show in-person at warrenmillerpac.org.

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