published Friday, October 12th, 2012

'Second City for President' offers equal-opportunity lampooners


What: "Second City for President."

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Where: Roland Hayes Concert Hall, UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St.

Admission: $22 adults, $19 seniors (ages 60-up), $15 students.

Phone: 425-4269.

Ready for more hope and change? Or tired of that hope-y change-y thing?

The comedy revue "Second City for President," coming Tuesday to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as part of the Patten Performances series, will skewer both sides of the political aisle with its pro-comedy platform.

"We definitely try to lampoon both sides," said Emily Walker, a member of the six-person, Chicago-based team. "That [equanimity] is the country we live in. We want to be a mirror to everyone and put a light spin on all of it."

The show, done in the style of "Saturday Night Live," which has throughout its run employed many Second City veterans, will includes sketches, jokes, archival songs and original songs.

"It's a little bit of everything ... under a political umbrella," Walker said. "We try to make it look cohesive like you're going to a theatrical event. The pieces come together so there's a flow to it."

Some of the sketches talk about the presidential candidates of the two major parties, the different types of voters, reasons why or why not to vote and how events of today might be seen in the lens of the 1950s.

Walker said about 30 percent of the show -- done by three men, two women and a musical director -- is improvisation, so the actor/writers get the opportunity to intersperse material from current political events like the presidential debates.

"It's broad humor ribbing all politicians," she said. "It's nice to be able to take advantage of this political climate. It's mostly presidential, but it's material everyone can relate to or have an opinion about."

Walker said the improv portion of the show also allows them to try out new material such as from the upcoming holiday show they're writing.

"It's the best way of figuring out what works and what doesn't," she said.

about Clint Cooper...

Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...

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