From the Wrigley Field bleachers to Rod Blagojevich’s jail cell, Chicago is fertile ground for satire.
And no one has more dirt on The Second City than The Second City.
Pulling from a 52-year history cracking wise in Old Town, The Second City pulls no punches in a merciless lampooning of the city in What the Tour Guide Didn’t Tell You: A Chicago Revue.
The 90-minute show starts out with a Tennessee couple meeting a local realtor as they try to decide where to move. Wrigleyville? Only if you like body fluids on your doorstep. Logan Square? If you’re an artist whose given up on their dream.
A fake newscast mentions how the South Side parade was shut down for drunken hooliganism, which begs the question: if that’s the criteria for closing down local events, you’d have to close every party in town... including the New Trier prom.
Mayor Daley cries after Chicago loses the Olympics, while the “Hebrew hitman” Rahm Emanuel threatens to rub his privates on the furniture when things don’t go his way.
And the show gives cheers to Chicago summer, one of the three best days of the year.
What the Tour Guide Didn’t Tell You: A Chicago Revue
Tuesdays 8p; Saturdays & Sundays 4p
UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave. (at Wells), Old Town
Price: $35.50 here
Subway: Brown Line to Sedgwick
Nearby: Old Town Ale House; Kamehachi; Old Town Pour House
photo courtesy Samuel Roberson