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LOL with Chicago’s Second City

Brace yourself for major laughs, as the famed comedy troupe comes to San Diego


Travis Turner, Frank Caeti, and Andel Sudik in The Good, the Bad, and the I-5
From left to right: Travis Turner, Frank Caeti, and Andel Sudik in The Good, the Bad, and the I-5

Chicago’s famous sketch comedy troupe The Second City is currently performing a San Diego-themed show at the La Jolla Playhouse. It’s called The Good, the Bad, and the I-5.

In our annual list of the Best of San Diego, we cited this production as “the Best Show to Laugh at Ourselves.” And it definitely lives up to the hype.

There’s Filner fodder a plenty, plus jokes about East County, the La Jolla seals, Shamu, and so much more. No zip code or zoo animal is safe.

Warning: Audience participation is a big part of the show. And if you’re seated in the first few rows, you might get pulled on stage or interviewed during one of the question and answer sketches. The cast members are masters of improvisation, which makes for lots of laughs. But if this is the kind of thing that makes you anxious, request seats in the back.

The cast of The Good, the Bad, and the I-5
The cast of the Good, the Bad, and the I-5

The Second City is well known as a training ground for Saturday Night Live, and has jump-started the careers of superstars like Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and John Belushi.

Back in May, we met with two Second City writers who were in town doing research for the show. We were happy to lend our expertise on all things San Diego. (Read more about that encounter here.)

The Good, the Bad, and the I-5 runs through September 1 at the La Jolla Playhouse. Don’t miss your chance to see it. It is absolutely hysterical. I laughed so hard I cried!

And who knows? You might catch a glimpse of the next Tina Fey in the making. We think Frank Caeti has superstar written all over him. He is so funny that I laughed even when he was just standing there doing nothing.

For tickets, visit lajollaplayhouse.org.

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