Chicago City Limits
Chicago City Limits was founded in 1977 in Chicago by George Todisco and actors participating in the workshop program at The Second City. In 1979, Chicago City Limits relocated to New York, performing regularly at Catch a Rising Star, the Improvisation, the Duplex, and other noted clubs. It established its own theater in the summer of 1980 and began a continuous run of over 7,500 performances. Of all New York productions, only The Fantasticks has been running longer.
Over the years, Chicago City Limits has made numerous TV appearances, including "The Today Show," "McLaughlin," "The Joan Rivers Show," "The Jackie Mason Show," Comedy Central, PBS, and "Good Day NY." The group appeared in its own TV new comedy series, "Reel News," on the USA network.
The Chicago City Limits National Touring Company performs at colleges, corporate events and regional theatres throughout the country. The group has appeared at such diverse venues as Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Institution and the "Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon."
The Chicago City Limits Training Center, now in its 18th season offers New York City's most thorough improvisation training, with classes for beginners and seasoned performers. Besides comedy improvisation classes, Chicago CIty Limits offers workshops on topics such as musical improvisation, character development, improvisation for actors, sketch writing, physical comedy, and stand up.
Chicago City Limits also teaches creativity and team-building seminars for corporations across the country. Corporate Entertainment Chicago City Limits regularly performs its highly interactive, critically acclaimed show at luncheons and dinners hosted by companies large and small. The show contains comedy scenes and songs from the CCL repertory as well as improvisations created on-the-spot from suggestions called out by the audience.
CCL customizes its show for each client. Prior to the event cast members learn about issues facing the company and industry (business climate, key personnel, competitors, etc.) and weave this information, when appropriate, into the performance. The result is a show that is totally unique, very memorable, and lots of fun.
Business Meetings Got a new product to release or a sales force to motivate? Tired of slide presentations and light shows that have become old hat to sophisticated audiences that have been jaded by corporate meetings? Chicago City Limits may be the answer.
For over 20 years, CCL has taken center stage at business meetings held by some of the world's largest corporations. Working closely with the clients, CCL writers create openings and closings for each day's meetings, segues between speakers, live speaker support, breakout sessions, videos and training films.
CCL also performs to the public at trade shows. By involving the audience in ways that few others can, CCL can make your booth or display work harder for you than you ever imagined.
Training Many of the improvisational techniques regularly used by Chicago City Limits cast members are excellent tools for anyone who wishes to think more creatively and work better with a team.
CCL's improvisational actors regular perform one of NY's most critically acclaimed comedy shows for 2 hours each night without a script. To do this they must be must be great listeners, have the ability to make mental connections that others might not readily envision, and encourage maximum effort and performance from each member of the ensemble.
CCL has adapted many of its improvisational training techniques into a format for companies. The workshops do not require performance skills, but help individuals and groups unlock their creativity and team potential. Workshops are highly participatory, and hone skills and strategies that foster thinking out-of-the-box, teamwork, and idea generation.
The workshops are very involving, introduce useful techniques for the workplace, maximize the groups' efforts, and are lots of fun.