Many of North America's cleverest comedians have been nurtured at Toronto's Second City. The improvisational comedy cabaret theater originated in Chicago, then opened it's doors in the Firehall Theatre in Toronto is 1973. The company now performs in a 320-seat theatre located in the heart of the Entertainment District. The entrance-way walls are covered in black and white photos of famous alumni, including Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short and Mike Meyers. With a training school, touring companies and free improv sessions each night after this theater's regular nightly performances, Canada's young comedians are able to hone their skills ensuring a stage full of top talent. Their material draws on current Toronto and international topics for satirical sketches, songs and improvisations. There is full bar and food service available throughout the show (sliders and fries $12).
51 Mercer St.
Our Rating Neighborhood Entertainment District, across the road from Hotel Le Germain Hours Shows at 7.30 and 10.30 pm Transportation From St. Andrew subway take King St. streetcar #504 west to Blue Jay's Way, walk one block south to Mercer St. Phone 416/343-0011 Prices Show only $25–$29, students $14–$18, dinner and show $45–$60; free improv sessions nightly after regular performance Web site Second City