Wang Gang Asian Eats of Edwardsville will host a Second City improvisational comedy event Sept. 15-16 at Sheldon Hall in St. Louis, promising a night full of laughs.
The event will be the first Second City comedy event in St. Louis. Second City began as a comedy club in Chicago in December 1959 and has since expanded to open new comedy clubs in Los Angeles and Toronto.
Second City has been a big stage for the comedy world, helping many aspiring comedians develop their careers, including Dan Aykroyd, James Belushi, Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert, Chris Farley and Tina Fey.
“It is very much like seeing ‘Saturday Night Live’ right in your own back yard,” Wang Gang owner and event organizer Ryan O’Day said. “I had been to Second City in Chicago and it was amazing, so when (Wang Gang) began looking for a different kind of business event, I contacted Second City and learned about their traveling shows.”
The event is being presented by Schlafly Bottleworks (which also will be providing full bar service during the show), with Wang Gang acting as a key sponsor. Opened in 2009 by O’Day, Wang Gang was created to fill a void in the Edwardsville area for a chef-driven Asian fusion restaurant in a fast and casual setting. Adopting a philosophy of “serving great food that not only tastes good, but comes the way you want it,” O’Day and staff designed a menu ranging from the traditional Mongolian beef Asian dish to more creative entrées such as the Japanese braised barbecue pork ribs.
O’Day said he consistently looks for ways to get involved in the community, from charity support to events such as the comedy tour. He wants to bring Second City back to St. Louis every year.
Sheldon Hall can seat up to 700 ticket-holding patrons, and O’Day believes the events will sell out quickly. Both nights will consist of six comedians interacting over sketches with two 45-minute segments and a 15-minute break. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show begins at 8 p.m. Prices range from $28 to $45. For a chance to win two free tickets courtesy of Wang Gang Asian Eats, text 2City to 223344.