Point of View

March 9, 2010, 5:04 pm
Filed under: At the Center

You’ve seen the bus shelter ads throughout Miami.  With a catch phrase like “Your abuela will pee in her pants!” and “You’ll blow cerveza out your nose!” it’s apparent that something muy funny is about to happen.  And that something is the Second City Loco, a newly formed all-Hispanic off-shoot company of Chicago’s world-famous Second City comedy troupe.  The Second City Loco will be making its debut at the Carnival Studio Theater next week with El Show Mas Funny, a collection of hilarious comedic sketches created especially for Miami audiences—in Spanglish! In the tradition of the fondly remembered 70s sitcom Que Pasa U.S.A., the dialogue will move effortlessly back and forth between English and Spanish, ingeniously creating bilingual comedy in a hybrid language that everyone can understand. 

El Show Mas Funny  is just the latest in an exciting and eclectic series of World Premiere productions that have taken place at the Center, which includes three years of boundary-busting HERE & NOW theater and dance works, including Rosie Herrera’s acclaimed Various Stages of Drowning; the sizzling Latin dance musical Miami Libre; one of Merce Cunningham’s last works, eyeSpace; the late South Florida artist Jennylin Duany’s Cabaret Unkempt, and coming this summer—the new musical for kids, Camp Kappawanna.

Co-produced by Second City and the Adrienne Arsht Center, El Show Mas Funny has been “created specifically for Miami,” states Adrienne Arsht Center Executive V.P., Scott Shiller.  “It has its own Miami flair that will resonate well with the community, and hopefully it will serve as a template for Second City shows that will appeal to other US cities with large Hispanic communities.” 

Indeed, the Second City Loco will be a new and exciting adventure for the 50-year-old established Second City whose roster of illustrious alumni include iconic comedians such as Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Tiny Fey (just to name a few).  Now, with the Second City Loco, the expectations will be the same with hopes that this subset troupe will be the voice for a dazzling talent pool of emerging Hispanic comedians.  “First and foremost, it’s a funny show with an amazingly talented and diverse group of performers,” says Shiller.  “I’m also excited about the fact that the Adrienne Arsht Center will have a pivotal role in creating the Second City Loco which has the potential to grow and evolve into something so much bigger. So along with us bringing world-class performers to our Miami stages, we will be sending Miami-centric programming throughout the nation.”  Now that’s muy awesome!


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