The Second City Teams Up With The Onion for Writing Classes

By Paul Biasco on April 9, 2013 2:24pm 

 The Onion in teaming up with The Second City to offer writing classes.
The Onion in teaming up with The Second City to offer writing classes.
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OLD TOWN — Those stage-fearing comedians out there might finally have their path to stardom by way of ink.

The Second City announced a partnership with The Onion Tuesday morning to offer a new writing program that will be taught at the Second City's Old Town-based training center.

The first course offered at The Second City Training Center, 1608 N. Wells St., "Basic Writing with The Onion," will be taught by the founding editor of The Onion, Scott Dikkers.

That class sold out in 30 minutes.

Additional levels of writing classes will be added, including intermediate, advanced and a "master class," running June 24 through Aug. 25. Registration for those classes begins May 24.

"The assets required of writers at The Second City and The Onion are very compatible — they need to be smart, funny and satirical," said Andrew Alexander, CEO and Executive Producer of The Second City. "While our writers take these assets and use improvisation as a tool to create content, The Onion has crafted their own unique system to produce ideas and stories."

The Onion, "America's Finest News Source," moved its editorial office from New York City to River North last spring.

"Partnering with the Second City, we will — for the first time in recorded history — share the mysterious creative secrets that have made The Onion a three-time Nobel Prize winner," said Steve Hannah, CEO of The Onion in a statement released Tuesday. "Plus, upon completion of the course, you will be much smarter, much cooler, more attractive to members of the opposite sex and immensely more interesting at parties. That alone is worth the price of tuition."

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