Second City brings its ‘Dysfunctional Holiday Revue’ to Irvine Improv in December – Orange County Register

If you’re tired of shopping and cooking, need a break from the kids and really can’t stand the thought of suffering through another amateur performance of “The Nutcracker” during the holiday season, The Second City has come up with a great evening of adult entertainment courtesy of its sketch comedy and improvisational “Dysfunctional Holiday Revue.”

The variety-style show, which will feature sketches, songs, improvisation and improvised holiday tunes, will take place on Tuesday nights at the Irvine Improv at the Spectrum from Dec. 5 through Dec. 19.

“In general, this show is for people who want to go out with friends and family, have some laughs about things that are stressing them out about the holidays and I hope that’s a bit of a cathartic experience for folks, too,” show director Marc Warzecha said during a recent phone interview.

For those unfamiliar with The Second City, it’s a theater with locations in Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto that was originally founded in the late ’50s that offers various programs of study, including improvisation, acting and comedy writing to aspiring thespians. Stars such as Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Chris Farley, Steve Carell and more all came up through Second City.

Warzecha has been with Second City since 1997 and has served as a live show director for most of his run. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Beth Crosby, who was born and raised in Irvine, and their 18-month old baby.

The couple are looking forward to this series of holiday shows at the Irvine Improv, which Warzecha explained as being a bit of “Saturday Night Live”-style sketch comedy mashed together with…

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