I sent in my application to The Second City’s Administrative Internship on October 4th, 2016 with the recommendation of a fellow NU Wildcat. I didn’t hear back until December 13th. I didn’t interview until December 18th. I didn’t get the job until January 8th. I started January 13th. Welcome to the world of live comedy where you hurry up and wait, where nothing is life-or-death until it is, and where everyone is the coolest person you’ve ever met.
Here are some pictures of the intern’s office where we all pile in. I cleaned it just for this picture! By all of us, I mean the four to five interns who are from the previous session (whose last days are January 31st) and yours truly. You might imagine it’s a little strange being the only new person, waiting for your new co-interns to arrive, but I’ve loved it. I know my way around the ever-changing office, I know the names of people who don’t know me yet, and I know how to work our various online systems quite well after having had five days of work.
Within my first five days, I have met with the managing producer, Brian Loevner, to whom I am assigned. I work with him on his projects he has in the works, I manage contracts and any kind of managerial paperwork needed done, and I help wherever assistance is needed within the building. For example, there are small inserts called “table toppers” that tell the audience who will be performing in the show that night. It’s my job to update, print, and place these for the correct theater for the show that night. None of this sounds too exciting, but that’s because the really exciting stuff is all TOP SECRET! Just kidding. Sort of. Some cool things I can tell you about are the shows I’ve seen so far. Yes, ma’am, I do get free tickets to see shows and get a free class just for being an intern! What?!?
I saw the mainstage show “The Winner…of our Discontent,” “Fast, Loud, Funny” at the UP Comedy stage, “Improv All-Stars” and tomorrow I’ll see “Godfrey,” a stand-up show. There are multiple theaters/stages of The Second City along with its training center and film school. The more I learn, the more I’ll post. But I’ll sum up the last five days the best way any comedian can: “YES, and?”
Liz Coin is a sophomore Radio, Television, and Film student who is interning at Second City this quarter.