Audience members can enjoy an evening of holiday-themed laughs and earn a chance to win free tickets to a future event by helping a worthy cause when The Second City presents its Non-Denominational Christmas Show on Saturday, November 25 at 7:30 pm in the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria Campus.
            The highlighted community partner for the event is Toys for Tots. Attendees of the show who donate a new, unwrapped toy or make a monetary contribution to Toys for Tots will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to a future event.
            The drawing will take place following intermission of the November 25 event; in order to be eligible for the drawing, donations must be made before the conclusion of intermission at the show. Anyone can participate in the drawing by donating to Toys for Tots while the box office is open in the days leading up to the show, even if they will not be attending the Second City event.
            Donations are being accepted at the ICC Performing Arts Center box office anytime the box office is open. Normal hours of operation for the box office are from 10 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) and one hour prior to public events in the Performing Arts Center.
            After the November 25 event, donations to Toys for Tots still will be accepted at the Performing Arts Center through mid-December.
            The ICC Performing Arts Center’s Community Partner program highlights a non-profit or community organization with some kind of connection to the performance. Introduced as a part of the ICC Guest Artists Series in the 2011-12 season, more than 30 groups and organizations from the area have been featured as part of the program.
            In The Second City’s Non-Denominational Christmas Show, Second City’s naughtiest and nicest hit the road to win the war on comedy in the season’s most festive funny-fest. Stuffed with brand new tidings of discomfort and “oy,” classic sketches, plus plenty of our holi-dazed improv, you’ll ho three times in a row right along with the next big names in laughter. The show features holiday-themed sketches, songs, and of course, the trademark improvisational comedy for which the Second City is known.
            Second City is well-known for producing some of the premiere comic talent in the industry, from early alums such as Fred Willard and Joan Rivers to Saturday Night Live original cast members such as Dan Aykroyd and Gilda Radner. Many contemporary comedic performers got their start at Second City, including Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey and current Saturday Night Live cast member Cecily Strong, who performed at ICC with Second City in 2012.
            The performance is presented by the Arts at ICC. The Arts at ICC has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits, performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics, seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions and tournaments annually.
            The Second City’s Non-Denominational Christmas Show is rated R for some mature themes.

            Tickets for the show cost $30 for all ages. For tickets or more details, visit or call the box office during business hours at (309) 694-5136.


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