One of the largest art colleges in America (Columbia College) and the world’s most storied and respected improvisational comedy group (The Second City, see their Up Comedy Club pictured above) have joined together to offer a Comedy Degree program.

Columbia College, founded in 1890, is the largest private, nonprofit arts and media college in the nation, with nearly 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled.  The Second City was founded in 1959 in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago, a short-list of their famous alumni include Harold Ramis, John Candy, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Chris Falrey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey and Jim & John Belushi.

The program will be developed and taught by the comedic experts at The Second City Training Center in Chicago, with college credit provided by Columbia College.  Students enrolled in the “study of funny” won’t just take classes, they’ll also attend shows at a variety of improv and comedy venues, network with theater professionals, and explore Chicago’s diverse arts scene.  Students of course will also present their own work in a showcase at the end of the program.

“The Comedy Performance and Writing degree will be the first one of its kind in the nation,” said performing arts dean John Green, who initially pitched the program in 2011.

Click HERE to learn more about the comedy degree offering.

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