On Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, Chicago’s legendary comedy theatre, The Second City, will appear at Rockford High School’s Fine Arts Center at 8:00 p.m. for the 14th annual Rockford Education Foundation (REF) benefit. This special performance will feature some of the best sketches, songs and improvisations from The Second City’s 50-year history. The Second City is truly a Chicago landmark and national treasure. On Dec. 16, 2009, The Second City celebrates 50 years of cutting-edge satiric revues as well as the launching pad for generations of comedy superstars. The Second City continues to develop the leading voices in comedy while touring the globe. Founded in Chicago in 1959, The Second City has become the premier training ground for the comedy world’s best and brightest. Their alumni list reads like a who’s who of American comedy, as it includes Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, Robert Klein, Peter Boyle, Harold Ramis, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, George Wendt, Martin Short, John Candy, Bonnie Hunt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Horatio Sanz, Ryan Stiles, Jack McBrayer, Tim Meadows, Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey and countless others. Not only will an evening with The Second City provide audiences with the chance to see comedy stars in the making, but they will also have the opportunity to see absolutely hilarious satire and cutting-edge improvisation. No topic or subject matter is off limits for The Second City. If your parents asked you not to speak about it at the dinner table, chances are it will be made fun of in an evening with The Second City. Tickets for The Second City, which go on sale October 15, are $35 and can be purchased by calling the REF office at (616) 863-6317. The REF provides resources for increased educational opportunities for people of all ages in the Rockford community. Last year, the REF awarded over $95,000 in grants.