Have a laugh in Chicago

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LA has Hol­ly­wood, New York has Broad­way, but Chicago is Amer­ica’s com­edy cap­i­tal. At sketch-fo­cused Sec­ond City the likes of Joan Rivers, Tina Fey and Bill Mur­ray launched their ca­reers. Buy tick­ets for the nightly shows or, from June to Oc­to­ber, book onto Sec­ond City’s Neigh­bour­hood Tour for a not-so-se­ri­ous guided week­end walk around the Old Town, tak­ing in his­toric ar­chi­tec­ture and old haunts of fa­mous comics (from £15; sec­ond­c­ity.com). Head to the Laugh Fac­tory for stand-up (from £13; laugh­fac­tor y.com) -0 ̭," 7-30 -5, $3,,7 side at one of the reg­u­lar work­shops at the iO The­ater, whose alumni in­clude Mike My­ers (£38; ioim­prov.com). The lat­ter is also home to the Im­pro­vised Shake­speare Com­pany, an im­prov troupe that riff off the Bard – in rhyming cou­plets.

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