Meagan O’Brien
Second City Works

TJ Shanoff
Second City Works

The Second City name is synonymous with the art of sketch comedy and improvisation. Performing sketch comedy for over 58 years, our unique brand and creative process has cultivated the talents of such comedy heavyweights and legends as Joan Rivers, Steve Carrell, John Belushi,Chris Farley, Martin Short, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler, just to name a few. You want your teams to work smart, work creatively and collaborate with purpose. Yet, you continually run into the workplace conventions and dysfunction that makes doing so an incredible task without the right partner. At Second City Works, we start with the premise that dysfunction exists that comedy part) and give individuals and teams the tools to work through, past and beyond the barriers that we face each working day (thats the improvisation part) – to make working not such hard work. Through hundreds of engagements a year, Second City Works brings the principles of improvisation to the world of work. Through events, workshops and video, we help companies breakdown barriers, foster collaboration, co-create and thrive.

Speaker Bio

Meagan O’Brien began her career as a mechanical engineer designing airplane cockpit controls. She began taking improv classes in the evenings, and after 7 years of living a double life she quit engineering to tour with The Second City National Touring Company. From there she began working for Second City Works and now has the pleasure of bringing improv skills to companies big and small.

Speaker Bio

T.J. Shanoff is a Chicago based entertainer, and spent 15 years directing, writing, and musically directing productions for The Second City; including Rod Blagojevich, Superstar (music & lyrics), The Second City’s 50th Anniversary tour (director), and as a writer for Second City Theatricals productions nationwide. Other recent credits include: The Mad Show (music & lyrics, Warner Brothers Theatricals) Blank! The Musical (co-creator/director, New World Stages), The Power Of Prom (co-writer, Annoyance Theater), and The Chicago Emmy Awards (music director). As a host/emcee and content producer, T.J. has contributed to countless corporate events and fundraisers, including hosting Gilda’s Club’s Night Of 1000 Noogies comedy event each year since 2007. T.J. co-hosted morning drive on Sporting News Radio, and has hosted shows in Chicago on WCKG, WLUP, and WGN. T.J. is a proud alumnus of the Latin School of Chicago, Harand Camp Of The Theatre Arts, and Emerson College.