Second City Announces “They Wendt There: The Roast of George Wendt” With Roastmaster Jason Sudeikis

The Second City is excited to announce more big names to the star-studded roster of “I Can’t Believe They Wendt There: The Roast of George Wendt.

Joel Murray (Mad Men), Katie Rich (SNL), Ryan Dempster (Chicago Cubs), Pat Finn (The Middle) and Chris Witaske (Love) will appear alongside George Wendt, Roastmaster Jason Sudeikis, and previously announced Roasters Bob Odenkirk, Betty Thomas, David Koechner, Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Tim Kazurinsky (SNL), Julia Sweeney (SNL), and David Rasche (Veep).

“I Can’t Believe They Wendt There: The Roast of George Wendt” is a once-in-a-lifetime night of comedy and camaraderie to benefit Gilda’s Club Chicago and The Second City Alumni Fund, hosted at Chicago’s iconic Mainstage at The Second City.

The one-night-only performance will take place on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 in the Second City Mainstage Theater (1616 N. Wells, Chicago, IL 60614) The show will begin at 7:00pm.

The Second City is also announcing a star-studded slate of experiences up for auction via, including:

– Visit the set of Tina Fey’s ‘Great News’ and meet cast and crew in Los Angeles
– Lunch with Keegan-Michael Key in New York City
– Lunch with Jeff Tweedy at Rick Bayless’ Tombolobampo in Chicago
– Lunch with Steve Albini at Rick Bayless’ Frontera Grill in Chicago
– 2 Tickets to attend a taping of Saturday Night Live
– 2 VIP tickets to attend a taping of ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

More information about these packages can be found here:

Tax-deductible tickets for the “I Can’t Believe They Wendt There: The Roast of George Wendt” are on sale now and are organized into four ticketing tiers.

Top-Shelf VIP Tickets ($3,000 each) include a pre-show VIP reception inside Second City’s historic complex at 1959 Kitchen & Bar and a photo opportunity with George & Jason. Appetizers and top shelf open bar service provided. SOLD OUT

The 1959 Package ($1,959 each) features a backstage experience led by a Second City’s Behind the Bentwood tour guide including special surprise guests. Open bar & dinner in Mainstage Theater provided by the best of Chicago’s classic cuisine is also included.

The Norm features general admission seating ($1,000 each) and includes open bar & dinner in Mainstage Theater provided by the best of Chicago’s classic cuisine.

Mezzanine Package includes general admission seating and open bar and dinner in Mainstage Theater provided by the best of Chicago’s classic cuisine. This package is broken down into 3 ticket options, 1 ticket ($500), 2 tickets ($750) and 4 tickets ($1000).

Tickets are tax-deductible and can be purchased online at or by phone at 312-664-4032.

About Gilda’s Club
Gilda’s Club Chicago supports anyone living with cancer – men, women, teens and children – along with their families and friends, as well as those who have lost someone to cancer. Their innovative program, including more than 300 free activities each month, is an essential complement to medical care and offers support groups, educational lectures, healthy lifestyle workshops, resource referrals, and social opportunities. Their mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. Visit or call (312) 464-9900 to learn how to join, volunteer or donate.

About The Second City Alumni Fund
Originally established by Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Joe Flaherty, Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara and Andrew Alexander, The Second City Alumni Fund is a resource for performers, technicians, support staff, and other members of the creative and production teams associated with The Second City theaters and SCTV. The Fund has raised over $500,000 and counting to provide financial assistance to alums with critical health and financial challenges.