Columbia College and Second City to provide comedy degree

While students can earn a Bachelor’s in Puppetry or Turf Grass Management, Columbia College in Chicago has a new degree that will really make people laugh: Comedy Writing and Performance, the Huffington Post reports. On Tuesday, the liberal arts college announced a partnership with the famed Second City comedy club for its new degree program in the Theatre Department that would school future side-splitters in the ways of improv, joke making and more.

“Columbia’s location in Chicago, arguably the most active and influential city in the world of improv and sketch comedy, makes the college uniquely suited to offer a comedy concentration,” Columbia College President Warrick L. Carter said in a statement. Anne Libera, coordinator of the new program, told the Hollywood Reporter the college’s connections to local iconic comedy establishments like Second City and The Onion give the students in the program a huge advantage…

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