Noted television personality, author and political gadfly Stephen Colbert has an issue with Charles Dickens over The Second City’s “A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!” The two writers of the new holiday classic, Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort, are former and current writers, respectively, of “The Colbert Report.”
In a statement received by The Second City, Colbert states:
“The Second City’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ was created by two of my writers! This Dickens jerk better have a good lawyer.”
– Stephen Colbert, Host of The Colbert Report, Second City Class of ’94
Reached for comment at an undisclosed location, CTG Artistic Director Michael Ritchie said “This is between Stephen and Charlie. We don’t want to take sides.”
The Second City’s “A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!” opens November 29, 2012, at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Previews begin November 24 and performances will run through December 30.
Directed by yet another Second City alum, Marc Warzecha (Resident Director, The Second City) the cast features Frank Caeti (“MADtv”), Larry Joe Campbell (“According to Jim”), Dan Castellaneta (“The Simpsons”), Amanda Blake Davis (“Second City Does Dallas” at the Dallas Theatre Center), Brian Stepanek (“The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”), Jean Villepique (“Up All Night”) and Ron West (“3rd Rock from the Sun”).
The scenic design is by Tom Buderwitz, costume design by Leah Piehl, lighting design by Brandon Baruch and sound design by Cricket S. Myers. The production stage manager is Kirsten Parker.
With its trademark humor, irreverence and originality, The Second City, in a creative collaboration with CTG, is taking the classic Charles Dickens’ Christmas tale and giving it a hearty twist. In addition to Scrooge (played by Ron West), the ever-morphing ensemble will bring the famous Victorian streets to frenzied life with Tiny Tim, that fat, plucked goose, all those know-it-all ghosts, a host of anachronistic characters and hilarious improvs which will have Dickens guffawing in his grave. The cast will be joined by an ever-changing stable of starry, drop-in special guests.
The Second City specializes in sketch comedy and improvisation and has delighted audiences for over 50 years. With resident stages in Chicago and Toronto and touring ensembles, The Second City entertains over a million guests each year. It is also the largest training center in the world for improvisation, sketch and acting, with schools in Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto, and 20,000 registrations per year. The Second City served as a training ground for a host of famous alumni, including Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, John Candy, John Belushi, Catherine O’Hara, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and more. Colbert said, “The Second City was everything to me,” and Murray said, “Second City is the best job anybody in the American theatre can get. It’s incomparable.” The New York Times reported that “The entire recent tradition of American satire can be summed up in three words: The Second City.”
Tickets for “A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!” are available by calling (213) 628-2772, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre or two hours prior to performances at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office. The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.