Jon Carr, who has been a part of Dad’s Garage Theatre Company for two decades and its artistic director for the past year, is moving to Chicago to become executive producer of The Second City. His last day at Dad’s is December 15.
Carr will oversee all three Second City locations — Chicago, Hollywood and Toronto. The Second City has been bringing the funny, as it says, for 60 years. In addition to its theaters, it has training centers in each of its three cities and collaborates with a range of creative and corporate partners, wellness and education programs, and TV, film and digital productions.
The list of Second City alumni is a who’s who of improv and comedy: Dan Ackroyd, John Belushi, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Tim Meadows, Bill Murray, Mike Myers and Amy Poehler, among them.
Carr, who’s in his early 4os, is the sixth artistic director in Dad’s history. He previously spent four years as its marketing director and has been part of the Dad’s performing ensemble since 2014. The 25-year-old company has its own 90-seat theater on Ezzard Street in the Old Fourth Ward, a budget of about $2 million and a full-time staff of nine. It does a mix of improv and scripted shows and operates 52 weeks a year. It was, perhaps, the most nimble of Atlanta theaters early in the COVID-19 crisis. Almost immediately, it moved its improv and scripted comedy to a Twitch.tv channel.
Dad’s opens Improvised Made-for-TV Christmas Movie, its take on the ever-present Hallmark movies, at 8 p.m. Friday (November 28). Carr is the director.
In typical Dad’s fashion, his departure will be commemorated with a portrait on the company’s “Dead to Us” wall, featuring images of performers and administrators who’ve gone on to bigger opportunities.
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