Comedians are an important part of our society. Without them the world may never have learned how to laugh just like that. The interesting part is how the comedians learn to polish their skills. They start with improvisational comedy, that’s how. Let us allow to introduce you to 10 improvisational comedians who are mainstream comedians now and we bet you already know them, just not as improvisational comedians.


  1. Dan Akroyd: He is famous for his role in Ghostbusters and his parts in SNL. Dan started out in the improvisational comedy institute The Second City that is in Toronto. 
  2. Michael Cera: He is known for having an uncomfortable vibe around him and this vibe works like magic for him. He idolizes Bill Murray and following the footsteps of his idol, he also joined The Second City institute where Bill had also learned.
  3. Steve Carell: The famous Office boss also attended The Second City institute to polish his skills. He is a versatile actor having done serious roles along with comic ones. His other famous comic production is The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
  4. Tina Fey: She also comes from The Second City institute and her talent was recognized early by the people at SNL. She was asked to submit a few scripts and boom! She became the first woman head writer for the show.
  5. Bill Murray: He is undoubtedly one of the greatest comedians of all time. He also comes from The Second city institute and is best known for his role in Lost In translation. 
  6. Mike Myers: He is famous for his Saturday Night Live character Wayne Campbell from the film franchise Wayne’s World. He also attended The Second City institute.
  7. Amy Poehler: She is the head of the famous Improvisational comedy group Upright Citizens Brigade. She got to that position in life by starting at The Second City institute.
  8. Paul Reubens: He is best known for his role in Pee-Wee’s Playhouse that is an absurd show for kids. He also comes from The Second City Institute.
  9. Will Ferrell: He started out when he was a bit older than anyone else on this list. He trained at The Groundlings Theater in L.A.
  10. Kristen Wiig: She is famous for her 7 year long stint on SNL and trained at The Groundlings.

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