Comedian Andrew Alexander is perhaps best known for is role as co-owner and producer of The Second City, an improvisational comedy troupe based in Chicago.

Early Life

Andrew was born in London, England in March of 1944. His father moved the family to Canada in 1951 following his career in the aeronautics industry. Andrew attended college at Tri-State College in Indiana as well as Ryerson University in Toronto.

Dive Into Comedy

Following a series of jobs with newspapers and theaters, Andrew assumed partial ownership of The Second City in 1974. He was responsible for launching the careers of comedy greats such as Gilda Radner, Martin Short, John Candy, Dan Aykroyd, Eugene Levy, and Dave Thomas.

Not Just Second City

While Andrew Alexander is perhaps best known for his work at The Second City, he has developed extensive television programming for networks including: CBS, ABC, Fox, CBS, NBC, Comedy Central, Showtime, HBO, CBC, and A&E. He spends him time working between Hollywood and Chicago, and is the brain power behind hit shows such as I, Martin Short, Goes Home and Next Comedy Legend.


Andrew Alexander has an extensive list of awards won, including The Canadian Comedy Awards’ Chairman’s Award and two Emmy nominations.

There is no disputing Mr. Alexander’s lasting influence on great comedy as we know and love it.

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