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Andrew Alexander

Andrew Alexander

Andrew Alexander is the chief executive officer/owner of The Second City Inc. Alexander spent most of his childhood in Brampton, Ontario after emigrating from London, England. He spent a year at Tri-State College in Indiana and completed his formal education at Ryerson Polytechnic in Toronto, Ontario.

His introduction to show business came in 1971 when he was head of marketing for the John Lennon Peace Festival in Toronto. In 1971, he co-produced the iconic Canadian revue Spring Thaw. In 1973, he became the owner/­­producer of The Second City in Toronto. His first television project was the multiple Emmy award winning comedy series SCTV.

Alexander has developed and produced television programming for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX Television, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, A&E, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

In 1985, its founder and owner, Bernard Sahlins, offered Mr. Alexander the opportunity to purchase The Second City Chicago.  Alexander and his business partner Leonard Stuart became the sole owners. Since then, Alexander has led and expanded The Second City into a thriving 43 million dollar year business, encompassing the largest Training Center for Improvisation in the world and a highly active film and television division in both Canada and the US.

Andrew Alexander has received numerous including the Canadian Comedy Awards "Chairman Award", Gilda's Club Magic Award, The League of Chicago Theaters 2009 Artistic Leadership Award, and named Chicagoan of the Year by the Chicago Tribune. Mr. Alexander has accepted on behalf of The Second City the Lifetime Achievement Award from Just For Laughs, The Spirit of Innovation Award, The NAB Spirit of Broadcasting Award 2012, and the Big Shoulders Award 2012 from the Chicago Film Critics.

Since acquiring The Second City in 1985, the company under Alexander's leadership has collected 152 Jeff Award Nominations and 30 Jeff Award wins. Mr Alexander was a founding shareholder of the Pay Television service Super Channel and also served on the Board of Directors. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the League of Chicago Theaters, Canada's Walk of Fame, and Gilda's Club Toronto and Chicago. He lives in Chicago with his wife Diane.