The Second City and Vennly

The Second City, the World’s Premier Comedy Club, and Audio Platform Vennly Inc. Announce Exclusive Content Partnership


NEW YORK, NY AND CHICAGO, IL. – April 20, 2022 – The Second City, the world’s premier comedy club, comedy theater, and school of improvisation announced an exclusive partnership today with Vennly, Inc., an audio platform that enables businesses to seamlessly and securely share audio content to their preferred communication channels.

Through this partnership, The Second City’s audio series, “First Takes,” lives exclusively on Vennly’s platform. “First Takes” is hosted by Kelly Leonard, Executive Director of Learning and Applied Improvisation at Second City Works, and explores the critical skills needed to improve corporate communication. The series touches on topics ranging from creativity and innovation to agility and resilience, all while anchoring on the unique skills that improvisation brings to the business world, such as risk-taking, teamwork, and learning from failure.

"We are thrilled to partner with Vennly through their unique platform which speaks to something The Second City teaches its clients in the corporate communication space: the need to meet your audience where they are as opposed to where you want them to be. In improvisation, we say that you need to 'play the scene you're in, not the scene you want to be in.' Vennly recognizes that the workforce of today consumes audio on a daily basis, and we are looking forward to expanding the reach of our audio content,” said Leonard.

As companies increasingly turn to audio for their internal and external communications, Vennly’s platform enables businesses to seamlessly and securely share audio content to their existing channels of communication such as Slack, Sharepoint, Notion, Asana, FirstUp, and other learning management systems. Vennly provides detailed listener insights across all channels, allowing companies to get real-time analytics on their employees’ engagement with audio content. The “First Takes” audio series is available on Vennly’s dashboard and can be shared by Vennly’s clients to their own internal audiences.

“Vennly is excited to bring Second City’s one-of-a-kind content to our platform, which will provide an enhanced experience to Vennly’s customers,” said Vennly Cofounder and CEO Brian Landau. “As more and more businesses use audio as a format for employee engagement and learning and development, we couldn’t be more excited to partner with the iconic Second City as we continue to populate our dashboard with compelling, instructional content for our clients.”

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About Vennly, Inc.

Vennly, Inc. ( is the premier audio platform for employee engagement and communications. Vennly enables businesses to privately and securely share company audio and podcasts directly into their existing employee collaboration platforms and communications channels. Vennly integrates with leading platforms such as Slack, FirstUp, Sharepoint, and Adobe PDF, providing seamless distribution of audio content and best-in-class listener insights.  Vennly's clients include Fortune 100 businesses, global communications agencies, trade associations, and high tech startups.  

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Brian Landau
Vennly, Inc.

Colleen Fahey
The Second City

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