Chicago improv troupe Second City is opening a school focusing on comedic filmmaking and naming it after late writer-director-actor Harold Ramis.

Second City said Tuesday that applications are being accepted for the school's yearlong filmmaker program that starts in September in Chicago. Students enrolled in the intensive program will learn comedy training, film history, storytelling and film production. They'll produce a pilot TV show or short film.


From left: Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara and Joe Flaherty attend an SCTV panel discussion in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Second City in Chicago. Levy, O'Hara and Flaherty will all be on the advisory board of the new school. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

"Harold Ramis was the quintessential Second City writer/performer – intelligent, funny and devoted to the spirit of ensemble," Andrew Alexander, CEO and executive producer of The Second City, said in an official statement. 

"I am thrilled by this opportunity to instill Harold's philosophy of successful storytelling in film in the next generation of artists."

Ramis' longtime collaborator and film producer Trevor Albert will be the school's chairman. The advisory board will include Second City alumni Steve Carell, Adam McKay, Catherine O'Hara, Andrea Martin, Martin Short and others.

Ramis died in February 2014 at age of 69 at his home in the Chicago suburbs after suffering from an autoimmune disease. He is famous for movies including CaddyshackGhostbusters and Animal House and his work on the Canadian comedy series SCTV.

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Harold Ramis, right, is known for movies like 1984's Ghostbusters, costarring Bill Murray, left, and Dan Aykroyd. (Associated Press)

with files from CBC News