LOS ANGELES — Andrew Alexander, the CEO and co-owner of famed The Second Metropolis improv theater, mentioned he’s stepping down after a former performer leveled accusations of racism in opposition to the comedy establishment.
In a prolonged letter posted on the company’s website, Alexander mentioned he “did not create an anti-racist setting whereby artists of colour may thrive. I’m so deeply and inexpressibly sorry,”
He vowed Friday that he might be changed by an individual of colour.
The initially Chicago- and Toronto-based Second Metropolis was an early coaching floor for “Saturday Night time Stay” gamers together with John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner and Chris Redd, amongst different comedy stars resembling Keegan Michael-Key and the corporate produced “SCTV” TV collection within the 1970s and ’80s.
Alexander’s announcement Friday adopted on-line criticism from Second Metropolis alumnus Dewayne Perkins, an actor, comic and author (“Brooklyn 9-9”). Perkins mentioned the corporate had refused to carry a profit present for Black Lives Matter except half of the proceeds additionally went to the Chicago Police Division, and it additionally created obstacles for performers of colour.
His posts adopted a Second Metropolis on-line message of help final week for Black Lives Matter.
In a tweet noting Alexander’s resignation, Perkins had a one-word remark: “Oop.”
The London-born Alexander mentioned he’s “totally eradicating myself from overseeing The Second Metropolis’s operations and insurance policies and can divest myself from the corporate because it stands.”
A Second Metropolis assertion Friday laid out steps the corporate deliberate to take relating to the hiring and coaching of artists of colour, together with diversifying its theater audiences and making donations to battle oppression and help black-owned companies and faculties.