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Which Star Taught Eric Stonestreet Comedy?

His improv instructor was a Chicago legend.

Sep 20, 2013 | 05:33 PM

Eric Stonesteet has won two Emmys for his hilarious performance as the exuberant Cameron Tucker on ABC's "Modern Family," and as it turns out, his comedy talent was honed by another multiple Emmy winner. Tina Fey, star and creator of "30 Rock," was Eric's improv comedy teacher at Chicago's vaunted Second City theater.

Tina instructed his level 2 class—and at Second City, this means Eric not only had to audition to begin, but he had to pass yet another audition to make it into this advanced-grade class. It is no small feat in and of itself, but to do so while earning the approval of Tina is doubly impressive—at the time, she was one of the theater's best instructors. Given Eric's work, it shows.

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