Star of hit NBC drama to serve as guest monologuist
We’re thrilled to announce LaRoyce Hawkins, who plays Kevin Atwater on the hit NBC drama Chicago P.D. will serve as guest monologuist on the Monday December 22nd edition of the Armando Diaz Theatrical Experience and Hootenanny.
Mr. Hawkins is a Chicagoland native, having been raised in the south suburb of Harvey, Illinois. He’s also a brilliant stand up comedian, so this is sure to be a great night.
Starting at 8:00 Monday night, Mr. Hawkins will tell impromptu monologues which our cast of tremendous improvisers will use as inspiration for a collection of scenes. Armando is the longest running comedy show in Chicago, and we’re so glad that Mr. Hawkins will be joining us for this special evening.
Tickets are $12 and are available by calling the iO box office at 312-929-2401, or visiting our online ticketing service at TicketWeb.com.
One Night Only - Thursday December 18
Beloved improv team Cook County Social Club returns for one night only, Thursday December 18th at 10:00 PM in the Del Close Theater. This show will feature Mark Raterman, Brendan Jennings and Bill Cochran. Tickets are only $10, and are on sale now. This show WILL sell out and fast, so get your tickets today!
Call the iO Box Office at 312-929-2401, or buy online at TicketWeb.com!
Tickets go on sale today!
Come for the show, stay for the party.
For years, iO has been a top destination for New Year’s Eve fun in Chicago. This year, we’re thrilled to take it to the next level at our brand new, fully renovated location at 1501 Kingsbury St.
The Ticket – $100
The Shows – your choice of:
8:00 (doors open at 7:00):
• Whirled News Tonight
10:00 (doors open at 9:00):
• TJ & Dave (Mission Theater)
• The Improvised Shakespeare Co. (Del Close Theater)
• The Deltones present The Improvised Musical (The Harold Cabaret)
The Party – Includes all the following:
• Open Bar Til 1 AM (excludes premium liquors)
• Delicious Appetizer Buffett from iO’s new full service kitchen (until midnight)
• Late Nite Tacos & Mini Donuts (after midnight)
• Music & Dancing in iO’s all new Event Space
This is THE must-do New Year’s show for the spirited partygoer. Seating is limited, and some shows may sell out before others. Pick your favorite and get your tickets before it’s too late!
Sketch revue TRAP continues its run through December
Beginning Friday, November 28, any and all students (with valid ID) as well as iO performers can receive a $10 ticket to TRAP, a savings of 50%! Discount valid Thursday – Sunday.
TRAP is the inaugural in-house sketch revue at The Mission Theater, directed by TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi. The two-act performance features the comedic talents of Mike Brunlieb, Peter Collins, James Dugan, Paul Grondy, Mike Jimerson, Laurel Krabacher, and Irene Marquette, and explores some of the moments in life that just aren’t that easy to get out of.
TRAP runs Thursday – Sunday at 8 pm in The Mission Theater.
Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Munch-Morris.
Register online at noon
Staggered registration for the upcoming iO Training Center session opens Tuesday, December 9th at noon. The schedule for registration is as follows:
Level 2 opens at 12pm on Tuesday, December 9th.
Level 3 opens at 12pm on Wednesday, December 10th.
Levels 4 and 4B open at 12pm on Thursday, December 11th.
Levels 5 and 5B open at 12pm on Friday, December 12th.
Limited engagement with two of the best in the biz
We’re thrilled to announce a limited four-night only run of “Rush Howell & Steve Waltien”, as dynamic a longform improvisation duo as you are likely to see.
Rush is a founding member of legendary iO house team People of Earth and its reincarnation, 3033. Steve is a founding member of both Whirled News Tonight and the Improvised Shakespeare Co., and recently ended a long stint on the Second City mainstage.
These are two undeniable talents working together alone on stage for the first time, and it promises to be spectacular. Don’t miss this.
Tuesday November 11, 8:00
Tuesday November 18, 8:00
Tuesday December 2, 8:00
Tuesday December 9, 8:00
Tickets are $12
Call for applicants posted online
iO West is proud to present Cake Batter’s Funny Women Festival! For three days on December 4th-6th, the iO West stages will be filled with female-only performances, various competitions, celebrity headliners and judges, and a variety of female focused workshops. Funny Women Festival – Los Angeles (#FWFLA) will be a celebration of creative women in all types of comedy, sure to create an even stronger community by attracting comedians from across the country.
There’s plenty of opportunity to get involved! In addition to the featured shows, there will be a variety of competition categories for performers: Sketch Cage Match, Stand Up, Improv Cage Match and You for the Money (Solo performances). FWFLA also offers numerous workshops for both improvisation and sketch, open to the public (You too, Boys.) These workshops will be led by current iO West instructors as well as special guests who are currently working in the industry; credits include SNL, Conan, Key and Peele, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Emmys, Shameless, Cougar Town, MADtv and more.
Participants can enter multiple categories, (each one requires an application fee) and compete for prizes awarded to the winners of each category. Prizes include stage time at iO West and the iconic Comedy Central Stage, meetings with casting directors, and networking opportunities with celebrity judges.
There’s more! We are pleased to support The Downtown Women’s Center as the festival’s official beneficiary. A percentage of all revenue will be donated to The Downtown Women’s Center, a nationally recognized pioneer of permanent supportive housing and the only resource in LA that is exclusively dedicated to serving the unique needs of homeless and very low-income women in downtown Los Angeles’s Skid Row community.
Darel Jevens previews iO's production of the musical from Waiting For Guffman
Saturdays at 10:30, starting November 15th, iO is pleased to present Aphasia Productions’ “Red, White & Blaine”, a full-scale performance of the community musical at the center of the 1997 Christopher Guest classic, “Waiting For Guffman.” Featuring all the songs you know from the film, songs that were deleted from the final cut, and original songs from musical director Matt Herzau and director Jeff Griggs, “Red, White & Blaine” is a celebration of the sesquicentennial (that’s the 150th) of the fictional Missouri town. The Sun Times’ Darel Jevens wrote up an enthusiastic preview of the show which you can read here. This show promises to be a ton of fun, even if you aren’t familiar with the movie. Be sure to get your tickets for Red, White & Blaine now!