Jordan Klepper, an iO alum and founding castmember of our improvised news satire program Whirled News Tonight, has tapped to join the Daily Show as a correspondent. He’ll make his debut on tonight’s program, reporting “live” from Ukraine. Tune in and cheer him on!
February 26-March 9
Attention iO fans in the great state of Iowa! You’ll have a chance to see our classic improvised satire show Whirled News Tonight!
WNT will have a series of performances at the Temple Theater in Des Moines, February 26th through March 9th! Check out this great article from the Des Moines Register, featuring interviews with cast members Arnie Niekamp and Marla Caceres, as well as creator/director Jason Chin!
Get your tickets RIGHT HERE!
Look for us this March
iO is pleased to announce that we will be holding a week long intensive in Miami. We are still firming up class locations and will provide more information when available. For now, we know that they will be held at or near Just The Funny Theater & Training Center.
The Longform Intensive is a week-long crash course that will immerse you in the world of long-form improvisation, giving you the tools you need to be a successful performer. Our instructors are working actors and improvisers, in the trenches themselves every day, so the training you get is always relevant and challenging.
The intensive will take place Monday, March 10th – Friday, March 14th. The class will meet from 12pm-6:30 each day. There will be a one hour break for lunch.
Tuition for the intensive is $405 and non refundable.
Registration for the intensive is open! Click here to register!
The intensive is listed under iO Chicago 2014 Intensives.
Spots are going fast for our 2014 one-week Spring Intensive!
This week-long alternative to our popular Summer Intensive program will immerse you in the world of long-form improvisation, giving you the tools to be successful as a performer and as a teacher when you go back to your home troupe. Our instructors are working actors and improvisers, in the trenches themselves every day, so the training you get is always relevant and challenging.
Dates: March 10th-14th
Lakendra Tookes and Amber Ruffin to write for NBC shows!
Big news! Two iO alumns – Lakendra Tookes and Amber Ruffin just landed big writing jobs at NBC!
Lakendra will be joining the writing staff at SNL (alongside another recent hire/iO alumnus in Katie Rich). Lakendra has been an iO West feature for years, and we’re thrilled for her!
Amber Ruffin is a veteran of iO’s Chicago theater, and has been added to the staff of NBC’s new late night venture, The Seth Meyers Show. Congratulations Amber!
Los Angeles's Best Weekly Mag Gives Our Hollywood Theater Some Love
“The link between Hollywood’s iO West and Chicago’s Improv Olympic — one of American comedy’s great meccas — isn’t just in name only. Just try walking into the front bar any time the Cubs are playing; pitch after pitch, performers and bartenders will cheer the good and bemoan the bad, while the faces of luminary Chicago comedians hang from the walls. iO (pronounced “eye-oh”) has helped push the world of sketch and improv into the mainstream, mostly under the on-and-off guidance of improvisational guru Del Close. You can actually buy a t-shirt with his face on the front from the box office, or step through the black curtains to the theater in the back to see what the man is responsible for. Seven nights a week, iO plays host to long-running improv house teams, sketch comedy performers currently working through the curriculum levels, and old standby shows featuring the links of David Koechner, Bob Dassie and beyond. For students within the iO education stream, there are two black box theater spaces in the back, where a lot of the real experimentation goes down."
We're moving to Old Town in the Summer of 2014!
iO is thrilled to announce that we will be moving into a new space in the summer of 2014.
After months of grueling searching and negotiation, Charna Halpern closed on our new 33,000 square foot playspace at 1501 Kingsbury in Chicago’s Clybourne Corridor.
Our new home will boast FOUR cutting edge performance spaces, a massive expansion in classroom space, a beer garden, and more! We’ll post photos as the buildout gets underway, and are planning an insane grand opening celebration.
Although we’ll be sad to see the Wrigleyville location close, we couldn’t be more excited about what’s in store!