Watch the entire event for free at Gigity.tv
Jason Chin, a beloved member of our iO family, passed away suddenly Thursday night.
On Monday, January 12th, Jason’s friends and family filled two theaters at iO to give him a most fitting send off. The event was livestreamed to thousands of people around the world, and an archive of the event is available on Gigity.tv.
It was truly a wonderful event, and it’s yours to relive over and over at the link below.
We’ll miss you, Jason.
Tickets for HIJINKSfest on sale now
HIJINKS is a sketch comedy collective that prides itself on experimentation. The content, genre, and format of any given show is subject to drastic changes depending on the whims of the cast. The only two elements that remain consistent are the cast itself and the fact that the show is intended to be funny.
Over the course of the past year, HIJINKS has been: a sketch show, a boxing match, a play, a game show, a driving tour, and everything in between. Next up, HIJINKS will be a festival.
To kick things off at iO, HIJINKS will be remounting all 12 of their shows in one day, from noon to midnight on Saturday February 7th. The festival has been humbly titled: “HIJINKSfest.”
Join Alex Hanpeter, Mike Klasek, Clayton Margeson, Kyle Reinhard and Jude Tedmori (as well as some special guests) in an endurance test for the ages that is sure to be a thrilling, joyful mess and a complete logistical nightmare. Don’t miss out!
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.
Get Amy's new book at iO!
Darel Jevens posted a nice piece about iO Alum Amy Poehler’s new book, “Yes Please”, including some nice mentions of her formative years at iO:
" She would watch and learn from ImprovOlympic’s main team that included Adam McKay (“Anchorman”) and Neil Flynn (“The Middle”). She would be trained by iO’s Charna Halpern (“the Stevie Nicks of improvisation”) and Del Close (“the man everybody was trying to please”).
Halpern took a liking to her and suggested she meet another student who was similar to Poehler “but with brown hair.” That was Tina Fey, and the two developed an affinity still evident at Golden Globes ceremonies today.
Fey and Poehler got on an iO team called Inside Vladimir with six dudes “who were great and supportive and totally fine with Tina and me taking over.” One night she pulled an audience volunteer to the stage and interviewed him about his day, and that was a young Seth Meyers, later her Weekend Update co-anchor. She has no memory of this, but Meyers writes in a guest chapter that he came away thinking, “I would like her to be my friend.”"
Read the whole piece here, and we will be selling Amy’s book at the iO box office one it’s released! Conrgats, Amy!
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
NYT reviews 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 New York Times wrote up an enthusiastic review of the show which you can read here. This show is a ton of fun, and sells out regularly. Don’t miss it!
Reviving an old tradition for a short time
As you know, we’re celebrating our 33rd-and-one-sixth anniversary this month. The traditional gift for this anniversary is two more free shows on Wednesday nights than usual, so that’s what we’re asking for! Drop off your free shows at the box office, attention: Charna Halpern.
We’re also a reciprocal folk, so we’re going to offer all of YOU the same beautiful gift. For the rest of 2014, all regular Wednesday night shows in our Del Close Theater are FREE**. This includes the amazing Virgin Daiquiri & The Late 90’s at 8:00, and the powerhouse duo Search Engine (Ryan Archibald and Craig Uhlir) at 10:00. And as always, you can catch Carl & The Passions for free in our Harold Cabaret at 8:30.
Three free shows. It’s our way of saying thank you for supporting us all these thirty three and one sixth years.
- - does not include any New Years Eve shows
Full service kitchen and top shelf drink options abound!
We’re thrilled to team with Andy Kalish to present our full kitchen menu. Andy’s put together a terrific spread that goes well beyond what you’d expect from traditional theater fare. From Banh Mi Red Pork Pizza Flats to Panko Rolled Mac & Cheese Croquettes to a late night weekend taco bar, there’s something for everyone to love.
We’ve also expanded our beer and cocktail offerings, maintaining our commitment to providing a wide selection of excellent craft beers and cocktails for the discerning boozehound. Bar Managers Kyle McCabe and Steven Plock have curated a spectacular beer list and some delicious new cocktail options like the Death’s Door gin Deconstruction and the Bulleit iO Old Fashioned.
Check out both menus here. The kitchen is closed Mondays. Late Night Taco Bar on Fridays and Saturdays. Come early. Come thirsty. Come hungry!