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!
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!
1501 Kingsbury facility is open for students
Even as we’re finishing up work on our new theaters, the iO Training Center is open for business! Classes are in session now, and enrollment for next session, beginning the week of August 24th, is open! You can find more information here.
Registration for improvisation level one, the writing program, and our electives is open and ongoing. Contact our Training Center director at 773-880-0199 to register today. All classes will meet at our new facility on 1501 Kingsbury St in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood.
Teen Improv Level 1 Begins in October
iO is excited to announce that we are relaunching our Teen Improv Program. We are offering a Teen Improv Level 1 class on Saturdays from 1-3pm beginning October 25th.
You can register for the class
Space is limited. This class is intended for teens ages 14 to 17.
Prices slashed on iO t-shirts and hoodies!
If you’ve ever wanted to rep iO with a stylish hoodie or a sharp t-shirt, you’re in luck. Our prices are now, in fact, INSANE. Check out these GREAT DEALS on QUALITY TEXTILES!
Del Close “Follow the Fear” T-Shirt (grey or red) – $10
“Formerly Improv Olympic” Hoodie (grey or red) – $35
Available for purchase in our box office! Swing by after a show!
Late Night host and iO alum's priceless advice
Seth Meyers dropped a little anecdote from his time at iO on Wednesday’s “Late Night.” If you ever find your improv team desperately wanting to throw your Cagematch show, you’d do well to heed Seth’s advice.
No chicken fingers here.
Andy Kalish, the man behind iO’s new kitchen, has released the menu for the buffet that comes with every ticket to a Grand Opening Celebration show. This is NOT your standard theater fare. No sir. This is a high quality, fresh, made-from-scratch epicurean adventure. And, again, this spread is FREE with a ticket to a grand opening show.
Feast your eyes on this.
Fresh & Roasted Veggies Served w/ Garlic Herb Farm Cheese & Sweet Pea Hummus + Pita Crisps
Chips & Salsa
Masa, Plantain & Root Chips + Avocado Salsa Verde & Spicy Salsa Roja Potato
Chips & Dips
Fresh Fried Rustic Chips + Homemade French Onion Dip
Roasted Beet Root, Pickled Fennel & Red Onion w/ Toasted Seeds & Chèvre… with Balsamic Syrup Vin’
Stone Fruit Panzanella
Garlic Toasted Ciabatta, Tomato, Basil, Red Onion Shards & Fresh Mozzarella + Lemon Shallot Vin’
Pocket Burgers (Beef*or Vegan**
Cooked Somewhere Between Rare & Well
*Two Small Burgers on Sea Salt Ciabatta w/ Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion Shards & iO Pickles + iO Chips
Choice of Homemade Cheese Topping – Mild Cheddar, Horseradish Cheddar or Creamy Blue
Choice of Nueske’s Bacon or Braised Woodland Mushroom
Add On: Fried Quail Egg or Seared Duck Pâté
Banh Mi Red Pork or Shrimp / Baked Potato / Corned Beef Ruben / Pepperoni / Margarita /
Garden Pie + Walnut Pesto (Vegan or Dairy Mozz’) / BBQ Chicken – Roasted Potato, Onion, Bacon & Gorg’
DIY Fried Chicken & Waffles
Fried Chicken (Thigh) + Cardamom Waffle, Maple Pecan Butter & Southern Gravy
Sticks & Nubs
Warm & Soft Pretzel Breads w/ Homemade Coarse Grain Mustard + One Homemade Dip
Chopped Liver / Oregon Cheddar & Jalapeno / Horseradish Chèvre & Peppadew
Detroit Dogs on Fries
Pocket Sized Beef Franks w/ Chili, Cheese, Mustard & Onions OR Naked
Meatballs on Fries
Braised Lamb & Beef Gyro + Tadziki / Buffalo Chicken + BC Crème
Mac & Cheese Croquettes + iO Chips
Deep Fried Panko Rolled Mac & Cheese Spheres + Spicy Peppadew Dip
Shrimp & Scallop Fritters + iO Chips
w/ Sharp Cocktail & Spicy Red Mayo Dips
Roasted Garlic Mayo & Ketchup
iO Mini Dounts
Cinnamon Sugar + Warm Glaze Dip / Chipotle Spiced Sugar w/ Rum Cajeta / Bacon Pecan Glaze
Strawberries & Cream – in tall glass
Fresh Strawberries w/ Rhubarb Coulis + Lemon Crème & Whipped Cream + Sugar Cookie Crumble
Cake & Ice Cream – in tall glass
Warm Beet Root Chocolate Cake w/ Vanilla Bean Ice Cream + White Chocolate Whipped Cream
Carrot Cake Concrete – in tall glass
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream & Carrot Cake w/ Whipped Philly Cream Cheese Frosting + Bacon Pecan Topping