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The Chris Farley Cabaret

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1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
312 929-2401

harold-cab2Named after one of our most beloved alums, The Chris Farley Cabaret is located on the second floor of the iO Theater.

 

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May 2017
$12

SICK ADVENTURE

May 22 @ 8:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day until May 29, 2017
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Oh dang!! Alex Honnet first produced this show in October of 2010.  Now it's almost June 2017. Upstairs Gallery won the Chicago Readers “best underground art space 2014” and decided that was enough, so they closed down. This, their longest running show, is resurrected from time to time to keep the spirit of that venue alive. An improv show featuring some of the best up and coming or already here faces of the Chicago comedy scene, it’s always a blast…

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The iO Stand-Up Open Mic

May 22 @ 10:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Bring four minutes of stand-up material and jump on stage and see what happens! Sign up in person at iO. Sign ups start at 8pm at the iO Box Office on the ground floor of the iO Theater. Hosted by: Taylor Wolfe *ADMISSION IS FREE*

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$8

The Pool

May 23 @ 8:30 pm
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Weekly on the same day
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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The Pool is an improvised shows performed by up-and-coming talent from the iO Training Center.

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$5

Heaven at 11

May 23 @ 10:30 pm
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Weekly on the same day until May 30, 2017
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Even days of eternal bliss can get a little boring. That’s why every night billions of redeemed souls tune into Heaven at 11, the highest-rated late-night talk show in God’s Kingdom for going on five centuries. Each show, quick-witted angel Audrey and her sidekick Zacharias catch up on Heaven’s latest news and gossip, interview the Kingdom’s hottest celebrities, and welcome up-and-coming musical guests and standup comics to perform on the Elysian Stage. So crack open a negative-calorie beer, curl up with…

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$5

Snowball / Roundabout / FELT

May 24 @ 8:30 pm
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Felt is a completely improvised show with an added touch of fun due to the fact its cast is not human. This unique, unpredictable, and fun cast has been entertaining audiences at the legendary iO Theater in Chicago for over 10 years. * This show is not suitable for children * Felt plays every Wednesday night with 2 different opening Harold teams. Playing with Felt tonight: SNOWBALL / ROUNDABOUT   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase tickets or purchase them online. …

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$5

Cagematch

May 24 @ 10:30 pm
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Weekly on the same day until June 28, 2017
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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The original Improv Cagematch returns to the iO stage with a new batch of teams hungry to claim the Cagematch Trophy. Each team will be given exactly 25 minutes. The team with the most votes based on an audience vote will not just return the following week to defend their title against a new challenger. The passion. The glory. The Cagematch.   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase tickets or purchase them online.  (Free for iO students and performers) [button shape="square"…

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$12

SmallProv

May 25 @ 8:30 pm
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Weekly on the same day until June 29, 2017
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Join Muck (Jesse Kendall and Mark Thomson) and Seriously Unprepared (Jeff Murdoch and Jo Scott) each Thursday at SmallProv as they perform alongside hilarious independent duos and trios. Each week Muck hosts and welcomes two new small teams and welcomes back an independent small team returning to play during their extended run. LAUGHS GUARANTEED. ATTENDANCE MANDATORY! Hosts - Jesse Kendall, Mark Thomson Weekly performances by: Muck (Jesse Kendall and Mark Thomson) and Seriously Unprepared (Jeff Murdoch and Jo Scott) Rotating cast of improvisers   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase…

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$5

Girl Gang

May 25 @ 10:30 pm
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Weekly on the same day until September 28, 2017
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Girl Gang is a show that unites all witchy-women, all Gia gals, and every single Luna-loving lady alive. One indie team of all fabulous females will kick off the night, then any gal of any skill level will be invited up onstage for the JAM portion of the show, and finally the night will end with a set from our girl gang of the month. Interested in being a part of the gang? Submit your information here. Is your girl gang…

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$14

The Comedy Dance Collective

May 26 @ 8:30 pm
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Weekly on the same day until May 26, 2017
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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From T-Rexes to tiny tutus, this group of current, former, and almost dancers celebrates movement-based comedy in a visually-hilarious show that's sure to make your face hurt from smiling. "The C:DC has found a way to set themselves apart from any other comedy troupe. They are funny, creative, and charming.  It seems that their main goal is to connect with the audience and make sure everyone has a good time – and they succeed wildly." -Charna Halpern, Founder and Owner…

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$10

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: An IMAX Experience, Presented by the Field Museum in conjunction with Spooky Dookie

May 26 @ 10:30 pm
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Weekly on the same day until June 9, 2017
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire was one of the most destructive industrial disasters in modern American history--but what's the worst thing about it? That none of us got to witness it firsthand! But thanks to The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: An IMAX Experience, that's about to change. Using the immersive power of IMAX, we'll bring you closer to disaster than ever before, with plenty of twists, turns, and preventable catastrophe along the way. This IMAX presentation is made possible by the generous acting…

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$5

MIDNIGHT SNAXXX

May 26 @ 11:55 pm
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Weekly on the same day until May 27, 2017
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Tasty late-night improv comedy from Emergency Contaxxx and J.A.M., two of Chicago’s independent long-form teams. Emergency Contaxxx: Tina Arfaee, Dani James, Brad Johnson, Erin Lovelace, Scott McCaaa, Steven Tobiasz J.A.M: Marcos Barnes, Jared Chapman, Aaron Steinbrecher   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase tickets or purchase them online.  (Free for iO students and performers) Buy Tickets

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$14

Big Tobacco / Big Spoon

May 27 @ 8:30 pm
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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An evening featuring two of iO's ensembles performing iO's signature form, The Harold. Playing tonight: BIG TOBACCO / BIG SPOON   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase tickets or purchase them online.  (Free for iO students and performers) Buy Tickets

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$10

Bevvy Presents: I Do What I Want: Wisegals, Badda Bing, Badda Boom

May 27 @ 10:30 pm
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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May show blurb: The last Saturday of each month, Bevvy brings their signature high-energy, dynamic sketch comedy with a slight twist to the Chris Farley Cab. Each show promises to highlight a collaborator’s unique voice. This month, Brooke is the Consigliere and puts everyone above the law , serving up all the Mobster realness you can handle. Become a part of the Bevvy family for one night. The secret password is Wisegal, and tell her Persistent Lizzy Warren sent ya.…

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$12

GUTTER RAGE with Dumb John and RATZ

May 28 @ 8:30 pm
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Weekly on the same day until June 25, 2017
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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"A brilliant film" "An American Landmark" "Revolutionary. Absolutely emblematic of its time and place." "Sensational. A once-in-a-generation movie." "High flying excitement. Fasten your seat belt. Steven Seagal is at his peak" Four out of the five above quotes are reviews of the movie The Social Network. One is a review of the Kurt Russel/Steven Seagal classic Executive Decision, but there is no doubt that all six quotes could accurately describe GUTTER RAGE with Dumb John and Ratz. Dumb John and…

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$5

Late as F***K – The Sunday Improv Show

May 28 @ 10:30 pm
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Weekly on the same day until June 25, 2017
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Yeah, yeah we know... you've gotta work in the morning. But let's face it, you're gonna be tired on Monday no matter what. Enjoy one last night of quality improv comedy this weekend before you're thrown back into the daily grind. It might be late as f**k, but it's gonna be funny as hell.   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase tickets or purchase them online.  (Free for iO students and performers) Buy Tickets

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$5

Bad Bear / Cecilia / FELT

May 31 @ 8:30 pm
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Felt is a completely improvised show with an added touch of fun due to the fact its cast is not human. This unique, unpredictable, and fun cast has been entertaining audiences at the legendary iO Theater in Chicago for over 10 years. * This show is not suitable for children * Felt plays every Wednesday night with 2 different opening Harold teams. Playing with Felt tonight: BAD BEAR / CECILIA   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase tickets or purchase them…

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June 2017
$14

TBA / Uh-Oh

June 3 @ 8:30 pm
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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An evening featuring two of iO's ensembles performing iO's signature form, The Harold. Playing tonight: TBA / UH-OH   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase tickets or purchase them online.  (Free for iO students and performers) Buy Tickets

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$10

Gideon / HERALDO

June 3 @ 10:30 pm
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Performed by a cast of Spanish-speaking veteran improvisors, HERALDO is a fast-paced physical show that is designed for an English speaking crowd. HERALDO: Improv in Spanish, Laughs in English. Playing with a different opening Harold team every first Saturday of the month! Playing with Heraldo tonight: GIDEON   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase tickets or purchase them online. (Free for iO students and performers) Buy Tickets

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$12

CRUSH IT with LADY CRUSH

June 5 @ 8:00 pm
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The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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The only thing we love more than making you laugh, is each other! Want to mosh? Want to learn about Medical Cannabis? Do you enjoy fog machines? Bring a couple bucks and a pal and LET US TAKE YOU ON A JOURNEY!   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase tickets or purchase them online. (Free for iO students and performers) Buy Tickets

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$5

Guppie

June 6 @ 10:30 pm
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Weekly on the same day until June 27, 2017
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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The story of a small town Twink moving to the big city. 'Guppie' is a solo sketch show featuring iO performer, George David Elrod. Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, George moved to Chicago in 2013 with a dream and a Tinder account. He was just small fish in a big pond. Directed by Mary Catherine Curran. Every week opening with new LGBTQ acts! Follow George for more Twinky comments on Twitter - @georgeDelrod   Call 312 929-2401 to…

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$5

Rodeo / Coach / FELT

June 7 @ 8:30 pm
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Felt is a completely improvised show with an added touch of fun due to the fact its cast is not human. This unique, unpredictable, and fun cast has been entertaining audiences at the legendary iO Theater in Chicago for over 10 years. * This show is not suitable for children * Felt plays every Wednesday night with 2 different opening Harold teams. Playing with Felt tonight: RODEO / COACH   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase tickets or purchase them online. …

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$14

The Secret Show With No Special Guests

June 9 @ 8:30 pm
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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A secret evening of music, stories and improv where the music and stories are definitely not played by singer/songwriter and overall great guy Jack Garratt. Shh. Shut up about it. Just show up. Cast: Katie Kershaw, Dana Quercioli, Sarah Dellamico, Kevin Sciretta, Jeff Murdoch, Saurabh Pande, Kimberly Michelle Vaughn, Jo Scott, Abby Mcenany   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase tickets or purchase them online. (Free for iO students and performers) Buy Tickets

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$14

Miracle Ranch / Gone Gone

June 10 @ 8:30 pm
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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An evening featuring two of iO's ensembles performing iO's signature form, The Harold. Playing tonight: MIRACLE RANCH / GONE GONE   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase tickets or purchase them online.  (Free for iO students and performers) Buy Tickets

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$10

Dear Diarrhea

June 10 @ 10:30 pm
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The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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A comedy show in which guests, against their better judgment, share humiliating passages from their old diaries, LiveJournals, song lyrics, fan fiction and beyond - and then improvisers perform scenes inspired by the readings. Come watch grown adults confront their embarrassing first attempts at self-expression in front of an audience of strangers.   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase tickets or purchase them online.  (Free for iO students and performers) Buy Tickets

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$5

Having it All

June 12 @ 8:00 pm
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Everyday, girls and women are told to be and not be a million things. This show takes the conversation that happens everyday in living rooms, green rooms, on a walk over the phone with your mom, and in almost every room that women congregate in, and puts it onstage in front of us. Storytellers: Hailey Palmer, Kenzie Seibert, Mary Tilden, Katie Maggart, Mary Cait Walthall Improvisers: Caitlin Connor Joseph, Margaret LeBron, Kaydee Dolan, Lucy Walker, Lucia Reiur, Maddie Cordovano, Rebeccah…

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$5

Nectar / Smokin’ Hot Dad / FELT

June 14 @ 8:30 pm
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Felt is a completely improvised show with an added touch of fun due to the fact its cast is not human. This unique, unpredictable, and fun cast has been entertaining audiences at the legendary iO Theater in Chicago for over 10 years. * This show is not suitable for children * Felt plays every Wednesday night with 2 different opening Harold teams. Playing with Felt tonight: NECTAR / SMOKIN' HOT DAD   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase tickets or purchase…

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$14

Safe in My Own Head: A New Musical

June 16 @ 8:30 pm
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Weekly on the same day until July 21, 2017
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Life's many hurdles can become overwhelming when your mind is actively working against you.  A young man attempting to navigate relationships and careers tries to get his brain on his team as he discovers what truly makes him happy. Featuring an original score, this new musical comedy explores how depression and anxiety get in the way of truly living. Man - Brendan Duffy Brain - Natalie Moretti Directed by Jenn Noyes   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase tickets or purchase…

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$14

Artemis / Trash Daddiez

June 17 @ 8:30 pm
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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An evening featuring two of iO's ensembles performing iO's signature form, The Harold. Playing tonight: ARTEMIS / TRASH DADDIEZ   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase tickets or purchase them online.  (Free for iO students and performers) Buy Tickets

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$10

Chapter Select

June 17 @ 10:30 pm
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The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Using randomly selected chapter titles from old and terrible DVDs as inspiration, the cast will create a FOUR STAR improvisational masterpiece.   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase tickets or purchase them online.  (Free for iO students and performers) Buy Tickets

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$12

Gender is a DRAG

June 19 @ 8:00 pm
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The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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A variety show that features Chicago performers who show us what it means to accentuate, celebrate, and all out complicate gender through a bevy of artistic mediums.   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase tickets or purchase them online.  (Free for iO students and performers) Buy Tickets

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$5

First Kiss / Golden Ticket / FELT

June 21 @ 8:30 pm
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Felt is a completely improvised show with an added touch of fun due to the fact its cast is not human. This unique, unpredictable, and fun cast has been entertaining audiences at the legendary iO Theater in Chicago for over 10 years. * This show is not suitable for children * Felt plays every Wednesday night with 2 different opening Harold teams. Playing with Felt tonight: FIRST KISS / GOLDEN TICKET   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase tickets or purchase…

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$14

Roundabout / Big Spoon

June 24 @ 8:30 pm
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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An evening featuring two of iO's ensembles performing iO's signature form, The Harold. Playing tonight: ROUNDABOUT / BIG SPOON   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase tickets or purchase them online.  (Free for iO students and performers) Buy Tickets

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$10

Bevvy Presents: I Do What I Want: Wet Hot Midwestern Summer

June 24 @ 10:30 pm
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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The last Saturday of each month, Bevvy brings their signature high-energy, dynamic sketch comedy with a slight twist to the Chris Farley Cab. Each show promises to highlight a collaborator’s unique voice. This month, your segway tour guide is Taylor, and she’ll show you why Chicago is the place to be all summer long. Everyone claims they live in Chicago for its summers: the food, the festivals, the hot sticky food at festivals and being hot and sticky at festivals.…

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$5

Cecilia / Comet / FELT

June 28 @ 8:30 pm
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Felt is a completely improvised show with an added touch of fun due to the fact its cast is not human. This unique, unpredictable, and fun cast has been entertaining audiences at the legendary iO Theater in Chicago for over 10 years. * This show is not suitable for children * Felt plays every Wednesday night with 2 different opening Harold teams. Playing with Felt tonight: CECILIA / COMET   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase tickets or purchase them online. …

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July 2017
$14

Cadaver / Gone Gone

July 1 @ 8:30 pm
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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An evening featuring two of iO's ensembles performing iO's signature form, The Harold. Playing tonight: CADAVER / GONE GONE   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase tickets or purchase them online.  (Free for iO students and performers) Buy Tickets

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$10

TBD / HERALDO

July 1 @ 10:30 pm
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The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Performed by a cast of Spanish-speaking veteran improvisors, HERALDO is a fast-paced physical show that is designed for an English speaking crowd. HERALDO: Improv in Spanish, Laughs in English. Playing with a different opening Harold team every first Saturday of the month! Playing with Heraldo tonight: TBA   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase tickets or purchase them online. (Free for iO students and performers) Buy Tickets

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$10

Hysterical Fiction

July 1 @ 10:30 pm
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Weekly on the same day until July 29, 2017
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Join us on a guided tour through the Museum of Unnatural History as we study some of history’s unlikeliest heroes. Just two best friends stumbling through time. It’s Laverne and Shirley meets Cloud Atlas. It’s Hysterical Fiction. Cast: Sarah Antao, Molly Kessler   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase tickets or purchase them online. (Free for iO students and performers) Buy Tickets

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$5

TBA / FELT

July 5 @ 8:30 pm
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Weekly on the same day
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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Felt is a completely improvised show with an added touch of fun due to the fact its cast is not human. This unique, unpredictable, and fun cast has been entertaining audiences at the legendary iO Theater in Chicago for over 10 years. * This show is not suitable for children * Felt plays every Wednesday night with 2 different opening Harold teams. Playing with Felt tonight: TBA   Call 312 929-2401 to purchase tickets or purchase them online.  (Free for…

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August 2017
TBD

Chicago Musical Improv Festival

August 17 @ 7:00 pm
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Daily until August 20, 2017
The Chris Farley Cabaret, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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iO is excited to host this year's Chicago Musical Improv Festival (CHIMIF) Keep your eyes on http://www.chicagomusicalimprovfestival.com/ for more information!

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