View Full Show CalendarRegister for Classes
iOWest Harold Teams13th Annual Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival
Q: What do all these people have in common? A: They’ve all studied and performed at the legendary iO Theater.
  • alumni-banner-1
  • alumni-banner-2
  • alumni-banner-3
  • alumni-banner-4
  • alumni-banner-6
  • alumni-banner-7
  • alumni-banner-8

Theater News




**iOWest Performer Showcases starting in May**
To be eligible for these showcases you must be a current or alumni of the  iOWest training center or Harold or Sketch Teams.

The past few summers have brought out the casting people from SNL to see out talent and while nothing has been confirmed about them coming back this year, we’re going to start to prepare in case they do again.

These are some of the people hired or asked to submit writing packets to SNL from past  iO and iOWest showcases: Vanessa Bayer, John Lutz, Cecily Strong, Claire Mulaney, Paul Brittan, Mike O’Brien, Lakendra Tookes, Calvin Dittmore and Mort Burke.

We will have performer showcases starting up again on Wednesday nights from 7pm-8pm on the Main Stage in May.

If you would like to be considered for one of the performance slots is these initial showcases, please send the link to your 2-3 minute video of you performing your original characters and impersonations to

Please keep props or costumes to the bare minimum in your video, transition into each character/impression one right after the other with limited set up.

You will be contacted if you are confirmed for a showcase slot.


    The Main Stage

    1. iO West Monday Night Happy Hour Open Mic

      April 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    2. FrankenMatt Presents: Triple Double

      April 27 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    3. Hip Hop Improv 808 / Blimprov

      April 27 @ 9:00 pm - 9:55 pm
    4. The Cherry After School Special: Cherry Crush/Cherry/The Cherry Pick

      April 27 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
    5. Duo Cagematch

      April 27 @ 11:30 pm - 12:30 am
    6. Happy Hour

      April 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    The Del Close Theater

    1. Tarotdactyl Presents: Mystic Mondays

      April 27 @ 10:30 pm - 11:55 pm
    2. The Tuesday Night +1 Improv Show

      April 28 @ 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm
    3. Less Hot Dog

      April 29 @ 10:30 pm - 11:35 pm
    4. Student Cage Match

      April 30 @ 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm
    5. Matchmaker Presents: Date Night

      May 1 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    6. New Forms: The Ripple and Milk Bath

      May 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    The Loft

    1. Waka Waka Workout

      April 27 @ 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm
    2. Key Party

      April 28 @ 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm
    3. Bipolar Bear Presents: Sketchy Improv

      April 29 @ 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm
    4. The Humans and Friends

      April 30 @ 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm
    5. Shocktopuss Presents: Nothing Special! A Spectacle of Improv and Truth or Dare

      May 1 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    6. Family Reunion

      May 1 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    • quote-murray
    • quote-poehler
    • quote-farley
    • quote-fey
    • quote-myers

    Considered to be the Mecca of improvisation, the iO Theater (formerly known as The ImprovOlympic) also boasts a full training center based on the teachings of our co-founder and improv guru, Del Close, and his partner and iO owner, Charna Halpern , that has helped train and develop the talents of an entire generation of America’s best and brightest comedic entertainers.

    Click for more info and to register for classes!

    There’s nowhere in the world we won’t go and we’ll be bringing a suitcase full of funny with us! Learn about you can bring some of our most popular shows to you! More…

    business-frontWe offer customized shows and workshops to fit any of your business needs. Learn more about how iO can help improve your team collaboration and leadership skills. More…

    iochinavWidely considered to be the premier venue for long-form improvisational performances and classes, the iO Theater (formerly known as the ImprovOlympic Theater) was founded in 1981 by Charna Halpern & the late great improvisational teacher and director, Del Close.  More…

    Join our mailing list for special event notices!