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HEADLINING ACTS

Meadows, Walsh & Friends

Featuring comedy legends Tim Meadows, Matt Walsh, Brad Morris, Joe Canale, and more!

Ryan Asher and Her Famous Hollywood Friends

Podcast hosted by Nate Varrone, Eric Rahill, and Jack Bensinger.

The Improvised Shakespeare Co.

Based on one audience suggestion (a title of a show that has never been written), The Improvised Shakespeare Company® creates a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your eyes.  Nothing has been planned out, rehearsed, or written.  All of the dialogue is said for the first time, the characters are created as you watch, and if ever you’re wondering where the story is going…so are they! You’ve never seen the Bard like this before!

The Live Podcast

The Sloppy Boys

The Sloppy Boys are a “party rock” band from LA consisting of comedians Mike Hanford, Jeff Dutton and Tim Kalpakis. Prior to forming The Sloppy Boys, all three were writer-performers on the sketch comedy show “The Birthday Boys,” produced by Bob Odenkirk, which aired on IFC.

Live in Concert

The Sloppy Boys

The Sloppy Boys are a “party rock” band from LA consisting of comedians Mike Hanford, Jeff Dutton and Tim Kalpakis. Prior to forming The Sloppy Boys, all three were writer-performers on the sketch comedy show “The Birthday Boys,” produced by Bob Odenkirk, which aired on IFC.

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Chicago’s Comedic Epicenter

This summer, iO is thrilled to introduce iO Fest! Four days of improv, sketch, and stand-up along with specialty workshops and talkbacks in celebration of Chicago’s vibrant comedy scene. Special guests from iO’s talented roster of alumni will take the stage alongside a diverse array of today’s top comedic talents from all over the country.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

iO Fest will be Chicago’s largest improv festival with over 70+ confirmed acts featuring Tim Meadows, Matt Walsh, Ryan Asher, Tien Tran, Jeff Murdoch, Rashawn Scott, and Improvised Shakespeare Co.

This four day festival also includes specialty workshops offered by headliners and top comedic talent, panel discussions, and a whole lot of improv!

Headlining acts of iO’s previous festival, Bentwood Comedy Festival in 2018/19 included Sarah Sherman from Saturday Night Live, Jordan Klepper from The Daily Show, Tim Baltz from Righteous Gemstones, Chris Redd from Saturday Night Live,  a live taping of Hello From The Magic Tavern, and performances by TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi from Strangers with Candy and Veep.

Don’t miss out- come witness a marathon of amazing comedic talent!

Press for Bentwood:

CHICAGO TRIBUNE – It’s called the Bentwood Comedy Festival for the chairs, and it’s by iO Theatre and some of the folks who invented improv. 

CHICAGO READER The iO Theater’s Bentwood Comedy Festival arrives with an abundance of talent

WBEZ CHICAGO – Momo and the Mayor (Live from Chicago’s iO Theater)

GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE FEST

iO Fest 2024 – Chicago’s largest improv festival! July 25 – 28, 2024
Four days of improv, sketch and stand-up with 70+ acts from all over the world.
Purchase of your 4 Day Pass includes: Entry to the theater and all General Admission shows throughout the full duration of iO Fest, July 25 – July 28, 2024
*GA wristband does not grant admission to headliner shows*
Visit headliner pages to purchase tickets for the following performances separately: Meadows, Walsh & Friends / Ryan Asher and her Famous Hollywood Friends / The Improvised Shakespeare Company
Specialty workshops and headlining performances are not included with Festival Pass admission.

Take a workshop

Stay tuned for announcements regarding specialty workshops led by our headliners & other special guest instructors!

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How to Find us

How to get here

iO is a five minute walk from the North/Clybourn Red Line Stop and just two minutes off the 72 North Ave Bus Route. We offer no parking, but limited street parking and several pay-to-park lots are located within one block.