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Chicago's Best Improv, Five Nights a Week

Improv and more

Shows nightly at 7:30pm, 9pm, 10pm and more.

iO Theater has 4 stages that host live comedy five nights a week. And with multiple shows on each stage each night, that’s like 40 shows a week!

Improv, sketch, storytelling, musical improv, dance, stand up and more. Check out our recommended shows below to dive in.

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Improvised Jane Austen

Improvised Jane Austen tells a tale, on the spot, in the style of the most beloved 19th-century author. The audience can expect to laugh heartily, be wooed to tears, and be made to think on how much, and how little, has changed in two hundred-plus years.

Dumb John

Dumb John uses a single audience suggestion to inspire a piece of unhinged long form improv that propels diesel-soaked characters through fever dream karaoke scenes and down neon aisles of roadside antique marts

Phony Award Winning: Improvised Chorus Line

Super star music improv group Phony Award Winning is proud to present “Improvised Chorus Line”, a show which transports audiences into the thrilling spontaneity of live theater, where every scene and song unfolds in the moment, capturing the essence of “A Chorus Line” through dynamic, improvised performances.

Voila! The Improvised Musical

From cabaret to comedy, heartfelt scenework is intermixed with improvised musical numbers in this two-act fully improvised musical. Every show is unique, so come back each week for the opening and closing night of a brand new theatrical production.

House Teams

iO House Teams are cast from the graduates of the iO Training Center Program. Each night of the week has a different pair of house teams performing their version of iO’s signature longform piece, The Harold. Don’t know what a Harold is? That’s fine. You’ve seen Seinfeld right? Every episode of Seinfeld is a Harold basically. Now you get it.

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Big Deborah

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Dann Conn, Chris Littrell, Luis Cortes, Keiter Liriano, Anthony Rossi, Shawna Seals, Chloe Franklin, Morgan O’Dell, Heather Mari, Maura Chappelle. Coached by Nicole Carter.
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Birdlady

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Justin Parlette, Erin Washington, Daryn Robinson, Ryan Nolan, Devin Henderson, Chris Franz, Ali Khan, Alonso Ramirez, Laura Maynard, Lauren Frost. Coached by Laurel Krabacher.
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Creamboy

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Anna Bortnick, Conner Stumm, Matty Vergun, Ateeq Rehman, Jake Prizant, Sage Huston, Claire Noone, Leon Wilson. Coached by Adonis Holmes
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Icarus

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Stevie Dionne, Janelle Soulliere, Aaron Alicea, Max Reichek, Deshawn Mason, Holly Barras, Danny Griffith, Francesca Bucci, Lauren Hugh, Simon Tessmer. Coached by Alonso Ramirez
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Kismet

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Allen Lucas, Hails Reeves, Ari Levin, Shelbi Weaver, Hannah Magy, Jon Plester, Mitch Winkler, Jacob Knobbe, Montrez Hawkins, Jazmin Robinson. Coached by Katie Caussin
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STANK

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Raju Ben, Shelby Deutsch, Lydia House, Kevin Strader, Dani James, Steve Kleinberg, Sabrina Odigie, Dominic Rescigno. Coached by TJ King

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Kohl’s Cash

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Yo Alrawi, Edgar Nevarez, Nick Rowley, Molly Ruffner, Denver Collins, Mason King, Sara Dirks, Katie Kincaid, Rob Grabowski. Coached by Sarah Dell’Amico

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Whimsy Lohan

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Annie Farwell, Courtney Farney, Jon Podulka, JP Winders, Juliana Zepeda, Ryan Hultman, Sera Rae Young, Trevor D. Kelley, Kelton Neals. Coached by Brad Pike

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Lil Sluggers

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Justin Tunney, Sheila Master, Jonathan Sessa, Joseph Jenkins, Lucas Pollitzer, Olivia Evans, Claire Lochmueller, Elizabeth Fulton, Sarah Hierholzer, Mina Bond. Coached by Meredith Weir

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Ricochet

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Bea Wallis, Emma Sappington, Jordan Reichardt, Anna Kadewska, Hadley Singer, Jordy Blenner, Traer Schon, Robby Ayers, Justin Banks, Luis Castello. Coached by Chris Franz

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Whirled News Tonight

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The audience provides the inspiration for an evening of live comedy by picking their top stories from the day’s news. From these journalistic suggestions, a team of experienced improvisers create a fast-paced, topical, intelligent, hilarious show.
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The Armando Diaz Theatrical Experience

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Created in 1995 by iO alum Armando Diaz (not the Italian general), the Armando is a historic improvisational form where actors improvise a series of interconnected scenes based on the true events and life experiences told from a guest-monologist.
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Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

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An evening of off-the-ruff comedy featuring the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Inspired by one audience suggestion the dazzling players create a brand-new Shakespearean masterpiece right before your eyes.
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Harold Night

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The talented teams of iO come together to create characters, discover alternate realities, and play hilarious bits all inspired by one word from the audience. Using the Harold, an improvised story-telling form, iO’s elite house teams will showcase the wonderful, strange, and thrilling art of improv,
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Voila! The Improvised Musical

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From cabaret to comedy, heartfelt scenework is intermixed with improvised musical numbers in this two-act fully improvised musical.
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Devil’s Daughter

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Devil’s Daughter features a cast of seasoned comedians who have performed together in Chicago and around the country for 8+ years. This award-winning team has their own unique spin on a classic improv form, The Harold, and is known for their solo scenes, artistic style, and dastardly sense of humor.
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Escandalo!

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Escandalo is a weekly variety show that showcases Latine comedians, musicians, poets and much more! The show consists of a rotating cast of improvisers, solo performances, and special guests that all come from a Latine background.
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Improvised Jane Austen

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A tale, on the spot, in the style of the most beloved 19th-century author. The audience can expect to laugh heartily, be wooed to tears, and be made to think on how much, and how little, has changed in two hundred-plus years.

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Want to pitch a new Show?

We’re always accepting new show pitch ideas. Follow the link below to send us yours. Keep in mind, we get a lot of these and can’t respond to eveyone, but we will try.

Want to Join A House Team?

We hold auditions for house teams twice a year. All are welcome to apply for an audition slot, but space is limited and priority does go to iO graduates. Check back soon for the next audition date.

Feeling inspired?

All this talk about shows can kind of make you feel like doing a show of your own right? Learn more about our training center and improv program, as well as much more.