We offer customized training sessions and entertainment for conferences, meetings, or celebrations. If you can dream it up, we can handle it. If you can’t, then we’ll take care of that too.


When it comes to Comedy, we’re all Business.

Do you want entertainment for your conference, meeting or celebration? Let iO put together a hilarious improv show to bring down the house or have us write customized material to make light of issues related to your company or business field. If you can dream it up, we can handle it. If you can’t, then we’ll take care of that too.

Our writers have gone on to work at such shows as Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, 30 Rock and MADtv, and countless other shows. So rest assured knowing you’re in good hands.

We put the “fun” in “Functional”

iO’s corporate training sessions are 100% customized to specifically target and meet the needs of our clients.

Our expert curriculum designers work with you to learn not only about your business and your employees, but your experience with past training sessions as well. We can help you create a highly participatory session that serves all three of the ways people learn visually (watching others), auditory (hearing) and kinetically (doing!) – to create an exciting learning experience with long-term, impacting results.

Some of the skill sets we specialize in targeting include, but are not limited to:

  • Thinking in the moment
  • Presentation Skills
  • Ideation/Brainstorming
  • Team Building
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Creative Training Manual Presentation
  • Creating a Positive/Supportive Work Environment
  • Ice Breaking
  • Training the Trainers

Check out what some of our clients have to say about working with us!

“Everyone who has to do presentations big or small should take a class or watch plenty of improv. IO in Chicago is one of my all time favorite places to learn and watch improv.”


“Charna and her trainers joined us in Orlando last spring for our annual conference, and absolutely exceeded our expectations. Not only did their entire team embrace our goals, they really became our partners in achieving them. …While we immediately knew the session was a success, we continue to see the impact.”

Children’s Miracle Network

“The client was beyond happy and continue to rave about how fantastic you guys were. You really helped bring life to the event. …I really hope we get the opportunity to collaborate with you again in the future.”

Creative Republic

“iO was absolutely wonderful! They were super easy to work with and our students absolutely loved them. We would definitely recommend them to others and consider having them return to Cornell in the future.”

Cornell University

“iO was the highlight of our entire meeting. …everyone loved it and we can forsee how some of these exercises will impact our meetings and interaction moving forward. Truly awesome. We are huge fans and can’t say enough about how great it was.”

Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI)

“It is my great pleasure to recommend the services of Ms. Charna Halpern and her colleagues from iO. We have been extremely pleased and privileged to work together with her talented team and the results have been excellent.”


“iO was absolutely great to work with for the retreat. I definitely recommend them for your event as well.”


“Not only did our account team have fun together, but the workshop changed us for the better. We are now more open with each other and with our clients, and the improvements in communication and demeanor are very obvious. We have come closer to establishing the group mind that makes any team, comedy or corporate, more effective and enjoyable.”


“This is the first year we have had this type of entertainment, but it won’t be the last!”

Abbott Laboratories

“Every office is buzzing about the improv part of the meeting. People are raving about how much fun they had in the exercises. They actually learned something from doing them and hearing the instructors talk about how they relate back to business skills was great. What a blast!”

Chicago Sun-Times

“Having worked at many venues for different non-profit events, iO is head and shoulders above what I have experienced anywhere.”

Cathedral Counseling Center

“Everything went great!! I’ve had so many compliments on the entertainment and they really capped off the night perfectly!!! Thanks so much for being so easy to communicate with during this whole process.”

APAC Customer Services, Inc.

“It was a huge step in team development and collaboration, and realizing our strength as a team. Everyone learned so much and only had great things to say.”

Zapwater communications

“They put on an impromptu performance at the end of our training that had all of us rolling with laughter. We will be spreading the word to our corporate partners and clients about the exceptional iO experience.”

WGN Radio

“Thank you so much for the wonderful event. I now have 50 managers at meetings saying ‘yes, and…’ Very powerful, well-organized, safe and fun.”


“We received such great feedback from the participants that the breakout sessions and the large group activity was very engaging and relevant to their roles. I was so happy that it went well, especially with a room full of bankers. :)”

BMO Harris Bank

“The end of the program had a number of us on stage and I was literally crying from laughter so hard that I couldn’t sputter out my lines when it was my turn. The event was exactly what we had hoped for and I received only positive feedback from the team. It was an awesome team-building event and I would recommend it to anyone.”

CIC Pus, Inc.

We can come to you -wherever you are-, or you can bring your group to our theater!

We take the skills that we teach our performers to make them successful on stage, and bring them to you to help you in the corporate world.




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Whatever your business goals may be, we will work with you to help you meet them while having a ton of fun along the way. Or, maybe you just want to reduce stress and have a fully customized improv workshop, playing together in a way you’ll be talking about for months!

Call 312 929-2401 for more information or use the following form to contact us and someone will get back to you shortly!

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