Neil Flynn Going Back To NBC

Deadline reports that Neil Flynn, star of The Middle, is heading back to NBC to star in a lead role opposite Natalie Morales in the NBC comedy pilot, Abby’s, after he wraps his nine year tenure at ABC. Flynn played The Janitor on NBC’s Scrubs for 7 seasons,  “Mike Heck” on ABC’s The Middle for 9 seasons, and […]

Amy Poehler to Direct, Star, & Produce new Netflix Comedy

The Hollywood Reporter reports that our friend Amy Poehler is producing, directing, and starring alongside fellow iO and SNL friends in a new comedy for Netlflix, “Wine Country”, which tells the story of old friends who go to Napa for a weekend getaway to celebrate a 50th birthday. Poehler’s all-star lineup for her new project […]

The 10,000 Hours Program at iO Chicago

10,000 Hours is a new DiOversity program designed for current and former improv students who are looking to build their improv skills without breaking their budget. Practice sessions are led by coaches who donate their time in support of building a diverse improv community through the art of improv comedy. The 10,000 Hours program originated […]

Female Leadership In The Hospitality Industry

Charna Halpern speaks at an event at her iO Theater on advancing women in male-dominated fields.

Women in the hospitality industry gathered at the iO Theater this week to talk about advancing female leadership in an industry dominated by men. Read the full Female restaurateurs say it’s tough to advance in a male-dominated field article in the Chicago Tribune!

Ring in the New Year with Laughs!

Ring in the new year with laughs from your choice of FOUR amazing special interactive NYE show packages at iO!   ‘THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY’ NEW YEAR’S EVE SPECTACULAR! The Improvised Shakespeare Company® is one of the funniest and most critically-acclaimed improv troupes in the world. It has been performing its unique show to sold […]

NBC Buys Comedy By Amy Poehler & Kim Rosenstock

Deadline reports that NBC has bought a single mom comedy from playwright/ New Girl writer-producer Kim Rosenstock and executive producer, Amy Poehler. Written and executive produced by Rosenstock, the comedy focuses on a newly single mother who is forced to rely on the last people she wants help from … her family. (Poehler executive produces via her Paper […]

Amber Ruffin to Write & Star in NBC Comedy

Deadline reports that Amber Ruffin (Late Night With Seth Meyers) will write and star in a new comedy for NBC produced by Lorne Michaels and Seth Meyers. Titled “Going Dutch”, the show is co-written by Ruffin and Michael Starrbury and is based on Ruffin’s life. Read the whole article on Deadline HERE. We are super proud and […]

How Chicago comedy prepared Jordan Klepper for Comedy Central

Read Steve Heisler’s piece on the Chicago Reader on Jordan Klepper and how his time in Chicago and at iO helped prepare him for his new show on Comedy Central. “My time at iO helped me become adaptive in the field [at The Daily Show], able to go with the flow and collaborate with people in morning meetings so […]

“The Opposition with Jordan Klepper” Full of Familiar Faces

Comedy Central’s new show ,”The Opposition with Jordan Klepper”, debuts on Monday, September 25th,  and if it will feature several of our friends and alums. Klepper’s new show will feature iO alums Laura Grey and Tim Baltz as “Citizen Journalists”, and Russ Armstrong, Chelsea Devantez, Asher Perlman, Steve Waltien, and Seth Weitberg as part of the writing staff. Chicago […]

David Pasquesi Cast As A Series Regular In AMC Drama Series

Deadline reports that David Pasquesi (Veep), along with Sonya Cassidy (Humans), Eric Allan Kramer (Mike & Molly), Brent Jennings (Shameless) and Linda Emond (The Big Sick), has been cast as a series regular opposite Wyatt Russell in AMC’s upcoming comedic drama series Lodge 49,  from creator Jim Gavin, showrunner Peter Ocko and executive producer Paul Giamatti. Lodge 49 […]

SNL’s Alex Moffat on Eric Trump impression

SNL’s Alex Moffat talked with the Chicago Tribune’s Darel Jevens about SNL and his Eric Trump impression. Jevens writes that “Once assigned the role, Moffat zeroed in on a still photo, the infamous image Donald Trump Jr. posted on Instagram before last year’s election, hashtagged #millennialsfortrump, that showed Eric with a pained expression, lurking behind […]

Jordan Klepper to host his own show

The New York Times reports that fans of “The Daily Show” will soon see a familiar face in the 11:30 p.m. time slot following that show on Comedy Central. On Tuesday, the network said that it would give a topical comedy show to Jordan Klepper, a correspondent for “The Daily Show.” It will begin in […]