Whirled News Tonight
Whirled News Tonight is an improvised show that strives to not only provide a satirical turn on current events, but to provide another, human, point of view of those stories.
When the audience arrives they will be brought to a table with several local and national publications where they can cut out any articles they are interested in and tack them onto several bulletin boards onstage. The cast will randomly choose these articles throughout the show to inspire their improvised scenes..
Currently in its 15th year run, Whirled News Tonight performs every Saturday night at 8pm at Chicago’s famed iO Theater .
Created & Directed by Jason R. Chin
Starring: Emily Anderson, Atra Asdou, Becca Barish, Brooke Breit, Marla Caceres, Padraic Connelly, Alex Eilhauer, John P. Glynn, Brett Lyons, Megan O’Neill, Eddie Pina, Adal Rifai, Rob White, and Shane Wilson.
Whirled News Tonight alumni include: Sarah Haskins (Trophy Wife), Jordan Klepper (The Daily Show), Arnie Niekamp (Hello From the Magic Tavern), Steve Waltien, Sarah Wonak, and Matt Young (Magic Tavern).
"...genuine rapport; articulate dialogue unfolds logically, swiftly, and concisely." - Chicago Reader
"...this is a brainy, quick-witted group!" - Chicago Tribune
"... nothing's too far fetched for the imaginative minds of 'Whirled News Tonight.'" - Chicago Sun Times
"With satire staples like news-rag The Onion, and the empires that are The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, a weekly improv show that selects random headlines from the week and performs scenes inspired by them might seem unneccessary, but Whirled News Tonight carves out their own niche by having the flexibility to go both hyper local and international in their scope. And while satire is the main thrust of the show, WNT's cast tends to be poignant as they are amusing- human-interest stories or dry business items frequently become engrossing scenes more ambitious than other theaters' entire shows. " - The Onion A.V. Club.