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The iO Theater boasts four performance spaces to showcase our most popular shows, our Harold teams, and our guest shows.

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Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Sat 12/15

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Are you good at relationships? Neither are we. Grab your friends, lovers and enemies and share your most messed up relationship stories at the nastiest show in town. Featuring some of Chicago's top talent, YFUR will improvise the details of your juiciest past flings and remind you of why you dumped their a$$ in the first place.

Starring: Abby McEnany, Allison Ringhand, Ashley Victoria, Becca Slack, Brian Holden, Chelsea Norment, Damon Royster, Eddie Klinker, EJ Cameron, Eric Rahill, Eunji Kim, Jack Felker, Jo Feldman, Julia Weiss, Katie Kershaw, Katie McCarty, Kristin Ramsey, Lawrence Collerd, Liz Kirkwood, Manuela Mendoza, Mary Catherine Curran, Nate Gold, Nicole Antonuccio, Ollie Hobson, Rob Wilson, Robel Arega, Scott Piebenga, Shelby Jo Plummer, Susan Glynn, Terrence Carey

$16.00

Whirled News Tonight

Whirled News Tonight

Sat 12/15

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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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. In it's 13th year at iO!

$16.00

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Sat 12/15

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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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 out audiences in Chicago since 2005. The ISC also continues to entertain audiences across the US with its national touring company. They have been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Fringe Festival, Off Broadway in New York City, Bonnaroo, the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, Outside Lands, San Francisco Sketchfest, UCB’s Del Close Marathon, and the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and Chicago. The ISC has been named Chicago's best improv group by both the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner and has received numerous awards in LA (Best of LA-LA Weekly), New York (New York Nightlife Awards), and Chicago (The Chicago Improv Foundation).

$20.00

The Deltones

The Deltones

Sat 12/15

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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The Deltones is an ensemble made up of members of some of iO’s premier ensembles, that performs a completely improvised musical.

The Deltones perform every Saturday night with a different opening team week to week.

$16.00

Whirled News Tonight

Whirled News Tonight

Sat 12/15

10:30 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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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. In it's 13th year at iO!

$8.00 - $16.00

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Sat 12/15

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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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 out audiences in Chicago since 2005. The ISC also continues to entertain audiences across the US with its national touring company. They have been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Fringe Festival, Off Broadway in New York City, Bonnaroo, the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, Outside Lands, San Francisco Sketchfest, UCB’s Del Close Marathon, and the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and Chicago. The ISC has been named Chicago's best improv group by both the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner and has received numerous awards in LA (Best of LA-LA Weekly), New York (New York Nightlife Awards), and Chicago (The Chicago Improv Foundation).

$20.00

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

Sat 12/15

10:30 pm

The Downstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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RIFF is a twice weekly showcase of Chicago’s most talented musical comedians, backed by a live band. Each night, our performers present an interactive evening of fast paced music improv, all while drinking right along with the audience. So plug in the mics, crank up the amps, raise a glass, and let’s RIFF!

$15.00 - $20.00

Improv Icons: 2b3b / Fudge

Improv Icons: 2b3b / Fudge

Sat 12/15

10:30 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$14.00

The Harold Team Big Spoon, The Harold Team Trü Bangerz

The Harold Team Big Spoon

The Harold Team Trü Bangerz

Sat 12/15

10:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$14.00

Dang! Hot Bits!

Dang! Hot Bits!

Sat 12/15

11:55 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Dang! Hot Bits! is a solo sketch showcase where performers test their brand spankin' new material. They're hot off the presses! Fresh out the oven! These bits are hot!!

Hosted by Cameron Davis, Kathy D'Onofrio and Phoebe Perry

$5.00

Best Buds

Best Buds

Cat Booty, Bing Bong, Mr. Dr, Talking Birds

Sat 12/15

11:55 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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BRING your BFFs to BEST BUDS- Where three groups of BESTIES do sets inspired by scenes from two BUDDIES, and we all become real good PALS.

With indie teams Cat Booty, Talking Birds, Mr Dr, and your hosts, Bing Bong.

Bing Bong- Becky Markert & Zoe Agapinan
Mr. Dr- Anna Weis, Judy Weinstein, Sarah Adler, Noah Smith, Mike Jest, Issa Polstein, Vinny Tangherlini
Talking Birds- Elisabeth Del Toro, Adam Donnelly , Seth Johnson, Libby Marshall, Ian Ornstein, Matt Roarty
Cat Booty- Laura Mulcahy, Sydney Back, Glo Chitwood, Alan Giles, Will Nicholson, Tom Spooner

$5.00

Level 5 Student Shows

Level 5 Student Shows

Sun 12/16

5:30 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Every 8 weeks, students graduating from our Training Center perform a unique long-form piece with their graduating class in a 7 week run!

Free

Sea-Wife -- A Staged Reading Benefiting Season of Concern

Sea-Wife -- A Staged Reading Benefiting Season of Concern

Sun 12/16

6:00 pm

The Downstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Tickets at the Door

$0.00

Student Graduation Shows

Student Graduation Shows

Sun 12/16

6:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Every 8 weeks, students graduating from our Training Center perform a unique long-form piece with their graduating class in a 7 week run!

$5.00

Deep Schwa, The Harold Team Bad Bear

Deep Schwa

The Harold Team Bad Bear

Sun 12/16

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Deep Schwa, one iO’s most veteran ensembles, has been delighting audiences on Sunday nights for almost 10 years.

From The Onion’s AV Club

“Arguably one of iO’s strongest Harold teams, Deep Schwa boasts a formidable lineup of improvisers: Jeff Griggs (who penned a memoir of his time being Del Close’s errand boy), the tireless Colleen Murray, and the unflappable combo of Brian Jack and Brett Lyons account for less than half of one of the theater’s oldest troupes. As friends of improv enthusiasts everywhere already know, it’s pointless to recount genius improv scenes after the fact, but one of Deep Schwa’s silliest involves the audition process for the part of a lion in an office-themed musical. Yes, it sounds utterly stupid here in print, but at the iO’s Cabaret, it becomes something to discuss at great length afterwards.”

$7.00 - $14.00

Face Plants with Carl and The Passions, The Harold Team Moms

Face Plants with Carl and The Passions

The Harold Team Moms

Sun 12/16

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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A stylized show which explores different styles of improvisational theatre, embracing risk taking, surprising your scene partner, and unusual scene choices. The show will incorporate 2 interpretations of the Harold, iO's signature form, one from a newly formed iO Harold team and one from legendary Carl and the Passions.

$7.00 - $10.00

Sunday Funday with Cool Aunt

Sunday Funday with Cool Aunt

Sun 12/16

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Sunday Funday with Cool Aunt is a unique and fun filled variety show hosted by veteran team, Cool Aunt. This high-energy variety show will be showcasing everything from once in a lifetime improv, to musical acts, sketch and solo performances. Come unmask some of Chicago’s premiere talent Sundays at 10:00pm.

Starring: Sophia Birks, Ashley Girard, Caitlin Grogan, Kayla Mulliniks, and Deborah Parks

Instagram - @CoolAuntImprov
Facebook - facebook.com/coolauntimprov

$8.00

Sundays in the Swamp! with Crocodile Nasties & The Harold Team St. Gen's

Sundays in the Swamp! with Crocodile Nasties & The Harold Team St. Gen's

Sun 12/16

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Crocodile Nasties are saddling up with the sweet horsies of 66 Mustang for Sundays in the Swamp! Every Sunday, swim by the Jason Chin Harold Cabaret for a show that combines the unbridled horsepower of the ‘Stangs with the wholesome nastiness of the Crocs. It’s a Sunday night romp that’ll make you laugh, cry, stomp, chomp, and maybe even learn something about the world around us. We haven’t decided yet!

Every week FUDGE is joined by a different live musical guest or stand-up performer. Half concert, half improv, the night is sure to be one of the best live comedy shows in Chicago.

 

FUDGE is Damian Anaya, Tim Lyons, Vince Portacci, and Dan White

$12.00

The Armando Diaz Experience

The Armando Diaz Experience

Mon 12/17

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Chicago’s longest running improvised comedy show, “The Armando Diaz Theatrical Experience Movement & Hootenanny”, aka, “The Armando Diaz Experience”, is a two-act “long-form” improvised show in which a monologist tells personal stories that provides the inspiration for the resulting scenes by that night’s cast. Each Monday night the cast features some of the very best improvisers in Chicago alongside special guest celebrity monologists.

Founded by Adam McKay (SNL, Anchorman, Talladega Nights), Dave Koechner (Anchorman, Thank You For Smoking, SNL) and Del Close (iO co-founder) The Armando Diaz Experience is iO’s longest running show and a landmark of comedy in Chicago.

$12

Shitty Bitches Presents: A Very Shitty Bitchmas

Shitty Bitches Presents: A Very Shitty Bitchmas

Mon 12/17

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$10

Jon Ramsey's Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The Juliard Play

Jon Ramsey's Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The Juliard Play

Mon 12/17

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Enter the surreal, the magic, and the heart of a community theater ensemble as they prepare for their seasonal Christmas play. A family friendly Christmas experience for all ages!


Cast List: Guy Madjar, Sami White, Garrett Williams, Phoebe Clare Perry, Chas Lilly, Moriah Martel, Tobias Childs, Chrissy Hartzell, Miranda Rozas

$10.00

The Harold Team Lil' Tooties, The Harold Team The Teenagers

The Harold Team Lil' Tooties

The Harold Team The Teenagers

Mon 12/17

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$12.00

iO Indie Night: Breakfast of Champions Edition

iO Indie Night: Breakfast of Champions Edition

Mon 12/17

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Want to see four teams blazing the indie comedy circuit in Chicago? Then look no further than iO's Indie Night! Four teams, one intermission, and $3 PBRs for all.

$3.00 - $5.00

Dynasty, Ted Isla, Liz's Lemons, & The Improv Jam!

Dynasty, Ted Isla, Liz's Lemons, & The Improv Jam!

Mon 12/17

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Dynasty is an all-minority improv group! And this is their weekly variety show, featuring standup, sketch, improv, and an improv jam where audience members can perform! Formed in 2016, Dynasty has played all over Chicago. Our performers have been featured in the Second City Bob Curry Fellowship, and at The Annoyance Theatre, UP Comedy Club, and Second City Mainstage.

"Dynasty team's talent carries the day at iO Theater..." -The Chicago Tribune

Starring: Ana Silva, Anthony LeBlanc, Ashley Victoria, Avery Lee, Brendan Tran, Damon Royster, Elias Rios, Eunji Kim, Jared Chapman, Rolando Lepe, Steph Perez, Trumane Alston, & Yazmin Ramos

$5

Stand Up Open Mic

Stand Up Open Mic

Mon 12/17

10:00 pm

The Downstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Bring four minutes of stand-up material and jump on stage and see what happens!

Sign up in person at iO. Sign ups start at 8pm at the iO Box Office on the ground floor of the iO Theater.

Hosted by: Claire Swanson & Mallory Bradford

Free

iO Improv All Stars

iO Improv All Stars

Mon 12/17

10:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Watch teams Love, Improvised and Brady share the stage for a night of improv!

$5.00

La-Di-Dah

La-Di-Dah

Mon 12/17

10:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Teams comprised of current students and recent graduates of iO’s musical improv program, perform completely improvised long form musical pieces. Come see Chicago’s rising stars of musical improv.

$5

The Pool

The Pool

Tue 12/18

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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The Pool is an improvised show performed by up-and-coming talent from the iO Training Center.

$8

FUDGE, The Harold Team Mothership

FUDGE

The Harold Team Mothership

Tue 12/18

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Four best buds having a fun-ass time. Every Tuesday, the boys of FUDGE converse with the audience and then create a night of hilarious improv inspired by your personal stories. FUDGE turns your anecdotes into fast and funny improvisation – committing to raw emotion and extreme silliness while allowing the two to live simultaneously.

 

Every week FUDGE is joined by a different live musical guest or stand-up performer. Half concert, half improv, the night is sure to be one of the best live comedy shows in Chicago.

 

FUDGE is Damian Anaya, Tim Lyons, Vince Portacci, and Dan White

$12

Improvised Jane Austen

Improvised Jane Austen

Tue 12/18

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$12

The Harold Team Comet, The Harold Team MacBeth

The Harold Team Comet

The Harold Team MacBeth

Tue 12/18

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$12.00

Home with Midnight in Miami

Home with Midnight in Miami

Tue 12/18

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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From the 305 to 312, Midnight in Miami entertains Chicago while we let Pitbull cover the rest of the world. Straight from South Florida get ready for us to bring the crazy, the heat, and one broski from Skokie.

Midnight In Miami: Francisco Quinones, Kathy D’Onofrio, Richard Gomez, Manuela Mendoza, Paul Rogers, & Stephanie Perez.

$5

Fine

Fine

Tue 12/18

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Patrick Webb and Brendon Cullhane are FINE, really they’re fine... A patient, singular improvised one-act story in real time, with no breaks or edits.

$5.00

The Hunking-Evans Middle School Holiday Pageant

The Hunking-Evans Middle School Holiday Pageant

Tue 12/18

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$5.00

The Harold Team Devil's Daughter, The Harold Team Smokin' Hot Dad

The Harold Team Devil's Daughter

The Harold Team Smokin' Hot Dad

Tue 12/18

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$5.00

Virgin Daiquiri, The Harold Team Miracle Ranch

Virgin Daiquiri

The Harold Team Miracle Ranch

Wed 12/19

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Every Wednesday night iO offers a FREE night of comedy featuring the all-female team, Virgin Daiquiri, and a different opening team every week!

Free

So Sketch Presents: A Very Merry Murder Mystery

So Sketch Presents: A Very Merry Murder Mystery

Wed 12/19

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$14

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show, The Harold Team Artemis

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show

The Harold Team Artemis

Wed 12/19

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Felt is a completely improvised show with an added touch of fun due to the fact its cast is not human. This unique, unpredictable, and fun cast has been entertaining audiences at the legendary iO Theater in Chicago for over 10 years.

* This show is not suitable for children *


Felt plays every Wednesday night with a different opening Harold team.

$5.00

The Harold Team 2 Bed 3 Bath, The Harold Team State Schramps

The Harold Team 2 Bed 3 Bath

The Harold Team State Schramps

Wed 12/19

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$14.00

Teacher Jam

Teacher Jam

Wed 12/19

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Every Wednesday, five randomly selected improv students get the chance to do a set with five of iO's teachers!

K+N closes out the night

$5

The Late 90's, The Harold Team Gone Gone

The Late 90's

The Harold Team Gone Gone

Wed 12/19

10:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Join The Late 90’s every Wednesday as they perform alongside two hilarious groups. The team welcomes friends from the independent improv scene, an iO Harold Team performing the theater’s signature longform piece, and then closes the night performing a new show format each week.

$10

CAGEMATCH

CAGEMATCH

Wed 12/19

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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The original Improv Cagematch returns to the iO stage with a new batch of teams hungry to claim the Cagematch Trophy.

Each team will be given exactly 25 minutes. The team with the most votes based on an audience vote will not just return the following week to defend their title against a new challenger.

The passion. The glory. The Cagematch.

$10

Donation Drive Auction Show!

Donation Drive Auction Show!

Wed 12/19

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$10.00

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Thu 12/20

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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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 out audiences in Chicago since 2005. The ISC also continues to entertain audiences across the US with its national touring company. They have been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Fringe Festival, Off Broadway in New York City, Bonnaroo, the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, Outside Lands, San Francisco Sketchfest, UCB’s Del Close Marathon, and the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and Chicago. The ISC has been named Chicago's best improv group by both the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner and has received numerous awards in LA (Best of LA-LA Weekly), New York (New York Nightlife Awards), and Chicago (The Chicago Improv Foundation).

$20.00

TJ & Dave

TJ & Dave

Thu 12/20

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Improv legends TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi improvise a one-hour play filled with elaborately imagined characters whose relationships reveal the wildly funny quirks of human nature.

If you’ve never seen long-form improv show before, this is an excellent place to start..

“The comics TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi miraculously improvise a one-hour play at every performance. This is an impressive feat of mental athletics, but the results are also observant, complex and frequently enormously funny.” – The New York Times

“BRILLIANT, HEARTBREAKING, MIND-BLOWING, INSPIRING! The best 50 minutes of improv comedy that we’ve ever seen. But we wouldn’t want to insult their effusive skills by speaking so simplistically. Also, it’s funny. Drink their Kool-Aid.” – Time Out New York

 

Sold Out

$12.00

SmallProv

SmallProv

Thu 12/20

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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America’s most underrated hype men, Ben Briggs and Chas Lilly, showcase Chicago’s biggest players on the tiniest teams. On top of featuring established micro squads each week, our mad curators will engineer a brand new, never-before-seen Frankenduo featuring two of the scene’s most talented improvisers. It’s a rager you can fit in your pocket.

$14.00

The Harold Team Meridian, The Harold Team Cecilia

The Harold Team Meridian

The Harold Team Cecilia

Thu 12/20

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Meridian, one of iO’s best and most popular Harold teams, plays every Thursday night featuring a different opening team at iO Chicago.

$14.00

Girl Gang

Girl Gang

Thu 12/20

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Girl Gang is a show that invites all female-identifying and gender-queer folks to ban together in the name of silliness, comedy, and a dang good time.

A rotating opening act of improv, storytelling, or stand up will kick off the night, followed by a jam where audience members are invited to perform with the producers, a short intermission, and then the night will close with the dang gang of the month!

Want to be a part of the monthly Girl Gang or open for the show? Email girlgangio@gmail.com for more information!

$10.00

2POC

2POC

Thu 12/20

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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2POC (Sounds like 2PAC, stands for "Two Performers of Color") is a new show where, each week, two new POC players will performer a half hour 2prov set. Maybe it’s a montage, maybe it’s one long scene, maybe they just compliment each other for 30 mins - the stage is theirs to do with as they please.

Chicago is fortunate to have a diverse pool of immense talent and now you have an opportunity to see a variety of performers, and see them flexing and supporting each other on one stage. Don't sleep on it, catch the 2POC premier August 9th @ 10 PM.

Starring: Tiara Maracoco, Ladies of SFN, Huy Ngyuen, and Dre Sampson

$10.00

Glass Basement

Glass Basement

Thu 12/20

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$10.00

The Scene, The Harold Team Stork

The Scene

The Harold Team Stork

Thu 12/20

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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In The Scene, five veteran improvisers come together as one common mind – the Director.

The Director’s mission is to explore the possibilities inherent in an initial improvised scene and to rework that scene until it reaches its natural conclusion. As such, “The Scene” sets out to marry the often juxtaposed concepts of creative process and finished product (and entertain the audience equally with both.)

The Scene plays with a different opening Harold team every week.

$10.00

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Fri 12/21

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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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 out audiences in Chicago since 2005. The ISC also continues to entertain audiences across the US with its national touring company. They have been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Fringe Festival, Off Broadway in New York City, Bonnaroo, the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, Outside Lands, San Francisco Sketchfest, UCB’s Del Close Marathon, and the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and Chicago. The ISC has been named Chicago's best improv group by both the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner and has received numerous awards in LA (Best of LA-LA Weekly), New York (New York Nightlife Awards), and Chicago (The Chicago Improv Foundation).

$20.00

Dreamboat: An LGBTQIA+ Improv Team, The Harold Team Nectar

Dreamboat: An LGBTQIA+ Improv Team

The Harold Team Nectar

Fri 12/21

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Dreamboat is a LGBTQIA+ focused show, highlighting some of the talented iO performers that are also members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Beginning with an iO Harold team, the show includes solo performance from LGBTQIA+ identifying performers, and culminates in an improv set by the all LGBTQIA+ team, Dreamboat.

Starring: Elizabeth Andrews, Debra Duncan, Thom Gaughan, Nate Gold, Rick Grove, Chrissy Hartzell, Chelsea Holmes, Kathleen Kinlin, Peyton Lynch, Dave Lyzenga, Riley Mondragon, Matt Myers, Laurel Zoff Pelton, Shelby Plummer, Peyton Robbins, Emma Smith, Rachel Smith, Jordan Stafford, Cody Sullivan, Mark Thomson, Brendan Tran, Erin Uttich, and Garrett Williams

$12.00 - $16.00

The Musical Armando, The Harold Team Gideon

The Musical Armando

The Harold Team Gideon

Fri 12/21

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$16.00

HOT SEAT

HOT SEAT

Fri 12/21

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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It's about to heat up in here! This Reader-Recommended show features some of iO's best players and invites the audience to ask the questions that we're afraid to answer. Get ready for some good old-fashioned truth telling and all the improv that might spin from it.

Starring: Allison Ringhand, Dina Facklis, Laurel Krabacher, Becca Barish, Lindsey Smith, Alison Gates, Dana Quercioli, Tim Lyons, Damian Anaya, Vince Portacci, Dan White, Neil Jacobsen, Lawrence Collerd, Dan Bazaldua, Justin Drogos, Meghan Babbe, Mike Brunlieb, Geoff Dow, Greg Worsley, Phylicia Mcleod, and Brett Lyons.

Poster: Tim Lyons

$16.00

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Fri 12/21

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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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 out audiences in Chicago since 2005. The ISC also continues to entertain audiences across the US with its national touring company. They have been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Fringe Festival, Off Broadway in New York City, Bonnaroo, the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, Outside Lands, San Francisco Sketchfest, UCB’s Del Close Marathon, and the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and Chicago. The ISC has been named Chicago's best improv group by both the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner and has received numerous awards in LA (Best of LA-LA Weekly), New York (New York Nightlife Awards), and Chicago (The Chicago Improv Foundation).

$20.00

Doing Our Moms: Christmas is Coming

Doing Our Moms: Christmas is Coming

Fri 12/21

10:30 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Doing Our Moms is coming to the iO Theater for a holiday-themed run in Doing Our Moms: Christmas Is Coming. In each show, a new lineup Chicago comedians do sketches as their own mothers, inspired by the holiday season. The evening is hosted by comedian Emily Anderson as her mother Judy, who says of this show, “I’m happy to have you exploit my foibles for the sake of art.” It’s a hilarious, sometimes heart-wrenching, joyful celebration of mothers and their unique brands of crazy/amazing. Love you, Mom!

 

Cast:
Angela Oliver
Brooke Montoya
Erin Keif
Leila Gorstein
Rebeccah Singer
Rolando Lepe

$14.00

It's an Interdimensional Wormhole, Charlie Brown!

It's an Interdimensional Wormhole, Charlie Brown!

Fri 12/21

10:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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It’s an Inter-dimensional Wormhole, Charlie Brown! is an off-beat journey through the weird world of holiday specials. Charlie Brown is transported to the world of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer right before Linus is going to tell him the true meaning of Christmas! From Scrooge to George Bailey, Charlie has adventures with all your favorite holiday characters.

Cast: Kevin Fergus, Chris Hanley, Brigid Neary, Jessica Benson, Issa Polstein.

Directed by Sarah Porter, written by Kevin Fergus

$14.00

Revolver, The Harold Team Mean Streak

Revolver

The Harold Team Mean Streak

Fri 12/21

10:30 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$14.00

Studio Eleven

Studio Eleven

Fri 12/21

11:59 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Studio Eleven is a weird, alternative variety show with on-the-fly sketches and experimental comedy/art.

$5.00

Tenn and Peller's Magical Mystery Tour

Tenn and Peller's Magical Mystery Tour

Fri 12/21

11:59 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Tenn & Peller, Chicago's giggliest improv duo, DO NOT do magic. They DO do* improv. And they love it. Join Tenn & Peller, and a rotating cast of some of Chicago's best indie improv teams, every Friday night at midnight in a magical night of improv (not magic!!) curated by the duo specifically to impress their dad's.

Starring Trent Dozier & Cameron Herdt

$5.00

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Sat 12/22

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Are you good at relationships? Neither are we. Grab your friends, lovers and enemies and share your most messed up relationship stories at the nastiest show in town. Featuring some of Chicago's top talent, YFUR will improvise the details of your juiciest past flings and remind you of why you dumped their a$$ in the first place.

Starring: Abby McEnany, Allison Ringhand, Ashley Victoria, Becca Slack, Brian Holden, Chelsea Norment, Damon Royster, Eddie Klinker, EJ Cameron, Eric Rahill, Eunji Kim, Jack Felker, Jo Feldman, Julia Weiss, Katie Kershaw, Katie McCarty, Kristin Ramsey, Lawrence Collerd, Liz Kirkwood, Manuela Mendoza, Mary Catherine Curran, Nate Gold, Nicole Antonuccio, Ollie Hobson, Rob Wilson, Robel Arega, Scott Piebenga, Shelby Jo Plummer, Susan Glynn, Terrence Carey

$16.00

Whirled News Tonight

Whirled News Tonight

Sat 12/22

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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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. In it's 13th year at iO!

$16.00

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Sat 12/22

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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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 out audiences in Chicago since 2005. The ISC also continues to entertain audiences across the US with its national touring company. They have been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Fringe Festival, Off Broadway in New York City, Bonnaroo, the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, Outside Lands, San Francisco Sketchfest, UCB’s Del Close Marathon, and the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and Chicago. The ISC has been named Chicago's best improv group by both the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner and has received numerous awards in LA (Best of LA-LA Weekly), New York (New York Nightlife Awards), and Chicago (The Chicago Improv Foundation).

$20.00

The Deltones

The Deltones

Sat 12/22

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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The Deltones is an ensemble made up of members of some of iO’s premier ensembles, that performs a completely improvised musical.

The Deltones perform every Saturday night with a different opening team week to week.

$16.00

Whirled News Tonight

Whirled News Tonight

Sat 12/22

10:30 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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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. In it's 13th year at iO!

$8.00 - $16.00

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Sat 12/22

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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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 out audiences in Chicago since 2005. The ISC also continues to entertain audiences across the US with its national touring company. They have been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Fringe Festival, Off Broadway in New York City, Bonnaroo, the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, Outside Lands, San Francisco Sketchfest, UCB’s Del Close Marathon, and the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and Chicago. The ISC has been named Chicago's best improv group by both the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner and has received numerous awards in LA (Best of LA-LA Weekly), New York (New York Nightlife Awards), and Chicago (The Chicago Improv Foundation).

$20.00

Improv Icons: Big Tobacco / TBD

Improv Icons: Big Tobacco / TBD

Sat 12/22

10:30 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$14.00

The Harold Team Big Spoon, The Harold Team Daffodil

The Harold Team Big Spoon

The Harold Team Daffodil

Sat 12/22

10:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$14.00

Dang! Hot Bits!

Dang! Hot Bits!

Sat 12/22

11:55 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Dang! Hot Bits! is a solo sketch showcase where performers test their brand spankin' new material. They're hot off the presses! Fresh out the oven! These bits are hot!!

Hosted by Cameron Davis, Kathy D'Onofrio and Phoebe Perry

$5.00

Best Buds

Best Buds

Cat Booty, Bing Bong, Mr. Dr, Talking Birds

Sat 12/22

11:55 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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BRING your BFFs to BEST BUDS- Where three groups of BESTIES do sets inspired by scenes from two BUDDIES, and we all become real good PALS.

With indie teams Cat Booty, Talking Birds, Mr Dr, and your hosts, Bing Bong.

Bing Bong- Becky Markert & Zoe Agapinan
Mr. Dr- Anna Weis, Judy Weinstein, Sarah Adler, Noah Smith, Mike Jest, Issa Polstein, Vinny Tangherlini
Talking Birds- Elisabeth Del Toro, Adam Donnelly , Seth Johnson, Libby Marshall, Ian Ornstein, Matt Roarty
Cat Booty- Laura Mulcahy, Sydney Back, Glo Chitwood, Alan Giles, Will Nicholson, Tom Spooner

$5.00

Deep Schwa, The Harold Team Trü Bangerz

Deep Schwa

The Harold Team Trü Bangerz

Sun 12/23

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Deep Schwa, one iO’s most veteran ensembles, has been delighting audiences on Sunday nights for almost 10 years.

From The Onion’s AV Club

“Arguably one of iO’s strongest Harold teams, Deep Schwa boasts a formidable lineup of improvisers: Jeff Griggs (who penned a memoir of his time being Del Close’s errand boy), the tireless Colleen Murray, and the unflappable combo of Brian Jack and Brett Lyons account for less than half of one of the theater’s oldest troupes. As friends of improv enthusiasts everywhere already know, it’s pointless to recount genius improv scenes after the fact, but one of Deep Schwa’s silliest involves the audition process for the part of a lion in an office-themed musical. Yes, it sounds utterly stupid here in print, but at the iO’s Cabaret, it becomes something to discuss at great length afterwards.”

$7.00 - $14.00

Sunday Funday with Cool Aunt

Sunday Funday with Cool Aunt

Sun 12/23

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Sunday Funday with Cool Aunt is a unique and fun filled variety show hosted by veteran team, Cool Aunt. This high-energy variety show will be showcasing everything from once in a lifetime improv, to musical acts, sketch and solo performances. Come unmask some of Chicago’s premiere talent Sundays at 10:00pm.

Starring: Sophia Birks, Ashley Girard, Caitlin Grogan, Kayla Mulliniks, and Deborah Parks

Instagram - @CoolAuntImprov
Facebook - facebook.com/coolauntimprov

$8.00

Sundays in the Swamp! with Crocodile Nasties & The Harold Team Buttermilk

Sundays in the Swamp! with Crocodile Nasties & The Harold Team Buttermilk

Sun 12/23

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Crocodile Nasties are saddling up with the sweet horsies of 66 Mustang for Sundays in the Swamp! Every Sunday, swim by the Jason Chin Harold Cabaret for a show that combines the unbridled horsepower of the ‘Stangs with the wholesome nastiness of the Crocs. It’s a Sunday night romp that’ll make you laugh, cry, stomp, chomp, and maybe even learn something about the world around us. We haven’t decided yet!

Every week FUDGE is joined by a different live musical guest or stand-up performer. Half concert, half improv, the night is sure to be one of the best live comedy shows in Chicago.

 

FUDGE is Damian Anaya, Tim Lyons, Vince Portacci, and Dan White

$12.00

Virgin Daiquiri, The Harold Team 2 Bed 3 Bath

Virgin Daiquiri

The Harold Team 2 Bed 3 Bath

Wed 12/26

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Every Wednesday night iO offers a FREE night of comedy featuring the all-female team, Virgin Daiquiri, and a different opening team every week!

Free

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show, The Harold Team Mothership

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show

The Harold Team Mothership

Wed 12/26

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Felt is a completely improvised show with an added touch of fun due to the fact its cast is not human. This unique, unpredictable, and fun cast has been entertaining audiences at the legendary iO Theater in Chicago for over 10 years.

* This show is not suitable for children *


Felt plays every Wednesday night with a different opening Harold team.

$5.00

The Harold Team Smokin' Hot Dad, The Harold Team MacBeth

The Harold Team Smokin' Hot Dad

The Harold Team MacBeth

Wed 12/26

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$14.00

Teacher Jam

Teacher Jam

Wed 12/26

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Every Wednesday, five randomly selected improv students get the chance to do a set with five of iO's teachers!

K+N closes out the night

$5

The Late 90's, The Harold Team Bad Bear

The Late 90's

The Harold Team Bad Bear

Wed 12/26

10:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Join The Late 90’s every Wednesday as they perform alongside two hilarious groups. The team welcomes friends from the independent improv scene, an iO Harold Team performing the theater’s signature longform piece, and then closes the night performing a new show format each week.

$10

CAGEMATCH

CAGEMATCH

Wed 12/26

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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The original Improv Cagematch returns to the iO stage with a new batch of teams hungry to claim the Cagematch Trophy.

Each team will be given exactly 25 minutes. The team with the most votes based on an audience vote will not just return the following week to defend their title against a new challenger.

The passion. The glory. The Cagematch.

$10

The Harold Team Meridian, The Harold Team State Schramps

The Harold Team Meridian

The Harold Team State Schramps

Thu 12/27

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Meridian, one of iO’s best and most popular Harold teams, plays every Thursday night featuring a different opening team at iO Chicago.

$14.00

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Thu 12/27

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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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 out audiences in Chicago since 2005. The ISC also continues to entertain audiences across the US with its national touring company. They have been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Fringe Festival, Off Broadway in New York City, Bonnaroo, the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, Outside Lands, San Francisco Sketchfest, UCB’s Del Close Marathon, and the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and Chicago. The ISC has been named Chicago's best improv group by both the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner and has received numerous awards in LA (Best of LA-LA Weekly), New York (New York Nightlife Awards), and Chicago (The Chicago Improv Foundation).

$20.00

Glass Basement

Glass Basement

Thu 12/27

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$14.00

SmallProv

SmallProv

Thu 12/27

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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America’s most underrated hype men, Ben Briggs and Chas Lilly, showcase Chicago’s biggest players on the tiniest teams. On top of featuring established micro squads each week, our mad curators will engineer a brand new, never-before-seen Frankenduo featuring two of the scene’s most talented improvisers. It’s a rager you can fit in your pocket.

$14.00

Girl Gang

Girl Gang

Thu 12/27

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Girl Gang is a show that invites all female-identifying and gender-queer folks to ban together in the name of silliness, comedy, and a dang good time.

A rotating opening act of improv, storytelling, or stand up will kick off the night, followed by a jam where audience members are invited to perform with the producers, a short intermission, and then the night will close with the dang gang of the month!

Want to be a part of the monthly Girl Gang or open for the show? Email girlgangio@gmail.com for more information!

$10.00

2POC

2POC

Thu 12/27

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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2POC (Sounds like 2PAC, stands for "Two Performers of Color") is a new show where, each week, two new POC players will performer a half hour 2prov set. Maybe it’s a montage, maybe it’s one long scene, maybe they just compliment each other for 30 mins - the stage is theirs to do with as they please.

Chicago is fortunate to have a diverse pool of immense talent and now you have an opportunity to see a variety of performers, and see them flexing and supporting each other on one stage. Don't sleep on it, catch the 2POC premier August 9th @ 10 PM.

Starring: Tiara Maracoco, Ladies of SFN, Huy Ngyuen, and Dre Sampson

$10.00

The Scene, The Harold Team St. Gen's

The Scene

The Harold Team St. Gen's

Thu 12/27

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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In The Scene, five veteran improvisers come together as one common mind – the Director.

The Director’s mission is to explore the possibilities inherent in an initial improvised scene and to rework that scene until it reaches its natural conclusion. As such, “The Scene” sets out to marry the often juxtaposed concepts of creative process and finished product (and entertain the audience equally with both.)

The Scene plays with a different opening Harold team every week.

$10.00

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Fri 12/28

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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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 out audiences in Chicago since 2005. The ISC also continues to entertain audiences across the US with its national touring company. They have been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Fringe Festival, Off Broadway in New York City, Bonnaroo, the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, Outside Lands, San Francisco Sketchfest, UCB’s Del Close Marathon, and the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and Chicago. The ISC has been named Chicago's best improv group by both the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner and has received numerous awards in LA (Best of LA-LA Weekly), New York (New York Nightlife Awards), and Chicago (The Chicago Improv Foundation).

$20.00

Dreamboat: An LGBTQIA+ Improv Team, The Harold Team Miracle Ranch

Dreamboat: An LGBTQIA+ Improv Team

The Harold Team Miracle Ranch

Fri 12/28

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Dreamboat is a LGBTQIA+ focused show, highlighting some of the talented iO performers that are also members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Beginning with an iO Harold team, the show includes solo performance from LGBTQIA+ identifying performers, and culminates in an improv set by the all LGBTQIA+ team, Dreamboat.

Starring: Elizabeth Andrews, Debra Duncan, Thom Gaughan, Nate Gold, Rick Grove, Chrissy Hartzell, Chelsea Holmes, Kathleen Kinlin, Peyton Lynch, Dave Lyzenga, Riley Mondragon, Matt Myers, Laurel Zoff Pelton, Shelby Plummer, Peyton Robbins, Emma Smith, Rachel Smith, Jordan Stafford, Cody Sullivan, Mark Thomson, Brendan Tran, Erin Uttich, and Garrett Williams

$12.00 - $16.00

HOT SEAT

HOT SEAT

Fri 12/28

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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It's about to heat up in here! This Reader-Recommended show features some of iO's best players and invites the audience to ask the questions that we're afraid to answer. Get ready for some good old-fashioned truth telling and all the improv that might spin from it.

Starring: Allison Ringhand, Dina Facklis, Laurel Krabacher, Becca Barish, Lindsey Smith, Alison Gates, Dana Quercioli, Tim Lyons, Damian Anaya, Vince Portacci, Dan White, Neil Jacobsen, Lawrence Collerd, Dan Bazaldua, Justin Drogos, Meghan Babbe, Mike Brunlieb, Geoff Dow, Greg Worsley, Phylicia Mcleod, and Brett Lyons.

Poster: Tim Lyons

$16.00

The Musical Armando, The Harold Team Gideon

The Musical Armando

The Harold Team Gideon

Fri 12/28

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$16.00

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Fri 12/28

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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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 out audiences in Chicago since 2005. The ISC also continues to entertain audiences across the US with its national touring company. They have been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Fringe Festival, Off Broadway in New York City, Bonnaroo, the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, Outside Lands, San Francisco Sketchfest, UCB’s Del Close Marathon, and the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and Chicago. The ISC has been named Chicago's best improv group by both the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner and has received numerous awards in LA (Best of LA-LA Weekly), New York (New York Nightlife Awards), and Chicago (The Chicago Improv Foundation).

$20.00

Doing Our Moms: Christmas is Coming

Doing Our Moms: Christmas is Coming

Fri 12/28

10:30 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Doing Our Moms is coming to the iO Theater for a holiday-themed run in Doing Our Moms: Christmas Is Coming. In each show, a new lineup Chicago comedians do sketches as their own mothers, inspired by the holiday season. The evening is hosted by comedian Emily Anderson as her mother Judy, who says of this show, “I’m happy to have you exploit my foibles for the sake of art.” It’s a hilarious, sometimes heart-wrenching, joyful celebration of mothers and their unique brands of crazy/amazing. Love you, Mom!

 

Cast:

Allison Reese
Evan Mills
Molly Jones
Ollie Hobson
Rich Alfonso
Susan Glynn

$14.00

It's an Interdimensional Wormhole, Charlie Brown!

It's an Interdimensional Wormhole, Charlie Brown!

Fri 12/28

10:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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It’s an Inter-dimensional Wormhole, Charlie Brown! is an off-beat journey through the weird world of holiday specials. Charlie Brown is transported to the world of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer right before Linus is going to tell him the true meaning of Christmas! From Scrooge to George Bailey, Charlie has adventures with all your favorite holiday characters.

Cast: Kevin Fergus, Chris Hanley, Brigid Neary, Jessica Benson, Issa Polstein.

Directed by Sarah Porter, written by Kevin Fergus

$14.00

Revolver, The Harold Team MacBeth

Revolver

The Harold Team MacBeth

Fri 12/28

10:30 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$14.00

Studio Eleven

Studio Eleven

Fri 12/28

11:59 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Studio Eleven is a weird, alternative variety show with on-the-fly sketches and experimental comedy/art.

$5.00

Tenn and Peller's Magical Mystery Tour

Tenn and Peller's Magical Mystery Tour

Fri 12/28

11:59 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Tenn & Peller, Chicago's giggliest improv duo, DO NOT do magic. They DO do* improv. And they love it. Join Tenn & Peller, and a rotating cast of some of Chicago's best indie improv teams, every Friday night at midnight in a magical night of improv (not magic!!) curated by the duo specifically to impress their dad's.

Starring Trent Dozier & Cameron Herdt

$5.00

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Sat 12/29

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Are you good at relationships? Neither are we. Grab your friends, lovers and enemies and share your most messed up relationship stories at the nastiest show in town. Featuring some of Chicago's top talent, YFUR will improvise the details of your juiciest past flings and remind you of why you dumped their a$$ in the first place.

Starring: Abby McEnany, Allison Ringhand, Ashley Victoria, Becca Slack, Brian Holden, Chelsea Norment, Damon Royster, Eddie Klinker, EJ Cameron, Eric Rahill, Eunji Kim, Jack Felker, Jo Feldman, Julia Weiss, Katie Kershaw, Katie McCarty, Kristin Ramsey, Lawrence Collerd, Liz Kirkwood, Manuela Mendoza, Mary Catherine Curran, Nate Gold, Nicole Antonuccio, Ollie Hobson, Rob Wilson, Robel Arega, Scott Piebenga, Shelby Jo Plummer, Susan Glynn, Terrence Carey

$16.00

Whirled News Tonight

Whirled News Tonight

Sat 12/29

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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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. In it's 13th year at iO!

$16.00

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Sat 12/29

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

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 out audiences in Chicago since 2005. The ISC also continues to entertain audiences across the US with its national touring company. They have been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Fringe Festival, Off Broadway in New York City, Bonnaroo, the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, Outside Lands, San Francisco Sketchfest, UCB’s Del Close Marathon, and the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and Chicago. The ISC has been named Chicago's best improv group by both the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner and has received numerous awards in LA (Best of LA-LA Weekly), New York (New York Nightlife Awards), and Chicago (The Chicago Improv Foundation).

$20.00