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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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Comedy Central Showcase

Comedy Central Showcase

Mon 4/22

5:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Thirteen solo performers do their best stuff to be considered for Comedy Central's annual Clusterfest! It's a FREE event, so come out and support these great people!

The line-up (alphabetically!)
Allison Reese
Dan White
Devin Middleton
Eunji Kim
Geoff Dow
George Elrod
Jordan Lee Cohen
Manuela Mendoza
Mark Denny
Rob Wilson
Shannon Noll
Stacey Smith
Tim Lyons

Free

The Showcase

The Showcase

Mon 4/22

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$10.00

The Armando Diaz Experience

The Armando Diaz Experience

Mon 4/22

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.

$12.00

TNT: Teens N' Toots

TNT: Teens N' Toots

Mon 4/22

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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An iO Harold team.

Established April 2016.

$12.00

The Indie City

The Indie City

Mon 4/22

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Four HOT Chicago indie teams each do a HOT twenty-minute set. Hotter than Satan's sunburn. Hotter than a stove with a sunburn. Hotter than a sunburn's temper. You'll get sunburned just watching it. Bring sunglasses - it's going to be hot in here. Burn!

$12.00

2POC, The Harold Team Slice

2POC

The Harold Team Slice

Mon 4/22

10:00 pm (event ends at 11:30 pm)

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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2POC (sounds like 2PAC, stands for 2 performers of color) boasts a new, diverse lineup every show.

Each week a different, POC improv duo is showcased – a brand new show every time!

IG handle: @2POC_Improv / FB: 2POC Improv

$5.00

iO Improv All-Stars with Brady and Stir Friday Night

iO Improv All-Stars with Brady and Stir Friday Night

Mon 4/22

10:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Brady and Stir Friday Night come together to create a night of All-Star improv not to be missed! No one sleeps on Monday nights when the All-Stars come to town!

$5.00

Taste of Chicago: Breakfast of Champions

Taste of Chicago: Breakfast of Champions

Mon 4/22

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.

$5.00

Stand Up Open Mic

Stand Up Open Mic

Mon 4/22

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret 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

The Pool

The Pool

Tue 4/23

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.

$8.00

FUDGE, Crocodile Nasties

FUDGE

Crocodile Nasties

Tue 4/23

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

$12.00

Improvised Jane Austen

Improvised Jane Austen

Tue 4/23

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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The long-running, all-female comedy team will conjure a tale on the spot in the style of the beloved 19th-century British novelist, Jane Austen.

 

Starring: Allison Black, Ana Silva, Emily Friedrick, Holly Robison, Jessye Grace Mueller, Josephine Longo, Kaelea Rovinsky, Kate Parker, Kelsey Fehlberg, Kristen Rau, Mariah Michael, Mishell Livio, Sarah Mobley, Shannon Baucus, and Squeek Rangel.

https://www.facebook.com/improvisedjaneausten/
www.twitter.com @TheMissAustens
https://www.instagram.com/improvisedjaneausten/

$12

The Harold Team Nectar, The Harold Team Moms

The Harold Team Nectar

The Harold Team Moms

Tue 4/23

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Cecilia is an iO Harold Team established in Apr. 2016

$12.00

Claudia and Erin Present: Animal Instinct

Claudia and Erin Present: Animal Instinct

Tue 4/23

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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In this variety style show, Animal Instinct, offers openings acts with emotional depth and other inspiring art forms like ballet, poetry, music and more; two veterans of the scene Erin and Claudia build up to close the night out with refined well acted scenes that don’t shy away from emotional truth. Using the formula of tension and release (because who can laugh for 30 minutes?), they masterfully and effortlessly create comedy out of the truthful investments they make in each scene. So come be inspired, and don’t forget your notebook and black turtlenecks.

$5.00

Home with Midnight in Miami

Home with Midnight in Miami

Tue 4/23

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.

$5.00

VHS Comedy

VHS Comedy

Tue 4/23

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Join hosts Ian Erickson, Elsie How, David Phillips, and Aaron Klinger as they bring some of Chicago’s finest comedians to perform and comment on the weird, forgotten video tapes found at thrift stores, garage sales, and flea markets around the country!
"It's a lot of fun! You should go!"- Ian's Mom
Hosts: Ian Erickson, David Phillips, and Elsie How

Stand-Up from:
Skyler Higley
Carly Ballerini

Improv from:
Junior Varsity

$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 4/23

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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An iO Harold team.

$5.00

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show, The Harold Team Buttermilk

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show

The Harold Team Buttermilk

Wed 4/24

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

Virgin Daiquiri, The Harold Team Mean Streak

Virgin Daiquiri

The Harold Team Mean Streak

Wed 4/24

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

Face Plants with Carl and The Passions, The Harold Team State Schramps

Face Plants with Carl and The Passions

The Harold Team State Schramps

Wed 4/24

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold 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.

$10.00

DiOversity Showcase

DiOversity Showcase

Wed 4/24

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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iO's DiOversity Scholars showcasing original characters, sketch, music, poetry and more!
Performers: Amy Do, Squeek Rangel, Pearl Paramadilok, Danielle Park, Lureena Cornwell, Ashley Bland, Richard Gomez, Keiter Liriano, Sarah-Marie Degni, and Poster Child

$14.00

Heraldo feat. The DiOversity Jam!

Heraldo feat. The DiOversity Jam!

Wed 4/24

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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HERALDO: Performed by a cast of Spanish-speaking veteran improvisors, HERALDO is a fast-paced physical show that is performed in Spanish, yet designed for an English speaking crowd.
HERALDO: Improv in Spanish, Laughs in English.

THE DIOVERSITY JAM: The DiOversity Jam is a chance to perform and network in an event hosted by iO performers of color, performers from the LGBTQIA+ community, and performers from other under-represented groups. This show is for anyone looking for a safe place to play, whether you''re part of iO or not, whether you've been improvising for years, or are just getting started!

$5.00

The Late 90's, The Harold Team Mothership

The Late 90's

The Harold Team Mothership

Wed 4/24

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.

$10.00

CAGEMATCH

CAGEMATCH

Wed 4/24

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.

$10.00

Peppertown City Town Council

Peppertown City Town Council

Wed 4/24

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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A weekly variety show featuring improv, sketch, music, and more based around a town council in a fake town. Come for the community, stay for the locally mandated civic discourse!

Cast List: Trevor Knickerbocker, Spencer Henning, and new guests each week!

 

$10.00

The Harold Team Meridian, The Harold Team Macbeth

The Harold Team Meridian

The Harold Team Macbeth

Thu 4/25

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

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Thu 4/25

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

Dynasty, Yaz Bat, Last Call, & Robel Arega!

Dynasty, Yaz Bat, Last Call, & Robel Arega!

Thu 4/25

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater 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, and improv! 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

Cast list:
Anthony LeBlanc, Ashley Victoria, Avery Lee, Brendan Tran, Elias Rios, Eunji Kim, Jared Chapman, & Trumane Alston

Featuring: Standup from Yaz Bat & Robel Arega, and improv from Last Call!

$14.00

SmallProv

SmallProv

Thu 4/25

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 Scene, The Harold Team Cecilia

The Scene

The Harold Team Cecilia

Thu 4/25

10:00 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

Girl Gang

Girl Gang

Thu 4/25

10:00 pm

The Downstairs Event Space 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

Wet Bus, The Harold Team St. Gen's

Wet Bus

The Harold Team St. Gen's

Thu 4/25

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Improv at its best! Wet Bus combines emotional sincerity with blatant absurdity as "its tight cast pounc[es] on recurring jokes and characters with aplomb" --The Chicago Reader. Watch these veteran improvisers transform a simple suggestion into a complex world of friends, family, and the occasional magician.

The night opens with an iO Harold Team performing the theater’s signature, long-form piece, and closes with Wet Bus' group-centric approach to improv.

Cast: Erin Keif, Hailey Palmer, Rayna Caskey, Waleed Mansour, Andrew Robinson, Harrison Lott, Sean Coyle

$10.00

Tru Bangerz / Bag of Bones

Tru Bangerz / Bag of Bones

Thu 4/25

10:30 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Veteran improvisers and GOOD OLD PALS Mike Brunlieb, Laurel Krabacher, Emma Pope and Lindsey Smith team up to create a beautiful evening of improv. Join them as they dream up a magical piece, new every week. It's better than Marvelous Mrs. Maisel!!!!!!

$10.00

Molly: One Night Only!

Molly: One Night Only!

Thu 4/25

10:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Special show! “MOLLY” is a two-person improv tour de force starring two of Chicago’s most beloved improvisers and teachers, Susan Messing and Norm Holly!

$10.00

Stephen Does Magic

Stephen Does Magic

Fri 4/26

7:30 pm

The Downstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Stephen Does Magic is just that. Stephen Hanthorn is the type of magician that the people who hate magic love by not only astounding the audience, but by getting them up and actively involved in making the magic happen!!!!...but not in the way you may be thinking.

Chicago Reader: "Improv comedy and magic, both by Stephen Hanthorn, who's been around for years. Poof! Should be rad."

$16.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Fri 4/26

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

HOT SEAT

HOT SEAT

Fri 4/26

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 Comet

The Musical Armando

The Harold Team Comet

Fri 4/26

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Each week a different guest will give a storytelling-style monologue, based on an audience suggestion. Inspired by the monologue, this dynamic cast of veterans will launch into scenes, songs and “choreography.”

CAST INCLUDES: Stacey Smith, Christy Bonstell, Katie Dufresne, Erin Goldsmith, Nnamdi Ngwe, Eric Muller, Ben Kass, Matt Castellvi, Patrick Rowland, Liz Joynt Sandberg, Nicole Hastings, Lisa Burton, Amber Linde, Andi Sharavsky, Kristin Hopkins, Sam Super and Michael Silver.

Dave Asher on keys.

Every Friday night at 8pm in the iO Mission Theater.

$16.00

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

Dreamboat: An LGBTQIA+ Improv Team

The Harold Team Daffodil

Fri 4/26

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

Yes and No: The Debate Show

Yes and No: The Debate Show

Fri 4/26

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Getting the TOUGH. QUESTIONS. ANSWERED. Each night a team of improvisers debate topics provided by the audience, followed by two heavy-hitters squaring off on an issue that desperately needs resolving, like The Oscars VS. The Super Bowl, Shakespeare VS Bruckheimer, Drugs VS Sex, or A Little Bit Country VS A Little Bit Rock & Roll. No topic is too small.

$14.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Fri 4/26

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

Revolver, The Harold Team 2 Bed 3 Bath

Revolver

The Harold Team 2 Bed 3 Bath

Fri 4/26

10:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Revolver, one of iO’s premier improv ensembles, performs every Friday night with a different opening team.

Established October 2005.

$14.00

Studio Eleven

Studio Eleven

Fri 4/26

10:30 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Studio Eleven is a variety hour of comedy, music, art and whatever else the show's guests come up with. The show is equal parts experimental sketch comedy and improv from the 11 member house cast and guest acts that change each week. Studio Eleven features some of Chicago's most fun performers with bad wigs, confusing blackouts and new material written every single week.

The Studio Eleven cast is: Allison Reese, Matt Beebe, Caleb Hearon, Lily Ebbott-Burg, Claire McDonald, Devin Middleton, Nick Rowley, Tom Simmermaker, Gregory Taylor Hill, Manuela Mendoza and Shelby Wolstein. We get by with a lot of help from our friends, Alex Collyard and Scotty Jirik.

$14.00

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

Fri 4/26

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

Tenn and Peller's Magical Mystery Tour

Tenn and Peller's Magical Mystery Tour

Fri 4/26

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 4/27

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 4/27

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 Deltones / Dumb John

The Deltones / Dumb John

Sat 4/27

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 Dumb John!

$16.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Sat 4/27

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

Whirled News Tonight

Whirled News Tonight

Sat 4/27

10:00 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

Bomb A$$ Set

Bomb A$$ Set

Sat 4/27

10:30 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Stand Up comedians will BOMB/EMBARRASS THEMSELVES intentionally by doing ‘Old’ Material! Improvisers will perform improve based on the BOMB! Then the Stand Ups will get a chance at redemption at the end of the show performing ‘New’ Material!

$14.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Sat 4/27

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 for the People w/ Big Spoon & Gone Gone

Improv for the People w/ Big Spoon & Gone Gone

Sat 4/27

10:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Improv from Big Spoon (an iO Harold Team) and a different iO Harold Team opening every week.

$14.00

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

Sat 4/27

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

Best Buds

Best Buds

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

Sat 4/27

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- Alan Giles, Glo Chitwood, Laura Mulcahy, Tom Spooner and Sydney Back.

$5.00

Dang! Hot Bits!

Dang! Hot Bits!

Sat 4/27

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

Student Graduation Shows

Student Graduation Shows

Sun 4/28

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

La-Di-Dah

La-Di-Dah

Sun 4/28

7:00 pm

The Downstairs Event Space 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.

$5.00

This Year in Music: 1984

This Year in Music: 1984

Sun 4/28

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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It's time to celebrate and remember all of the hot jams from 1984! This Year in Music gathers singers, dancers, storytellers, and more from around Chicago to rejoice in their version of the hits of 1984.

$10.00

The Showcase

The Showcase

Sun 4/28

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$10.00

Deep Schwa, The Harold Team Artemis

Deep Schwa

The Harold Team Artemis

Sun 4/28

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

1st Beat

1st Beat

Sun 4/28

8:30 pm

The Downstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Two improvised musicals for the price of one! 1st Beat features some of the best recent graduates of the iO musical improv program performing a new improvised musical every week! Featured with a different veteran musical improv team each week on a monthly rotating cycle! Plus, the final Sunday of every month concludes in a musical improv jam!

1st Beat includes: Alia Bajorek, Micki Burton, Marvanna Cash, Leah Judge, Joe Keehnast, Liz McCreight, Jenna-Kate Karn Monisoff, Kimberly Perry, Derek Self, Brendan Tran and Todd Ullrich

March featured team: Anarchy: An Improvised Rock Opera

$10.00

Trios

Trios

Sun 4/28

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Trios is an exploration of the conversation that could exist between two groups; a trio of improvisational musicians (Julie Nichols, John Lauler and others) and a trio of scenic improvisers (TJ Jagodowski, Billy Bungeroth, and Emma Pope).

$10.00

New Stork City feat. Bad Bear

New Stork City feat. Bad Bear

Sun 4/28

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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The Big Granite Smith, The City That Not All Sleep. It goes by many names, but there is only one New Stork City! Come join your favorite night birds Stork, along with one of iO’s talented Harold teams on a hot tour through New Stork City! We’ll take you on a bike tour through Storktral Park, climb to the top of the Empire Stork Building, and hey, maybe catch a New Stork Sticks game at Madistork Strrrk Garden. Every Sunday night, the pizza will be thin slice, the city streets will be bustling, and Stork and their friends will be waaalllkkkinn herrrrrrreeeee in New Stork City!

$12.00

Sunday Funday with Cool Aunt

Sunday Funday with Cool Aunt

Sun 4/28

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, Laura Manyard, Kayla Mullinks and Miranda Rozas

Instagram - @CoolAuntImprov
Facebook - facebook.com/coolauntimprov

$8.00

Monday Night Live

Monday Night Live

Mon 4/29

6:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Tickets at the Door

The Showcase

The Showcase

Mon 4/29

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$10.00

The Armando Diaz Experience

The Armando Diaz Experience

Mon 4/29

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.

$12.00

TNT: Teens N' Toots

TNT: Teens N' Toots

Mon 4/29

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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An iO Harold team.

Established April 2016.

$12.00

The Indie City

The Indie City

Mon 4/29

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Four HOT Chicago indie teams each do a HOT twenty-minute set. Hotter than Satan's sunburn. Hotter than a stove with a sunburn. Hotter than a sunburn's temper. You'll get sunburned just watching it. Bring sunglasses - it's going to be hot in here. Burn!

$12.00

Who Dis?! (A Variety Show)

Who Dis?! (A Variety Show)

Mon 4/29

8:30 pm

The Downstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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A showcase of Chicago's talented health warriors who identify with disability, chronic illness, and with mental health issues.

Who Dis? is a benefit show, and every month all proceeds will be donated to a different organization in service of those with chronic health conditions.

Our opening show is dedicated to the life and memory of Joseph Moroni. The proceeds from the April 29th show will be donated to Devices 4 the Disabled, a 501(c)(3) Organization. "D4D’s mission is to overcome barriers that prevent disabled individuals from obtaining the medical equipment they need and the mobility they deserve. When they are finished with the equipment, it is returned, refurbished, and distributed again to a new user."

2POC, The Harold Team Big Tobacco

2POC

The Harold Team Big Tobacco

Mon 4/29

10:00 pm (event ends at 11:30 pm)

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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2POC (sounds like 2PAC, stands for 2 performers of color) boasts a new, diverse lineup every show.

Each week a different, POC improv duo is showcased – a brand new show every time!

IG handle: @2POC_Improv / FB: 2POC Improv

$5.00

iO Improv All-Stars with Brady and Stir Friday Night

iO Improv All-Stars with Brady and Stir Friday Night

Mon 4/29

10:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Brady and Stir Friday Night come together to create a night of All-Star improv not to be missed! No one sleeps on Monday nights when the All-Stars come to town!

$5.00

Taste of Chicago: Breakfast of Champions

Taste of Chicago: Breakfast of Champions

Mon 4/29

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.

$5.00

Stand Up Open Mic

Stand Up Open Mic

Mon 4/29

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret 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

The Pool

The Pool

Tue 4/30

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.

$8.00

FUDGE, The Harold Team Gideon

FUDGE

The Harold Team Gideon

Tue 4/30

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

$12.00

Improvised Jane Austen

Improvised Jane Austen

Tue 4/30

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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The long-running, all-female comedy team will conjure a tale on the spot in the style of the beloved 19th-century British novelist, Jane Austen.

 

Starring: Allison Black, Ana Silva, Emily Friedrick, Holly Robison, Jessye Grace Mueller, Josephine Longo, Kaelea Rovinsky, Kate Parker, Kelsey Fehlberg, Kristen Rau, Mariah Michael, Mishell Livio, Sarah Mobley, Shannon Baucus, and Squeek Rangel.

https://www.facebook.com/improvisedjaneausten/
www.twitter.com @TheMissAustens
https://www.instagram.com/improvisedjaneausten/

$12

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

The Harold Team Mothership

The Harold Team Smokin' Hot Dad

Tue 4/30

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Cecilia is an iO Harold Team established in Apr. 2016

$12.00

Claudia and Erin Present: Animal Instinct

Claudia and Erin Present: Animal Instinct

Tue 4/30

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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In this variety style show, Animal Instinct, offers openings acts with emotional depth and other inspiring art forms like ballet, poetry, music and more; two veterans of the scene Erin and Claudia build up to close the night out with refined well acted scenes that don’t shy away from emotional truth. Using the formula of tension and release (because who can laugh for 30 minutes?), they masterfully and effortlessly create comedy out of the truthful investments they make in each scene. So come be inspired, and don’t forget your notebook and black turtlenecks.

$5.00

Gay Expectations

Gay Expectations

Tue 4/30

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$5.00

Home with Midnight in Miami

Home with Midnight in Miami

Tue 4/30

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.

$5.00

The Harold Team Devil's Daughter, The Harold Team Nectar

The Harold Team Devil's Daughter

The Harold Team Nectar

Tue 4/30

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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An iO Harold team.

$5.00

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show feat. Crocodile Nasties

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show feat. Crocodile Nasties

Wed 5/1

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

Virgin Daiquiri, The Harold Team Daffodil

Virgin Daiquiri

The Harold Team Daffodil

Wed 5/1

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

Face Plants with Carl and The Passions feat. Slice

Face Plants with Carl and The Passions feat. Slice

Wed 5/1

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold 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.

$10.00

Heraldo & Friends

Heraldo & Friends

Wed 5/1

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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HERALDO: Performed by a cast of Spanish-speaking veteran improvisors, HERALDO is a fast-paced physical show that is performed in Spanish, yet designed for an English speaking crowd.
HERALDO: Improv in Spanish, Laughs in English.

 

$5.00

The Late 90's, The Harold Team Mean Streak

The Late 90's

The Harold Team Mean Streak

Wed 5/1

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.

$10.00

Peppertown City Town Council

Peppertown City Town Council

Wed 5/1

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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A weekly variety show featuring improv, sketch, music, and more based around a town council in a fake town. Come for the community, stay for the locally mandated civic discourse!

Cast List: Trevor Knickerbocker, Spencer Henning, and new guests each week!

 

$10.00

The Harold Team Meridian, The Harold Team Gone Gone

The Harold Team Meridian

The Harold Team Gone Gone

Thu 5/2

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

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Thu 5/2

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 Scene, The Harold Team 2 Bed 3 Bath

The Scene

The Harold Team 2 Bed 3 Bath

Thu 5/2

10:00 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

Girl Gang

Girl Gang

Thu 5/2

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

Wet Bus, The Harold Team State Schramps

Wet Bus

The Harold Team State Schramps

Thu 5/2

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Improv at its best! Wet Bus combines emotional sincerity with blatant absurdity as "its tight cast pounc[es] on recurring jokes and characters with aplomb" --The Chicago Reader. Watch these veteran improvisers transform a simple suggestion into a complex world of friends, family, and the occasional magician.

The night opens with an iO Harold Team performing the theater’s signature, long-form piece, and closes with Wet Bus' group-centric approach to improv.

Cast: Erin Keif, Hailey Palmer, Rayna Caskey, Waleed Mansour, Andrew Robinson, Harrison Lott, Sean Coyle

$10.00

Tru Bangerz / Bag of Bones

Tru Bangerz / Bag of Bones

Thu 5/2

10:30 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Veteran improvisers and GOOD OLD PALS Mike Brunlieb, Laurel Krabacher, Emma Pope and Lindsey Smith team up to create a beautiful evening of improv. Join them as they dream up a magical piece, new every week. It's better than Marvelous Mrs. Maisel!!!!!!

$10.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Fri 5/3

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

HOT SEAT

HOT SEAT

Fri 5/3

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 5/3

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Each week a different guest will give a storytelling-style monologue, based on an audience suggestion. Inspired by the monologue, this dynamic cast of veterans will launch into scenes, songs and “choreography.”

CAST INCLUDES: Stacey Smith, Christy Bonstell, Katie Dufresne, Erin Goldsmith, Nnamdi Ngwe, Eric Muller, Ben Kass, Matt Castellvi, Patrick Rowland, Liz Joynt Sandberg, Nicole Hastings, Lisa Burton, Amber Linde, Andi Sharavsky, Kristin Hopkins, Sam Super and Michael Silver.

Dave Asher on keys.

Every Friday night at 8pm in the iO Mission Theater.

$16.00

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

Dreamboat: An LGBTQIA+ Improv Team

The Harold Team Nectar

Fri 5/3

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

Yes and No: The Debate Show

Yes and No: The Debate Show

Fri 5/3

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Getting the TOUGH. QUESTIONS. ANSWERED. Each night a team of improvisers debate topics provided by the audience, followed by two heavy-hitters squaring off on an issue that desperately needs resolving, like The Oscars VS. The Super Bowl, Shakespeare VS Bruckheimer, Drugs VS Sex, or A Little Bit Country VS A Little Bit Rock & Roll. No topic is too small.

$14.00