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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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The Pool

The Pool

Tue 6/18

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.

$8.00

FUDGE, The Harold Team State Schramps

FUDGE

The Harold Team State Schramps

Tue 6/18

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

$12.00

Improvised Jane Austen

Improvised Jane Austen

Tue 6/18

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 Space Show w/ Comet, Tugboat, and Some Rivers

The Space Show w/ Comet, Tugboat, and Some Rivers

Tue 6/18

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$10.00

Stable Manners Presents: Summer Fling feat. Stacey Smith

Stable Manners Presents: Summer Fling feat. Stacey Smith

Tue 6/18

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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The women of Stable Manners, an independent improv team, have a CRUSH on iO and they want to prove it!
Summer Fling is a fun, flirty romp featuring the faces of iO that you know and love.
Opening the night: an ever-changing, heart-racing act of local stand-ups, musicians, and improvisers.
THEN THERE'S MORE LOVE TO GO AROUND.
Every week Stable Manners closes out the night performing a Deconstruction starring one of their iO improv crushes.
Be prepared to have a new crush or two by the end of the night!
Cast List: Heather Elaine Abbott, Kait Burch, Kayla Cole, Caraline Connor, Nikki Hartung, Katie Kincaid

Opening Act: 3AW (3 Asian Women On Stage At The Same Time)
Tonight's Crush: Stacey Smith

$5.00

Jonders' Talk Show Experience Featuring Kelsey Blackwell

Jonders' Talk Show Experience Featuring Kelsey Blackwell

Tue 6/18

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Jonders life long obsession with late night talk shows is finally paying off. Jonders is taking the late night format and flipping it on its head. Never has a talk show felt this fresh. Monologues, sketches, interviews, and variety showcases with a new energy.

"Incredibly funny, the best live show we have ever seen!" ForwardPassThinking.com

Cast list Jonders, Kelsey Blackwell

$5.00

Movie Night (with Love, Improvised)

Movie Night (with Love, Improvised)

Tue 6/18

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$5.00

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

The Harold Team Devil's Daughter

The Harold Team Buttermilk

Tue 6/18

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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An iO Harold team.

$5

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show, The Harold Team Moms

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show

The Harold Team Moms

Wed 6/19

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.

$8.00

Virgin Daiquiri, The Harold Team 2 Bed 3 Bath

Virgin Daiquiri

The Harold Team 2 Bed 3 Bath

Wed 6/19

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

Harry Potter: UMbridged

Harry Potter: UMbridged

Wed 6/19

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Harry Potter: UmBridged is a magical and interactive fan-fiction sketch show that's sure to cast a spell on you! Every show will re-visit and re-write two of the Harry Potter books and change the wizarding world FOREVER! Fourteen different writers will show what life could have/should have been like at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This time we’re starting at the beginning with Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets! And make sure to try one of the Harry Potter cocktails available only at this show! Alright now, wands at the ready!

$14.00

Face Plants with Carl and The Passions feat. The Harold Team DIG

Face Plants with Carl and The Passions feat. The Harold Team DIG

Wed 6/19

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.

$8.00

LISTEN TO ME; A NEW MUSICAL FROM THE VOICES IN YOUR HEAD

LISTEN TO ME; A NEW MUSICAL FROM THE VOICES IN YOUR HEAD

Wed 6/19

8:00 pm

The Downstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Free

The Late 90's, Chicago FT, The Harold Team Nectar

The Late 90's, Chicago FT, The Harold Team Nectar

Wed 6/19

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.

Featuring Chicago FT

$10.00

CAGEMATCH

CAGEMATCH

Wed 6/19

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.

$5.00

Silly Point Presents: Indian Summer

Silly Point Presents: Indian Summer

Wed 6/19

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Silly Point is bringing the heat to iO Theater for two weeks! They will bring Chicago’s hottest teams, stand ups, and musical acts to the stage! You won’t want to miss out on this Indian Summer!

$5.00

Delorean Presents: TRILOGY - Sweater Daddies, Power Clashing

Delorean Presents: TRILOGY - Sweater Daddies, Power Clashing

Wed 6/19

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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For three weeks, three teams do three shows on one night, three weeks in a row. Presented by Delorean!

6/19: Sweater Daddies, Power Clashing

$5.00

HAROLD NIGHT w/ Meridian & Macbeth

HAROLD NIGHT w/ Meridian & Macbeth

Thu 6/20

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

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Thu 6/20

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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One of Chicago’s most popular shows, Improvised Shakespeare Chicago℠ performs a two-act fully improvised play in Elizabethan style using the language and themes of William Shakespeare, inspired by one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written).

$20

Dynasty, Aaron McDavis, Call Your Mom, Alex Collyard, & The DiOversity Jam!

Dynasty, Aaron McDavis, Call Your Mom, Alex Collyard, & The DiOversity Jam!

Thu 6/20

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 Aaron McDavis, improv from Call Your Mom, sketch from Alex Collyard, & The DiOversity Jam!

$12.00

iO Podcast Network, Live!

iO Podcast Network, Live!

Thu 6/20

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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The iO Podcast Network prides itself on distilling the magic of live improv into a sonic experience so audiences can laugh anytime, anywhere. But it’s time to see how the audio sausage is made! Every month, Cigarette Sandwich presents the best of the iO Podcast Network, LIVE and in person. Sketch, improv, interviews and more will be recorded and blasted into the deepest, dumbest pockets of the internet. Come immortalize your laughs on a future episode!
Cigarette Sandwich has been called “the best sketch comedians working in Chicago” by the Chicago Tribune. Time Out Chicago says that Cigarette Sandwich’s Chicago SketchFest appearances have “you peeing your pants in laughter.”

Cast List:

Cig Sam- Case Blackwell, Andy Boludc, Claire Favret, Bill Stern,
Stir Friday Night- Avery Lee
Talking Shop -James Dugan, Rob Grabwoski

$14.00

Take 5 Showcase

Take 5 Showcase

Thu 6/20

8:00 pm

The Downstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Up-and-coming Chicago comedians record their best five minutes of material in front of a live audience. Featuring stand-up, characters, and storytelling and more!

Cast List: Charlotte Elfenbaum, David Messina, Lily Newton, Jon Murphy, Kadeem Fuller, Kadeem Richardson, Adam Rozak, Adonis Holmes, Andrew Shankland

$7.00 - $14.00

The Scene, The Harold Team Bad Bear

The Scene

The Harold Team Bad Bear

Thu 6/20

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

Wet Bus, The Harold Team Stunt Double

Wet Bus

The Harold Team Stunt Double

Thu 6/20

10:00 pm

The Downstairs Event Space 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

Tree House

Tree House

Thu 6/20

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Tree House 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! There is a jam in the middle of the show where any interested audience members are invited to perform with the producers and openers! Following the jam, there is a brief intermission. The night will close with the Tree House Club of the month!!

Want to be a part of the monthly Tree House Club or open for the show? Email treehousetheshow@gmail.com for more information!

$10.00

Tru Bangerz / Bag of Bones

Tru Bangerz / Bag of Bones

Thu 6/20

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 6/20

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 6/21

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 6/21

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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One of Chicago’s most popular shows, Improvised Shakespeare Chicago℠ performs a two-act fully improvised play in Elizabethan style using the language and themes of William Shakespeare, inspired by one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written).

$20.00

HOT SEAT

HOT SEAT

Fri 6/21

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

$17.00

The Musical Armando, The Harold Team Mean Streak

The Musical Armando

The Harold Team Mean Streak

Fri 6/21

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.

$17.00

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

Dreamboat: An LGBTQIA+ Improv Team

The Harold Team Artemis

Fri 6/21

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

$16

Yes and No: The Debate Show

Yes and No: The Debate Show

Fri 6/21

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 6/21

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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One of Chicago’s most popular shows, Improvised Shakespeare Chicago℠ performs a two-act fully improvised play in Elizabethan style using the language and themes of William Shakespeare, inspired by one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written).

$20.00

HAROLD NIGHT w/ Revolver & Smokin' Hot Dad

HAROLD NIGHT w/ Revolver & Smokin' Hot Dad

Fri 6/21

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

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

Fri 6/21

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

Studio Eleven

Studio Eleven

Fri 6/21

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

Tenn and Peller's Magical Mystery Tour

Tenn and Peller's Magical Mystery Tour

Fri 6/21

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

Total Loss

Total Loss

Sat 6/22

7:00 pm

The Downstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$14.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Sat 6/22

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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One of Chicago’s most popular shows, Improvised Shakespeare Chicago℠ performs a two-act fully improvised play in Elizabethan style using the language and themes of William Shakespeare, inspired by one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written).

$20.00

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Sat 6/22

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

$18.00

Whirled News Tonight

Whirled News Tonight

Sat 6/22

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!

$18.00

The Deltones / Dumb John

The Deltones / Dumb John

Sat 6/22

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 Dumb John!

$17.00

Whirled News Tonight

Whirled News Tonight

Sat 6/22

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!

$18.00

The iO Sketch Team Presents: Neptune's Economy Cruises

The iO Sketch Team Presents: Neptune's Economy Cruises

Sat 6/22

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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The iO Sketch Team welcomes you aboard Neptune's Economy Cruises*, a cruise-themed sketch show vacation. Whether you're looking to savor our endless** buffet, skirmish with a pirate***, or just kick back and relax poolside****, Neptune's got it all*****. Don't wait, book your economy vacation now!*

*No refunds
**Limit 1 plate per day
***17th century pirates, not actors
****Pool closed for repairs
*****Norovirus, please wash hands before eating

Starring: Kyle Bethea, Serra Naiman, George Apfelbach, Kelsie Ozamiz, Leo LaCamera, Becca Tham, Lis Schroeder, Timothy Felton, Allie Wessel
Directed by Paula Skaggs

$16.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Sat 6/22

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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One of Chicago’s most popular shows, Improvised Shakespeare Chicago℠ performs a two-act fully improvised play in Elizabethan style using the language and themes of William Shakespeare, inspired by one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written).

$20.00

Improv for the People w/ Big Spoon feat. Daffodil

Improv for the People w/ Big Spoon feat. Daffodil

Sat 6/22

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 6/22

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 6/22

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

$5.00

Dang! Hot Bits!

Dang! Hot Bits!

Sat 6/22

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 Becca Tham, Steph Charaska, Neftali Morales, and Josie Benedetti.

$5.00

Script Tease - Mo Polyak

Script Tease - Mo Polyak

Sun 6/23

6:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Stage readings from the students of the iO’s writing program--specifically the TV Pilot Presentation class--where the writer reads the stage directions of his or her original script as a cast of very talented actors read the parts of a brand new sitcom pilot. It’s free and all are welcome and especially encourage to give their opinions with regard to making said pilot better. Food and full bar available!

Free

Level 5 Shows

Level 5 Shows

Sun 6/23

6:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Students from our Level 5 Improv Training Program perform in a free show!

6:30pm - James Dugan's Level 5 Class
7pm - Craig Uhlir's Class
7:30pm - Mike Johnson's Class
8:30pm - Matt Higbee's Class
9:30pm - Liz Allen's Class

$0.00

Script Tease - Cassie Follett

Script Tease - Cassie Follett

Sun 6/23

6:35 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Stage readings from the students of the iO’s writing program--specifically the TV Pilot Presentation class--where the writer reads the stage directions of his or her original script as a cast of very talented actors read the parts of a brand new sitcom pilot. It’s free and all are welcome and especially encourage to give their opinions with regard to making said pilot better. Food and full bar available!

Free

La-Di-Dah

La-Di-Dah

Sun 6/23

7:00 pm

The Mission Theater 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

Long Time Gone: A Dixie Chicks Musical

Long Time Gone: A Dixie Chicks Musical

Sun 6/23

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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After stating at one of their 2006 concerts that they were ashamed President Bush was from Texas, the world’s most popular country band lost it all. This comedic jukebox musical follows the Dixie Chicks as they go their separate ways, try to find their way back together and back to the top. Written and performed by Debra Duncan, Ray Glass and Rachel Smith it features all the hits, and a few of the deep cuts, live on stage, played on eleven different instruments.

Cast list: Deb Duncan, Ray Glass, Rachel Smith
Directed by James Dugan

$14

Generation LatinX, The Harold Team Gone Gone

Generation LatinX

The Harold Team Gone Gone

Sun 6/23

8:00 pm

The Downstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$10

Deep Schwa, The Harold Team DIG

Deep Schwa

The Harold Team DIG

Sun 6/23

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.”

$14

1st Beat, StaceJam

1st Beat

StaceJam

Sun 6/23

8:30 pm

The Mission Theater 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

May featured team: Oh, Celine

$10.00

New Stork City feat. The Harold Team Buttermilk

New Stork City feat. The Harold Team Buttermilk

Sun 6/23

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!

$8

Sunday Funday with Cool Aunt

Sunday Funday with Cool Aunt

Sun 6/23

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, Laura Manyard, Kayla Mullinks and Miranda Rozas

Instagram - @CoolAuntImprov
Facebook - facebook.com/coolauntimprov

$8.00

Monday Night Live

Monday Night Live

Mon 6/24

6:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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This Saturday Night Live-style show is written by the students of the iO's Comedy Lab SNL Sketch Class, and produced by our regular pool of actors and directors. It includes your favorite SNL features, including a very timely and topical Weekend Update!

Free

The Armando Diaz Experience

The Armando Diaz Experience

Mon 6/24

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

Poster Child Presents: The Chosen Ones

Poster Child Presents: The Chosen Ones

Mon 6/24

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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The comedy collective, Poster Child, hosts Chicago’s favorite POC/Queer/Disabled comedians at iO Chicago. The performers from one week choose the lineup for the next, creating a chain of admiration.  If you love performers from one week, you will definitely love the performers of the next. This is a guaranteed night of comedy, art, and radical love.

 


Cast list

Keiter Liriano

Daniela Aguilar

Danielle Park

Huy Nguyen

Sarah-Marie Degni

Squeek Rangel

Olivia Jackson

$10

TNT: Teens N' Toots

TNT: Teens N' Toots

Mon 6/24

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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An iO Harold team.

Established April 2016.

Free

The Showcase

The Showcase

Mon 6/24

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$14.00

Who Dis?! (A Variety Show)

Who Dis?! (A Variety Show)

Mon 6/24

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.

$10

Stand Up Open Mic

Stand Up Open Mic

Mon 6/24

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

Jam with Breakfast

Jam with Breakfast

Mon 6/24

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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TwoIndie Teams and a JAM with anyone who wants to play! Indie improv stalwarts Breakfast of Champions close out the night.

$5.00

iO Improv All-Stars with Brady and Stir Friday Night

iO Improv All-Stars with Brady and Stir Friday Night

Mon 6/24

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

2POC, The Harold Team Moms

2POC

The Harold Team Moms

Mon 6/24

10:00 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

The Pool

The Pool

Tue 6/25

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 Bad Bear

FUDGE

The Harold Team Bad Bear

Tue 6/25

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 6/25

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 Space Show w/ Comet, Stunt Double, and Scoochie Boochie

The Space Show w/ Comet, Stunt Double, and Scoochie Boochie

Tue 6/25

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$10.00

Stable Manners Presents: Summer Fling feat. Allison Ringhand

Stable Manners Presents: Summer Fling feat. Allison Ringhand

Tue 6/25

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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The women of Stable Manners, an independent improv team, have a CRUSH on iO and they want to prove it!
Summer Fling is a fun, flirty romp featuring the faces of iO that you know and love.
Opening the night: an ever-changing, heart-racing act of local stand-ups, musicians, and improvisers.
THEN THERE'S MORE LOVE TO GO AROUND.
Every week Stable Manners closes out the night performing a Deconstruction starring one of their iO improv crushes.
Be prepared to have a new crush or two by the end of the night!
Cast List: Heather Elaine Abbott, Kait Burch, Kayla Cole, Caraline Connor, Nikki Hartung, Katie Kincaid

Opening Acts: Lydia House, Breastmilk

Tonight's Crush: Allison Ringhand

$5.00

Jonders' Talk Show Experience Featuring Kelsey Blackwell

Jonders' Talk Show Experience Featuring Kelsey Blackwell

Tue 6/25

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Jonders life long obsession with late night talk shows is finally paying off. Jonders is taking the late night format and flipping it on its head. Never has a talk show felt this fresh. Monologues, sketches, interviews, and variety showcases with a new energy.

"Incredibly funny, the best live show we have ever seen!" ForwardPassThinking.com

Cast list Jonders, Kelsey Blackwell

$5.00

Movie Night (with Love, Improvised)

Movie Night (with Love, Improvised)

Tue 6/25

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$5.00

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

The Harold Team Devil's Daughter

The Harold Team Macbeth

Tue 6/25

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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An iO Harold team.

$5

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show, The Harold Team DIG

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show

The Harold Team DIG

Wed 6/26

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.

$8.00

Virgin Daiquiri, The Harold Team Nectar

Virgin Daiquiri

The Harold Team Nectar

Wed 6/26

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

Face Plants with Carl and The Passions feat. The Harold Team Mothership

Face Plants with Carl and The Passions feat. The Harold Team Mothership

Wed 6/26

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.

$8.00

This Year in Music: 1984

This Year in Music: 1984

Wed 6/26

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 the year 2000! This Year in Music gathers singers, dancers, storytellers, and more from around Chicago to rejoice in their version of the hits of Y2K.

$14.00

The Late 90's, Randy, The Harold Team Crocodile Nasties

The Late 90's, Randy, The Harold Team Crocodile Nasties

Wed 6/26

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.

Featuring Randy

$10.00

CAGEMATCH

CAGEMATCH

Wed 6/26

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.

$5.00

Silly Point Presents: Indian Summer

Silly Point Presents: Indian Summer

Wed 6/26

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Silly Point is bringing the heat to iO Theater for two weeks! They will bring Chicago’s hottest teams, stand ups, and musical acts to the stage! You won’t want to miss out on this Indian Summer!

$5.00

Fükhaus: Presented by Word Brothel

Fükhaus: Presented by Word Brothel

Wed 6/26

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Word Brothel is honored to present, Fükhaus. Check out our writers and guests perform material to your friend's pleasure and enemy's discomfort.
https://www.facebook.com/word.brothel/

$10.00

The Showcase

The Showcase

Thu 6/27

7:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$14.00

HAROLD NIGHT w/ Meridian & Mean Streak

HAROLD NIGHT w/ Meridian & Mean Streak

Thu 6/27

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

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Thu 6/27

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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One of Chicago’s most popular shows, Improvised Shakespeare Chicago℠ performs a two-act fully improvised play in Elizabethan style using the language and themes of William Shakespeare, inspired by one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written).

$20.00

Dynasty, Rima Parikh, Here We Go Again, Becca Tham, & The DiOversity Jam!

Dynasty, Rima Parikh, Here We Go Again, Becca Tham, & The DiOversity Jam!

Thu 6/27

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 Rima Parikh & Becca Tham, improv from Here We Go Again, and The DiOversity Jam!

$12.00

Spitfire Comedy

Spitfire Comedy

Thu 6/27

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Watch the best and bravest comics in Chicago fight for their time, buying their minutes, and battling the hottest sauces for their spot on stage! Each comic is given 8 minutes, with the option to buy up to 4 minutes more by taking a shot of hot sauce. You’ll laugh, they’ll cry, support your favorite comics through the greatest challenge of their lives! Feels will be had by all!

 


Hosts and Co-Producers: Andrew Nadeau, Wenzler Powers

Head Producer & Booking Manager: Michael Martin

 


Twitter: @SpitfireComedy

Facebook: https://www. facebook.com/Spitfire-Comedy- Show-293069478235315/

Website: www. SpitfireComedyShow.com

$10.00

The Scene, The Harold Team Artemis

The Scene

The Harold Team Artemis

Thu 6/27

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

Wet Bus, The Harold Team 2 Bed 3 Bath

Wet Bus

The Harold Team 2 Bed 3 Bath

Thu 6/27

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

Tree House

Tree House

Thu 6/27

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Tree House 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! There is a jam in the middle of the show where any interested audience members are invited to perform with the producers and openers! Following the jam, there is a brief intermission. The night will close with the Tree House Club of the month!!

Want to be a part of the monthly Tree House Club or open for the show? Email treehousetheshow@gmail.com for more information!

$10.00

Tru Bangerz / Bag of Bones

Tru Bangerz / Bag of Bones

Thu 6/27

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 6/28

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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One of Chicago’s most popular shows, Improvised Shakespeare Chicago℠ performs a two-act fully improvised play in Elizabethan style using the language and themes of William Shakespeare, inspired by one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written).

$20.00

HOT SEAT

HOT SEAT

Fri 6/28

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 State Schramps

The Musical Armando

The Harold Team State Schramps

Fri 6/28

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.

$17.00

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

Dreamboat: An LGBTQIA+ Improv Team

The Harold Team Daffodil

Fri 6/28

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

$16

Yes and No: The Debate Show

Yes and No: The Debate Show

Fri 6/28

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