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

All Upcoming Events

Student Graduation Shows

Student Graduation Shows

Sun 2/18

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

B.A.P.S.

B.A.P.S.

Sun 2/18

7:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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We were tired of seeing our fellow creative women being left out of the scene and getting limited exposure despite being extraordinarily talented. We’re hoping the audience sees all the brilliance of our performers and bombard them with questions after the show of how they can continue to support them.

We hope to inspire women to have the courage to express their artistic voice and to know they’ll be heard, especially on the B.A.P.S. stage. We’d like to thank the 94% of Black women who showed up at the U.S. Election polls and didn’t vote for Trump.

Hosted By: Adrienne Brandyburg, Adrienne Brown, and Jillian Ebanks

$7.00

It's Ashley

It's Ashley

Sun 2/18

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Think about the smartest person you know. Now think about the most talented. The most attractive? Chances, even if those are all different people, they all have the same name. ASHLEY. It's not just because it was in the top six most popular names for girls from 1983 to 2002, it's because all Ashley's are the best. "It's Ashley" is a showcase of THE BEST performers in the city doing what they do best (being the best).

Starring: Ashley Connell, Ashley Chupp, Ashley Geron, Ashley Girard, Ashley Keenan, Ashley Ray, Ashley Renee-Clopton, Ashley Van Esley, and Ashley Victoria.

$14.00

Deep Schwa, The Harold Team ‘66 Mustang

Deep Schwa

The Harold Team ‘66 Mustang

Sun 2/18

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

Lazy 8

Lazy 8

Sun 2/18

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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From director Bill Arnett, Lazy 8 is a new form that finds the hilarious truths that surround us in our everyday lives. Patient yet immediate. Mundane yet remarkable.

$14.00

Sunday Funday with Cool Aunt

Sunday Funday with Cool Aunt

Sun 2/18

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 starting Sundays at 10:00pm in January.

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

Instagram - @CoolAuntImprov
Facebook - facebook.com/coolauntimprov

$12.00

The Harold Team Hometown, The Harold Team Big Tobacco

The Harold Team Hometown

The Harold Team Big Tobacco

Sun 2/18

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$12.00

Karaoke Storytellers

Karaoke Storytellers

Sun 2/18

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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The Art of Karaoke is an improvised feature length comedy currently being filmed in Chicago. In the film, Franny Giroux has grown tired of performing for drunken crowds who don’t appreciate the beauty and artistry of karaoke so he designs a show in which karaoke can be performed and observed at its highest level. This is that show.
See weekly performances from different members of the karaoke and comedy community here in Chicago. Some performers are in character, others come as they are. Each week is a journey in the hearts and minds of the rock stars among us. We reserve one slot each week for a volunteer audience member. If you have a song, you have a story.
*There will be cameras in the theater to film The Art of Karaoke. If you do not wish to be filmed in any capacity, let a host know and an arrangement can be made.

$10.00

POV

POV

Mon 2/19

7:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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POV is a talk show in previews, that will endeavor to present the highlights of the upcoming shows and events on the calendar of the iO Chicago–for the next six days, Tuesday to Sunday. Hosted by Michael McCarthy POV features monologues and interviews…desk pieces and remotes… scripted material and improv, as well as all the other elements found in any given talk show.

Free

The Armando Diaz Experience Ft. Kathleen Rooney

The Armando Diaz Experience Ft. Kathleen Rooney

Mon 2/19

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Monday Feb. 19th, The Armando Diaz Experience has writer, publisher, editor, and educator Kathleen Rooney as our guest monologist. Her most recent novel is titled, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, and not only is Kathleen a talented writer, but she is also a beloved professor at DePaul University.

$6.00 - $12.00

​​Not Yet Famous: A Showcase

​​Not Yet Famous: A Showcase

Mon 2/19

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Not Yet Famous is a diverse showcase for marginalized comedic voices in Chicago.

Starring: Vikram Pandya, Grace Thomas, Le Aboav, Stephanie Weber, and Merrit Landsteiner.

$12.00

The Harold Team Roundabout, The Harold Team Gideon

The Harold Team Roundabout

The Harold Team Gideon

Mon 2/19

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$12.00

Dynasty, feat. Las Tinas

Dynasty, feat. Las Tinas

Mon 2/19

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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DyNasty is diverse super squad of performers from all over the city determined to start each week off right! Each week includes a different opening team, a jam composed of audience attendees, and DyNasty, featuring special guests.

$6.00 - $12.00

Stand Up Open Mic

Stand Up Open Mic

Mon 2/19

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

iO Improv All-Stars

iO Improv All-Stars

Mon 2/19

10:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Watch teams Cross Pollination and Dumb John share the stage for a night of improv!

$5.00

La-Di-Dah

La-Di-Dah

Mon 2/19

10:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$5.00

iO's Indie Night  feat. Little Oprahs

iO's Indie Night feat. Little Oprahs

Mon 2/19

10:30 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.

Featuring:
2/5/2018 -- Fullmodo, Earl Grey, Before Thursday, Little Oprahs
2/12/2018 -- Jean Claude Van Gogh, Bedtime Slug, RUMBLE, Little Oprahs
2/19/2018 -- Too Many Scoones, Sarah and Trevor, Our Friend Miles, Little Oprahs
2/26/2018 -- Straight-Up Ghost, Tall Boy Tuesdays, Penny Red, Little Oprahs

$5.00

The Pool

The Pool

Tue 2/20

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$8.00

FUDGE, The Harold Team Pangea

FUDGE

The Harold Team Pangea

Tue 2/20

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

$6.00 - $12.00

The Quitting Contest, Cherry Street

The Quitting Contest

Cherry Street

Tue 2/20

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$12.00

The Harold Team Cecilia, The Harold Team Pequod's Presents: The Harold

The Harold Team Cecilia

The Harold Team Pequod's Presents: The Harold

Tue 2/20

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$12.00

A Slice of Pie

A Slice of Pie

Tue 2/20

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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No non-improvisers not trying to not be not funny. A group of improvisers normally generating dialogue for a desired laugh explore what it is like to neither try to be funny nor dramatic, but just be. Join us at the dinner table for a slice of pie; a two act improvised show that is a little slice of life.

Starring: Mark Thompson, Jesse Kendall, Andrew Robinson, Olivia Nielsen , Yazmin Ramos, Brittany Bookbinder, Taylor Overstreet, Tim Felton, Andrew Harrigan, Rayna Caskey

$5.00

Are You There, God? It's Me, God.

Are You There, God? It's Me, God.

Tue 2/20

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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In the year 2018, a cosmic traveler from a distant galaxy 80 billion light years away discovered a unique planet bursting with life. The planet was called Earth. The traveler picked six strangers to infect and act as a host body while it learned how to write classic Chicago sketch comedy. This is the show it wrote.

February 6th, 13th, and 20th at 10:00pm in the Jason Chin Harold Cabaret. $5.

Written & performed by Carly Strait, Spencer Casolo, Sydney Back, Cody Dillard, Glo Chitwood, and Andy Rowell.

Directed by Laura Mulcahy.

Art by Carson White.

$5.00

Generation LatinX, EbonyEssenceJet

Generation LatinX

EbonyEssenceJet

Tue 2/20

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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A Variety show featuring Hispanic comedians and musicians. Just like our audience, some of the performers speak fluent Spanish, some speak only Spanglish, and some speak no Spanish at all. All of our performers have Latino/a heritage. We are Generation LatinX! All of the performers have Hispanic heritage. The show is in English and Spanglish (a mix of English and Spanish).

The show, and the performers, are relatably bizarre. LatinX strives to be creative, smart and quirky over shocking and crass. The show is a safe, inclusive space for people of all genders, ethnicities, ages, and sexual orientations.

For more info or to submit to be a part of the show, please contact: Mishell.Livio33@gmail.com

$5.00

The Harold Team Devil's Daughter, The Harold Team Lil' Tooties

The Harold Team Devil's Daughter

The Harold Team Lil' Tooties

Tue 2/20

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$5.00

Virgin Daiquiri, The Harold Team State Schramps

Virgin Daiquiri

The Harold Team State Schramps

Wed 2/21

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 two different opening teams every week!

Free

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show, The Harold Team Duchess

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show

The Harold Team Duchess

Wed 2/21

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 2 different opening Harold teams.

$5.00

Critic

Critic

Wed 2/21

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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The Live Film Critic Show Where Even The Critics Don't Know What Films They're Reviewing


"Critic" presents its eager audience with a LIVE film criticism show, but with a fun TWIST: our Critics will have no prior knowledge of what films they’ll be reviewing. Instead, Critics will draw on their vast movie knowledge to give their honest, on-the-spot review of these films.

Critic's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Critic-1997088640525579/

$14.00

Face Plants with Carl and The Passions, The Harold Team First Kiss

Face Plants with Carl and The Passions

The Harold Team First Kiss

Wed 2/21

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.

$7.00 - $14.00

The Late 90's Feat. The Harold Team Bad Bear and Feline Fighter Pilot

The Late 90's Feat. The Harold Team Bad Bear and Feline Fighter Pilot

Wed 2/21

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

Loosey Goosey

Loosey Goosey

Wed 2/21

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Join hosts Cole Earnest, Katie Heath, and Mark Walsh and hilarious sketch groups each week as they put up some hot, hot comedy with reckless abandon in this sketch open mic.

Starring: Katie Heath, Cole Earnest, Mark Walsh and YOU!

$5.00

The SFN Effect

The SFN Effect

Wed 2/21

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Stir Friday Night presents The SFN Effect! A diverse monthly variety show, every third Wednesday of the month. Standup, sketch, and improv from Stir Friday Night!

Stir Friday Night is a 22-year-old Asian comedy group. Some of our alumni include Danny Pudi from "Community", and Steven Yeun from "The Walking Dead".


Starring: Dacey Arashiba, Kannan Arumugam, Menaka Deolekar, Erica Geiser, Steve Han, Scott Hanada, Harrison Hapin, Masood Haque, Ray Hui, Claudia Iao, Javid Iqbal, Helen Lee, Louise Loeb, Paige Maney, TJ Medel, Brooke Montoya, Joan Moon, Jonald Reyes, Amar Risbud, Dean Santiago, Loreen Targos, Tushar Vashisth, Vicky Wang, Susan Xu

$10.00

CAGEMATCH

CAGEMATCH

Wed 2/21

10:30 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

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Thu 2/22

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$18.00

The Harold Team Meridian, The Harold Team Bodak Yellow

The Harold Team Meridian

The Harold Team Bodak Yellow

Thu 2/22

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 with two different opening teams at iO Chicago.

$14.00

SmallProv

SmallProv

Thu 2/22

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Come join Muck (Jesse Kendall and Mark Thomson) each Thursday as they perform alongside a rotating cast of hilarious duos and trios. Each week Muck hosts and welcomes 3 new small teams and then closes the night.

ATTENDANCE MANDATORY!!!! LAUGHS GUARANTEED!!!!

If your duo or trio would like to play at SmallProv, come to a show and talk to Jesse or Mark afterward

LAUGHS MANDATORY!!!! ATTENDANCE GUARANTEED!!!!

$7.00 - $14.00

Glass Basement

Glass Basement

Thu 2/22

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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This is a show for everyone. This is a show full of veteran women. Members of SheBeast, Superhuman and Virgin Daiquiri, along with some special guests, have joined together like the damn Justice League to perform together everyThursday night. And after they perform, you can perform with them. If you're chosen, come up and do a scene with whomever you like. Stay, talk and hang out. Part amazing show, part performance opportunity, part safe space. Watch. Laugh. Play. Laugh. Talk. Laugh.

MaryCatherine Curran
Dina Facklis
Katie Klein
Sarah Ashley
Alison Gates
Christine Tawfik
Abby Mcenany
Megan Redfearn
Ryan Asher
Becca Slack
Katie Kershaw
Susan Glynn
Jacqueline Felker
Mary Cait Walthall
Amber Walker
Jo Scott
Dana Querciol
Mary Mahoney
Plus special guests

$14.00

Shrimp Boys: LIVE!

Shrimp Boys: LIVE!

Thu 2/22

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Weddings, Funerals, Talking Dead - some of life’s most breathtaking moments are live. The Shrimp Boys couldn’t agree more. That’s why they’ve vowed to stop watching all cable television and instead pay tribute to life’s ephemera with their new live show. Check out the tw*sted stuff that they’ve written instead of watching re-runs of The Rifleman on TVLand. From sketches to PowerPoints to guest sets from some of Chicago’s best weirdos, Shrimp Boys: LIVE! has it all. P.S. If enough people come, they will replace Regis Philbin PERMANENTLY on Regis and Kelly LIVE! Beautiful.


https://www.facebook.com/shrim pboyssketch/

https://www.youtube.com/channe l/UCoWR7PZAZg-8zr7kyQ8Tl7A

$10.00

Three Way: Adults Only

Three Way: Adults Only

Thu 2/22

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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There's a three-way happening at iO Theater and you are welcome to attend. Three-Way: Adults Only is an improvised one-act play performed three times in row until all hell breaks loose or someone finds a happy ending. Come with us on this trippy jaunt through alternate universes. Hop aboard for a freaky trip into alternate worlds. Tag along on this trippy voyage through the multiverse. Featuring some of iO's finest performers.


Rotating Cast: Peyton Robbins, Georgie Caldwell, Lauren Williams, Maddie Cordovano, Catharine Savage, Dylan Carey, Chris Woolsey, Brad Pike, Onofrio Penzato, Mike Anichini and special guests


Technical Director: Adam Kurschat

 

$10.00

Girl Gang

Girl Gang

Thu 2/22

10:30 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

The Scene, The Harold Team ‘66 Mustang

The Scene

The Harold Team ‘66 Mustang

Thu 2/22

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

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

$10.00

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Fri 2/23

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).

$18.00

The Musical Armando, Stacked: All-Female Musical Improv

The Musical Armando

Stacked: All-Female Musical Improv

Fri 2/23

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret 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 ten will set into scenes, songs and choreography. The cast includes Christy Bonstell, Katie Dufresne, Pat Dwyer, Sarah Hoffman, Shantira Jackson, Jon Matteson, Eric Muller, Nnamdi Ngwe, Patrick Rowland and Stacey Smith.

Featuring Jim Holman as the Musical Director

Opening for Musical Armando:

STACKED- All Female Musical Improv takes a suggestion of one word and delivers musical hilarity in four part harmony. For the past six years, the ladies of Stacked have been amazing audiences across the nation. They've been teaching and headlining festivals for nearly a decade and are thrilled to grace the stages of iO once again. Their shows full of high energy, big characters, catchy songs and no apologies. STACKED is Stacey Smith, Jenna Steege, Erin Goldsmith and Katie Yore.

$16.00

Told

Told

Fri 2/23

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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TOLD is a show that finds its inspiration from many sources. Whether it’s stories, music, spoken word, or simple truth telling, this night of long-form improvisation promises a night of hilarious and authentic exploration.

TOLD features a rotating cast of seasoned Chicago improvisers—old-timers and newbies alike: 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, Nnamdi Ngwe, & Brett Lyons.

$16.00

The Harold Team Miracle Ranch, The Harold Team Roundabout

The Harold Team Miracle Ranch

The Harold Team Roundabout

Fri 2/23

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$16.00

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Fri 2/23

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).

$18.00

Revolver, The Harold Team Smokin' Hot Dad

Revolver

The Harold Team Smokin' Hot Dad

Fri 2/23

10:30 pm

The Mission Theater 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.

$14.00

Oh Hell Yeah

Oh Hell Yeah

Fri 2/23

10:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Every Friday night enjoy two veteran Chicago teams that prove friendship is key to group-mind-driven improv. A hilarious show with a strong party vibe, Oh Hell Yeah features Alterboyz and Wetbus. These teams started as students, came together as friends, and promising to keep you coming back for more! (Plus a specialty show every last Friday of the month!)

Wet Bus:

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

Alterboyz:

Katrina Sly, Leila Gorstein, Maddie Cordovano, Katie McCarty, and Gaby Dixon

$14.00

The Storpenwulf Seriously Good Theater Company Presents: The Inconveniences of Love and War

The Storpenwulf Seriously Good Theater Company Presents: The Inconveniences of Love and War

Fri 2/23

10:30 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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The Inconveniences of Love and War is a farcical play written by and starring Meredith Johnston and Chelsea Norment. Meredith plays Eunice Granville-Barker-Shaw and Chelsea Norment is Otto Brahm.

Eunice and Otto met while studying the Stanislavsky method in New York City, circa 2001. They have been creative partners ever since. In the many years they’ve known each other they’ve only ever created one thing, the perfect play: The Inconveniences of Love and War… and this is it’s WORLD PREMIERE!

Starring: Meredith Johnston, Chelsea Norment, Sam Martin, and Jake Bradley.

Director: Trent Creswell

$14.00

Dinner Bell

Dinner Bell

Fri 2/23

11:55 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Each week the veteran cast of Dinner Bell invites a younger performer to play with them in what is always a treat for all.

Cast: Kyle Bethea, Jorin Garguilo, Mike Johnson, Louie Saunders, Farrell Walsh

$5.00

Breakfast of Champions: Brunch of Amateurs, Caroline Kreidberg & Luis Arevalo

Breakfast of Champions: Brunch of Amateurs

Caroline Kreidberg & Luis Arevalo

Fri 2/23

11:55 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Breakfast of Champions is a young improv collective of up-and-coming performers in Chicago. The group proudly boasts members involved in theater companies/ensembles such as The Second City Touring Company, PREACH, Huggable Riot, Little Oprahs, The Revival, and many more! Like the group’s mission, Breakfast of Champions: Brunch of Amateurs is about including everyone and the sole goal of having fun. Plus, each week will feature a different pairing of Champions, independent improv troupes, and iO Harold teams, so pull up a seat and enjoy this weekly improv buffet!

$5.00

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Sat 2/24

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).

$18.00

Whirled News Tonight

Whirled News Tonight

Sat 2/24

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

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Sat 2/24

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

The Deltones, Stacked: All-Female Musical Improv

The Deltones

Stacked: All-Female Musical Improv

Sat 2/24

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

Opening for The Deltones: STACKED- All Female Musical Improv takes a suggestion of one word and delivers musical hilarity in four part harmony. For the past six years, the ladies of Stacked have been amazing audiences across the nation. They've been teaching and headlining festivals for nearly a decade and are thrilled to grace the stages of iO once again. Their shows full of high energy, big characters, catchy songs and no apologies. STACKED is Stacey Smith, Jenna Steege, Erin Goldsmith and Katie Yore.

$16.00

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Sat 2/24

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).

$18.00

Whirled News Tonight

Whirled News Tonight

Sat 2/24

10:30 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Whirled News Tonight is an improvised show that strives to not only provide a satirical turn on current events, but to provide another, human, point of view of those stories. In it's 13th year at iO!

Free for iO students and performers.

$8.00 - $16.00

Bomb A$$ $et: Not A Stand Up Showcase

Bomb A$$ $et: Not A Stand Up Showcase

Sat 2/24

10:30 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Stand Up comedians will BOMB intentionally by doing ‘Old’ Material! Improvisors 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!

Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/Bomb-ASS-ET-120741565169258/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/BombASS_SET

$14.00

The Harold Team Big Spoon, The Harold Team Comet

The Harold Team Big Spoon

The Harold Team Comet

Sat 2/24

10:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$14.00

Best Buds

Best Buds

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

Sat 2/24

11:55 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

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

$5.00

Dang! Hot Bits!

Dang! Hot Bits!

Sat 2/24

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

JuniOr Prom.

JuniOr Prom.

Sat 2/24

11:55 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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It's time for the next juniOr prom! This is a night welcoming the newest Harold Teams and celebrating existing teams. Each team will have 3-5 minutes to perform anything they want with a DANCE PARTY at the end of the night.

Student Graduation Shows

Student Graduation Shows

Sun 2/25

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

Lazy 8

Lazy 8

Sun 2/25

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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From director Bill Arnett, Lazy 8 is a new form that finds the hilarious truths that surround us in our everyday lives. Patient yet immediate. Mundane yet remarkable.

$14.00

Deep Schwa, The Harold Team Pangea

Deep Schwa

The Harold Team Pangea

Sun 2/25

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

The Harold Team Artemis, The Harold Team Thunder

The Harold Team Artemis

The Harold Team Thunder

Sun 2/25

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Corey DOES TOO! Have Friends is an improvised show using a loose armando format. Each week Corey invites eight different improvisers with different levels on experience to create scenes inspired by a suggestion from the audience. Many of the ensemble members formed will be playing with each other for the first time. We build a show while building chemistry amongst each other. The show has been featured in 13 different venues around the city including Second City, Annoyance, CIC Theater, and The Playground Theater and has featured comedians including Chris Redd (Saturday Night Live, Popstars: Never Stop Never Stopping), Shantira Jackson (3peat, 50 Central), Andy Herren (Big Brother), and Luke Null (Saturday Night Live). The show definitely stars Corey...maybe other people...we'll see.

$14.00

Sunday Funday with Cool Aunt

Sunday Funday with Cool Aunt

Sun 2/25

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 starting Sundays at 10:00pm in January.

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

Instagram - @CoolAuntImprov
Facebook - facebook.com/coolauntimprov

$12.00

The Harold Team Hometown, The Harold Team Gone Gone

The Harold Team Hometown

The Harold Team Gone Gone

Sun 2/25

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$12.00

Karaoke Storytellers

Karaoke Storytellers

Sun 2/25

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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The Art of Karaoke is an improvised feature length comedy currently being filmed in Chicago. In the film, Franny Giroux has grown tired of performing for drunken crowds who don’t appreciate the beauty and artistry of karaoke so he designs a show in which karaoke can be performed and observed at its highest level. This is that show.
See weekly performances from different members of the karaoke and comedy community here in Chicago. Some performers are in character, others come as they are. Each week is a journey in the hearts and minds of the rock stars among us. We reserve one slot each week for a volunteer audience member. If you have a song, you have a story.
*There will be cameras in the theater to film The Art of Karaoke. If you do not wish to be filmed in any capacity, let a host know and an arrangement can be made.

$5.00

POV

POV

Mon 2/26

7:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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POV is a talk show in previews, that will endeavor to present the highlights of the upcoming shows and events on the calendar of the iO Chicago–for the next six days, Tuesday to Sunday. Hosted by Michael McCarthy POV features monologues and interviews…desk pieces and remotes… scripted material and improv, as well as all the other elements found in any given talk show.

Free

Dynasty

Dynasty

Mon 2/26

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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DyNasty is diverse super squad of performers from all over the city determined to start each week off right! Each week includes a different opening team, a jam composed of audience attendees, and DyNasty, featuring special guests.

$6.00 - $12.00

The Armando Diaz Experience

The Armando Diaz Experience

Mon 2/26

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.

$6.00 - $12.00

Sex Positive

Sex Positive

Mon 2/26

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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At Sex Positive we do not believe that sex is something taboo or shameful, nor something only to be discussed privately or not at all, nor that art exploring sexual themes is something risque and niche...we believe that almost all of us do it and that there's nothing wrong with doing it, nothing wrong with liking it, and nothing wrong with talking about it.

Hosted by: Ashley Victoria

$12.00

The Harold Team Gideon, The Harold Team Big Tobacco

The Harold Team Gideon

The Harold Team Big Tobacco

Mon 2/26

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$12.00

Stand Up Open Mic

Stand Up Open Mic

Mon 2/26

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

iO Improv All-Stars

iO Improv All-Stars

Mon 2/26

10:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Watch teams Miss. Mistofolees and Dumb John share the stage for a night of improv!

$5.00

La-Di-Dah

La-Di-Dah

Mon 2/26

10:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$5.00

iO's Indie Night  feat. Little Oprahs

iO's Indie Night feat. Little Oprahs

Mon 2/26

10:30 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.

Featuring:
2/5/2018 -- Fullmodo, Earl Grey, Before Thursday, Little Oprahs
2/12/2018 -- Jean Claude Van Gogh, Bedtime Slug, RUMBLE, Little Oprahs
2/19/2018 -- Too Many Scoones, Sarah and Trevor, Our Friend Miles, Little Oprahs
2/26/2018 -- Straight-Up Ghost, Tall Boy Tuesdays, Penny Red, Little Oprahs

$5.00

The Pool

The Pool

Tue 2/27

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$8.00

FUDGE, The Harold Team Duchess

FUDGE

The Harold Team Duchess

Tue 2/27

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

$6.00 - $12.00

The Quitting Contest, Cherry Street

The Quitting Contest

Cherry Street

Tue 2/27

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Cherry Street are veteran improv duo and real-life married couple Laurel Krabacher (Second City TourCo, Revolver, Virgin Daquiri, Cross Pollination, Little Gary, Told) and Lawrence Collerd (MacBeth, Cross Pollination, Little Gary, Your F*d Up Relationship, Told). Over the last two years they've performed and taught together at theaters around the country, and for four years before that they paid their fucking dues. Their show has been called "exceptional" and "poignant" by the Chicago Reader. Lawrence's father remains unconvinced that it is made up. It is.

$12.00

The Harold Team The Teenagers, The Harold Team Cecilia

The Harold Team The Teenagers

The Harold Team Cecilia

Tue 2/27

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$12.00

A Slice of Pie

A Slice of Pie

Tue 2/27

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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No non-improvisers not trying to not be not funny. A group of improvisers normally generating dialogue for a desired laugh explore what it is like to neither try to be funny nor dramatic, but just be. Join us at the dinner table for a slice of pie; a two act improvised show that is a little slice of life.

Starring: Mark Thompson, Jesse Kendall, Andrew Robinson, Olivia Nielsen , Yazmin Ramos, Brittany Bookbinder, Taylor Overstreet, Tim Felton, Andrew Harrigan, Rayna Caskey

$5.00

Generation LatinX, B.A.P.S.

Generation LatinX

B.A.P.S.

Tue 2/27

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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A Variety show featuring Hispanic comedians and musicians. Just like our audience, some of the performers speak fluent Spanish, some speak only Spanglish, and some speak no Spanish at all. All of our performers have Latino/a heritage. We are Generation LatinX! All of the performers have Hispanic heritage. The show is in English and Spanglish (a mix of English and Spanish).

The show, and the performers, are relatably bizarre. LatinX strives to be creative, smart and quirky over shocking and crass. The show is a safe, inclusive space for people of all genders, ethnicities, ages, and sexual orientations.

For more info or to submit to be a part of the show, please contact: Mishell.Livio33@gmail.com

$5.00

Molly

Molly

Tue 2/27

10:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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“MOLLY” is a two-person improv show performed by two of Chicago’s most beloved improvisers and teachers, Susan Messing and Norm Holly!

$5.00

The Harold Team Devil's Daughter, The Harold Team Trash Daddiez

The Harold Team Devil's Daughter

The Harold Team Trash Daddiez

Tue 2/27

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$5.00

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show, The Harold Team 2 Bed 3 Bath

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show

The Harold Team 2 Bed 3 Bath

Wed 2/28

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 2 different opening Harold teams.

$5.00

Face Plants with Carl and The Passions, The Harold Team ‘66 Mustang

Face Plants with Carl and The Passions

The Harold Team ‘66 Mustang

Wed 2/28

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.

$7.00 - $14.00

Virgin Daiquiri, The Harold Team Nectar

Virgin Daiquiri

The Harold Team Nectar

Wed 2/28

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 two different opening teams every week!

Free

PURO PINCHE PARDY

A Variety Show in SPANISH

PURO PINCHE PARDY

Wed 2/28

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Join us for an unforgettable night of comedy featuring stand-up comedy by Sonal Aggarwal, Oscar El Cuchillo Carvajal, Jaime de Leon, Vernon Mina, Soli Santos, and Chris Trani, PLUS, Sketch and Improv comedy featuring members of the Spanish-speaking comedy team, Heraldo.

Come out to support, laugh, and be a part of history as this is the iO Theater's first ever all-Spanish Variety comedy show!!

**

Miercoles, Febrero 28 del 2018, el "iO Theater" presenta "PURO PINCHE PARDY"; una noche de variedad comica con Stand-Up, Sketch, e improvisacion en ESPAñOL!

Unase con nosotros para un noche de comedia inolvidable cortesia de Sonal Aggarwal, Oscar El Cuchillo Carvajal, Jaime de Leon, Vernon Mina, Soli Santos, Chris Trani, y los miembros del grupo comico, "HERALDO".

Venga a apoyar, reir, y ser parte de historia porque esta es la primera vez que el iO Theater presenta uno noche de variedad comica completamente en ESPAñOL!

$10.00

Loosey Goosey

Loosey Goosey

Wed 2/28

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Join hosts Cole Earnest, Katie Heath, and Mark Walsh and hilarious sketch groups each week as they put up some hot, hot comedy with reckless abandon in this sketch open mic.

Starring: Katie Heath, Cole Earnest, Mark Walsh and YOU!

$5.00

Hard Deep Politics

Hard Deep Politics

Wed 2/28

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Hard Deep Politics is a late night game show where comedians tackle complex political questions they have no business tackling. Hosted by Gary Pascal, Hard Deep Politics is a fast, loud, and wild take on the week's news. Featuring musical guests, audience prizes, and a rotating cast of the best comedians from around Chicago!

Starring: Gary Pascal (host) and a rotating cast of guests

$10.00

The Late 90's, JD Dinkleman and the NBA All-Stars, The Harold Team MacBeth

The Late 90's

JD Dinkleman and the NBA All-Stars

The Harold Team MacBeth

Wed 2/28

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 2/28

10:30 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

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Thu 3/1

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).

$18.00

The Harold Team Meridian, The Harold Team Pequod's Presents: The Harold

The Harold Team Meridian

The Harold Team Pequod's Presents: The Harold

Thu 3/1

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 with two different opening teams at iO Chicago.

$14.00

SmallProv

SmallProv

Thu 3/1

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Come join Muck (Jesse Kendall and Mark Thomson) each Thursday as they perform alongside a rotating cast of hilarious duos and trios. Each week Muck hosts and welcomes 3 new small teams and then closes the night.

ATTENDANCE MANDATORY!!!! LAUGHS GUARANTEED!!!!

If your duo or trio would like to play at SmallProv, come to a show and talk to Jesse or Mark afterward

LAUGHS MANDATORY!!!! ATTENDANCE GUARANTEED!!!!

$7.00 - $14.00

Glass Basement

Glass Basement

Thu 3/1

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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This is a show for everyone. This is a show full of veteran women. Members of SheBeast, Superhuman and Virgin Daiquiri, along with some special guests, have joined together like the damn Justice League to perform together everyThursday night. And after they perform, you can perform with them. If you're chosen, come up and do a scene with whomever you like. Stay, talk and hang out. Part amazing show, part performance opportunity, part safe space. Watch. Laugh. Play. Laugh. Talk. Laugh.

MaryCatherine Curran
Dina Facklis
Katie Klein
Sarah Ashley
Alison Gates
Christine Tawfik
Abby Mcenany
Megan Redfearn
Ryan Asher
Becca Slack
Katie Kershaw
Susan Glynn
Jacqueline Felker
Mary Cait Walthall
Amber Walker
Jo Scott
Dana Querciol
Mary Mahoney
Plus special guests

$14.00

Heraldo

Heraldo

Thu 3/1

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$10.00

A Very Fine Evening

A Very Fine Evening

Thu 3/1

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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A Very Fine Evening is an hour of improvised theater, curated by veteran performer and instructor Matt Higbee. The show is a revival of classic Chicago-style improvisation that brings hilarious and intelligent works of comedic theater to life on stage. Each month Matt presents a new season, with a new cast doing new shows. The night kicks off with a hand-selected group of players put together just for that run, and then Matt closes out the evening performing alongside one or more of his favorite improvisers. Grab a few friends, your favorite drink, and join us for a good laugh.


If you're interested in future auditions for the cast of the month, please submit your info here:
https://goo.gl/forms/a1fXMYDzqAjPGLYU2

$10.00