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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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Virgin Daiquiri, The Harold Team Artemis

Virgin Daiquiri

The Harold Team Artemis

Wed 10/17

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

The Mansion Show

The Mansion Show

Wed 10/17

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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A musical romp through a mystical Mansion. One woman wants to find herself. The other wants to find the air leak and fix it up since she’s under contract. Both of them will find an array of bits, songs, and GHOSTS before this one wild night is over!

Starring: Liz Anderson and Sarah Shockey

$10.00

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show, The Harold Team Daffodil

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show

The Harold Team Daffodil

Wed 10/17

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

* This show is not suitable for children *


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

$5.00

The Harold Team Trü Bangerz, The Harold Team Gone Gone

The Harold Team Trü Bangerz

The Harold Team Gone Gone

Wed 10/17

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$12.00

Teacher Jam

Teacher Jam

Wed 10/17

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

K+N closes out the night

$5.00

The Late 90's, Sherlock on Slack, The Harold Team Miracle Ranch

The Late 90's

Sherlock on Slack

The Harold Team Miracle Ranch

Wed 10/17

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

The Campfire

The Campfire

Wed 10/17

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$10.00

CAGEMATCH

CAGEMATCH

Wed 10/17

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 Harold Team Meridian, The Harold Team St. Gen's

The Harold Team Meridian

The Harold Team St. Gen's

Thu 10/18

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$14.00

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Thu 10/18

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$20.00

SmallProv

SmallProv

Thu 10/18

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$14.00

Glass Basement

Glass Basement

Thu 10/18

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$10.00

Girl Gang

Girl Gang

Thu 10/18

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

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

$10.00

2POC

2POC

Thu 10/18

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

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

$10.00

PREACH!

PREACH!

Thu 10/18

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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PREACH! is an combination of Spoken Word and Long-Form Improvisation. Established in 2016 and based in Chicago, Illinois, PREACH! trains their artistic voice on challenging apathy and promoting love and positivity through their art. The members of PREACH! are teachers, caregivers, activists... and they bring the spirit of a revolution wherever they perform. PREACH! Has been featured on NPR, LA Magazine, and in the Chicago Reader as a “Must See” group.

For more information, check out PREACH! on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram: @preachimprov.

$7.00 - $10.00

The Scene, The Harold Team Duchess

The Scene

The Harold Team Duchess

Thu 10/18

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

1st Beat

1st Beat

Fri 10/19

7:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Come see iO’s musical house team! 1st Beat features some of the best recent graduates of the iO musical improv program performing a new improvised musical every week!

Starring: Colette Gregory, Derek Self, Linda Orr, Leah Judge, Micki Burton, Jenna Kate Karn, Stephanie Burchinow, Elizabeth McCreight, Joe Keehnast, Brendan Tran

$5.00

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Fri 10/19

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$20.00

HOT SEAT

HOT SEAT

Fri 10/19

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

Dreamboat: An LGBTQIA+ Improv Team

Dreamboat: An LGBTQIA+ Improv Team

Fri 10/19

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

$16.00

The Musical Armando, The Harold Team Mean Streak

The Musical Armando

The Harold Team Mean Streak

Fri 10/19

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$16.00

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Fri 10/19

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$20.00

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

Fri 10/19

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

Queer Little Hamster

Queer Little Hamster

Fri 10/19

10:30 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Laurel Zoff Pelton is A Queer Hamster. This solo comedy show is filled with songs, stories, and characters that pluck guitar strings, heart strings and cut the chord straight to your funny bone. In her solo debut, Laurel Zoff Pelton has the comedic and musical chops to craft and deliver her audience this jam-packed, fun and heartfelt examination of love, addiction, and the tricky queer place she finds herself between. One of the must-see LGBTQ+ performances of this Chicago season. You don't want to miss this show - as ferocious and sweet as a queer little hamster.

Starring: Laurel Zoff Pelton

Musical Direction by Alan Giles

Directed by Andel Sudik

$7.00 - $14.00

Revolver, The Harold Team 2 Bed 3 Bath

Revolver

The Harold Team 2 Bed 3 Bath

Fri 10/19

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 10/19

10:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$14.00

Studio Eleven

Studio Eleven

Fri 10/19

11:59 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$5.00

Tenn and Peller's Magical Mystery Tour

Tenn and Peller's Magical Mystery Tour

Fri 10/19

11:59 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

Starring Trent Dozier & Cameron Herdt

$5.00

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Sat 10/20

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

$16.00

Whirled News Tonight

Whirled News Tonight

Sat 10/20

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$16.00

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Sat 10/20

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$20.00

The Deltones, The Harold Team Cecilia

The Deltones

The Harold Team Cecilia

Sat 10/20

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

$16.00

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Sat 10/20

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$20.00

Grand Guignol: Bad Milk

Grand Guignol: Bad Milk

Sat 10/20

10:30 pm

The Upstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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A grisly theatre of spectacle, you'll see horrific short plays splattered in blood and gore with intermittent bursts of vaudevillian comedy. Meant to heighten the senses, this theatrical style will leave you screaming for more. Bringing Theatré Du Grand Guignol to iO Chicago is a natural fit utilizing a sketch style format to play out grisly and bone chilling scenarios intermingled with lighthearted song, juggling, and joke telling. You'll be repulsed, charmed, trapped, and ultimately escape from this theatrical embodiment of terror.

Written By: Lisa Burton, Brad Pike, and Jim McDoniel

$10.00 - $15.00

House Lafayette

House Lafayette

Sat 10/20

10:30 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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The comedic/horror solo show, House Lafayette, with a runtime of 45-50 minutes, reveals the secrets of its past, present, and possibly future residents of the Lafayette's family infamous house. With the intent to help the audience feel better about their life's obstacles Madame Lafayette introduces them to characters who have lessons to share such as learning to love yourself, facing your fears and having faith.

Starring Briané Goodrum

$14.00

The Harold Team Big Spoon, The Harold Team Big Tobacco

The Harold Team Big Spoon

The Harold Team Big Tobacco

Sat 10/20

10:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$9.00 - $14.00

Whirled News Tonight

Whirled News Tonight

Sat 10/20

10:30 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$8.00 - $16.00

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

Sat 10/20

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

Dang! Hot Bits!

Dang! Hot Bits!

Sat 10/20

11:55 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

$5.00

Best Buds

Best Buds

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

Sat 10/20

11:55 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

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

$5.00

Level 5 Student Shows

Level 5 Student Shows

Sun 10/21

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!

Free

Deep Schwa, The Harold Team State Schramps

Deep Schwa

The Harold Team State Schramps

Sun 10/21

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

Garden Party

Garden Party

Sun 10/21

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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You’re invited to attend the GARDEN PARTY, a show that explores the world of unique, vulnerable, ridiculous, goofy, honest characters in one fun, dramatic, hilarious evening. Provided "snacks" include: emotional dips, a variety of sweet moments, and more. All characters are performed by Yazmin Ramos, directed by Atra Asdou.

$14.00

Face Plants with Carl and The Passions

Face Plants with Carl and The Passions

Sun 10/21

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater 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

Sunday Funday with Cool Aunt

Sunday Funday with Cool Aunt

Sun 10/21

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

Instagram - @CoolAuntImprov
Facebook - facebook.com/coolauntimprov

$12.00

The Harold Team St. Gen's, The Harold Team Comet

The Harold Team St. Gen's

The Harold Team Comet

Sun 10/21

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$12.00

The Armando Diaz Experience

The Armando Diaz Experience

Mon 10/22

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

$6.00 - $12.00

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

The Harold Team Lil' Tooties

The Harold Team The Teenagers

Mon 10/22

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$10.00

iO Indie Night: Breakfast of Champions Edition

iO Indie Night: Breakfast of Champions Edition

Mon 10/22

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$5.00

Stand Up Open Mic

Stand Up Open Mic

Mon 10/22

10:00 pm

The Downstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

Hosted by: Claire Swanson & Mallory Bradford

Free

Dynasty, Yaz Bat, Hero's Journey, & The Improv Jam!

Dynasty, Yaz Bat, Hero's Journey, & The Improv Jam!

Mon 10/22

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

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

$5.00

iO Improv All-Stars

iO Improv All-Stars

Mon 10/22

10:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$5.00

La-Di-Dah

La-Di-Dah

Mon 10/22

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

The Pool

The Pool

Tue 10/23

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$8.00

FUDGE, The Harold Team Crocodile Nasties

FUDGE

The Harold Team Crocodile Nasties

Tue 10/23

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

 

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

 

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

$6.00 - $12.00

The Harold Team '66 Mustang, The Harold Team Miracle Ranch

The Harold Team '66 Mustang

The Harold Team Miracle Ranch

Tue 10/23

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$12.00

Improvised Jane Austen

Improvised Jane Austen

Tue 10/23

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$12.00

Home with Midnight in Miami

Home with Midnight in Miami

Tue 10/23

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

$5.00

Fine

Fine

Tue 10/23

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$5.00

Generation LatinX, The Harold Team Daffodil

Generation LatinX

The Harold Team Daffodil

Tue 10/23

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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GLx is back in its 4th SEASON in the Mission Theater! Catch our fully Hispanic, English speaking cast perform new, live sketch comedy EVERY WEEK! You'll also have a chance to preview new video sketches from our fully Hispanic digital team! Rotating iO Harold teams (with at least one Hispanic member) will open the show. ALL-AGES! ALL INCLUSIVE COMEDY!

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

Director/Executive Producer: Mishell Livio
Cast: Alexis Alvarado, Carlos Rivera, Celeste Villanueva, Emilie Sepúlveda, Heather Meza, Jason Hodge, Nelson Rosa, and Tawny Safieddine

$5.00

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

The Harold Team Devil's Daughter

The Harold Team MacBeth

Tue 10/23

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$5.00

Virgin Daiquiri, The Harold Team Trü Bangerz

Virgin Daiquiri

The Harold Team Trü Bangerz

Wed 10/24

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

Free

The Mansion Show

The Mansion Show

Wed 10/24

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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A musical romp through a mystical Mansion. One woman wants to find herself. The other wants to find the air leak and fix it up since she’s under contract. Both of them will find an array of bits, songs, and GHOSTS before this one wild night is over!

Starring: Liz Anderson and Sarah Shockey

$10.00

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show, The Harold Team Mothership

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show

The Harold Team Mothership

Wed 10/24

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

* This show is not suitable for children *


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

$5.00

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

The Harold Team Nectar

The Harold Team Smokin' Hot Dad

Wed 10/24

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$12.00

Teacher Jam

Teacher Jam

Wed 10/24

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

K+N closes out the night

$5.00

The Late 90's, Our Friend Miles, The Harold Team Artemis

The Late 90's

Our Friend Miles

The Harold Team Artemis

Wed 10/24

10:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$10.00

The Campfire

The Campfire

Wed 10/24

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$10.00

CAGEMATCH

CAGEMATCH

Wed 10/24

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 Harold Team Meridian, The Harold Team Mean Streak

The Harold Team Meridian

The Harold Team Mean Streak

Thu 10/25

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$14.00

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Thu 10/25

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$20.00

SmallProv

SmallProv

Thu 10/25

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$14.00

Glass Basement

Glass Basement

Thu 10/25

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$14.00

Girl Gang

Girl Gang

Thu 10/25

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

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

$10.00

2POC

2POC

Thu 10/25

10:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

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

$10.00

PREACH!

PREACH!

Thu 10/25

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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PREACH! is an combination of Spoken Word and Long-Form Improvisation. Established in 2016 and based in Chicago, Illinois, PREACH! trains their artistic voice on challenging apathy and promoting love and positivity through their art. The members of PREACH! are teachers, caregivers, activists... and they bring the spirit of a revolution wherever they perform. PREACH! Has been featured on NPR, LA Magazine, and in the Chicago Reader as a “Must See” group.

For more information, check out PREACH! on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram: @preachimprov.

$7.00 - $10.00

The Scene, The Harold Team Bad Bear

The Scene

The Harold Team Bad Bear

Thu 10/25

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

1st Beat

1st Beat

Fri 10/26

7:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Come see iO’s musical house team! 1st Beat features some of the best recent graduates of the iO musical improv program performing a new improvised musical every week!

Starring: Colette Gregory, Derek Self, Linda Orr, Leah Judge, Micki Burton, Jenna Kate Karn, Stephanie Burchinow, Elizabeth McCreight, Joe Keehnast, Brendan Tran

$5.00

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Fri 10/26

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$20.00

HOT SEAT

HOT SEAT

Fri 10/26

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

Poster: Tim Lyons

$16.00

Dreamboat: An LGBTQIA+ Improv Team

Dreamboat: An LGBTQIA+ Improv Team

Fri 10/26

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

$16.00

The Musical Armando, The Harold Team Duchess

The Musical Armando

The Harold Team Duchess

Fri 10/26

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$16.00

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Fri 10/26

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$20.00

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

Fri 10/26

10:30 pm

The Downstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$15.00 - $20.00

Queer Little Hamster

Queer Little Hamster

Fri 10/26

10:30 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Laurel Zoff Pelton is A Queer Hamster. This solo comedy show is filled with songs, stories, and characters that pluck guitar strings, heart strings and cut the chord straight to your funny bone. In her solo debut, Laurel Zoff Pelton has the comedic and musical chops to craft and deliver her audience this jam-packed, fun and heartfelt examination of love, addiction, and the tricky queer place she finds herself between. One of the must-see LGBTQ+ performances of this Chicago season. You don't want to miss this show - as ferocious and sweet as a queer little hamster.

Starring: Laurel Zoff Pelton

Musical Direction by Alan Giles

Directed by Andel Sudik

$7.00 - $14.00

Revolver, The Harold Team Gone Gone

Revolver

The Harold Team Gone Gone

Fri 10/26

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 10/26

10:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$14.00

Studio Eleven

Studio Eleven

Fri 10/26

11:59 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$5.00

Tenn and Peller's Magical Mystery Tour

Tenn and Peller's Magical Mystery Tour

Fri 10/26

11:59 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

Starring Trent Dozier & Cameron Herdt

$5.00

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Sat 10/27

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

$16.00

Whirled News Tonight

Whirled News Tonight

Sat 10/27

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$16.00

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Sat 10/27

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$20.00

The Deltones, The Harold Team Daffodil

The Deltones

The Harold Team Daffodil

Sat 10/27

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

$16.00

Whirled News Tonight

Whirled News Tonight

Sat 10/27

10:30 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$8.00 - $16.00

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Sat 10/27

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$20.00

Grand Guignol: Bad Milk

Grand Guignol: Bad Milk

Sat 10/27

10:30 pm

The Upstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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A grisly theatre of spectacle, you'll see horrific short plays splattered in blood and gore with intermittent bursts of vaudevillian comedy. Meant to heighten the senses, this theatrical style will leave you screaming for more. Bringing Theatré Du Grand Guignol to iO Chicago is a natural fit utilizing a sketch style format to play out grisly and bone chilling scenarios intermingled with lighthearted song, juggling, and joke telling. You'll be repulsed, charmed, trapped, and ultimately escape from this theatrical embodiment of terror.

Written By: Lisa Burton, Brad Pike, and Jim McDoniel

$10.00 - $15.00

House Lafayette

House Lafayette

Sat 10/27

10:30 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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The comedic/horror solo show, House Lafayette, with a runtime of 45-50 minutes, reveals the secrets of its past, present, and possibly future residents of the Lafayette's family infamous house. With the intent to help the audience feel better about their life's obstacles Madame Lafayette introduces them to characters who have lessons to share such as learning to love yourself, facing your fears and having faith.

Starring Briané Goodrum

$14.00

The Harold Team Big Spoon, The Harold Team State Schramps

The Harold Team Big Spoon

The Harold Team State Schramps

Sat 10/27

10:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$9.00 - $14.00

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

Sat 10/27

10:30 pm

The Downstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$15.00 - $20.00

Best Buds

Best Buds

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

Sat 10/27

11:55 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

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

$5.00