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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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Heraldo feat. The DiOversity Jam!

Heraldo feat. The DiOversity Jam!

Wed 4/24

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

$10.00

The Late 90's

The Late 90's

Wed 4/24

10:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$10.00

The Harold Team Meridian

The Harold Team Meridian

Thu 4/25

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$14.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Thu 4/25

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

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

$20.00

The Scene

The Scene

Thu 4/25

10:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

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

$10.00

Girl Gang

Girl Gang

Thu 4/25

10:00 pm

The 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

Tru Bangerz / Bag of Bones

Tru Bangerz / Bag of Bones

Thu 4/25

10:30 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$10.00

Stephen Does Magic

Stephen Does Magic

Fri 4/26

7:30 pm

The Downstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

$16.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Fri 4/26

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$20.00

HOT SEAT

HOT SEAT

Fri 4/26

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

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

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Fri 4/26

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

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

$20.00

Revolver

Revolver

Fri 4/26

10:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

Established October 2005.

$14.00

Studio Eleven

Studio Eleven

Fri 4/26

10:30 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

$14.00

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

Fri 4/26

10:30 pm

The Downstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$15.00 - $20.00

Yes and No: The Debate Show

Yes and No: The Debate Show

Fri 4/26

10:30 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$14.00

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Sat 4/27

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

$16.00

Whirled News Tonight

Whirled News Tonight

Sat 4/27

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$16.00

The Deltones / Dumb John

The Deltones / Dumb John

Sat 4/27

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

The Deltones perform every Saturday night with Dumb John!

$16.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Sat 4/27

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

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

$20.00

Whirled News Tonight

Whirled News Tonight

Sat 4/27

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

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

$16.00

Bomb A$$ Set

Bomb A$$ Set

Sat 4/27

10:30 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$14.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Sat 4/27

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

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

$20.00

Big Spoon: Improv for the People

Big Spoon: Improv for the People

Sat 4/27

10:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$14.00

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

Sat 4/27

10:30 pm

The Downstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

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

$15.00 - $20.00

Best Buds

Best Buds

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

Sat 4/27

11:55 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

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

$5.00

La-Di-Dah

La-Di-Dah

Sun 4/28

7:00 pm

The Downstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$5.00

This Year in Music

This Year in Music

Sun 4/28

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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It's time to celebrate and remember all of the hot jams from 1976! This Year in Music gathers singers, dancers, storytellers, and more from around Chicago to rejoice in their version of the hits of 1976.

$10.00

The Showcase

The Showcase

Sun 4/28

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$14.00

1st Beat

1st Beat

Sun 4/28

8:30 pm

The Downstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

March featured team: Anarchy: An Improvised Rock Opera

$10.00

Trios

Trios

Sun 4/28

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$12.00

The Showcase

The Showcase

Mon 4/29

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$10.00

The Armando Diaz Experience

The Armando Diaz Experience

Mon 4/29

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

$12.00

TNT: Teens N' Toots

TNT: Teens N' Toots

Mon 4/29

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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An iO Harold team.

Established April 2016.

$12.00

2POC

2POC

Mon 4/29

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

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

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

$5.00

The Pool

The Pool

Tue 4/30

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$8.00

FUDGE

FUDGE

Tue 4/30

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

 

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

 

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

$12.00

Claudia and Erin Present: Animal Instinct

Claudia and Erin Present: Animal Instinct

Tue 4/30

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$5.00

Gay Expectations

Gay Expectations

Tue 4/30

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$5.00

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show

Wed 5/1

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

* This show is not suitable for children *


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

$5.00

Virgin Daiquiri

Virgin Daiquiri

Wed 5/1

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

Free

Heraldo feat. The DiOversity Jam!

Heraldo feat. The DiOversity Jam!

Wed 5/1

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

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

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

$10.00

The Late 90's

The Late 90's

Wed 5/1

10:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

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 Harold Team Meridian

The Harold Team Meridian

Thu 5/2

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

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

$14.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Thu 5/2

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

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

$20.00

The Scene

The Scene

Thu 5/2

10:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

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

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

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

$10.00

Girl Gang

Girl Gang

Thu 5/2

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

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

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Fri 5/3

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

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

$20.00

HOT SEAT

HOT SEAT

Fri 5/3

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

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

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Fri 5/3

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

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

$20.00

Revolver

Revolver

Fri 5/3

10:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

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

Established October 2005.

$14.00

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

Fri 5/3

10:30 pm

The Downstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

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

Yes and No: The Debate Show

Yes and No: The Debate Show

Fri 5/3

10:30 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

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

$14.00

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Sat 5/4

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 5/4

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$16.00

The Deltones / Dumb John

The Deltones / Dumb John

Sat 5/4

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

The Deltones perform every Saturday night with Dumb John!

$16.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Sat 5/4

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$20.00

Whirled News Tonight

Whirled News Tonight

Sat 5/4

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$16.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Sat 5/4

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

Big Spoon: Improv for the People

Big Spoon: Improv for the People

Sat 5/4

10:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$14.00

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

Sat 5/4

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 5/4

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

La-Di-Dah

La-Di-Dah

Sun 5/5

7:00 pm

The Downstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$5.00

1st Beat

1st Beat

Sun 5/5

8:30 pm

The Downstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

March featured team: Anarchy: An Improvised Rock Opera

$10.00

Trios

Trios

Sun 5/5

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$12.00

The Showcase

The Showcase

Mon 5/6

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$10.00

The Armando Diaz Experience

The Armando Diaz Experience

Mon 5/6

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

$12.00

TNT: Teens N' Toots

TNT: Teens N' Toots

Mon 5/6

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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An iO Harold team.

Established April 2016.

$12.00

The Pool

The Pool

Tue 5/7

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

FUDGE

Tue 5/7

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

 

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

 

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

$12.00

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show

Felt: An Improvised Puppet Show

Wed 5/8

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

* This show is not suitable for children *


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

$5.00

Virgin Daiquiri

Virgin Daiquiri

Wed 5/8

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

Heraldo feat. The DiOversity Jam!

Heraldo feat. The DiOversity Jam!

Wed 5/8

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

$10.00

The Late 90's

The Late 90's

Wed 5/8

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 Harold Team Meridian

The Harold Team Meridian

Thu 5/9

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$14.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Thu 5/9

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$20.00

The Scene

The Scene

Thu 5/9

10:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

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

$10.00

Girl Gang

Girl Gang

Thu 5/9

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

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Fri 5/10

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$20.00

HOT SEAT

HOT SEAT

Fri 5/10

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

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Fri 5/10

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$20.00

Revolver

Revolver

Fri 5/10

10:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

Established October 2005.

$14.00

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

Fri 5/10

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

Yes and No: The Debate Show

Yes and No: The Debate Show

Fri 5/10

10:30 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$14.00

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Sat 5/11

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 5/11

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$16.00

The Deltones / Dumb John

The Deltones / Dumb John

Sat 5/11

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

The Deltones perform every Saturday night with Dumb John!

$16.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Sat 5/11

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

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

$20.00

Whirled News Tonight

Whirled News Tonight

Sat 5/11

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$16.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Sat 5/11

10:30 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

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

$20.00

Big Spoon: Improv for the People

Big Spoon: Improv for the People

Sat 5/11

10:30 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$14.00

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

Sat 5/11

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 5/11

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

La-Di-Dah

La-Di-Dah

Sun 5/12

7:00 pm

The Downstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$5.00

The Showcase

The Showcase

Sun 5/12

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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$14.00

1st Beat

1st Beat

Sun 5/12

8:30 pm

The Downstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

March featured team: Anarchy: An Improvised Rock Opera

$10.00

Trios

Trios

Sun 5/12

10:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

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

$12.00

The Showcase

The Showcase

Mon 5/13

8:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

$10.00

The Armando Diaz Experience

The Armando Diaz Experience

Mon 5/13

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

$12.00

TNT: Teens N' Toots

TNT: Teens N' Toots

Mon 5/13

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

More Info

An iO Harold team.

Established April 2016.

$12.00

The Pool

The Pool

Tue 5/14

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