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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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Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Fri 3/29

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 Musical Armando

The Musical Armando

Fri 3/29

8:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

Dave Asher on keys.

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

$16.00

HOT SEAT

HOT SEAT

Fri 3/29

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 3/29

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

$12.00 - $16.00

Stephen Does Magic

Stephen Does Magic

Fri 3/29

8:00 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 3/29

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, TBD

Revolver

TBD

Fri 3/29

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.

Established October 2005.

$14.00

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party

Fri 3/29

10:30 pm

The Downstairs Event Space at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$15.00 - $20.00

Tenn and Peller's Magical Mystery Tour

Tenn and Peller's Magical Mystery Tour

Fri 3/29

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

Studio Eleven

Studio Eleven

Fri 3/29

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

Whirled News Tonight

Whirled News Tonight

Sat 3/30

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

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Sat 3/30

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

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Your F!@$ed Up Relationship

Sat 3/30

8:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

$16.00

The Deltones / Dumb John

The Deltones / Dumb John

Sat 3/30

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 3/30

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!

$16.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Sat 3/30

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

The Harold Team Big Spoon, TBD

The Harold Team Big Spoon

TBD

Sat 3/30

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 3/30

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 3/30

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 3/30

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

Student Graduation Shows

Student Graduation Shows

Sun 3/31

6:00 pm

The Del Close Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Every 8 weeks, students graduating from our Training Center perform a unique long-form piece with their graduating class in a 7 week run!

$5.00

La-Di-Dah

La-Di-Dah

Sun 3/31

7:00 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

$5.00

Deep Schwa, TBD

Deep Schwa

TBD

Sun 3/31

8:00 pm

The Jason Chin Harold Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Deep Schwa, one iO’s most veteran ensembles, has been delighting audiences on Sunday nights for almost 10 years.

From The Onion’s AV Club

“Arguably one of iO’s strongest Harold teams, Deep Schwa boasts a formidable lineup of improvisers: Jeff Griggs (who penned a memoir of his time being Del Close’s errand boy), the tireless Colleen Murray, and the unflappable combo of Brian Jack and Brett Lyons account for less than half of one of the theater’s oldest troupes. As friends of improv enthusiasts everywhere already know, it’s pointless to recount genius improv scenes after the fact, but one of Deep Schwa’s silliest involves the audition process for the part of a lion in an office-themed musical. Yes, it sounds utterly stupid here in print, but at the iO’s Cabaret, it becomes something to discuss at great length afterwards.”

$7.00 - $14.00

1st Beat

1st Beat

Sun 3/31

8:30 pm

The Mission Theater at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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

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

March featured team: Anarchy: An Improvised Rock Opera

$10.00

Sunday Funday with Cool Aunt

Sunday Funday with Cool Aunt

Sun 3/31

10:00 pm

The Chris Farley Cabaret at iO Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Sunday Funday with Cool Aunt is a unique and fun filled variety show hosted by veteran team, Cool Aunt. This high-energy variety show will be showcasing everything from once in a lifetime improv, to musical acts, sketch and solo performances. Come unmask some of Chicago’s premiere talent Sundays at 10:00pm.

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

Instagram - @CoolAuntImprov
Facebook - facebook.com/coolauntimprov

$8.00

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Thu 4/4

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

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Fri 4/5

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

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Fri 4/5

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

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Sat 4/6

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

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Sat 4/6

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

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Fri 5/31

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).

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Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Improvised Shakespeare Chicago

Sat 6/22

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