Changes in faces, places, and union rules might carry harbingers of a shifting landscape in Chicago theater.
Remembering the comedy theater’s humble beginnings and reflecting on its dramatic end
A classic tale of Chicago corruption, and also of rabbinical law, frontier justice, and the city’s first murder
Gather around and read the tale of how three improv comedians created the most insane fake-fantasy podcast to hit the airwaves.
Local nonprofit Women in Comedy encourages comics to boycott theaters, classes, and shows where they have felt unsafe.
The former iO standby troupe reunites in the city where it began.
Charna Halpern says iO’s first year in a new theater has left her $7 million in debt.
Despite news reports to the contrary, TJ and Dave’s departure does not spell the end of iO’s Mission Theater.
Lake FX, Chicago’s weekend of workshops and events for the creative community, launched Thursday with a discussion of the “lake effect.”
iO leaves behind two decades of history as it moves to founder Charna Halpern’s “dream theater.”
The final performance on Clark Street will take place Saturday, July 19.
In getting a new liver, I consider myself fortunate in one small respect in addition to the obvious big one.
The Four-star Comedy Fest highlights Chicago-style improv at Navy Pier
Selections from the Reader’s archives about the legendary comedic institution
In a recent blog post I asked: Why don’t more women become comedians? While performers such as Margaret Cho and Tina Fey are as successful as top male comedians, there remains a significant gender gap in the business, particularly in stand-up. Over the past 12 months at Zanies, arguably the most active stand-up club in […]