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Begun in Chicago as ImprovOlympic Theatre in 1981, iO West is an offshoot of that famed comedy troupe (which shortened its name to iO Theatre as the years passed). The western version of the theater... Read More
Begun in Chicago as ImprovOlympic Theatre in 1981, iO West is an offshoot of that famed comedy troupe (which shortened its name to iO Theatre as the years passed). The western version of the theater opened in 1997 and has been wowing audiences ever since with fast-paced improv shows featuring up-and-coming comedians. It's been a place where many of the world's best comic minds have honed their skills, stars like Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Eric Stonestreet and Amy Poehler. The iO Theater also offers a series of classes for aspiring comics, ranging from helping to hone improv skills to writing sketch comedy bits for television. Their Open Mic Nights are Monday and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., hosted by Joe Canale. Sign up starts at 6:15 p.m. and every performer gets five minutes at the mic.
- Shows: Daily 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, 11pm
- Doors Open 1 Hour Prior
- Contact for Specific Dates and Times
- Tickets Free - $10
- Best for Open Mic Because: This popular comedy spot draws plenty of people, so be ready for a large audience – one often filled with other comedians, the toughest crowd!
- Best for Comedy Clubs Because: With an all-star group of stars (think Tina Fey, Vince Vaughn, Jason Sudeikis, Amy Poehler, Tim Meadows) in its past, iO West has great chops.