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  1. iO West Is Shutting Down Next WeekiO West, the Los Angeles branch of Chicago’s iO Theater (formerly ImprovOlympic) founded by Del Close and Charna Halpern, is closing its doors […]
  2. ‘30 Rock’s John Lutz Has Some Solid Advice for Young ImprovisersSNL writer and 30 Rock punching bag John Lutz wrote a piece for the Second City Network called “10 Things to Know About Life After The Second […]
  3. Getting the Call: Inside iO’s ‘SNL’ AuditionsThe website called Monday night’s show at iO — a Chicago improv institution — a “special solo showcase,” but word-of-mouth said it was really […]
  4. There Are Two Dueling Del Close Biopics in Development There’s been a lot of hubbub in the press lately about two competing Steve Jobs biopics, but now, The Chicago Tribune reports that there are […]
  5. Second City vs. Groundlings vs. UCB: Where Do the Most ‘SNL’ Cast Members […]Throughout Saturday Night Live’s history, the show’s cast has been mostly culled from four places: the stand-up world, L.A.’s Groundlings […]
  6. Just Try It: The Comedy Schools and Programs to Get You Started at Being […]this content series is produced in partnership with smartwater. smartwater, good taste travels well. Click here to learn more. Performing […]
  7. Talking Del Close and the Early Days of Chicago Improv with SNL’s Alex BazeThis is the first in a series of columns and interviews in which I’ll examine improv comedy and how it affects the comedy scene in general. I’m […]