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    Improv Communities Demand Theaters Address Systemic RacismPerformers from UCB, Second City, iO, and the Groundlings want to hold their theaters accountable.
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    Chicago Comedy Institution iO Theater to Shut Down PermanentlyOwner Charna Halpern said the decision to close the theater is a financial one.
  3. 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 […]
  4. ‘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 […]
  5. 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 […]
  6. 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 […]
  7. 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 […]
  8. 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 […]
  9. 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 […]