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LOS ANGELES'S BEST IMPROV COMEDY

 
The birthplace of longform improv & home to some of the best comedy shows in L.A.!
 

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Inspiring Generations of America's Brightest Comedic Entertainers Since 1981

The iO Theater has helped train and develop the talents of an entire generation of America’s best and brightest comedic entertainers for over 30 years.

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Del Close Theater

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The Loft

Tiny Butts

Fri 12/22

9:00 pm

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The Main Stage

Queer Window

Mon 12/18

8:00 pm

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Baby Wine West

Mon 12/18

9:00 pm

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Swearwolves

Max

Mon 12/18

10:00 pm

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Slow Hustle

Mon 12/18

11:00 pm

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“The Most important group work since they built the pyramids” - Bill Murray

Considered to be the Mecca of improvisation, the iO Theater boasts an Improv Training Center that has helped train and develop the talents of an entire generation of America’s best and brightest comedic entertainers for over 30 years. Want more? Our Writing Program and battery of electives will help you develop whatever comedy skills you need!

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    Training America’s Best Comedic Entertainers for over 30 years

    Widely considered to be the premier venue for long-form improvisational performances and classes, the iO Theater (formerly known as the ImprovOlympic Theater) was founded in 1981 by Charna Halpern and the late great improvisational teacher and director, Del Close.

    Hollywood's Comedy Hot Spot

    The iO Theater is the home of long-form improvisation and Los Angeles' Best Improv Comedy.

    Located on Hollywood Blvd., the iO Theater features 3 theater spaces and is the only improv theater in the city with a full bar.

    Daily Drink Specials! Students view shows for free!

    When it comes to comedy, we're all business

    Do you want entertainment for your conference, meeting or celebration? Let iO put together a hilarious improv show to bring down the house or have us write customized material to make light of issues related to your company or business field. If you can dream it up, we can handle it. If you can’t, then we’ll take care of that too.

    Our writers have gone on to work at such shows as Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, 30 Rock and MADtv, and countless other shows. So rest assured knowing you’re in good hands.