Congrats to CBS Diversity

Several members of the iO community were selected to participate in the upcoming CBS Diversity Comedy Showcase. Congrats to performers Peter Kim (Baby Wine West), Dane Troy (Dorothy), and Ashleigh Hairston (former sketch team member and occasional cocktail server). Kudos and break legs!

Introducing the iOWest 20 Minute Play Competition!

Whether you’ve got an original idea or you’ve got an old sketch you want to turn into a short play, don’t miss out on iOWest’s first ever 20 Minute Play Competition! Pitch submissions begin January 14th with an elimination style three round process. Starting in March, selected plays will receive a month long run in the DCT. From there 2-3 shows will be chosen for a one night performance on the Main Stage. More details below.

January session of classes announced!

iO West is excited about our upcoming slate of classes starting the first week of January. Some highlights of the next term: -Registration is already open for improv levels 1 and 2 and sketch levels 1 and 2. Registration for improv levels 3-5B opens Friday at noon. You can call to register over the phone […]

Announcing new Sketch Teams

iO West is proud to announce four new Main Stage sketch teams and some additions to our great existing teams. From over 200 acting and writing submissions, these folks were selected to continue to advance iO’s growing sketch community. New Team #1 – First Show September 17th 7:30PM Coach John Druska Cast: Nick Bezmaterny AJ Castro […]

Character Team Announcement

Are you an actor with writing chops? Are you a writer with a secret closet full of wigs? Did the recent SNL showcase inspire you to do a deep dive into your character work? Then get ready, because Character World is coming! Character World is a new, hour-long show on the iO Mainstage for Solo […]

SNL’s Alex Moffat on Eric Trump impression

SNL’s Alex Moffat talked with the Chicago Tribune’s Darel Jevens about SNL and his Eric Trump impression. Jevens writes that “Once assigned the role, Moffat zeroed in on a still photo, the infamous image Donald Trump Jr. posted on Instagram before last year’s election, hashtagged #millennialsfortrump, that showed Eric with a pained expression, lurking behind […]

Jordan Klepper to host his own show

The New York Times reports that fans of “The Daily Show” will soon see a familiar face in the 11:30 p.m. time slot following that show on Comedy Central. On Tuesday, the network said that it would give a topical comedy show to Jordan Klepper, a correspondent for “The Daily Show.” It will begin in […]