SNL spoofs NBC Chicago slate of TV shows with Chicago Improv, a loving tribute to iO
Improv gets a bad rap from stand-up comedians, but when Saturday Night Live roasts its own, it does so like this short video from the 43rd season finale, Chicago Improv. The sketch imagines NBC stretching for ideas after already green-lighting three dramas from Dick Wolf with Chicago in the title an... [Read More]
Episode #133: TV Land’s “Teachers,” The Katydids
Caitlin Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O’Brien and Kathryn Renée Thomas met in various Chicago improvisational theaters, and with a shared name and a dream between them, formed The Katydids. They’ve sold a sitcom to NBC and a feature film screenplay, but... [Read More]
R.I.P. Jason R. Chin, iO Chicago instructor and former artistic director
Longtime Chicago improv actor and teacher Jason R. Chin died suddenly Thursday night. Chin would have turned 50 this year. Improv Olympic founder Charna Halpern passed along the devastating news overnight. "I am heart broken. Our Jason Chin passed away," Halpern wrote to friends. "He was a wonderful... [Read More]
Jordan Klepper joins Comedy Central’s The Daily Show as regular correspondent
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has a new correspondent, and his name is Jordan Klepper. Klepper files his first on-air report tonight, "live" from "Ukraine." Comedy Central's news parody program lost two correspondents late in 2013 to other shows -- Al Madrigal is co-starring in NBC's new mids... [Read More]
David Koechner’s flashback to iO Chicago with Andy Richter, on Conan
You've seen this photo of late 1980s improv group Comedy Underground with comedians Andy Richter and David Koechner when they were younger and their builds were thin but their hair was not. They performed with Jay Leggett, who died late last year. Koechner was on Conan last night, though, and reveal... [Read More]
“I Do Improv,” by Hard Left Productions
Need a fun little ditty about improv comedy that anyone can enjoy, whether you love improvising, hate improvisers, or hate to love loving to hate all of the above! Roll it. From Hard Left Productions, straight out of Boston. Lyrics by Robert Woo. Here are the lyrics if you want to sing along... I d... [Read More]