iO West Is Shutting Down Next Week
iO West, the Los Angeles branch of Chicago’s iO Theater (formerly ImprovOlympic) founded by Del Close and Charna Halpern, is closing its doors for good next week. In an email sent to performers today, iO West Managing Director Zach Huddleston announced that the theater, which has been in ... [Read More]
On promoting diversity in improv comedy
When Viola Davis accepted her Emmy Award last night for Outstanding Lead Actress in a TV drama series, she said: "The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You can't win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there." Powerful, moving words. Even more so for comedia... [Read More]
RIP Jay Leggett (1963-2013)
Comedian, actor, writer and director Jay Leggett died suddenly over the weekend, collapsing after a hunting trip with family in his native Wisconsin. Leggett was 50. Leggett, born Aug. 9, 1963, grew up in Tomahawk, Wisc. (where he died), and graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stev... [Read More]