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iO Theater, Aripo's sandwiches, and the Harlotry and Necromancy Appreciation Society

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Armando Diaz Experiment at iO Theater
  • Armando Diaz Experiment at iO Theater

Alan Goldsher, author of the new George R.R. Martin parody, Game of Groans, cracks up for:

iO Theater Now I loves me some Second City, but these days, if you want all improvisation, all the time—sans scripted sketches—hit the iO Theater (3541 N. Clark). Best to go for either the Monday-night Armando Diaz Experience gigs—the cream of the iO crop, joined by a guest monologuist—or on the Wednesday nights when TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi simply destroy the stage.

One of the myriad cool things about a TJ and Dave show is that you never know who'll show up to improvise. Tracy Letts of August: Osage County fame has been known to drop by, and the last time I checked them out, they were joined by Oscar nominee Michael Shannon. (After seeing Take Shelter and Reservation Road, I never would've guessed that Shannon could be funny. But he was, he was.) Both of those shows are always sold out like a muggah-fuggah, so either buy tickets in advance, get there early, or both. And wear rubber pants, because at some point, you will pee.

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