Coming Soon: iO Theater's Musical Improv Festival

Coming Soon: iO Theater's Musical Improv Festival

The iO Chicago Theater's 3rd Annual Musical Improv Festival opens next week and runs Aug. 17 through Aug. 20. 

The festival will feature 40 groups with performers from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Boca Raton, Miami, Philadelphia, Ferndale and Kansas City. Topping the list of performers is half of the world famous comedy duo The Smothers Brothers, Dickie Smothers. Smothers will join the cast of The Musical Armando on Friday, August 18th at 8 p.m. as the guest monologuist. He will also appear during a special Q&A the next day, August 19th, at 7 p.m.

The festival will close with an 8 p.m. performance of the new show “Fraudway” in the Mission Theater. 

All performances will be at the iO Chicago Theater. Tickets are available at the iO Theater box office, 1501 W. Kingsbury St., Chicago, or online at

Jerald Raymond Pierce is a stage manager, actor, director, and playwright in the Chicago area with a BFA in Acting from Ohio University. He also is a writer for to appease his sports obsession. When he’s not spending unnecessary amounts of money on sports tickets, theatre tickets, and random travels, he is working on his MA in Arts Journalism. In his free time he rants about Doctor Who and the general merits of current television and movie writers.