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ImprovOlympic
iO, or iO Chicago, (formerly known as "ImprovOlympic") is an improv theater and training center in central Chicago, with a branch in Los Angeles called iO West (now closed). The theater both teaches and hosts performances of improvisational comedy. It was founded in 1981 by the late Del Close
Del Close
and Charna Halpern. The theater has many notable alumni, including Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler
and Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert
and Marlene Hall of TLC's Georgetown Cupcake.[1]Contents1 Description 2 History 3 Notable alumni 4 Other alumni 5 See also 6 References 7 External linksDescription[edit] Located at 1501 N
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TJ Jagodowski
Thomas James "T. J." Jagodowski[1] (born September 2, 1971) is an American comedian, actor, and improvisational performer who lives in Chicago. He has been a member of The Second City as well as a performer and teacher at iO Theater, formerly known as "Improv Olympic". He has appeared in movies such as Stranger Than Fiction, The Ice Harvest, No Sleep Till Madison, Get Hard and the television show, Prison Break. He is most recognizable from the long-running series of improvised Sonic Drive-In commercials featuring himself and Peter Grosz.Contents1 Life and career 2 Filmography2.1 Film 2.2 Television3 References 4 External linksLife and career[edit] Jagodowski was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts. While in college at Syracuse University,[1] a vending machine fell on his leg, breaking multiple bones. He had plates and screws installed in his right leg, though a rampant staph infection took hold.[1] Doctors told him he was one week away from losing the leg to gangrene. T. J
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Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh (/ˈrɑːli/; RAH-lee)[6] is the capital of the state of North Carolina and the seat of Wake County
Wake County
in the United States. Raleigh is the second-largest city in the state of North Carolina, after Charlotte. Raleigh is known as the " City
City
of Oaks" for its many oak trees, which line the streets in the heart of the city.[7] The city covers a land area of 142.8 square miles (370 km2)
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Scott Adsit
Robert Scott Adsit[2] (born November 26, 1965) is an American comedian, actor and writer. Born on the North Shore of Illinois, Adsit joined the mainstage cast of Chicago's The Second City
The Second City
in 1994 after attending Columbia College Chicago. He appeared in several revues, including Paradigm Lost for which he won The Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actor in a Comedy. From 2005–2008, he co-directed, co-wrote and co-produced the Adult Swim stop-motion animation program Moral Orel
Moral Orel
with Dino Stamatopoulos and Jay Johnston. He also voiced several characters and was nominated for an Annie Award for his work as Clay Puppington, Orel's father. After the success of Moral Orel, Adsit and Stamatopoulos worked together again on their stop-motion animation series Mary Shelley's Frankenhole
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Bill Hader
William Thomas Hader Jr. (born June 7, 1978)[1] is an American comedian, actor, voice actor, producer, and writer. He is known for his work on Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
(2005–2013), for which he has received three Emmy nominations, South Park
South Park
(2009–present), and his parody series Documentary Now!
Documentary Now!
(2015–present). He created and starred in the HBO
HBO
series Barry, which began airing in March 2018. He is also known for his supporting work in comedy films, such as You, Me and Dupree (2006), Hot Rod (2007), Superbad (2007), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), Tropic Thunder
Tropic Thunder
(2008), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009), Paul (2011), Men in Black 3
Men in Black 3
(2012), and Maggie's Plan
Maggie's Plan
(2015)
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Kate Flannery
Kate Flannery
Kate Flannery
(born June 10, 1964) is an American actress known for playing the role of Meredith Palmer
Meredith Palmer
on the NBC
NBC
series The Office.Contents1 Personal life 2 Career2.1 Improvisation 2.2 Stage work 2.3 Music 2.4 Television3 Filmography3.1 Film 3.2 Television4 References 5 External linksPersonal life[edit] Flannery was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended Saints Colman- John Neumann School and Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor, Pennsylvania. She studied for two years at Shenandoah University and graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.[1] Flannery has been dating an NBC
NBC
stills photographer since 2006. They met on The Office
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Maria Blasucci
Maria Blasucci is an American actress and comedy writer.[1] She is best known for roles in television shows including Family Tree on HBO and Ghost Ghirls on Yahoo Screen. Her basketball team is the subject of The Pistol Shrimps, a documentary produced by Morgan Spurlock
Morgan Spurlock
that premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.[2] She was an on-set writer for Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.[1][3][4] She currently stars in the Comedy Central
Comedy Central
series Drunk History
Drunk History
and can be see as Jessica Mundt in Mascots on Netflix.[5] She is a frequent guest star on the podcast Spontaneanation
Spontaneanation
hosted by Paul F. Tompkins
Paul F

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Chris Farley
Christopher Crosby Farley (February 15, 1964 – December 18, 1997) was an American actor and comedian. Farley was known for his loud, energetic comedic style, and was a member of Chicago's Second City Theatre[1] and later a cast member of the NBC
NBC
sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
between 1990 and 1995.[2][3] He then went on to pursue a film career, starring in films such as Tommy Boy, Black Sheep and Beverly Hills Ninja. Farley died of a drug overdose on December 18, 1997, at the age of 33.Contents1 Early life 2 Career2.1 Saturday Night Live 2.2 Film career 2.3 Unfinished projects3 Health problems and death 4 Legacy 5 Filmography 6 See also 7 References 8 External linksEarly life[edit] Farley was born on February 15, 1964, in Madison, Wisconsin. His father, Thomas John Farley, Sr
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Los Angeles
Los AngelesCSA Los Angeles-Long BeachMSA Los Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimPueblo September 4, 1781[3]City status May 23, 1835[4]Incorporated April 4, 1850[5]Named for Our Lady, Queen of the AngelsGovernment • Type Mayor-Council-Commission[6] • Body Los Angeles
Los Angeles
City Council • Mayor Eric Garcetti[7] • City Attorney Mike Feuer[7] • City Controller Ron Galperin[7]Area[8] • City in California 502.76 sq m
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Chicago Theater
www.thechicagotheatre.comBalaban and Katz Chicago TheatreU.S. National Register of Historic PlacesChicago LandmarkCoordinates 41°53′7″N 87°37′40″W / 41.88528°N 87.62778°W / 41.88528; -87.62778Coordinates: 41°53′7″N 87°37′40″W / 41.88528°N 87.62778°W / 41.88528; -87.62778Area less than one acreArchitect Rapp & RappArchitectural style Neo-Baroque/Neoclassical (exterior);[3][4] French Baroque (Neo-Baroque)(interior)[3]NRHP reference # 79000822[1][2]Significant datesAdded to NRHP June 6, 1979Designated CL January 28, 1983The Chicago Theatre, originally known as the Balaban and Katz Chicago Theatre, is a landmark theater located on North State Street in the Loop area of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. Built in 1921, the Chicago Theatre was the flagship for the Balaban and Katz (B&K) group of theaters run by A. J
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International Olympic Committee
Coordinates: 46°31′5″N 6°35′49″E / 46.51806°N 6.59694°E / 46.51806; 6.59694International Olympic Committee Comité International OlympiqueMotto Citius, Altius, Fortius (Latin: Faster, higher, stronger)Formation 23 June 1894; 123 years ago (1894-06-23)Type Sports federationHeadquarters Lausanne, SwitzerlandMembership105 active members, 32 honorary members, 2 honour members (Senegal and United States)Official languageFrench (reference language), EnglishHonorary PresidentJacques Rogge[1]President Thomas Bach
Thomas Bach
[1]Vice PresidentsYu Zaiqing J.A
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Paul Brittain
Paul Brittain (born February 16, 1977) is an American actor and comedian, best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
from 2010–2012.Contents1 Life and career 2 Saturday Night Live2.1 Recurring characters 2.2 Celebrity impressions3 Filmography3.1 Film 3.2 Television4 References 5 External linksLife and career[edit] Brittain was born and raised in Naperville, Illinois.[1] He graduated from Naperville North High School
Naperville North High School
in 1995. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, where he majored in finance and Spanish,[2] graduating in 2000
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The Players Workshop
Created in 1971 by Josephine Forsberg, The Players Workshop was Chicago's only official school of improvisation for over a decade.[1] Although it was never officially a part of The Second City
The Second City
cabaret theater, The Players Workshop was often referred to as Players Workshop Of The Second City, due to the school's close affiliation with the famous sketch comedy stage. From 1971 through the mid-1990s, performers flocked to The Players Workshop to study improv with Josephine Forsberg, Linnea Forsberg, Martin de Maat, or one of the school's many other instructors, in the hopes of eventually getting onto The Second City
The Second City
mainstage.[2] Players Workshop was also one of Chicago's largest family entertainment production companies, producing original plays and musicals for The Children's Theater of The Second City
The Second City
for over 30 years
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Viola Spolin
Viola Spolin
Viola Spolin
(November 7, 1906 — November 22, 1994) was a theatre academic, educator and acting coach. She is considered an important innovator in 20th century American theater for creating directorial techniques to help actors to be focused in the present moment and to find choices improvisationally, as if in real life.[1] These acting exercises she later called Theater Games and formed the first body of work that enabled other directors and actors to create improvisational theater. Her book Improvisation for the Theater, which published these techniques, includes her philosophy and her teaching and coaching methods, and is considered the "bible of improvisational theater". Spolin's contributions were seminal to the improvisational theater movement in the U.S. She is considered to be the mother of Improvisational theater
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David Shepherd (producer)
David Shepherd (born 1924) is an American producer, director, and actor primarily noted for his work in improvisational theatre.Contents1 Career 2 References 3 Bibliography 4 Further reading 5 External linksCareer[edit] Born in 1924 in New York City
New York City
to an old money family, Shepherd grew up with left-leaning sensibilities. He studied English at Harvard and received an M.A. in the History of Theater at Columbia. Disenchanted with what he perceived as a European dominated theater on the East Coast, Shepherd gravitated to the Midwest.[1][2] In 1953 Shepherd was one of the co-founders of the Playwrights Theatre Club in Chicago
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North Carolina
As of 2000English 90.70% Spanish 6.18%[2]Demonym North Carolinian (official); Tar Heel
Tar Heel
(colloquial)Capital RaleighLargest city CharlotteLargest metro Charlotte
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