How To Get a Literary Agent with Michael McCarthy

iO Theater - The Mission Theater

Sunday, June 12, 2016
The Mission Theater 1501 N. Kingsbury St. ChicagoIL  60642
Sunday, June 12, 2016
The Mission Theater 1501 N. Kingsbury St. ChicagoIL  60642

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What's Included

HOW TO GET A (LITERARY) AGENT Sunday, June 12th from 3:00-5:00pm, in The Mission Theater at The iO Chicago! Michael McCarthy (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0565258/), is an older version of you, and in two hours he’ll present the information he wishes somebody had told him with regard to the murky world of TV literary representation and how to get notice, how to get your material read and how to get “them” to work for you! Other bullet points include: —How to prepare the best portfolio, based upon your emerging brand! —How to develop the biggest, most narcissistic, pyro-technique, display of your wares! —How to focus on the right representation! —How to get them to read you! —How to get them to help you, help them, help you, etc… Michael has done all these things, and in the process has written for SNL, “Sesame Street,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “Mike and Molly,” and many Comedy Central projects. Along with creating the writing programs at The iO West, The iO Chicago and The Second City—he created a series for Channel Four in London, a comedy festival in Ireland and a morning radio show here in Chicago.

About This Organizer

Founded in 1981, iO (Formerly ImprovOlympic) is the world famous flashpoint of comic creativity that spawned an entire generation of America’s best and brightest entertainers. Over 5000 people have trained and performed at iO’s Chicago and Los Angeles theaters, including some of the most recognizable names in show business; Mike Myers, Chris Farley, David Koechner, Adam McKay, Tina Fey and many, many more.

Charna Halpern held a belief that improv was capable of more than the short games and competition-style shows that dominated the scene through the 1970s. It was then that she met legendary director and improv luminary Del Close. Their shared vision for a deeper, more robust form of improvisation based on trust and agreement would be rounded into shape and set in motion when they developed the Harold at iO (then ImprovOlympic). With Del serving as the mentor and Charna the guide, longform was born and the two would change the face of improvisational comedy.


It was Del’s belief that performers needed to have the utmost respect for one another- that if they treated each other like geniuses, poets and artists, they could become that on stage. This philosophy and the famous “yes, and!” notion that agreement is vital on stage helped iO establish itself in the community, and with that the Chicago improv scene was born. In short order iO grew from a ragtag nomadic group of comedic artists into a nationally recognized artistic institution, a destination for the world’s most talented comedians to study and experiment and work. In 1995, iO moved into its current location on Clark Street in Chicago and iO West opened in Los Angeles in 1997. Charna and Del would co-author “Truth In Comedy”, hailed by Bill Murray as “The most important group work since they built the pyramids,” and considered by many to be the bible of improvisational comedy.






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The Mission Theater 1501 N. Kingsbury St. ChicagoIL  60642
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