PythonProv with Howard Johnson

iO Theater - 2nd Beat Room

Sunday, July 19, 2015
2nd Beat Room 1501 N. Kingsbury St ChicagoIL  60642
Sunday, July 19, 2015
2nd Beat Room 1501 N. Kingsbury St ChicagoIL  60642

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What's Included

Everyone knows two things that can't be improvised are Monty Python and Shakespeare. Right? Both of them are so intricately written that--I'm sorry, I have just been informed that there is a very successful long-running Improved Shakespeare show at the iO. But if you can improvise Shakespeare, does that mean that you can improvise in the spirit of Monty Python? You can if you have the right instructor. And Kim "Howard" Johnson is uniquely qualified to teach you. The only Python insider who is also an improvisation veteran, Howard knows the secrets of the Python creative process, and how you can utilize them to create unique scenes and links. The Pythons may publicly deny that they improvise, but that's not the whole story. Learn the characteristics of a Cleese-Chapman sketch, a Palin-Jones sketch, and an Eric Idle sketch, and how improvisers can use them to create scenes of their own. Learn to think like a Python, and become a more creative improviser.

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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2nd Beat Room 1501 N. Kingsbury St ChicagoIL  60642
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