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  I.O. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The I.O., or I.O. Chicago, (formerly known as "ImprovOlympic") is a theater at 3541 N. Clark street in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois dedicated to improvisational comedy.
It was founded in the 1980s by Del Close and Charna Halpern.
The I.O. approaches improvisation as an art form in and of itself; this differs from the Second City approach, where improv is used as a tool in creating sketch comedy.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/I.O.   (273 words)

  
 i.O. | Corporate
Charna Halpern has been teaching performers how to work together for more than 20 years.
Charna's book Truth in Comedy, which she co-wrote with Kim "Howard" Johnson and her late partner, Del Close, acts as a guide for theaters and improv groups around the world that teach and perform improvisation.
Specializing in creating a "group mind" with hilarious end results, Charna is now sharing her secrets and skills in order to give businesses the creative edge they need to compete in the corporate world.
www.iochicago.net /corporate/corporate.php   (141 words)

  
 The Bastion
Charna Halpern founded I.O. in 1981, with assistance from the late Del Close beginning in 1984.
Charna believes that "the funniest people in the world come from Chicago," and thinks there's something special about Chicago that allows comedy to blossom here.
In her interview with The Bastion, Charna catches us up on new media and festival developments at I.O., explains how improv concepts can open even non-professionals up to more of life's possibilities, and tells us that she literally saved Del Close's life not once, not twice, but several times.
www.thebastion.org /2006/07/inside_with_charna_halpern_com.html   (2184 words)

  
 PerformInk Online
BY CARRIE L. Charna Halpern lives life by the same set of rules she teaches and which her theatre, ImprovOlympic (IO), has come to represent.
Close and Halpern had not signed anything yet and her lawyer advised them not to until the breach letter was rescinded.
Halpern also convinced Close to open a bank account for the first time in his life, "assuring him that you can still get your money back if you fall in the lake and you get your bank book wet," she says.
www.performink.com /Archives/stagepersonae/2000/HalpernCharna.html   (1900 words)

  
       The Amy Poehler Fan Site
Halpern: Then I was thrown out and had to find a place right away, so I went across the street to a place called Exit, which was a punk-rock club.
Halpern: Shepherd is the type of person who has good ideas but he has too many of them.
Halpern: He said he had this unplayable, unteachable thing that he had been working on since the '60s called Harold, and maybe if we put it together with some of my ImprovOlympic games we could create a form.
www.amy-poehler.net /a/suntimes.html   (2409 words)

  
 Truth in Comedy: The Manual of Improvisation
We were all so blown away by this book that we invited Charna to town to conduct a seminar for us, which she graciously agreed to do.
Halpern, Close and Johnson's example-filled explanation of the Harold, a type of competitive long-form improv, makes Truth in Comedy a highly useful tool for improv students and directors alike.
Halpern has a lot of excellent advice to share about improvisation that would be found most useful to novice and intermediate improv artists.
www.homehealthcareinfo.com /books/isbn1566080037.html   (878 words)

  
 Charna » Charna Halpern’s Bio
I was watching E Entertainment and noticed Charna was interviewed regarding Chris Farley’s death.
If this is the same Charna that worked at the Sherrif’s building many, many, many years ago,I am hoping she remebers me, Ted Kalamatas.
If these comments do get in Charna’s hands, it would be great to hear from her.
blogs.iochicago.net /charna/wordpress/?page_id=3   (226 words)

  
 iO West - Charna Halpern
Having founded the world famous ImprovOlympic Theatres in Chicago and Hollywood, Charna's theatres are the meccas of training in the art of improvisation and acts as a "recruiting" stop for television shows like Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and Mad TV, supplying Hollywood with writers and performers.
Her book, which she co-wrote with her late partner Del Close, acts as a guide for teaching and performing improvisation to theatres and groups across the world.
Charna Halpern recently celebrated her twentieth year as Director of the ImprovOlympic, and has led college seminars in improvisation across the country.
www.iowest.com /about/charna   (218 words)

  
 Del Close, Kim "Howard" Johnson, Charna Halpern : Truth in Comedy: The Manual for Improvisation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-22)
A complete ego stroke for owner Charna Halpern, but nothing new is taught here.
The information that comes later in the book is pretty good, having studied with some of the people Ms.
Halpern refers to as if she gave them birth.
books.mysic.ca /1566080037++Truth+In+Comedy+The+Manual   (534 words)

  
 Arts & Leisure: Laugh Tracked (Newcity Chicago . 01-25-99)
Even ImprovOlympic co-founder Charna Halpern tells of going to Hollywood in the mid-eighties to launch an improv show, which ultimately floundered in the hands of controlling TV execs.
Haber is not ignorant of such attitudes; he was barely able to contain his frustration after a recent ImprovOlympic show in which the emcee failed to announce that his show was about to begin upstairs.
These are two distinct brands of improv, and, according to Halpern, it's the shorter, goofier stuff that the TV people are banking on.
weeklywire.com /ww/01-25-99/chicago_cover.html   (1818 words)

  
 The Apiary: Charna Halpern Book Signing Saturday
CHARNA HALPERN BOOK SIGNING THIS SATURDAY Charna Halpern, the founder of ImprovOlympic is coming to the UCB Theater to sign copies of her new book, "Art by Committee: A Guide to Advanced Improvisation."...
Charna Halpern, the founder of ImprovOlympic is coming to the UCB Theater to sign copies of her new book, "Art by Committee: A Guide to Advanced Improvisation."
The creator of long form improvisation, which changed the face of comedy forever, Charna Halpern recently celebrated her 25th year as Director of I.O. (formerly ImprovOlympic) in Chicago and I.O. West in Los Angeles.
www.theapiary.org /archives/2006/07/charna_halpern.html   (257 words)

  
 Charna » Blog Archive » The Misinformation Superhighway
Hi Charna, I have a vision of you running into the upstairs of Cross Currents and chatting quickly with David Shepherd.
I remember once in an olympic event….doing an imrovised scene with is it Dan Castilinetta, who does a voice on the Simpson’s.
Cincinnati is a mecca for talent but with no structure or guidance.
blogs.iochicago.net /charna/wordpress/?p=4   (1494 words)

  
 ComedyWorx: Live Improv Comedy in Raleigh, NC
Charna Halpern has been teaching performers how to work together for more than 25 years.
Her world-famous I.O. theaters in Chicago and Los Angeles are the meccas of training in the art of improvisation, and they act as a "recruiting" stop for TV shows like "Saturday Night Live," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "MADtv," supplying New York and Hollyword with writers and performers.
Charna will be signing books and conducting free demonstration classes in the Triangle area January 31 and February 2, 2006.
www.comedyworx.com /news.php?story=16   (102 words)

  
 Jim Coughlin
IO West, formerly ImprovOlympic West, is the Los Angeles arm of Chicago's legendary ImprovOlympic Theatre.
Created by improv guru Del Close and Charna Halpern, it is now celebrating it's 25th anniversary.
The I O West is located at 6366 Hollywood / Hollywood, CA--2 blocks West of Vine.
www.jimcoughlin.com /iowest.htm   (78 words)

  
 DSI Comedy Theater | News Archive | +1 919-338-8150
Posted by Zach Ward on Friday, January 20 2006 - 4:06 PM DSI Comedy Theater features the owner of Chicago's IO Theater presenting monologues and personal anecdotes for the longform improv of DSI's acclaimed House Team Mister Diplomat as they slap a Dirty South spin on the Armando.
Charna has been teaching people how to improvise for more than 20 years.
Her world-famous IO Theaters, located in Chicago and Los Angeles, are meccas for training in the art of improvisation, specifically Harold.
www.dsicomedytheater.com /news.php?article=37   (165 words)

  
 Del Close - Chicago Improv Wiki   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-22)
Del Close (March 9, 1934- March 4, 1999), along with Keith Johnstone and Viola Spolin, is considered one of the premier influences on Improvisational Theater.
An actor, improviser, writer, and teacher, he was a co-author of the book Truth in Comedy along with partner Charna Halpern, which contained techniques that are now common to Long Form improvisational theater and described the overall structure of "the Harold" which remains a common frame for longer improvisational scenes.
He joined the ImprovOlympic as a teacher and director shortly after IO's founding by Charna Halpern.
www.chicagoimprov.org /wiki/index.php?title=Del_Close   (263 words)

  
 Staircase Theatre Improvisation: High-Risk Comedy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-22)
A longform style developed by Del Close and Charna Halpern of the ImprovOlympic that involves a triptych of three separate scenes divided by two group games.
Primarily taught and performed out of the theatre he co-founded with Charna Halpern.
He was co-author (with Charna Halpern and Kim "Howard" Johnson) of the textbook TRUTH IN COMEDY.
www.staircase.org /~improv/resources/history.php   (790 words)

  
 books by Halpern (packinghouses extraordinary controlling)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-22)
Jay Halpern was my freshman rhetoric teacher during my roughest year of college at Sacred Heart Univ. in Fairfield, CT. He is a great man that tought me how to write and how to handle the hard times that life deals you.
Congratulations to Susan Halpern for creating a beautiful, thoughtful, accessible and spiritual work on a complex subject.
I loved that the vignettes that comprise the bulk of the book are so short, simple and non-judgmental.
www.very-clever.com /books/author-Halpern   (1393 words)

  
 Nice Guidance for work on Group Dynamics | Group Improvisation: The Manual of Ensemble Improv Games | Peter...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-22)
...to Charna Halpern's "Truth and Comedy." Gwinn takes an actor-centric approach to long-form improvisation, developing characters the way Del Close intended them to be.
That being said, as articulate as this book is, it should serve as a supplement, not a substitute, for first-hand experience or training in long- or short-form comedy improvisation.
(it�s also nice to Charna Halpern putting pen to paper once again, even if it is only one chapter) I like the chapter about the clapping.
www.very-clever.com /information/auqqdodoq-x   (471 words)

  
 ImprovOlympic oddd.org   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-22)
Del Close (born March 9, 1934, in Manhattan, Kansas; died March 4, 1999), along with Keith Johnstone and Viola Spolin, is considered one of the premier influences on modern improvisational theater.
An actor, improviser, writer, and teacher, he was a co-author of the book Truth in Comedy along with partner Charna Halpern, which contained techniques that are now common to longform improvisational theater and described the overall structure of "the Harold" which remains a common frame for longer improvisational scenes.
Guru gives a particularly detailed and complete picture of Del. At the beginning of their relationship, Griggs was a student of Del's, and the book includes various memorable chapters in which Griggs depicts Del as a teacher.
improvolympic.en.oddd.org   (11249 words)

  
 TheatreBooks -- Drama in Education: Improvisation
The activities and discussion points will help to develop values, choices and behavior; spark open-ended discussion and individual reflection; and involve your students in thinking seriously about the elements that make up the character of a responsible person.
Charna Halpern, the co-creator of long-form improvisation with her partner, the late Del Close, has changed the face of improvisational comedy forever.
In this new book, she offers advanced instruction in the art of comedic improvisation.
theatrebooks.com /drama_education/improvisation.html   (1562 words)

  
 Las Vegas SUN: Chicago's 'Other' Improv School Turns 25
Backstage Saturday at the Chicago Theatre, Halpern greeted returning students, including "SNL" regulars Rachel Dratch and Horatio Sanz, like a mother hen welcoming her chicks back to the brood.
Halpern co-founded the group in 1981 along with David Shepherd, who helped launch Second City forerunner The Compass in 1955.
The beginning of Saturday's performance was delayed by 45 minutes because of a glitch with the microphones, but Halpern said Close might have approved:
www.lasvegassun.com /sunbin/stories/look/2005/aug/29/082906472.html   (577 words)

  
 New Improv Page
The Bastion has an interview with iO Theater owner Charna Halpern.
After five years without a space of their own, Chicago's influential Annoyance Theatre is opening their new theatre this weekend.
The iO Theater has added blogs by owner Charna Halpern and improvisors Bill Arnett, Michael Balzer, Jason Chin, Rachael Mason and The Wilsons.
www.fuzzyco.com /improv/index.rdf   (725 words)

  
 Truth in Comedy: Manual of Improvisation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-22)
The book conveys the sense of joy and wonder that comes from creating comic genius and order from audience chaos.
Charna Halpern and Del Close both still teach "The Harold" at the ImprovOlympic school/theater and the book (if you're planning to read the book while taking a "Harold" class, add TWO more stars!) Instead of quick comedic games designed for one-liners and "jokey" schtick, Truth In Comedy teaches a form that strives for art.
Based on a single audience suggestion a team of improvisers follows the outline of The Harold to create a play with interweaving plotlines and characters for intelligent and hilarious comedy (think of a completely improvised Seinfeld epsidoe, or Pulp Fiction.)
www.armchairfans.co.uk /books/1566080037   (532 words)

  
 Wits' End Productions
Charna Halpern, the creator of long form improvisation, along with her partner, the late Del Close, has changed the face of improvisational comedy forever.
The two were responsible for developing the talents and sensibilities of some of the biggest comedic stars in show business.
As Director of I.O. in Chicago (formerly ImprovOlympic) and IOWEST in Los Angeles, Charna recently celebrated her 25th year in business with the return of all her alumni in a star-studded celebration that will soon yield a DVD and television special.
www.witsendshorts.com /festival.html   (788 words)

  
 Jason Chin: ZoomInfo Business People Information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-22)
Jason Chin's summary was automatically generated using 4 references found on the Internet.
Before the startled actors knew it, they were inundated with praise from the press, including Time Magazine, which called The Second City "a temple of satire".
Founded almost 20 years ago by Charna Halpern and the late Del Close, the ImprovOlympic has prospered as a comedy training center.
www.zoominfo.com /directory/Chin_Jason_40191422.htm   (363 words)

  
 Borders - Events - Event Detail - Charna Halpern
Borders - Events - Event Detail - Charna Halpern
Through interviews, anecdotes, performance clips, and text, the i.O. founder and creator of long-form improvisation shares techniques for taking improv to the next level.
Don't miss this opportunity to meet a national comedy star-maker and pick up a signed copy of her new book and companion DVD.
www.bordersstores.com /events/event_detail.jsp?SEID=85644   (56 words)

  
 Saturday Night REWRITTEN Sundays 8pm
Tamra Malaga is an actor and long-form comedic improviser trained by Improv Olympic Charna Halpern, and Miles Stroth, as well as the original members of the Upright Citizens Brigade, in
Tamra is a Harold Team alumni for the teams Joe Ross Tribe and Team C.H.U.D., and has performed in several sketch shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, since 1999.
Tamra Malaga is currently working on pilot episodes for The Josh and Tamra Show television show.
www.saturdaynightrewritten.com /casttamramalaga.htm   (109 words)

  
 Charna Halpern Books - Signed, used, new, out-of-print
by Charna Halpern, Del Close, Kim Howard Johnson
Who would have ever thought that learning the finer points of improvisation could be such fun?
One can scarcely imagine what American society would look like without the abolitionists, feminists, socialists, union organizers, civil-rights workers, gay and lesbian activists, and environmentalists who have fought stubbornly to breathe life into the promises of freedom and equality that lie at the heart...
www.alibris.com /search/books/author/Charna_Halpern   (310 words)

  
 LA, Chicago comedy clubs change name following lawsuit threat   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-22)
The Chicago comedy club that helped launch the career of Mike Myers and its counterpart in Los Angeles are changing their names after the U.S. Olympic Committee threatened to sue over trademark infringement, the club's owner said.
Charna Halpern, director and owner of ImprovOlympic, said Sunday the club on Chicago's North Side is in the process of changing its name to I.O. The U.S. Olympic Committee threatened to sue the club if it didn't change its name, according to an article slated for release in Monday's editions of Time magazine.
The dispute began more than 20 years ago after the Chicago club opened, Halpern said.
sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2005/07/10/entertainment/e235251D08.DTL   (175 words)

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