August 7th-11th

The iO Theater will celebrate the Chicago improv scene for the 2nd year in a row with Bentwood Comedy Festival 2019!

Named after the classic bentwood style stage chair, the Bentwood Festival is a celebration of improvised comedy and its rooted history in Chicago. For the second year, the festival will feature a diverse array of the best comedic talents from within Chicago, as well as headlining shows from special guest alumni of the iO Theater. For 5 days in August, the Bentwood Festival will be the epicenter of live improvised comedy, celebrating the history and success of Chicago as the country’s foremost training ground for comedic talent.

For nearly 40 years, the iO Theater has been the premier venue and training center for long form improvisation. Boasting a long list of notable alumni, including Mike Meyers, Tina Fey, Chris Farley, Adam McKay, Jordan Peele, Seth Meyers, Tim Meadows, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, and many more, the iO Theater continues to be the training center for the country’s top comedic talent.

Last years guests included TJ & Dave, Beer Shark Mice, SNL’s Luke Null, Scott Adsit and Jet Eveleth, Jordan Klepper, 3PEAT, Clickhole, Cards Against Humanity, Hello From the Magic Tavern, and more!

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