Improv Olympic Movie

Many of today’s comedy stars have been through some kind of formal training at one of several well-known improvisational schools like Uprights Citizens Brigade Theatre, Second City, The Groundlings, or ImprovOlympic (now known simply as iO). The latter is where two of the most legendary improvisational comedians taught and performed, and now their story will be told on the big screen.

Del & Charna is a new movie from Pitch Perfect writer and Blockers director Kay Cannon that will tell the story of improv comedy pioneers Del Close and Charna Halpern, the duo who founded improvOlympic in 1981 and influenced and trained comedians like Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert, Rachel Dratch, Mike Myers, Gilda Radner, Bob Odenkirk, Amy Sedaris, Chris Farley and many more. Comedy wouldn’t be what it is today without the contributions of these two. Read More »