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Show Review: A Night at iO West

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Dave Foley from Kids in the Hall at iO West. Photo courtesy iO West.

iO West, formerly of the ‘ImprovOlympic’ namesake, has been a true comedy institution in Los Angeles for more than a decade, and it’s heritage with the original Chicago outlet goes back much further. From Chris Farley to Bill Murray and every Tim (Meadows), (Andy) Dick, and Del (Close) in between, iO has been an instructional springboard for many famous names and thousands more who just want to learn the art of improv.

Obviously, one of the best things about iO West is its location, square on Hollywood and just a step from Vine. When the surrounding clubs are showing short skirts and $10 beers, it’s also refreshing to know that iO West will proudly serve PBR as cheaply as possible, both during and in between shows. In fact, the bar itself, though small, is a big draw for the theatre, and may lead to the more relaxed feel of the crowd, both inside the show and bellying up. But, understandably, we’ve all had unfunny coworkers who have proven the theory that cheap beer alone does not make for good comedy. And sure, nowadays there may be more trendy theaters (or garages or restaurants) to go to for a night of laughter, there’s even places where -for the most part- the shows are just plain better than at iO, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still wow you with their comedy offerings. Just try a Saturday night at 6366 Hollywood Blvd. , and you should be pleasantly surprised.