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Vanessa Bayer's Last Improv Show in Chicago

Our summer intern, Paul, moved back to Chicago to finish up school--I'm pretty sure he was awarded 50 credits for his work at The Apiary so he only has his P/E requirement left--and on one of his first nights back he caught SNL's newest cast member, Vanessa Bayer, performing for THE LAST TIME with her improv team Revolver at iO. She's pictured above in the grey tank top.

Chicago Checklist (The Improv Edition)

Lots of news out of the Second City / iO camps this past week. Any eyewitnesses in these camps who want to throw us feature interviews, show recaps, show previews, behind-the-scenes gossip, photo essays, and et cetera, please do email.

--Time Out Chicago has a nice profile piece on the new blood at Second City, both at Mainstage and in the e.t.c. theater. Profiles include Tim Baltz, Allison Bills, Brendan Jennings, Sam Richardson, Tim Robinson, and Mary Sohn. In addition, e.t.c. opens their new revue, “The Absolute Best Friggin’ Time of Your Life” this Sunday, May 2.

--TOC also succinctly wrapped the 2010 Chicago Improv Festival.

--New Apiary pal Daniel Solzman has a fun interview with former Second City and Boom Chicago cast member Joe Canale over at his blog, Chicago Improv Celebrity News.

Joe Canale performs with Tim Meadows and Brad Morris at iO | Photo by Angela Manginelli--Solzman also alerts us to the All-Star Celebrity Jam for Charity month, beginning at midnight TONIGHT at iO. According to their recent missive: “iO has designated April 30th - May 28th as All-Star Celebrity Jam for Charity month. All month in the Jam slot (Fridays at midnight) we will have the most talented improvisers in the city, as well as local celebrities, performing short-form games and Jam favorites--all in the name of charity. The success of this event is dependent upon the improv community and its friends all over Chicagoland donating their time and talent to pack the house…Proceeds from the door as well as donations solicited during the show will go to Global Aid Network ( and will be used specifically to aid in relief efforts taking place in Haiti.”

Hey improv / sketch crew, what else is the haps? Tell us tell us tell us.

--Kristy Mangel


The CHI Hip Tip

Jablonski | Photo by Lindsay Williams

Sketch group Jablonski!, consisting of duo Sherra Lasley and John Sviokla, and directed by Chicago Sketch Fest founder and Executive Producer, Brian Posen, begin a new 6-week run at i.O. Chicago on Thursdays, tonight through May 6.

Catch Jablonski! at 10:30PM in iO's Del Close Theater, 3541 N. Clark St, Chicago, TONIGHT. (Pro tip: My Mans will be performing at 8PM in the same theater. Make a date with sketch comedy tonight and hang for both hilarious performances.)

--Kristy Mangel