Day: February 14, 2018

iO West in Hollywood to close Feb. 24, 2018

In the mid-1990s, as a handful of Del Close’s disciples moved to New York City to pursue their own show-business dreams as the Upright Citizens Brigade, another Close loyalist and student had gone Hollywood. Paul Vaillancourt saw he wasn’t the only improvOlympic alum in Los Angeles, and he asked Close and Charna Halpern for approval to open a second branch of iO out West in 1997. After a long, colorful run that included many present and future comedy stars, iOWest is closing later this month. Halpern announced the closure officially on Tuesday. Vaillancourt’s troupe, Beer Shark Mice — whose...

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Lady Parts Justice’s telethon to fix our “Living Nightmare”

In case you missed it, you haven’t completely missed out yet: Lady Parts Justice raised more than $25,000 during a live online telethon called “Life is a Living Nightmare: A Telethon To Fix It.” Sarah Silverman joined LPJ co-founder Lizz Winstead to throw the telethon earlier this month, with appearances from Rachel Bloom, Andy Richter, Greg Proops, Amy Brenneman, Rhea Butcher, Frangela, Brian Unger, Naomi Ekperigin, Aida Rodriguez, Cameron Esposito, Eliza Skinner, Jenny Yang, Jackie Kashian, Chelsea Kane, Kate Micucci, abortion providers and LPJ (s)heroes Amy Hagstrom Miller and Dr. Willie Parker and more. As in Mark Hamill was on hand, too — he has crafted a few Star Wars items that remain up...

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