Improv theater originated in Chicago, so it's no surprise that the Windy City hosts a wide array of improv theater troupes and productions. Some theaters such as The Second City and iO Theater draw national attention and some, like the quirky Cornservatory, are Chicago insider faves.

Since 1999, Cornservatory, a nonprofit theater, has been cracking up crowds with bawdy, inventive shows that examine everything from religion to sports and sci-fi. Here are two shows now playing at the Conservatory to consider expanding your theater intake:

"Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game: Sports Edition"
(Saturdays through July 22)

This late-night sketch comedy kicks off at 11 p.m. and mixes drinking games with sketches that tackle improbable athletic events such as a WWE wedding and ESPN bass-fishing championships. The eight-person cast will be sure to get you tanked on laughs. BUY TICKETS

"Tangerine: A Two Man Show"
(Fridays and Saturdays, June 23–July 8)

A weekly show that opens with an independent team performing their own specific brand of improvised comedy, followed by Tangerine — the combination of Vinny Tangherlini and Tim Green in a single scene, long form improvisation. This multi-faceted show starts at 8 p.m. BUY TICKETS


4210 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL  60618

  • Tickets are available online but cash only at the door
  • Reserve tickets by emailing
  • BYOB (that includes alcohol). Please note to bring your own cups and bottle openers; refreshments are not provided


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