Final 4B Performance @ iO

Oct 20, 2009 by     No Comments    Posted under: Thousands of Stories

When you take improv classes at iO (formerly improvOlympic), the program gives you several opportunities to practice your craft onstage in front of a live audience. The first of these opportunities is a single performance that takes place after completing Level 4B. Once you’ve completed the entire iO program (through Level 5B), your class is given an 8-week run of shows.

Last night was the final performance for our Level 4B classes at iO. Since my friends and I formed Hugs and Pullups earlier this year, we’ve been performing all across the city. But last night was different. It was the first time I had ever performed in the Del Close Theatre at iO, so I was slightly more nervous than expected.

That’s a lie. I was much more nervous than expected.

Many now-famous comedians have left giant footprints on that stage, and there I was attempting to make a mark of my own.


Joe Von Bokern from Louisville, CO.

But the beautiful thing about improv is that you’re not stranded out there by yourself. You’re part of a team that lives and dies together, and you’ve got each others’ backs the entire way. And with that in mind, we gave a successful show! Great job, Donut Patrol!

JOE RECOMMENDS: running onto a brightly lit stage in front of a packed house with nothing but the clothes on your back, your brain, and your peers. No preconceived scripts, themes, or characters. There is no greater thrill in the world.