Chicago’s improv stages have seen the early days of some of comedy’s greatest performers, from Aykroyd and Radner to Colbert and Fey. Thousands of up-and-comers have been part of the city’s comedy scene, and now that history will be catalogued and preserved for future generations.
A massive collection of improv-related material — about 23 years’ worth — from Chicago Improv Productions has been donated to the Chicago Public Library, where it will be preserved and made available to researchers, the public and future improvisers.
Reset takes a closer look at the history of Chicago improv, and what it tells about the past, present and future of local comedy.
GUEST: Jonathan Pitts, co-founder and former executive director of Chicago Improv Productions