“It's a night of Elizabethan tomfoolery that's not to be missed.”

“In short, outstanding.”

TimeOut Chicago


“staggeringly brilliant”

TimeOut Chicago


Smart, sophisticated, downright hilarious. 

TimeOut Chicago



“It was one of the funniest, most amazing things I’ve ever seen.”

The Charleston City Paper Online  


“consistently hilarious”

The Chicago Reader


Critic’s Choice!

“Their experience doing Shakespeare flowers in the language: they relish iambic dialogue, execute perfectly timed asides, occasionally utter rhyming couplets, and drop parodic phrases, and well-placed anachronisms.  Even the ending echoed the real plays: story lines resolved tidily—and uproariously.”

The Chicago Reader


“Anyone who still needs convincing that improv can produce an independent piece of capital-A Art would do well to see The Improvised Shakespeare Company.”

-The Onion


“neither laughter nor amazement is short in supply”

-The Onion


Critic’s Pick!

Chicago Public Radio


“…indisputably great improv, fueled by smart plot development, stage chemistry and recognizable characters.”

Centerstage Chicago


“Don’t Miss Them.  Seriously.”

-TimeOut New York


One of Chicago’s most lauded pieces of live comedy.”  

-TimeOut New York


“…the show channels Monty Python as often as the Bard, and frequently with sly-witted results.”

-The Chicago Tribune


“Quite possibly the most handsome, winning, smartest, wittiest, silly, talented, ambitious, intelligent troupe in Chicago”

-The Chicago Examiner


“on-the-spot soliloquies and perfect pentameter”

-The New York Times


“Any doubts about the amazingly talented Improvised Shakespeare Company have been dispelled by tears of laughter.”

-The Hour (Montreal)

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The iO Theatre is Moving!

The Improvised Shakespeare Company's home theater, iO Chicago, is moving this summer.  For the last 8 years The ISC has been playing to packed houses at 3541 N. Clark St.  Beginning in August 2014, The ISC will have ...

Thomas Middleditch talks ISC on Seth Meyers

ISC's own Thomas Middleditch promoted his new HBO show, Silicon Valley, on Late Night with Seth Meyers.  Watch him talk to Seth about The Improvised Shakespeare Company here!

"staggeringly brilliant"

TimeOut Chicago

"Smart, sophisticated, downright hilarious"

TimeOut Chicago

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