What's it like being an improv student in Chicago? Let's spend a
week with a very busy (but still possible) fictional player/student.
8am - 5pm - temp job down in the loop
5 - 6:30 - run home, eat, shower change, yell hello at
7- 9:45pm - do an improv show ("Flip Cup!") with some
friends at Mullens
10pm - share a cab with five other people to get to Second
City to see the Touring Company do their improv set
Midnight - sleep
8am - 5pm - temp job down in the loop, lurk on the Chicago
Improv Network message board
7pm - meet with writing group. Share and get notes on
10pm - sleep!
8am - 5pm - temp job, sneak into copy room, make fliers for
upcoming 5B show at iO
7- 10pm - Level 4 at the Second City Conservatory.
10 - 11:30pm - drinks with the class at Oldtowne Ale House
Midnight - sleep!!
8am - 5pm - temp job, snuck a nap during lunch in the supply
6 - 7:30pm - potluck dinner at my house with teammates from
Playground Theater team ("Hello Kitty Porn")
8pm - do improv show, and then stick around to play with the
Big Yellow Bus.
10pm - resist going over to Town Hall for a nightcap. Yes, a
nightcap. I am a 100 years old.
8am - 5pm - temp job, hope to get new assignment for next
7 - Midnight - perform in back-to-back shows (8 and then
10:30) at ComedySportz
Midnight - walk from CSz to iO to play in the Improv Jam
with people from my iO class
12 - 3pm - improv workshop at Shiel Park
4- 6pm - nap
8 - 10pm - used iO student pass to see Whirled News Tonight
for free! Yay!
10pm - took 22 bus down Clark Street to Wells. Arrive at
Second City early, have delicious coffee at the giant Starbucks
1pm - watched the Mainstage Improv Set. Awesometown.
Nothing All Day! Finally. Tried to clean. Write e-mail to
Mom. Watched backed up shows on DVR.
7pm - 10pm - 5B shows at iO. My class/show is called "Chucklenomic
11:30pm - home.
Rinse. Lather. Repeat.
This is a pretty typical week for an improviser in Chicago.
As one graduates from each training center, the classes are replaced by
rehearsals for the teams and shows you join. It's a time (and money) consuming
Personally, I worked at a Blockbuster across the street from
Second City (anyone remember that place?) from 7am - 5pm, napped in the storage
room and then closed the Second City souvenir shop at 2am. Repeat. That was
about 4 or 5 days a week. Intersperse with classes at both SC and iO and then
later with shows at both iO and the Playground. I have no idea how I did all