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I never set out to train all the stars. I never set out to have my own big theater. I want to continue inspiring people. I want people to enjoy this place the way they always did in the past.
— Charna Halpern

Charna Halpern is the co-founder of the iO Theater in Chicago, where many of the most loved contemporary comedians cut their teeth, including Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and many more.

Together with Del Close, Ms. Halpern helped to legitimize improvisational comedy as an artistic form, starting in the 1980s by creating the Harold, a self-contained long-form improv format now seen on stages all around the world. Her book “Truth in Comedy“, co-authored with Del Close and Kim “Howard” Johnson, is considered a bible for aspiring improvisers and comedians.