iO Theater founder Charna Halpern: “Del Close and I created theater of the heart, a theater where people cherish each other to succeed on stage”

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Charna Halpern, founder and Artistic Director of the iO Theater, joins Justin to talk about her marvelous career in comedy, meeting Tim Kazurinsky, Del Close and how she got into the improv business, when she recognized that the theater was gaining a following, how influential the theater has been over the years, the fertile comedy scene in Chicago during the mid-90’s, the relationship she has with The Second City, maintaining a thriving comedy community, being referenced on “The Simpsons,” the advantages of their new, bigger space, how iO continues to be a pipeline to Saturday Night Live and if she sees a life without iO.

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