After 15 years on Hollywood Boulevard, well-known comedy club iO West will host its last show on Saturday, February 24.
“We’re broke, We just didn’t make enough money,” said Zach Huddleston, Artistic Director since 2016 and iO West member since 2007. “At the end of the day, there’s just not enough money in the bank.”
iO West is the Los Angeles branch of Chicago’s iO Theater (formerly ImprovOlympic) and hosts comedy shows as well as writing, acting and comedy classes. According to a tweet by iO Theater, the Chicago branch will still continue normal operation.
“I’m a better writer, director, and performer because of my time at iO West. So many friendships were born or strengthened there. I understand things have to end, but I’m sad to see it go,” Brian T. Arnold, a Los Angeles-based comedian, said on Twitter. Arnold wrote and performed with an iO West sketch team called Hot Lunch from 2014 to 2016.
“We’ve been here for 15 years but for Hollywood that’s the exception to the rule. Most things last 18 months – I’m sure there will be something new here in 18 months,” said Huddleston.
Huddleston said classes will end on Sunday, February 25. Regularly scheduled shows will continue for the next week and a half but they will make everything a “grand celebration.”
“We’ll drink, we’ll laugh, we’ll cry, we’ll hug, we’ll laugh and we’ll definitely drink some more,” said Huddleston.
iO West is located at 6366 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.