How Chicago comedy prepared Jordan Klepper for Comedy Central


Thanks in large part to Jordan Klepper, from 2005 to 2007 Chicago comedy connoisseurs had their Saturday-night plans locked down. They’d go to a party or check out an art show, then hurry over to the iO Theater, then located in Wrigleyville, just in time for the midnight performance of The Late Night Late Show. The weekly talk show featured local improv luminaries in character, guests such as Hoop Dreams director Steve James, and a lot of unabashed absurdity in the service of meticulously crafted conceits, such as an evening in which the show was hijacked by Russians.

Its host was the magnetic, deadpan, unflappable Klepper, whose new Monday­-through-Thursday program The Opposition With Jordan Klepper debuts on Comedy Central on September 25. Occupying the time slot following The Daily Show, on which Klepper was a correspondent for the past three years (MORE HERE)