Score another one for the Gnomes of Geneva pretending they are an amateur, global sports competition. From its headquarters in Switzerland, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has forced the ImprovOlympic to change its name on the brink of the theatre’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Henceforth, the Chicago ImprovOlympic officially is I.O. and the Los Angeles branch is I.O. West, according to founder Charna Halpern.
Everyone really does call us I.O., she says almost cheerily, refusing to get in a snit over a battle she knows she couldn’t win. They threatened to sue me, but they’re not going to sue me because I’m going to obey