Welcome to Funny Bones Improv

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A non-profit organization
dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles
through laughter

Funny Bones Improv’s mission is to share the gifts and benefits of laughter with sick children, their families, and their caregivers, in multiple hospitals across Chicago and New Orleans through volunteer comedy improvisation performances.

Funny Bones Improv offers laughter therapy programs, including customized interactive improvised performances as well as Laughter Yoga sessions. Our programs have proven to positively impact any hospital’s child life services programs, as well as the patient’s and family’s personal experience. As advocates for laughter, we have seen firsthand the positive and healthful – both short term and long term – effects of laughter and believe that it is our responsibility to continue to share it in hospitals across the country.

“MH told me she absolutely LOVED the show. She even asked me if she could come back next month just to see the show, even if she isn’t inpatient! Thank you so much for coming to see us every month! The kids really enjoy it and it is so good to see them laugh uncontrollably like that!!

– Claire Keller, B.S., CCLS, Tulane Hospital for Children

Recent News

The 3rd Annual PreGame Playdate is coming! July 21, 2014

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Save the date - Sunday September 28th from 11 am – 2 pm, back at Elmwood Kidsports!

Not only are we bringing back great snacks from Midway Pizza, High Hat Cafe, Dreamy Weenies, and Hansen’s SnoBliz, but this year, The 610 Stompers will be joining us! Keep checking back for more details as we get closer to the event!!

Welcome Jill Olson! June 1, 2014

We are thrilled to announce that Jill Olson is stepping into the role of Chicago Director!

Jill Olson, Chicago Director

Jill graduated Cum Laude from Towson University with BA in Theater Arts. She is a graduate of the iO and Second City Conservatory improv programs and has performed around Chicago with iO, Second City’s Skybox Theater,  Moving Dock Theater Company, Redtwist Theatre, and WNEP with Seven Deadly Plays and 365 Sketches. She also studied playwriting at The Chicago Dramatists. Writing credits include Left Unnamed as part of the 5th Annual Women’s  Performance Art Festival with Stockyards Theatre Project, Eleanor in American Machine and Other Works.  She wrote and produced Mayfly: A Collection of Short Plays. Jill is the founder and producer of Storytown, a fully improvised, interactive story for children 3-10 years old and their families. Jill Olson has served as Program Coordinator for This Is ME and Child Whisperer for The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival. She is a drama teacher in Chicago with Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop and teaches improv with The Laughing Academy.

Jill has been a strong force in expanding comedy improvisation for children in Chicago and we are delighted to have her on our team!

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