Our 25th Anniversary Celebration
July – August – September 2012
2012 is our 25th anniversary year and we’re holding a three month-long celebration, with each weekend from July through September offering a special reason to join us for the fun. We’re kicking it off in July as we prepare for and host the 2012 ComedySportz World Championship.
July 5-7 and 12-14: Pep Rallies.
Show your local pride by cheering on the home team as they prepare to compete in the 2012 ComedySportz World Championship.
July 18-21: The 2012 ComedySportz World Championship.
ComedySportz clubs from across the US and Europe will compete for the title of ComedySportz World Champion in nine shows over four days, culminating in the Championship Match on Saturday, July 21. All shows will be held at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, Chicago. Festival passes good for all nine shows area available for $150.00 each and can be ordered by calling ComedySportz at 773-549-8080. Tickets for individual shows, at $25 per show, are only available through the Athenaeum Theatre Box Office at 773-935-6875, or online at http://athenaeumtheatre.org/. For more information on the Championship visit http://25yearz.com/.
There will be no shows performed at the ComedySportz Theatre between July 17 and 21; and regular ComedySportz passes or discounts will not be valid for the ComedySportz World Championship shows.
July 25 – 28: Post-Championship Celebration.
Chicago is favored to win the ComedySportz World Championship so unless the visiting teams can overcome our home stage advantage, this will be a weekend to celebrate our victory. In any event, it will be an occasion to celebrate the goodwill and camaraderie of the 2012 World Championship games.
August 2-4: Alumni Weekend
Former ComedySportz players from across our 25 years will return to the Chicago stage for a six matches.
August 9-11: ‘80s Weekend
The decade of ComedySportz Chicago’s birth and its unique cultural contributions will be celebrated.
August 16-18: Lakeview Weekend
Residents of our neighborhood will enjoy special discounts to shows this weekend.
August 23- 25: Comedy Theater Challenge Weekend
Improv performers from The Playground will challenge the ComedySportz regulars to a series of matches.
Our three-month-long 25 Yearz celebration will wrap up in September with a month full of charitable giving and volunteerism. Throughout the month, ComedySportz will give $5.00 for every full-price single-ticket admission and provide volunteer hours to charitable organizations serving the community, focusing on a different organization each week.
September 6-8: The Night Ministry
The Night Ministry works to provide housing, health care and human connection to youth and adults throughout the city who are struggling with poverty or homelessness. Many people may know The Night Ministry through their outreach programs, which make regular stops in neighborhoods throughout the city (including Lakeview), providing services to clients on the streets.
September 13-15: Funny Bones Improv
Funny Bones Improv is a non-profit organization that shares the gifts and benefits of laughter with sick children, their families and caretakers, in hospitals across Chicago through comedy improvisation performances. Performers are professionally trained improvisers who volunteer their time and skills.
September 20-22: Lymphoma Research Foundation
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and providing education about this type of cancer. Our show on Thursday, September 20th will be a special tribute to the late Mike Enriquez, a former ComedySportz ensemble member who was lost to lymphoma in January of 2012.
September 27-29: Sam Thompson Foundation
Sam Thompson, the brother of ComedySportz ensemble member Zach Thompson, passed away at age 31 on June 7, 2012 following a life-long and courageous battle with Cystic Fibrosis. Though doctors predicted he wouldn’t survive beyond age 16, with the help of a double lung transplant in 2002 he beat the odds until finally succumbing to stomach cancer this year. The Sam Thompson Foundation was established to help his family defray Sam’s extensive medical expenses.