Interactive Alice in Wonderland Opens April 7th!

The newest installment of The ComedySportz Crew Adventures will allow kids to follow Alice into Wonderland and take part in her exploits. With colorful costumes, puppetry and animation, young audiences will be introduced to familiar characters like the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Cheshire Cat, the Caterpillar, and the Red King and Red Queen.

The Crew’s Imagination Machine will allow the kids to join Alice on her trip through that tiny door, and in Wonderland, they’ll help her foil the Queen of Hearts as well as their regular nemesis Expensivo. The show is written by ComedySportz ensemble members Annie Rijks and David Flora and directed by David Flora.

 
Perfect for children 10 and under, this show offers fun, laughs, and the chance to get on stage! The ComedySportz Crew Visits Alice in Wonderland will be performed every Saturday morning at 11 am through run through June 16, 2012.  Tickets are $10 for adult and $& for kids, and may be ordered through our box office at 773-549-8080, or online through Ticketmaster.com

Photo Credits: Pictured L-R:  C.J. Tuor, Bob Pantalone, Jamie Campbell, Annie Rijks, Kristi Parker-Barnhart, Travis Barnhart, Brendan Stallings. 

ComedySportz Chicago - Late Night Double Dose Special on Saturday March 24

Late Night Double Dose Special on Saturday March 24

 

Is sixty minutes or even ninety minutes not enough comedy for you? Double your dose of comedy this Saturday.  Buy a regularly priced $22 ticket to ComedySportz 10 PM show on Saturday, March 24 and see our midnight show, The Hot Karl, for FREE.

Since 1999, The Hot Karl has been presenting their brand of stage-clawing, no-holds-barred long-form improv to packed houses. You may gasp, you may shriek, and you may even be offended, but only in those rare moments where you aren't laughing hysterically. This improv show is best suited for mature audiences. Check out their show page for more information.
 
Call 773-549-8080 or visit to make your reservations.

 

15-year-old boy from Canton, Ohio visits backstage and sees a show

Jimmie, a 15-year-old from Canton, Ohio undergoing treatment for Leukemia, asked the Make-a-Wish Foundation to include a visit to ComedySportz among his activities for the Chicago weekend they arranged for him and his family. Jimmie had never been to a ComedySportz show before, but knew of the show from when he lived in Chicago before moving to Ohio.

Jimmie arrived at ComedySportz on Friday, February 17th with his aunt and uncle, Talaya and Jerome and his cousin Maki, with whom he lives in Canton. Jimmie was taken backstage to meet the cast before the show and join them for warm-ups. He says he is just a comedy fan with no ambitions of performing, but he seemed right in his element doing the warm-ups.

Jimmie was diagnosed with Leukemia last year, but has since received two successful bone marrow transplants thanks to donors from Georgia and France. The Make-A-Wish Foundation tells us Jimmie is making a terrific recovery. We’re honored he asked to include us in his special weekend and look forward to seeing him and his family back here in the future.

   
 

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100 of Chicago’s Top Improv Artists to Compete in 13-Week Tournament!

Dual Duel Improv Tournament Returns to ComedySportz

The single-elimination tournament of two-person improv teams called Dual Duel will return for its fourth (IS THIS CORRECT?) year at The ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, beginning Sunday, March 11, 2012.  Performers from improv clubs all over the Chicago area will compete for a $200.00 grand prize and a trophy. Each week, five teams will perform a ten minute set each and based on the audience’s judging, one winning team will advance to the semi-finals.  After an initial round of five weeks from March 11 through April 8th, the first semi-finals round will be held on April 15th.  A second round of preliminaries will take place from April 22 through May 20, with the second semi-finals round on May 27th. The two winning teams from the semi-finals will face off in the tournament finals on June 3rd.

Each week’s program will open with a special guest act, ranging from sketch and improv artists through juggling and magic acts.  The full schedule of tournament contestants and opening acts is below.

Tickets for each show are $10.00 and may be purchased at The ComedySportz Theatre box office, or online through Ticketmaster.com or at all Ticketmaster outlets.

WHERE & WHEN:

  • The ComedySportz Theatre
  • 929 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657 (Belmont/Sheffield)
  • Sundays, 7 pm., March 11 – June 3, 2012
  • Tickets: $10 Adults
  • Box Office: 773-549-8080
  • Ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000


CONTESTANTS FOR MARCH 11, 2012

  • Droomiez (Sarah Shook & Punam Patel)

  • Dumb Sh*ts ( Nathan Jansen & Pat Dwyer)
  • Frankv (Dan Bloom & Matt Lang)

  • The Dirty Shame (Matt Barats & Lee Barats)
  • Ski Do Secret (Josh Logan& Brett Elam)

OPENING ACTS

  • 3/11 - Shock T's (musical sketch)
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3/18 - Cowboy Villain (sketch)
  • 
3/25 - John Sturk (magician)

  • 4/1 - Kumate (Ryan Williams one person improv)
  • 
4/8 - The Davenports (Soap Opera improv)
  • 
4/15 - 45 Kings (Loyola's college improv troupe)

  • 4/22 - Kerpatty (Pat Dwyer and Erin Pallesen's sketch troupe)
  • 
4/29 - Brad French - (juggler)

  • 5/6 - Broncos (improv)

  • 5/13 - To be announced
  • 5/20 - Kerpatty
  • 
5/27 - Ricky and Klahsio (two man improv)
  • 
6/3 - Summmabitch (last year's Dual Duel Champions) 

ABOUT COMEDYSPORTZ CHICAGO:

One of Chicago’s longest-running improv comedy shows, ComedySportz has been performing continuously in Chicago since the summer of 1987. The show’s home base is The ComedySportz Theatre, a 137-seat venue located at 929 W. Belmont, between Clark Street and Sheffield Avenue. In addition to its six ComedySportz performances per week, the theater hosts another six comedy shows weekly, some of which include guest artists in sketch, improv and stand-up comedy; and the popular Saturday morning kids series which introduces young people to classic stories told through the techniques of improv. The theatre also hosts hundreds of private shows for youth and other groups each year.

ComedySportz also provides improv-based corporate and college training workshops, and a touring company that brings the ComedySportz show into businesses, schools and private parties. The ComedySportz Training Center offers professional training in improv techniques for aspiring performers and anyone else seeking to develop the benefits of improv training. ComedySportz of Chicago, Inc. is locally owned and operated. It is an independent licensee of the World Comedy League, Inc

CONTACT: John Olson at The ComedySportz Theatre, (773) 549-8080, ext. 231
For Birthday Parties or Workshops before or after the show, contact Jo-El Lacy at (773) 549-8080 ext 223.
 
 
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