The Cast Will Play While the Bosses Are Away
The annual tradition of “Boss’s Away” weekend will have double the significance and opportunity for surprises this year. While CEO Matt Elwell will again leave town for the annual conclave of ComedySportz World League big shots meeting, this year the show’s Director Sam Super is also absent. With Sam out of the country on sabbatical, Acting Director Tim Whetham sees this as a major opportunity to try out new, never-before seen games.
“The cast looks forward to this weekend because it’s a chance for them to try out games that are outside of the playbook, making the show more unpredictable than usual. It takes the competitive nature of ComedySportz and explodes that. The competition gets a little wilder and occasionally we see some one-on-one face-offs that get intensely funny.”
You can see for yourself this weekend as long as you promise not to tell Matt and Sam what you see!
Sketch duo opens in Friday midnight slot on April 13th
Sketch may be a different form of comedy than improv, but Pat Dwyer credits the Improv he and Erin Pallesen do at ComedySportz with honing the sketch comedy they perform as Kerpatty. “In improv, we’re constantly reading the audience and adjusting our performance on the spot. Seeing what they’re responding to, we can dial up whatever it is that’s making the crowd laugh in that particular show. We do the same thing in Kerpatty. Our sketches sometimes follow very tight beats rather than a set script. We know where the sketch starts and where it’s going to end, and there are certain checkpoints along the way, but that still gives us room to improvise in between those points.” They’ll be right at home on the ComedySportz stage for their eight-week run, Fridays at midnight, April 13 through May 25th.
Kerpatty was once again a hit at the Chicago Sketchfest this past January, and some of the material they premiered in that appearance will be performed on the ComedySportz Theatre stage. “Our material is fun to watch, but hard to describe or categorize,” Dwyer says. “The best I can do is to say it’s good-natured fun and extremely playful. We go for belly laughs.”
If words alone can’t give a full picture of what to expect, then take a look at this Kerpatty video called “Milk.”
ComedySportz Chicago to Host ComedySportz World Championship July 18-21, 2012!
The greatest ComedySportz players from the US and Europe will be coming to Chicago this summer to challenge each other for the title of ComedySportz World Champion! As many as 21 teams will face off for this winner-takes-all tournament of improv comedy! Cities invited include Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, Milwaukee, Portland, Minneapolis, Berlin, Germany and Manchester, UK. The World Championship will be the centerpiece event of a summer full of activities celebrating our 25th year of performing in Chicago.
Matches will be held from Wednesday, July 18 through Saturday, July 21, 2012. Since we want to be sure we have room for all the ComedySportz fanz from the Midwest and the nation, the teams will be competing at Chicago’s 900-seat Athenaeum Theatre. The Athenaeum is conveniently located at the corner of Lincoln, Southport and Wellington Avenues, just one mile from the ComedySportz Theatre. Parking is available.
For fanz of red and blue ComedySportz teams everywhere, this four-day event is a must-see. For newcomers to ComedySportz, this championship is the best possible introduction to the art and sport of short-form improv comedy – where audiences challenge the players with suggestions for short scenes, songs and games in some of the Western world’s fastest and funniest shows.
For a full list of the ComedySportz Chicago 25th Anniversary Events that will be going on from July through September, click here.
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.