Created: March 21 2012
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.
Created: March 05 2012
15-year-old boy from Canton, Ohio visits backstage and sees a show
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.
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
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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Created: March 05 2012
100 of Chicago’s Top Improv Artists to Compete in 13-Week Tournament!
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)
- 3/11 - Shock T's (musical sketch)
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.
Created: March 05 2012
Kids Interact with Classic Stories in The ComedySportz Crew Adventures
- The ComedySportz Crew Meets Peter Pan
January 21 – March 31, 2012
- The ComedySportz Crew Meets Alice in Wonderland
April 7 – June 16, 2012
- The ComedySportz Crew Explores The Jungle Book
June 23 – September 1, 2012
- The ComedySportz Crew Meets Sleeping Beauty
September 8 – November 10, 2012
- The ComedySportz Crew Meets The Snow Queen
November 17, 2012 – January 26, 2013
The ComedySportz Theatre today announced the complete 2012 schedule of shows in its popular Saturday morning Kids’ Series, The ComedySportz Crew Adventures. Following on the successes of its 2011 productions - Cinderella, Winnie-the-pooh and Little Red Riding Hood
- ComedySportz will mount new productions of four classics of
children’s literature, all re-imagined in the ComedySportz style. The
shows, performed by improv-trained actors, invite the young audiences to
take part in the stories. Scripts and show concepts are developed by
ComedySportz ensemble members David Flora and Annie Rijks.
In each show, two characters known as the ComedySportz Crew enter the
world of the story with the help of a magical device called the
“Imagination Machine.” They frequently have to deal with interference
from an evil villain called “Expensivo,” who follows the crew on their
exploits and creates trouble for the story’s characters as well as the
crew. The shows are an excellent way to introduce children to the world
of theater and its differences from video games or film/video
entertainment. The audience’s imagination is a key ingredient, along
with production values like colorful costuming to involve them in the