Chicago Bosses Win in 25-14 Victory
In a prelude to the Bulls-76’ers first round game of the NBA Playoffs, Chicago’s ComedySportz club on Friday, April 27th, won its match against players from ComedySportz Philadelphia.
In an amazing coincidence, the ComedySportz match between Chicago and Philadelphia was scheduled long before the Bulls and the 76’ers were paired in the playoffs.
Competing for Chicago was Rene Duquesnoy, Jamie Campbell and Rance Rizzutto. Philadelphia’s team was Alli Soowal, Kristen Finger and Jason Stockdale.
The Chicago and Philadelphia clubs are two members of the 21-team World Comedy League, an association of independently owned teams that license the ComedySportz name and concept. Inter-city games are rare, except for the annual ComedySportz World Championship in which teams from across the U.S. and Europe meet in one of the league cities for a four-day competition. This year’s Championship will be held in Chicago at the Athenaeum Theatre from July 18-21 and teams from 19 U.S. cities plus Manchester, U.K. and Berlin, Germany are expected to attend.
For interviews with the players and a sample of the action, check out this video.
Harbinger of NBA Playoff Victory for the Bulls?
In what could be a foreshadowing of the first round of the NBA Playoffs – in which the top-seeded Chicago Bulls are expected to face the Philadelphia 76’ers – players from Chicago’s ComedySportz club will host a match against players from ComedySportz Philadelphia at the local club’s 10 PM show on Friday, April 27th. The two teams of improv comedy performers will compete for the audience’s love and votes, with the winner earning a coveted trophy as well a good share of local pride.
Competing for Chicago will be Rene Duquesnoy, Jamie Campbell and Rance Rizzuto. Philadelphia will field an away team consisting of Alli Soowal, Kristen Finger and Jason Stockdale. The action will begin at 10 PM and tickets can be reserved by phone at 773-549-8080 or online at Ticketmaster.com.
The Chicago and Philadelphia clubs are two members of the 21-team World Comedy League, an association of independently owned teams that license the ComedySportz name and concept. Inter-city games are rare, except for the annual ComedySportz World Championship in which teams from across the U.S. and Europe meet in one of the league cities for a four-day competition. This year’s Championship will be held in Chicago at the Athenaeum Theatre from July 18-21 and teams from 18 U.S. cities plus Manchester, U.K. and Berlin, Germany are expected to attend.
Here are Philadelphia's Players, who look very frightened at the prospect of playing against a Chicago Blue team!
Once again, the ComedySportz Theatre will host one show of the Chicago Improv Festival. Our night will be Wednesday, April 25th and the featured acts will include two two-person improv teams from Chicago - Ed & Kath, and Dominizuelan; along with 1 World, 1 Stage, in which players from Canada, Mexico, Russia, Switzerland, and the United States will all be playing together.
The show starts at 8 pm at The ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets are available by phone at 773-549-8080 and through ticketmaster.com.
The Chicago Improv Festival (CIF) is a seven-day event featuring 75 acts on ten stages across Chicago, with five countries represented. For more information on the CIF, visit www.chicagoimprovfestival.org
Improv Community Embraces Dual Duel
The fourth annual Dual Duel Tournament of two-person improv teams just completed its third elimination round, with the team of Buscow (Matt Castellvi and Keith Habersberger) winning on Sunday, April 1st and moving one step closer to the ultimate prize of $200.00. More important than winning, though, is the celebration of community the Tournament provides, according to Director Caleb George. George says, “We have contestants from throughout the Chicago improv community - not just ComedySportz ensemble members, but performers from other companies and college students as well. I think it’s an especially great opportunity for the students to get up on stage with working professionals and see how they compare against them.”
“My favorite thing about Dual Duel though, is the jam at the end of each weekly competition. All ten performers are on stage together while votes for the best team are being counted. The audience gives a suggestion to one team and that team gets started building a sketch around it. The other players jump in as the inspiration hits them and eventually the whole cast has developed a sketch collaboratively. It’s a great demonstration of the supportiveness and teamwork that is so essential to improv.”
Dual Duel will be played every Sunday in April and May at The ComedySportz Theatre, with the Championship Round played on June 3. Shows start at 7 PM.