CSz 2012 Post-Championship Celebration
To celebrate our historic win over Los Angeles in the 2012 ComedySportz World Championship, we're throwing a Post-Championship Celebration at all our ComedySportz shows this weekend, Thursday-Saturday, July 26-28.
We will be hanging our championship banner this weekend as well as offering complimentary champagne toasts to those who can partake, so be sure to come on out and celebrate this new title of "World Champion" for the city of Chicago with us!
Make reservations for what is sure to be a big weekend by calling 773-549-8080. Visit www.comedysportzchicago.com for more information.
Photo: The entire ensemble and staff taking the stage at the Athenaeum after Chicago's victory is announced on July 21, 2012.
After the hype and satisfying conclusion of the ComedySportz World Championship, it is time we take a moment to recognize the many groups who provide us with endless support that helped catapult us to victory. In fact, let's take a whole month to do that. We have such a huge family it will take all of August for us to properly thank them, so join us for a month of celebration.
August 2-4: Alumni Weekend
Former ComedySportz players from across our 25 years will return to the Chicago stage for six matches. So join us as we celebrate the people who make and have made ComedySportz Chicago the home to comedy gold that it has been for the last 25 yearz.
August 9-11: ‘80s Weekend
The decade of ComedySportz Chicago’s birth and its unique cultural contributions will be celebrated in this throwback weekend. So grab your spandex and get ready to break dance the nights away with us!
August 16-18: Lakeview Weekend
Leaders from our neighborhood will join our regular players onstage for some great improv. You do not want to miss out on this chance to thank the local leaders who help make our neighborhood so great!
August 23- 25: Comedy Theater Challenge Weekend
Improv performers from other theaters around the city will challenge the ComedySportz regulars to a series of matches. Many ComedySportz Chicago ensemble members play all over the city doing what they do best: comedy. So help us celebrate the other theater opportunities around the city and recognize how lucky we are to live in the capital of live comedy!
Visit www.comedysportzchicago.com for more information!
This summer the ComedySportz Theater has six shows opening & we’re thrilled to have them in our space. A stand-up talk show, a new take on Kipling’s The Jungle Book for kids, three hyper-intelligent apes hosting a talent competition, & more! We’re already screaming, “ENDLESS SUMMER!!!!”
Fridays - But Seriously... The Late Night Stand-Up Talk Show
If you’ve ever wondered how to keep up with the nonstop energy of a toddler, the answer might be improvisation. For ComedySportz ensemble member Melissa Cathcart, mother of 2-year-old Colin, improv training applies to parenting in more ways than just creating new verses of “The Wheels on the Bus.” “I think improv has made me more adaptable which has helped me weather the ups and downs of parenthood,” says Cathcart.
Fellow ensemble member Alida Vitas-Dow, mother of 9-month-old Sofia, agrees. “At ComedySportz, you have to have the skill of thinking quickly. This has definitely helped me with my little one, especially now that she's moving around the house. I have to think quickly to divert her attention from something dangerous or to just keep her attention.”
Improvisation encourages skills like listening, playfulness and being fully aware. Not surprisingly, these translate naturally to parenting. “I definitely use my heightened listening skills around Sofia. She can only say a few words now but I watch and listen for her cues to see what she wants - just as I do onstage with whomever I'm in a scene with,” says Vitas-Dow.
But improv isn’t all about fooling around for laughs. There are also some valuable life lessons that can be learned. “I hope Colin grows up to be someone who says ‘yes and,’” says Cathcart. “There is so much more possibility and room for growth when we support and build on each other's ideas.”
Vitas-Dow says, “I want to teach Sofia that the present moment is all you have, so have fun and pay attention to what is going on right now - in this very moment - just as you would onstage.”