For the last 10 of its over 25 years serving the Chicago-area audiences, ComedySportz of Chicago, Inc. has been serving the business community with lively, interactive professional development trainings. 

  • Need to be a better boss?  Improv!
  • Need to give more authentic and responsive customer service?  Improv!
  • Need to communicate more effectively?  Improv!

Now, to inspire more Chicagoland Training and Development professionals to make learning more interactive, ComedySportz is hosting the first meeting of the new Interactive Learning Professional Development Network, a forum held by the Chicagoland Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development.  (

matt elwell prof headshotThis first meeting features a presentation by Jane Anderson of Navigant Consulting, Inc. and will help attendees learn how to get more engagement and skill transfer from the simulation-based learning experiences they use in their own programs.  The new Interactive Learning PDN is moderated by Matt Elwell, a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance, and our own President and CEO of ComedySportz of Chicago, Inc.

Beyond Role-Play: Live Simulations

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Program:  6p-7:45p.  Registration/Networking:  5:30p-6p

The ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W Belmont Ave., Chicago IL

E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with e-mail and phone to register.

Free admission open to Training & Development professionals in the Chicagoland area with advance registration.

For more information on the event, check out the website:

A printable flyer to share with your office is available by clicking here: Interactive-Learning.pdf

For more information on ComedySportz of Chicago, Inc., and the suite of Corporate Training solutions we provide:

ComedySportz Players Face Improv Teams from Throughout the Community in Weekend Competition


The ComedySportz Theatre will be the site of some friendly competition among members of Chicago's improv community when 26 year-old ComedySportz Chicago hosts its annual Comedy Theatre Challenge from August 1 through 3, 2013. Teams composed of players from ComedySportz's resident ensemble will face teams from other improv comedy theaters in the city in a celebration of Chicago's long tradition as the nation's capital of improv comedy.

Joining ComedySportz for this weekend will be players from The Annoyance and iO, improv theaters that like ComedySportz Chicago, are pioneers of the city's improv scene and have also been operating in Chicago for 26 years. Also competing that weekend will be a team from Stage 773 - the multi-stage venue that has hosted some of Chicago's top comedy festivals and presented shows by the area's leading itinerant improvisers, Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, who has been presenting all forms of comedy for 12 years and The Playground, the nation's only non-profit cooperative dedicated to the art of improv comedy.

The scheduled matchups (subject to change - please call ahead)  are as follows:

8/1 Thu 8pm- Theater 773/Cupid Players
8/2 Fri 8pm- Annoyance
8/2 Fri 10pm- Annoyance
8/3 Sat 6pm- The Playground
8/3 Sat 8pm- CIC
8/3 Sat 10pm- Dart, iO

These guest players will join ComedySportz teams at the theater's six regular weekly performances from Thursday, August 1 through Saturday, August 3. Tickets for these all-age-friendly shows are $22 to $24 and are available by phone through The ComedySportz Theatre Box Office (773-549-8080) or Ticketmaster.

Stewart HuffOn Monday, July 29th 100 Proof Comedy welcomes a stand-up icon in the making - Stewart Huff – to The ComedySportz Theatre (929 W. Belmont) at 8pm!  The Atlanta resident comes to Chicago after a year where he has exploded on the national festival scene, becoming a “must-see” for audience members, and a game-changer among his peers.  Here are what others are saying after seeing Huff perform:

"Stewart may be one of the best comedy writers America has seen since Woody Allen. He is able to pull comedy from subjects that shouldn’t be able to illicit any more jokes." - Darrin Hensley, Lexington Comedy Examiner

"Stewart Huff is the best type of comedian: honest and profound. He never settles for an easy joke, but instead pulls big laughs with his weapon of choice: the truth." - Saurin Choksi, Lincoln Lodge

"Stewart Huff is the sort of comedian that other comedians talk about in hushed tones over beers. He's not just winning the game, he's changing it." - Peter-john Byrnes, This Week in Despair

Huff will be performing for an entire hour as headliner, and will be joined by 100 Proof Comedy cast members Cody Melcher (Tomefoolery), Lisa Laureta (OWN’s My Life is a Joke), and Jake McKenzie (Flock Yourself).  The evening is hosted by Jamie Campbell (Chicago’s “Best Comedian of 2013 – Chicago Reader Best of 2013 Poll).

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at The ComedySportz Theatre box office by calling 773.549.8080.  This event is expected to sell-out, so we strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance.

Do you have an idea for a show? Want to produce a show? Have a show that’s ready to go up? Need theatre space for your show?


The ComedySportz Theatre is currently scheduling its Fall/Winter schedule for 2013 and has a few remaining slots open this calendar year. Come work with us!


We’re looking for comedy shows of all types, of 50 to 100 minutes in length. Holiday themed shows are of particular interest. Potential time slots are Sunday evenings and Thursday and Friday late nights.


If interested, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to submit a show proposal or get more information.

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