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.
On 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.
Beginning July 15, fanz of The ComedySportz Theatre will have a new way to sample the many different comedy shows beyond our main namesake show, ComedySportz. Our new Signature Show Six Pack – a pass good for admissions to any six performances of our late night and Sunday, Monday and Wednesday shows – will go on sale. For just $20, fanz can attend six performances of one show, one performance each of six shows, or any combination in between. It’s good for Dual Duel and Criminal Mischief - the two parts of our “Sunday Double Scoop,” 100 Proof Comedy, The Two Dollar Bill, The Stevens Family, Talk Hard and The Hot Karl. The only restrictions are that the pass may be used by only one person per performance and that it expires August 31, 2013.
Our “Signature Show” line-up includes a great mix or improv and standup. On Sunday nights alone, we have two improv shows running through August 25. Dual Duel is a 12-week-long competition of two-person improv teams from all over Chicago, and it’s followed by Criminal Mischief. That show is a weekly improvised “Law & Order” – style improvised crime drama, performed by Legacy – our house team composed of veterans from ComedySportz clubs around the US as well as some of our more experienced Battle-Prov and Genesis League performers.
Monday nights, we host 100 Proof Comedy – the professional showcase that last year was named Chicago’s Best Venue for Stand-up in the Chicago Reader’s “Best of Chicago” Poll. Wednesdays night’s program is The Two Dollar Bill – a triple bill of improv featuring Genesis League, Battle-Prov and our new The After Party Improv Jam. For the weekends, we have late night fare for adults, starting with Thursday’s The Stevens Family – an edgy an very adult improv shoe that starts at 10 pm. Fridays at midnight we have Talk Hard – just recently named Chicago’s Best Improv/Sketch Troupe in the 2013 Chicago Reader poll . It’s a live and uncensored talk show hosted by Jamie Campbell (named Chicago’s Best Stand-up Comedian) in the 2013 Reader poll. Our Saturday night midnight show is The Hot Karl - known for years as Chicago’s Dirtiest Improv Comedy Show.
The Signature Show Six Pack will be available beginning Monday, July 15 online through Ticketmaster, by phone at 773-549-8080 or at our box office.