Every year, tens of thousands of people attend our show, ComedySportz, for recreation. Many of them never know that we use many of the same elements of our namesake show to help people in their workday as well! On Thursday, May 16th, ComedySportz President and CEO, Matt Elwell will address the Chicagoland Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development on how improvisation can be used to develop soft-skills in the incoming workforce.
Although not as fun as an evening of comedy, Matt promises that participants will actually get to try some of the same improv exercises ComedySportz uses to build Chicago’s next generation of improv comedy talent. If you work in the Learning and Development or HRD departments of your company, this is a great way to see how the emerging field of “Applied Improvisation” can benefit your employees and your bottom line.
For more information on this event: http://goo.gl/Slsi1
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Friday, April 26 at midnight, Talk Hard, Chicago’s hit late-night, uncensored talk show is proud to welcome Jimmy Carrane, the host of Improv Nerd! While hosting the live show and podcast, Jimmy has interviewed celebrities including Andy Richter, Key & Peele, Rachel Dratch, Tim Meadows and more. He is also the co-author of Improvising Better: A Guide to the Working Improviser. He is an award-winning improv teacher with new classes including the Art of Slow Comedy starting in May. He was the former host of Studio 312 on Chicago Public Radio and was recently seen in the films LOL and Public Enemies with Johnny Depp.
The show will also feature Michael Lippert, the co-writer/producer/director of the web series Funemployed. Funemployed outlines the lives of five twenty-somethings trying to figure out what to do with life after college; weighing out the stress of not having jobs, while maintaining a sense of worth and enjoying life in dire straits all in a humorous manner.
Rounding out the evening is a live musical performance by Gabe Liebowitz! Gabe is the lead singer of the Chicago band Dastardly and recently released a solo album. Talk Hard likes Gabe so much we invited him back for a “threepeat.”
As always, this show is live and uncensored, hosted by the unpredictable Jamie Campbell, and written by a staff that was hand-picked from Chicago’s world famous comedy scene. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at The ComedySportz Theatre box office. Call 773.549.8080 in advance or buy them at the door. Attendance to the 10 p.m. ComedySportz improv show gets audience members into Talk Hard at half price. Life is short – talk hard.
Twitter Followers of @ComedySportzChi Take Improv Games Beyond the Theatre
by Alonso Cisneros
ComedySportz plays host to a number of games on Twitter that encourages its fans join in on writing the jokes. Three days a week a joke premise is dropped by ComedySportz, and it’s up to our legion of Twitter followers to complete the bit.
Every Wednesday the audience is challenged to decide on who might be the world’s worst something -- gladiator, motivator, or valentine for examples, amongst a variety of other topics.
Zach Thompson gives us a gentle take on global conquest for the subject of “world’s worst Viking.”
Zach Thompson @PocketThunder
@ComedySportzChi: We paint their villages and compliment their women.
Mel Evans drops us in ringside to witness the “world’s worst wrestler” to hit mankind.
Mel Evans @mel_evans@ComedySportzChi: time for my signature closing move – The Gentle Neck Kisses.
@ComedySportzChi: time for my signature closing move – The Gentle Neck Kisses.
Every Friday the familiar set up of “185 (somethings) walking into a bar” is employed, and it’s up to the audience to put their unique twist on it. In response to “185 snowflakes,” Sean Curran strings together a winter gem:
Sean Curran @seanadelph
@ComedySportzChi: 185 snowflakes walk into a bar, but no one notices because although it sounds like a lot, it really isn’t. Also they melt.
Kelsey VanVoorst economically sets out and destroys with her short response to “185 Lady Gagas.”
“Celebrity To Do List”
Every Thursday the audience gets the opportunity to draft the to do lists of various celebrities. Some responses take jabs at their famous subjects and others confound with absurd lines.
Leslie Nesbit offers precious insights into the mind of a comedic genius, for “Jerry Seinfeld’s To Do List.”
Leslie Nesbit @a27monkey
@ComedySportzChi: Something. I've got to do something today.
Matt Castellvi taps into the higher powers for “Pope Francis’s To Do List.”
Matt Castellvi @Lolztellvi
@ComedySportzChi: Chug entire 2 liter of mountain dew…for the Lord.
Some of these followers are members of our ensemble and our affiliated leagues Battle-Prov, Genesis League and Legacy and many are just improv fans. They all shoot back with their best one liner responses. These games have proven to be a large draw and lot of laughs, as a collection of inventive responses are tweeted and re-tweeted on ComedySportz’s page. Our Twitter page doubles as the stage for jokes that can range anywhere from non sequiturs about leprechauns to digs on celebrities, giving people the chance to let their personalities shine.
Follow us on Twitter and you can enjoy ComedySportz humor even when you’re not at our theater with us. These games hit the web Wednesdays through Fridays and whether it’s crafting the perfect joke and sending it our way or just scrolling through several of the best Tweets, these games take audience interaction to another level. Just head over to www.twitter.com/ComedySportzChi and follow us to join in.