Wisconsin Badger and Fighting Illini fans are special guests October 4-6.

There’s nothing quite like a college football weekend. The game itself is great enough, but it’s the whole experience of celebrating with fellow fans and alumni before and after the game that makes it special.  So this fall, if you can’t get out of Chicago to go back to campus for the big game, we’ve got a way to keep the fever going beyond just the few hours of watching the game on TV.

Each weekend between now and November 17th we’re making a special invitation to fans of two Big Ten schools facing each other on the field to put some comedy into their sports weekend. We’ll have drink specials themed for the two teams and recognition for their fans in the show.

If you can’t make it back to campus, the next best thing is to make it to our Lakeview neighborhood, home to official sports bars for each of the Big Ten schools. Watch the game on their big screen and then catch some comedy with fellow fans – all within a few blocks.

We just finished our first Big Ten Weekend, celebrating the Wisconsin-Illinois game.In upcoming weeks, we’ll be saluting…

October 11-13: Northwestern vs. Minnesota

October 18-20: Purdue vs. Ohio State

October 25-27: Michigan vs. Nebraska

November 1-3: Michigan State vs. Indiana

November 8-10: Purdue vs. Iowa

November 15-17: Wisconsin vs. Ohio State

(Games subject to change).

Auditions for ComedySportz Professional Ensemble, House Teams and Genesis League Begin Saturday, September 7

Auditions and callbacks for our Professional Ensemble, House Teams, and a fall run of Genesis League will be held on the following dates:


Auditions: Saturday, September 7, 10am -5 pm; Sunday September 8, 10 am-5 pm; Monday, September 9, 6-10pm

Callbacks: Tuesday, September 10 6pm-10pm (60min slots)


We are interested ONLY in performers with previous improv training and performance experience.

Please email headshots and resumes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a confirmation email with your time will be sent to you as soon as possible.

No calls about auditions, please.


Ensemble members perform ComedySportz regularly and are given first consideration for our touring company performances, corporate workshops, and events marketing/trade show work. We are a paid professional ensemble seeking the strongest improvisers to help us grow while providing on stage experience that will help propel you to the next level.


Commitment for New Ensemble Members:
• Be able to provide electronic headshot, resume, and bio.
• Attend 8-12 sessions of "New Player Training" (schedule TBA.)
• Watch six ComedySportz shows in their first two months.
• Attend weekly Tuesday evening rehearsals.
• Submit availability for at least four home-shows per week including Saturdays at 6pm.
• Work closely with a mentor for the first six months after New Player Training.
• Accept and apply notes received from ComedySportz leadership.
• Successfully complete a review process after first three months performing.

In the interests of preparing Chicago improvisers to do professional level short-form improvisation, the following programs run in repertory with the show ComedySportz and will also be cast from these auditions:

HOUSE TEAM - is a farm team of performers that are on the cusp of being ready for ComedySportz, but are believed to be best suited by time in this program. A house team is a one year commitment where performers fine-tune their short form skills, create interesting showpieces, and potentially sit-in for ComedySportz shows.

• Genesis League FALL RUN is a remounting of our popular Summer program of Genesis League. This is program provides real world short-form performance experience to aid performers in improving their improv game. 

The ComedySportz Theatre
773-549-8080 x 230
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Sleeping Beauty to Open Saturday, September 8th

For The ComedySportz Crew Meets Sleeping Beauty, which opens Saturday, September 8th, the crew is taking a new slant on the tale – making it a story within a story.  Director David Flora says, “It opens with a “real life” story in which two characters are at odds with each other because one was invited to a party and the other wasn’t. That conflict carries over to the story of Sleeping Beauty, where the evil fairy wasn’t invited to the birth of the princess and the two stories run parallel.  It’s a different take from the Disney version which may be familiar to many families, but people are happy when they come out of here at what we do give them.  We’re not just doing a story; we’re putting a story with it of our own. It’s a dual story that’s satisfying for kids and adults. It will definitely be fun for the kids and give them some experience to get up on stage and do stuff with us."

Flora gives a peek at some other upcoming shows as well. “For the holiday season, November to January, we are going to do The Snow Queen. And then for next season we are doing Beauty and the Beast, Arabian Nights, Robin Hood, and The Nutcracker and Winnie the pooh: Return to Pooh Corner. They are topping out at nine or ten weeks. We’re also doing a ComedySportz for kids show in between each run.”

Performances are every Saturday at 11 am from September 8 - November 3, 2012. Tickets are $10 for adults and To order, call 773-549-8080 or visit Ticketmaster.com



New Auditioning Workshop to be Held Saturday, September 8th

Auditioning 101: How to prepare for an improv audition (when you can't


In this new workshop, called "Auditioning 101: How to prepare for an improv audition when you can't prepare," participants will have the opportunity to experience an audition step-by-step, get in the mindset of the auditors, ask questions about auditions and plan ahead for improvised auditions. Auditioning as a skill set, rather than luck of the draw or something that "happens" will be the focus.

By the end of this workshop participants will: have a specific plan of attack for upcoming auditions, focused on an area of previous auditions that have caused them difficulty, begin to create a plan to reduce the amount of anxiety for auditions.

About the instructor – Lisa Linke


Lisa has been improvising for thirteen years, but performing her whole life. She moved to Chicago in 1999 and began studying at The Second City Training Center. Since then, she has completed training with Second City’s Beginning Program, Conservatory, Writing Program, iO (formerly Improv Olympic), and The Annoyance. She has studied with TJ Jagadowski, Mick Napier, Susan Messing, Norm Holly, Michael Gellman, Noah Gregoropolous, Liz Allen and Joe Bill.

Performance Experience

She has performed with Mustang Repair, a Playground Theater member team since 2001 and was on a Harold team, Cougars, at iO for six years. She performed with the former Noble Fool Theater with the long-running hit Sex In The Suburbs and The Baritones. She co-wrote 2007’s Flawed As Rain with Roger Payton, and was on the writing staff and cast of both INK and Big News Chicago at iO. She’s an ensemble member at ComedySportz, and performs weekly with the long-running hit Big Yellow Bus and Critic’s Pick Out Of Character, and ensembles Mustang Repair and MORT at The Playground Theater. Recently she performed the Highly Recommended A Woman’s Path at The Annoyance, and was in the acclaimed remount of Close Quarters at iO. In 2012 she filmed an episode of Shameless for Showtime Networks.


Lisa teaches all levels of improvisation at iO, Sketch Comedy Writing at the Second City Training Center, and travels around the world facilitating corporate improv workshops with Second City Communications and other companies. She writes, directs, produces and performs in short films, sketch and improvised theater all around Chicago. Accomplishments include the 2011 Just For Laughs Festival and the Chicago Improv Festival, and in past years the San Francisco Improv Festival, Dccomedyfest, Sketchfest and the Del Close Marathon in NYC.

Nice Things People Say

The Close Quarters ensemble was called “awe-inspiring” by Time Out Chicago

Linke’s decent acting allows for “a unique impression: Linke is especially convincing as various insecure women bordering on crazy.”  - Ryan Hubbard, Chicago Reader

“Lisa Linke was hilarious” – Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune

When:  Saturday, September 8th from 2-5pm

Where:  The ComedySportz Theatre (929 W. Belmont Ave.)

Cost: $25

Limited space available.  To register, contact ComedySportz Training Center Manager Jamie Campbell  by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 773 549-8080 ext. 230.