A Different Kind Of Family Fun
"ComedySportz" has something for everyone from 7 to 70 and beyond
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REMEMBER the original TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? In this high-energy, improvisational comedy game show, Drew Carey, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles and Wayne Brady showcased their incredible skills of acting out various comic games and sketches––on the spot, with no prior knowledge of the subject they had to include in a performance.
If you like that brand of entertainment, then you can get much of the same at the ComedySportz Theatre, where improv is the name of the game. Although the name suggests it, "ComedySportz," the longest-running short-form improv comedy show in Chicago, is not about sports, but there is genuine, fast-paced, high-energy competition. In the hilarious, interactive show––where a referee calls fouls and keeps things moving––performers divide into two teams to create unrehearsed comedy scenes, sketches, songs and games based on the audience’s suggestions. The subject matter is wide and varied, and can range from Pilates to airplanes to a broken-down car. For instance, if the subject is Shakespeare, a team has to improvise a scene in Shakespearian style.
The highly energetic and interactive show, "ComedySportz," exhibits just how hilarious an unrehearsed comedy show can be for everyone involved.
During the night of unbridled fun, a red and blue team battle for laughter and points, and in the end it’s the audience that decides the winner. An average of seven to 12 games are played during a match, pulled from a stockpile of more than 100 improv games. As an added highlight, audience members are sometimes brought on stage to participate in the comedic activities. “ComedySportz is a hilarious night out for anyone who loves to laugh,” according to the ComedySportz Theatre website. “We see families, college students and groups celebrating special events and lots of birthday parties. Have a birthday? Request our very special birthday song!”
Improvised performance is as old as the art of performing itself, and it requires the actor to be quick, smart, imaginative and in tune with current events. If audience feedback is a real barometer, then––if you’re looking to be entertained––a great time awaits you at The ComedySportz Theatre.
“ComedySportz” at The ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont Avenue, is the theatre’s featured show and is presented on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information, go to www.comedysportzchicago.com or call 773/549-8080.
During the competition, volunteers from the audience (top and above) are sometimes asked to participate, increasing the laughter. The red and blue teams vie for the trophy that's presented to the winners.