ComedySportz to Host Comedy Theatre Challenge August 1-3

101The 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 – and Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, who has been presenting all forms of comedy for 12 years. A fifth participating theater will be announced shortly.

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 through The ComedySportz Theatre Box Office or Ticketmaster.



Comedy Theatre Challenge Weekend

Thursday, August 1 – Saturday, August 3, 2013

The ComedySportz Theatre

929 W. Belmont Ave.


El: Brown, Purple (Rush Hours), Red to Belmont.

Bus: 8, 22, 77, 156

Performance schedule and ticket pricing

Thursday, August 1 – ComedySportz vs. Stage 773 ($22) – 8 pm.

Friday, August 2 – ComedySportz vs. The Annoyance – 8 pm ($24) and 10 pm($22);

Saturday, August 3 – ComedySportz vs. TBA – 6 pm ($22), ComedySportz vs. Chemically Imbalanced Comedy – 8 pm ($24), and ComedySportz vs. Dart (iO) -10 pm ($22)

ComedySportz fields its own teams of competitive improv comedy players against guest teams from other Chicago area comedy theaters, including The Annoyance, Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, iO, Stage 773 and one more team to be announced. Each of the six weekend shows will feature a different visiting team.


For further information or press comps, contact John Olson at The ComedySportz Theatre, (773) 549-8080, ext. 231



Known for its titular show, ComedySportz, The ComedySportz Theatre has been making Chicago laugh since 1987. In summer of 2012, the theater celebrated 25 years as a Chicago institution by hosting the ComedySportz World Championship. Located at 929 W Belmont, The ComedySportz Theatre features the work of both its 50 person professional ensemble and several other teams of young, up-and-coming comedians who share the theater’s mission of “enriching lives and the creative imagination of the human spirit by providing accessible, high quality comedy.”