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The ComedySportz High School League® is the largest, most successful team improv theatre program in the United States. They play improvisation as a team sport, with two teams “competing” for audience laughs. The stage is covered in turf, there’s a referee and the players are in uniform. It’s not comedy about sports; it’s comedy played as a sport. Because everyone knows what a sport is, there is immediate buy-in from the audience. People who have never been to the theatre before walk through the door because they’re not intimidated. Because it’s improvisational, it’s always different.
The newest “sport” in America, ComedySportz combines the competition of sports with the artistic expression of theatre, where “winning” is only part of the show. In fact, players will attest to the fact that the “we must win” attitude prevalent in so many high school activities is a sure ticket to failure in ComedySportz. Each match pits two teams of improvisers in a friendly battle for audience laughs. With an Astro-turfed stage, player uniforms, a referee, a scoreboard, a ballpark organist and audience judges, ComedySportz successfully blends sports with theatre in a fun, fast-paced show designed for all ages. In summation, the ComedySportz High School League is the students’ game. They create, direct and perform their own material off the top of their heads, without the time to stop and question or deny their abilities. When was the last time you saw a high school play written, performed and directed by high school students? They can do it, and now they have the chance.
Their annual, THE NEW YEAR MATCH, is scheduled for Friday, January 30, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in Theatre 601 at Temple City High School, 9501 Lemon Ave, Temple City, CA 91780. General Admission $5.