ComedySportz: 30 Rocks

Out-of-town participants are landing and anticipation is taking off for the 30th anniversary celebration of ComedySportz, which involves the ComedySportz World Championships, Thursday, June 19, through Saturday, June 21. The extravaganza includes about ComedySportz improvisers from some of the 24 ComedySportz franchises across the country and Europe. Matches begin at 7 p.m. Thursday and culminate in the championship at 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

From Facebook:

In 1984 Dick Chudnow, Bob Orvis, Brian Green, and many more talented comedians formed the phenomenon that is ComedySportz. This week, over 200 players from across the Earth are coming home for the World Championships to celebrate.

From Jim Higgins, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Under its earlier name, TheaterSportz, the group began performing here in 1984 in the reception room of the old Kalt’s Restaurant on the east side. Now, in a true sign of Milwaukee success, ComedySportz has its own parking lot — and the building that goes with it — at 420 S. 1st St.

ComedySportz is the mother lode of Milwaukee comedy, not only providing family-friendly entertainment several times a week for all these decades, but also inspiring, training and facilitating a couple generations of comedians who have gone on to perform in Milwaukee and beyond – in sketch, stand-up and improv. But that’s just the backdrop. The proof of the pudding is in the shows.

Click here for more information on the schedule and how to get tickets, which range from $8.50 (for the Saturday matinee) to $17 (the championship).

Except for the championship, each show includes two matches.