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The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum

May 15, 2003
ComedySportz Chicago has recently changed the format of its short-form improv shows and the new setup seems to be coming along quite nicely. Sure, there are a few kinks that still need some working out, but that is probably expected.

For one, the show "rules" are no longer given by the referee at the top of the show, rather the players are introduced and everyone helps explain the rules and regulations. This is a good improvement, as I think it helps get the audience acquainted with the players from the top of the show rather than simply showing them the "candy" of who is playing and then not hearing from them for another 10 to 15 minutes.

The show itself includes the same games and dynamics as before, but everything seems to move faster and flow from game to game. The "Bucket of Doom" has returned. For those of you who don't know, the bucket is the old school way that ComedySportz used to get the audience to choose games for each team to play. The names of all the games are written on blocks and placed in the bucket. The referee then gets one audience member to choose a block and read the name of the game to the team, which then has to play said game. This really keeps the show moving forward, instead of stopping to read games listed in the program - which was the way it was done for a while.

One slight drawback of the new format is that "Mr. Voice" and the Keyboard accompanist are no longer introduced to the degree they once were. It used to be that each week the pianist would be introduced by knowing "every song ever written" and the audience was encouraged to try and stump him by yelling out an obscure song title he could possibly not know. The bit would always work because after the song title was yelled out, the pianist would simply lean in to the microphone and say, "Yeah, I know it" and the show would move on. Har har har, insert drum roll.

The Show this Thursday saw such games as Battle Of The Bands, Moving Bodies, and Blonde Line, which is a new take on the old game Blind Line, in which the audience gave lines associated with dumb blondes while the players were sent to the sound-proof Lobby. These lines were written on slips of paper and scattered all over the stage. When the players came back in, they improvised a scene (in this case, at an Apple Farm) and every once in a while they leaned over and picked up some wacky audience suggested line and incorporated it into the scene.

I'd say that overall the show has a much better pace and is still just as funny, if not funnier than it was 2 months ago. If you enjoy quick-witted, face paced humor with excellent character work (and loads of musical savvy I might add) I'd recommend checking out a ComedySportz show at 2851 N. Halsted street on any Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night. Tickets are $17. To purchase your tickets by phone, or for more information, call (773) 549-8080.

SEE ALSO: www.comedysportzchicago.com
SEE ALSO: www.comedysportz.com

Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he's afraid of really growing up.

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