Wilma Theater and CSz Philadelphia Team Up to Present, ComedySportz, a Digital Improv Challenge

Update: CSz Philadelphia and The Wilma Theater value Black lives and stand in support of the ongoing protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. We strongly believe that Black voices need to be amplified. Therefore, CSz Philadelphia and The Wilma have decided to temporarily postpone the “ComedySportz vs. The Wilma” online event scheduled for this Saturday, June 6.  We are currently looking to reschedule the event in early July. Details will be forthcoming.  In the interim, please support the Philly Bail Fund by visiting here: https://www.phillybailfund.org/

Performers from the Wilma’s HotHouse program will pit themselves against ComedySportz regulars to see who are the funniest folks in quarantine!


The Wilma Theater and ComedySportz (CSz) Philadelphia, two cultural institutions who have individually provided audiences in Philadelphia with amazing theatrical and comedic experiences for over 20 years, are pleased to announce a one-time only virtual event. On Saturday, June 6 at 7:30 and 9:30PM, the two theaters meet on the digital field of battle to play ComedySportz, an interactive, improvised comedy competition. The event will serve as a fundraiser for both theaters to support operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.


“As artistic director of CSz Philadelphia and Visual Communications Manager for the Wilma, I am excited to bring together these creative theaters for the sake of art and entertainment,” said Kristin Finger.  “Audiences may not be able to gather in theaters right now, but that shouldn’t mean we still can’t bring laughter and joy into their lives. Our virtual ComedySportz matches have been a rewarding experience that I wanted to share with other theaters in Philadelphia, particularly the Wilma since I have the pleasure of working for as well.”


Philadelphia actors and Wilma HotHouse Company Members Justin Jain, Brett Ashley Robinson, and Ross Beschler will battle the 2019 World Champion Philadelphia Fighting Amish (Kristin Finger, Dave Jadico, Kelsey Hébert, David Dritsas), in round after round of hilarious improv games. These two teams of improvisers compete for points by playing a series of improv games. Think of it as “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” but more hilarious…and more spontaneous.  A referee governs the action, calling the fouls and keeping the match moving at a blistering pace.  Audience members will decide which team is the funniest.


The cost is Pay-What-You-Can, with funds raised from ticket sales split between the two theaters to help support operations during the coronavirus pandemic. The winning theater will get one dollar more.


Interested patrons can purchase tickets to this ComedySportz event by visiting: https://www.comedysportzphilly.com/shows/comedysportz-virtually-live#tickets


ABOUT WILMA HOTHOUSE COMPANY: The Wilma HotHouse Company is an incubator for artistic investigation and experimentation. This collection of committed artists is essential for producing the Wilma’s bold, inventive work in our unique aesthetic. Through rigorous physical training, play readings, and workshops, the Wilma Hothouse has built a supportive environment of curiosity, bravery, and risk-taking that makes us more daring artists in pursuit of creating living, adventurous, art.


ABOUT WILMA THEATER: The Wilma Theater creates living, adventurous art. We engage artists and audiences in imaginative reflection on the complexities of contemporary life. We present bold, original, well-crafted productions that represent a range of voices, viewpoints, and styles.  Visit wilmatheater.org.


ABOUT CSz PHiladelphia: CSz Philadelphia is a part of CSz Worldwide, a global network of companies for organizations needing entertainment, training, and events marketing solutions. CSz Worldwide uses improvisation to produce fun, immersive experiences that bring laughter to people around the world, including their 30-year flagship offering, ComedySportz®. CSz Worldwide companies are currently in 24 cities across the US and Europe. For more information, please visit www.cszworldwide.com.

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