ComedySportz, Philly’s longest-running improv show, organizes community outreach program that brings comedic relief to those who’ve been working overtime during the pandemic
CSz Philadelphia, home of the ComedySportz show, recently started an active community outreach program to bring laughter to essential workers and civic organizations during a time when live entertainment has been hard to find. The program will focus initially on the healthcare and transportation industries in an effort to target these essential workers who have helped keep the city safe and operational. So far the group has worked with over a dozen local organizations to brighten the lives of hundreds of the city’s best. Philadelphians are now encouraged to nominate a group or organization to receive laughs by heading to www.comedysportzphilly.com.
The goal of the program is to be a part of the rebuild of the city as it enters into recovery from the last twelve plus months of pandemic life. Organizations such as Einstein Hospital, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence and the Delaware River Port Authority have enjoyed the Saturday showcase of spontaneous, family-friendly and uniquely interactive comedy. ComedySportz, the longest running show in Philadelphia, has moved online since the onset of our global pandemic, delivering chuckles in many forms.
“Partnering with these companies and offering complimentary virtual shows is our way of saying thank you for their vital work, and also serves our mission to bring laughter to as many people as possible,” says Don Montrey, CSz Philly’s Executive Director.
In 2020, CSz Philadelphia cancelled all in-person shows for the foreseeable future to help the theater is the only improv comedy group virtually producing shows, holding classes and hosting team building training throughout the pandemic. The team has seen a real need to continue to entertain and excite audiences throughout the pandemic, as well as use the shows for their own creative outlet. CSz also offers businesses virtual training programs that incorporate improvisation guidance to improve communication, increase risk taking and help engage workers performing jobs remotely.
About ComedySportz PhiladelphiaComedySportz is Philadelphia’s longest running comedy show and has been in operation for over 25 years. ComedySportz is the fastest and funniest form of improv comedy ever seen and features two teams of improvisers that compete for points by playing a series of improv games, similar to shows on TV like Whose Line Is It Anyway? In addition to being an improv theater, CSz also encompasses The Philadelphia School of Improv, an improv school teaching local performers and non-performers alike the joy and applications of improv. The group also works with local businesses large and small on team building using applied improv. CSz Philadelphia is a part of CSz Worldwide, an international organization that brings 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.