Houston Vitiligo Awareness Benefit Show

Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 2pm-6pm | D’Lyric

Inspired® Presents Houston Vitiligo Awareness Movement “Embrace Who You Are” at The Preston Theater

Houston, TX (February 16, 2017) – Diane L. Tribitt, CEO/Founder of D’Lyric Inspired® will host the inaugural Houston Vitiligo Awareness Movement “Embrace Who You Are” in conjunction with the 30-City “Be The True You” Tour on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at The Preston Theater (formerly The Barn), located at 2201 Preston St., Houston, TX 77003. This event is being held to educate the public about Vitiligo; a condition in which a loss of cells that give color to the skin (melanocytes) results in smooth, white patches in the midst of normally pigmented skin. Vitiligo began getting attention when celebrity Michael Jackson was said to have it and more recently because of the success of fashion model, Winnie Harlow, who competed on the top-rated show, America’s Next Top Model.

ComedySportz Tryouts!

Do you have what it takes?

CSz Houston is excited to announce that tryouts for the team are coming up on Wednesday, May 10th! The tryouts will be held at 2201 Preston, Houston, TX 77003.

No experience required!

We are looking for individuals are willing to put themselves out there and be fearless. We teach you all of the skills you need to know during our training program. 

A family Affair

Everyone on the CSz Houston team is considered family. What we do is more than just performing every week together; we have loads of different things that we do as a group! 

Introducing CSz Houston's New Director of Education

We are incredibly excited to announce our new Director of Education, Brendon Duran! Brendon is not only a seasoned CSz improv veteran, but also a professional actor and teaching artist. With CSz Houston, Brendon has taught countless workshops to students of all ages, corporate groups, and performers, and has directed the hilarious productions Aladdin: Unscripted, Back to the Future: Unscripted, and The EaDo Comedy Show. By day, Brendon teaches for the Alley Theatre as part of their Staging STEM and Playmakers programs. He has also acted professionally in Houston at theaters including Horse Head Theatre Company, The Ensemble Theatre Houston and The Landing Theatre Company. Brendon has studied long-form improv at the legendary iO Chicago, and holds a BFA in Theatre with a focus in Acting from the University of Houston.

 As the Director of Education, Brendon has lovingly developed a comprehensive four level improv program that pulls lessons from game-based improv, long-form improv, and general theatrical technique to train students, both novice and experienced, to be well-rounded performers. Brendon will begin teaching the new session of classes starting in May. Whether you want to have a blast learning with new friends, push yourself to new heights in your performance, or simply want to improve your communication skills, Brendon wants you to have all the tools you need to excel.

"Brendon brings a relaxing and exciting energy to the classes he teaches thanks to his yoga inspired warm-ups and keen sensibilities as an improv coach. Brendon's class taught me how to be comfortable, present, and playful on stage. If you want to grow as an improviser, public speaker, or as a person, I highly recommend taking an improv class with Brendon Duran. -Alex O., a former student.

Improv Level 1 Starting Saturday, May 6th

There's no script for life, so we must improvise as we go! You'll feel more comfortable with this after our classes, and you'll have fun while you learn. This introductory workshop emphasizes basic improvisational skills by exploring spontaneity, staying in the moment, risk-taking (getting out of your comfort zone), finding the story within the scene, developing characters, and other fun skills in a relaxed and supportive environment. Led by Director of Education and seasoned CSz professional Brendon Duran, the participants are led through a variety of games and workshops that work on and incorporate the skills that are used in improvisational comedy, including focus, concentration, teamwork, scene work, and trust. Vocal training necessary for performance and public speaking is also weaved into the class. You will learn to be fearless and have fun on stage! Laughter and positive vibes are guaranteed. Level One will end with a special class performance.

See what others had to say about taking level one with CSz!

These classes are held at CSz Houston (2201 Preston St., Houston, TX 77003), for 8 consecutive weeks, on Saturdays, for two hours at a time. Cost for this eight-week course is $195. You must be 18 years of age or older.

A Note From The Owner

It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor.
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?...
— Fred M. Rogers

You can ask anyone on the team and they will tell you that having our own space again has been a dream come true for a lot of reasons. Sure, it comes with it's own set of challenges, just like any space would. But thinking about having been in four different buildings in the last three years is the stuff of my nightmares, up there with falling dreams and couples who sit on the same side of the booth at restaurants. 

Having moved into east downtown this last year though, we've quickly realized that leaky roofs and broken toilets would be welcome problems for some. If you have been down to see a ComedySportz match, the Astros or the Dynamo, you probably didn't miss the tent cities that have been set up under interstate 59. It's an unfortunate reality that there are plenty of Houstonians without a home or on the verge of losing their home. I'm not smart enough to delve into the hows and whys of homelessness, but I do know that as a member of this community we need to do our part. So with that being said, I would like to introduce CSz Houston's Neighborhood Initiative.  

I'm ashamed that it's taken this long for me to get this off the ground. In the hustle and bustle of getting the theatre up and running on this side of town, I think I have been a little too narrowly focused to take an outward look lately. If I haven't mentioned this before, when Chad and I got into this, our first of a few mission statements was that we are here to raise the human spirit through comedy. It's funny how easy it can be to lose sight of that even when you run a comedy theatre. Sadly, it wasn't until someone recently mentioned something that made things click.  I was talking with some people about our newest location when someone quipped, "it's unfortunate that the theatre had to be associated with THAT kind of situation (having a homeless population near us)," that I finally snapped. 

Don't let me mince words here; having a homeless population near our theatre does not make anything about OUR situation unfortunate. What's unfortunate is that people in our community are suffering. I'm not trying to judge here, but I think we can agree that running a theatre that encourages make believe versus wondering where your next meal is going to come from really live in two separate worlds of "tough." 

 Anyhow, that's the end of my soap box speech.

What I'm here to tell you is this:

CSz Houston's Neighborhood Initiative is going to be an ongoing effort to make sure we are doing our part to contribute to and help our neighbors in need. We are going to be looking for different ways we can partner with organizations to make a difference around our theatre and really Houston in general. Additionally, we are going be starting a new program for ComedySportz matches. From this point on, we are going to offering a discount on regular admission tickets for anyone who brings non-perishable food items, socks or undergarments to a match. It will be an option on our website just like buying student, military or senior citizen tickets. You can buy the tickets ahead of time, and then bring the items with you when you come to the theatre. We're not changing the world yet, but it's a start. 

That's it for this one, y'all. Happy birthday to my sister, Syd. She's starting a business selling succulents and other decorative plants and knick knacks. I'm probably really butchering this for her (sorry)... but she's already kicking butt so it's all good.

Be good to one another,


Open House Improv Workshop

Is improv for you?

Come find out in our super fun, super low pressure open house workshop.


We are hosting an Open House workshop for anyone interested in taking classes at CSz Houston. No experience required, just a positive and open attitude! 

This workshop will cover some of the first steps of improv that we utilize at CSz Houston to make us successful on stage, in the workplace and in everyday life. If you enjoy the workshop and want to join our Level One program, you can apply the enrollment fee for this workshop towards the price of your first class! The Open House also includes a tour of the CSz Arena and free admission to that night's ComedySportz match. The Open House Improv Workshop is Saturday,  April 29, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. Additionally, you can come see the show that night for half off! Grab a friend and come give it a try!

ComedySportz Classes and Rec League

2017 Class Registration is up!

We will be kicking off our new 101 class starting in January of 2017. Benji Cooksey will be instructing the class. 

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Benji Cooksey is the owner and general manager of CSz Houston. He has been a player on the team for 5 years and is the head of corporate entertainment bookings. Benji's production credits include the founding of Improv! The Musical - Houston's first completely improvised musical, making its way into its second year of running,  (713) - An original Houston late night Comedy Show and Beer Babies - An improvised drinking show. 

Rent Our Space!

Host your next event with us!


Thinking about that next party or event you want to host? Think about us when considering the where! We have multiple spaces available to host events, including to open studios and our theatre! Please reach out to Benji at 713.868.1444 and press 2 for more information! 

Coming Soon!

We will have our website updated with pictures of all available spaces soon. In the meantime, call and schedule a time to come check out our great downtown location!