CSz Houston Intro to Improv Open House on May 14th!

Ever wonder if improv is for you?

Join us for us on May 14th for our intro to improv open house workshop where we will take you through the basics of improv as if you were starting our 101 class. 

There will be a $15 registration fee for the open house and if you decide to sign up with us, we will apply that $15 towards your registration for our 101 class.

A little about our 101 class

This introductory course emphasizes basic improvisational skills by exploring spontaneity, staying in the moment, getting out of your comfort zone, finding the story within the scene, and developing characters, all in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Facilitated by a seasoned CSz professional, the classes consist of activities and games that work on and incorporate skills used in improv comedy, including focus, concentration, teamwork, space work (using your environment in scenes), trust, and scene work. You will learn to be fearless and have fun on stage! You'll even learn some ComedySportz improv games! 

Houston Improv Festival 2016

#HIF2016

CSz Houston is proud to announce that we will have a lot of our shows participating in the Houston Improv Festival this year including: ComedySportz, Improv! The Musical and Flirt Reynolds. 

The dates of the festival are April 28th - May 1st and will feature great improv talent from all over Houston and the United States. 

For more information visit the HIF website at http://www.houstonimprovfestival.com

 

Summer is around the corner!

Our 2016 camp offers tweens (ages 8-12) & teens (ages 13-17) the chance to explore their imaginations coached by a ComedySportz pro! Participants will laugh, have fun, and learn some of the games played in our improvisational performances.

They'll also focus on confidence, commitment, listening skills, working with others, acceptance, and creativity - skills they use every day!

In the summer, classes run 1pm - 4pm, Monday thru Friday, with a 6pm showcase on Friday for friends and family. All classes and showcases will be held at the Queensbury Theatre, 12777 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024.

ComedySportz Kids Improv Camp Dates:
Session 1: June 13th-June 17th
Session 3: June 27th-July 1st
Session 5: July 11th-July 15th
Session 7: July 25th-July 29th
Session 9: August 8th-August 12th

ComedySportz Teen Improv Camp Dates:
Session 2: June 20th-June 24th
Session 4: July 5th-July 8th (no class on July 4th)
Session 6: July 18th-July 22nd
Session 8: August 1st-August 5th

Summer Ticket Special For ComedySportz on May 4th and 5th!

Purchase $10 general admission tickets good through the Summer!You can buy unlimited tickets to ComedySportz for only $10!


You can spend these single-use tickets at any of our regular ComedySportz Matches, Friday and Saturday, and Friday night 10:30 shows May 14 through August 28 2016. No need to commit to a date now. You can choose at a later date!


We will set aside fifteen seats per performance as Summer Sale seats, so make your reservations early to be sure that your tickets are among those fifteen.

A Note from the owner and...Prague?

Hey guys!

 

Like I said last month, I really want to start sharing the awesome stories of CSz Houston players from past and present. This story comes all the way to you from the capital city of Prague in the Czech Republic. Jared is an alumni of CSz Houston and we are grateful to have him come play ComedySportz matches whenever he makes it back to little ol' Texas. I personally met Jared when we performed as dancing trashcans with the "Don't mess with Texas" Campaign! He's as talented as he is thoughtful and kind (very) and I always imagine him without shoes and eating a mixture of baby carrots and celery out of a plastic bag. So without further adieu, here is a Jared's story:

Improvisation has helped me train my ability to live in the moment on stage and on the stage of life. The family of ComedySportz Houston was a loving environment which nurtured me in the power of positivity. Throughout my experience in the United States and abroad.
I began ComedySportz as a senior in high school in Houston, Texas. I strengthened friendships with like minded people and strengthened my confidence on stage. More than 10 years later, I still value these friendships although I don't see many of these people weekly or even yearly. More than 10 years later, I see the impact of improv in my life off the stage. In all non-theater work I worked in, and in every experience I experienced. Improv and good humor accompany me everywhere. I hope my foundations of positivity and character work cultivated in ComedySportz Houston continue to grow for the next 10 years.
For the past few years, I've been based in the Czech Republic working with the Prague Shakespeare Company and working in TV and Film. Most moments in acting are meant to seem as if the moments are happening now. As if the moments are improvised. Listening and reacting. A cascade of reactions flowing through a stream. And being attractive with perfect hair doesn't hurt. 
Even before setting up camp in Prague, I traveled around the United States and Berlin visiting other ComedySportz families. Seeing the different styles of team work and different tastes of games. I even ended up playing baseball with some expats in Berlin with new ComedySportz folk. There can be a certain stress when traveling, and making new friends in ComedySportz is a wonderful release. 
If Laughter be the best medicine, then improvisation be the best medical school.
Much Love,
Jared

I think Jared's story a great example of why a lot of us get into improv and if you ever got a chance to meet him, you'd see he really embraces the positivity and good humor he talks about. For more info on Jared you can check out his website or IMDB page.

It can't be said enough...

No matter what you are trying to accomplish, when you surround yourself with positive people who make an active commitment to work together and say "yes" towards a common goal, there is very little you can't achieve. I think that's why our workshops and classes are so fun. You're not going to become some robot that just says yes to everything, but you're going to upgrade your own personality to make it a part of you everyday language. It's these types of soft skills that will make working on projects/ideas/goals easier and better**!

** "60% of the time, it works every time" - Brian Fantana in Anchorman. Meaning I don't have all of the answers to life, but I'm trying! :)

Self reflection and the "Do as I say rule"

You'd think that having this knowledge and knowing it so well that I teach it means that I'm perfect and I accomplish all of my goals with smiles and high fives. AND I DO!! haha..No, no I don't. However , it reminds me that I can figure out a way to solve my problems by relying on my friends and teammates who I know follow the same guidelines. 

Most recently I think of my friend May Smithwick. A few of May's everyday hats include: mom of two beautiful children, wife, High School League Coach, player, ref and top Improv for Business trainer. That last one most is the one I'm thinking of today. May has been teaching improv for business workshops longer than I could correctly say the word for multiple people who do improv, which is improvisors not IMPROVers**. Anyhow, May saw that I have been struggling with a certain aspect of what we do and she had the grace to sit me down and help me figure out how to fix it. I won't go into the many ways people deal with things when things don't always go right, but having a friend a teammate who will directly and openly communicate, assess an issue and help you figure out how to solve it...that's when you know something is going right AND that's what we did/are working on. If you're reading this May, thank you. Like, totes forreal bad grammar thanks.

** See last post where I promised I'm a certified dumb dumb

ALRIGHT. I'll stop typing now. Thanks for the friendly feedback from everyone so far. I hope you guys have a wonderful few weeks and I'll talk to you soon!

Benji

Improv Madness!

Who?

Houston's top improv talent!

What?

You're favorite improv bracketed tournament is back for another year! Come out and route for your favorite teams and help vote them into the next round!

When?

Every weekend through the month of March. We will start will preliminary round and the finals will culminate in an epic battle of wit and humor the last Saturday of the month!

Where?

The Queensbury Theatre! 12777 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024.

Why?

Because laughing is better when you can put someone through to the finals!

A note from the owner

 I'm here to announce the start of a project that is very dear to me and, as time goes on, I hope it will mean something similar for you. This new part of our newsletter is going to feature stories from people from all over the World who have been impacted by CSz Houston and ComedySportz. From New York to LA or Aruba to Prague, ComedySportz has most certainly left an impact on the improvisors that grew up here, both literally and figuratively. It's impact is vast; it reaches across thousands of miles and every walk of life. CSz has filled our lives with many experiences and stories, and we want to share those stories with you! Cool? Cool.

Auditions for ComedySportz are coming up in April!

Do you have what it takes?

CSz Houston is excited to announce that we will have auditions to make the ComedySportz team on Tuesday, April 5th 2016!

If you're always being told you're the funniest person around the water cooler or your family has all but disowned you because you are just too clever with puns, boy we have a place for you! 

Auditions are open to the public and no experience is required! To register click here or call the box office at 713.868.1444!