Canned Laughter: Putting our Brown Bags to Good Use

cannedLaughterCanFor the month of November the improv comedy show, ComedySportz NYC is offering away tickets absolutely free in exchange for canned food items. Food items brought to the theater will be donated to the Food Bank For New York City.

The Food Bank For New York City feeds 400,000 hungry New Yorkers daily. The Food Bank distributes food to over 1000 agencies within the five boroughs (soup kitchens, pantries, mobile pantries at school cafeterias, homeless shelters, schools, community centers, etc.) One third are children under the age of 18.  A majority of these children are eligible for free or reduced lunch, Statistics show that over 90% of children receiving a free or reduced lunch rate at school are at risk of not eating again that day.


During the holiday season, ComedySportz NYC is providing the opportunity to give back to the community through a positive evening of both charity and laughter.

(ComedySportz®  New York has shows every Saturday at 6pm at the Broadway Comedy Club at 318 W 53rd Street. Tickets may be reserved over the phone at 646-580-0291 or online at with the Promo Code: THANKS.)


Meet the Teach: Andrew Cornelius

Hello, ComedySportz New York Loyal Fanz!

Its been a great summer. Some of our Playerz have produced works of their own (A.J. Cote’s Puppet Shakespeare premiered Puppet Titus Andronicus and James Rana launched a revised Zoro!) and “we dominated” at the ComedySportz tournament in Milwaukee; according to the subject of this month’s blog, Andrew Cornelius. More on him later.

Production ReadyBut fun aside, we’re officially “post Labor Day”, which means back to school time for students, old and young. And with that we wanted to spotlight the instructor our 303 class.  None other than the super talented Andrew Cornelius. Andrew is a prime example that in order to stay knowledgeable and fresh in any field, you have to keep learning. He is a “proud graduate” from Second City A – E (games), Second City Conservatory and Musical Conservatory, iO, Annoyance, in Chicago; as well as Magnet Musical Improv, The PIT, UCB and Broadway’s Next Hit Musical. Training aside, he’s also equally as supportive off the stage as he is on and he took some time (while he was on vacation) to answer some questions about the upcoming level 303 class.

How long have you been performing as a ComedySportz player and why did you join?

My debut show with ComedySportz New York City was July 30th, 2011.  I was a part of  short-form improv comedy teams in Chicago from 2005 – 2010 prior to that.  I joined ComedySportz because my friend from musical improv classes, Drew Tarvin, got me an audition slot.  I should point out Drew is now a CSz manager…so, I think he has good taste.

What’s a fun memory that you have from performing with CSz?

I was blown away by ComedySportz tournament this year in Milwaukee, WI.  It is such an amazing feeling to perform this kind of comedy locally, and then travel to find there are other performers across the United States (and the UK and Germany) doing the work as well or better.  The icing on the cake was performing in front of an audience of local fans and being funny enough to win the votes away from the home team.  Eat it, Milwaukee!

What do you love about coaching/ teaching?

I love teaching in general.  There are so many ways to do a particular scene well, and I like to put on my “Artistic Director” hat and shine the light on other ways to make a successful scene.  In particular, I love teaching the 300 level classes because this is where I get to show off the “cheat-codes.”  Not only do we get to delve into the micro-comedy of “what is the built-in comedy in a game?” but we get to tackle macro-comedy questions of “where can we mine the whole-show comedy gold?”

What coach/teacher was the biggest influence on your playing style?

The biggest influence on my playing was Mick Napier of the Annoyance.  The Annoyance was like improv graduate school for me.  He taught me my style of play, which I would describe as aggressively collaborative.  I convey comedic ideas, but not at the expense of my scene partner’s.

What do you hope students will gain from the class?

If I did my job, the students will walk away better players of the ComedySportz game canon and leave with an understanding of how to maximize their comedy opportunities in a short-form improv show.

Sign up for our next semester today. You’ll be glad you did.


ComedySportz NYC Auditions

ComedySportz NYC Auditions
ComedySportz New York, a nationally affiliated professional short-form improv group that is part of CSz Worldwide, with branches in 24 cities including Chicago, Portland, L.A., Austin, Provo, Manchester (England) and Berlin (Germany), is seeking new members. Lynn Marie Hulsman, artistic dir.; Jill Shely, prod.-managing dir.; Glenn Packman & Drew Tarvin, assoc. dirs. Performs weekly at the Broadway Comedy Club on W. 53rd St. in NYC, with opportunities for private, corporate, and touring gigs; performances are ongoing.
Seeking—Top Tier Improvisers: male and female, 18+, all ethnicities, must have extensive stage experience and advanced-level improv skills, no students or beginners, seeking positive, mature, group-minded individuals who know how to honor an audience and play well with colleagues (both on- and off-stage).
Auditions will be held by appt. only the evening of September 9 in midtown NYC. You can submit a headshot, resume and letter of interest to Be prepared for callbacks on September 10. No fees; possible pay, plus travel and lodging provided.

Summer ends…and ComedySportz NYC comes home!

Sundown is earlier, bracing breezes are blowing, and the calendar shows that summer is nearing its end. But the cooler temperatures and back-to-school bustle mean that comedy weather is on its way…and ComedySportz New York City is going BACK2COOL. Yep, even as the 1%ers are packing up their summer abodes in the Hamptons and heading back to their decadent Manhattan homes, we’re leaving our cozy summer digs at the former THIS Theater and returning to our theater district home at the Broadway Comedy Club. And to ease the seasonal transition, we have a special ticket offer!

Here what’s happening: Beginning September 6, for an open run, ComedySportz NYC returns to the Broadway Comedy Club, 318 W 53rd St (between 8th & 9th Aves), New York. Shows are Saturday nights at 6 pm and are suitable for all ages.

And tickets, normally $20 in advance, are only $10 when you use the promo code BACK2COOL and purchase online at . Food and beverages are available for purchase, but there is no drink minimum.

ComedySportz NYC: We’ve been running hot all summer, but when autumn rolls around, you gotta keep your cool.