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ComedySportz History

How did ComedySportz start?

ComedySportz was started in 1984 in Milwaukee, WI by Dick Chudnow, who based it on the competitive Theatresports improvisational techniques of Keith Johnstone from Calgary, Alberta. Expansion began with the addition of Madison, WI, in 1985. The first Comedy League of America National Tournament was held in 1988, with 10 teams participating. The World Comedy League now has grown to a bunch of teams.

Who are some of our legends?

Roger "Hubba Hubba" Huebner (1950-2005)

When did each team begin play?

1984

Milwaukee, WI

1985

Madison, WI

1987

San Jose, CA
Chicago, IL
Washington, DC

1988

Los Angeles, CA

1989

Minneapolis, MN

1990

Houston, TX,
Quad Cities, IL

1992

Philadelphia, PA

1993

Indianapolis, IN
Portland, OR
Buffalo, NY

1997

Richmond, VA

1999

Provo, UT

2002

Manchester, UK

2004

New York, NY

2005

New Orleans LA

2006

Chapel Hill, NC
2008 Sacramento, CA

 

Who's won the tournaments?

YEAR

CHAMP

RUNNER-UP

1988

Milwaukee

Madison

1989

Madison

Milwaukee

1990

Milwaukee

Madison

1992

New York

Milwaukee

1993

New York

San Jose

1994

Milwaukee

New York

1995

Milwaukee

Los Angeles

1996

Kansas City

Philadelphia

1997

Quad Cities

New York

1998

Team America*

Milwaukee

1999

Portland

Team America*

2000

Austin

Chicago

2001

Chicago

Los Angeles

2002

Quad Cities Milwaukee
2003 DC Midwest All-Stars
2004 Minneapolis Milwaukee
2005 Los Angeles Houston
2006 San Jose Chicago
2007 Quad Cities Milwaukee
2008 Portland Provo

* Team America was composed of 18 All-Stars from around the league.

Other tournaments include the 1989 LA Invitational (won by LA),  and the 1995 Moyer Theatres ArtQuake Championship in Portland (won by LA).


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