Week of Gratitude – Day One

It’s Thanksgiving week, and so I thought it’s a good time to post each weekday about something I’m grateful for. Well, if you follow me on social media you see my posts about my Comedy Sportz shows all the time. So it should come as no surprise that my day one Gratitude post is about Comedy Sportz.

I joined Comedy Sportz in Chicago in 1993…a looooong time ago. I made friends then that are still very much a part of my life now. When I moved to New York to do the Dana Carvey show, I moved my entire life there for a show that only lasted seven weeks on the air. It was an amazing time working with some of my all time comedy idols. If you’d like to learn more about it, you can watch the documentary Too Funny To Fail on Hulu.

When the show ended abruptly, I had nothing to do but improv. Luckily, I had some friends who had just moved to New York to shake up the improv scene. Some of them were my Chicago friends in the Upright Citizen’s Brigade and the others were the New York Comedy Sportz team. I really enjoyed playing with the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, but for me, there is nothing like the adrenaline rush of a Comedy Sportz show.

I had met the New York team a few years ago when the Chicago team competed in an improv match in Montreal at the Just for Laughs festival. They welcomed me like family,  and I played with them almost every week when I lived in New York.

When I moved to LA, I was surrounded by friends from Chicago doing iO (formerly Improv Olympic). I didn’t know many of the players in LA’s Comedy Sportz and so I drifted away from Comedy Sportz. It wasn’t until two years ago that I decided to put on the red and blue uniform and hop back into Comedy Sportz and I haven’t looked back since.

I had an amazing time playing in the World Championship this summer on the LA team, and I have a blast in every practice, show and fun outing with my Comedy Sportz family. The biggest reason that Comedy Sportz is where I’m starting the week of Gratitude posts is because Gratitude is one of our key values.

Our values are: Collaboration, Inspiration, Gratitude, Diversity and Fun. Not many other improv theaters and schools lead with values. I’m thankful to have these shared goals with my CSz brothers and sisters. I’m thankful that I do shows that you can bring your whole family to. I’m thankful that I’m supported in everything I do on that stage.

I’m even performing this Friday in the 8pm show if you’d like to come and see what it’s all about. Visit CSzla.com for tickets.

So there you have it: Day One – I am grateful for Comedy Sportz.

Wizards Reunion – more pics

What an amazing time! Jennifer Stone, who played Harper Finkel on Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place invited me to a mini-reunion of cast and crew from the show a few weeks ago. I cleared my schedule, including taking a night off from Comedy Sportz to stop by for a snack and beverage or two.

I was overjoyed to reconnect with so many people from the show. Including Jennifer, Gregg Sulkin, Bailey Madison and so many of the amazing crew of the show that I hadn’t seen in so long. We had some great conversations, and my wife Sam and my daughter Isabella got a chance to meet so many of the people who were there.

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Me, Jennifer Stone, Samantha Chott and Isabella Chott

Everyone on that show is like family, and like family we took some pictures to remember the night by. After some of us shared the pics on  social media, we were surprised to see word of this mini-reunion online in Seventeen Magazine and Teen Vogue. Click those links to read the articles and for more details and pictures!

We all took turns playing a game that’s in The Jack Pack, which are spinoffs of You Don’t Know Jack. We played Quip Lash, which is a game in which you come up with funny sayings and fellow players vote on the funniest, most outrageous things you can think of. You, know….glamorous Hollywood parties! Really fun night with down to earth people. I was amazed that it actually made a few headlines. We all hope for more chances to get together again soon.

 

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