ComedySportz High School League®
The ComedySportz High School League® is the largest, most successful improv training program for high school students in the country.
ComedySportz High School League® empowers students to create their own theatre and nourishes their communication skills through improvisational theatre workshops and performances. It encourages their individuality and provides the forum to succeed or fail in a safe environment that combines showmanship and sportsmanship. The League provides an extracurricular activity that goes beyond stage work into everyday situations. And the students just think they're having fun!
We play improvisation as a team sport, with two teams "competing" for audience laughs. The stage is covered in turf, there's a referee and the players are in uniform. It's not comedy about sports; it's comedy played as a sport. Because everyone knows what a sport is, there is immediate buy-in from the audience. People who have never been to the theatre before walk through the door because they're not intimidated. Because it's improvisational, it's always different, and you will have fans that come to every performance.
Benefits for Teachers:
- Your students learn improvisation from the professionals - people who actually get paid to do it.
- Takes the burden of directing multiple shows each year off of teachers
- Allows students to cultivate leadership skills
- Allows teachers to offer awesome opportunities without huge time and effort investment (Most schools nominate student captains who work directly with your CSz coach to develop practices and plan your matches.)
- Small budget investment for major pedagogical return (Not to mention having a few shows per year actually turns this program into a revenue generator!)
Benefits for Students:
- Chance to grow as performers, leaders, artists and teachers
- Chance to grow a caring, compassionate, inclusive community from the ground up
- Great for resumes and college applications
- Stage time!
Northern California ComedySportz High School League
Join dozens of schools already battling the boredom of daily school activities and other lame on-campus clubs. ComedySportz empowers students to learn about leadership, teamwork, and theater in a fun and exciting way. The league provides an extra-curricular program for students to practice improv, take workshops led by professional improvisers, and perform with teams from other schools all year long. The Northern California ComedySportz High School League has two locations, San Jose and Sacramento that reach out to students wanting to learn how to be funny in a safe, non-threatening environment. Plus, all ComedySportz High School League teams keep 100% of the profits made through ticket sales, promotional materials, etc. making the ComedySportz Program an exceptional way to raise funds. ComedySportz is one of the few programs that can pay for itself year after year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do we start?
A: Follow the 5 easy steps to register your team with the ComedySportz High School League. Keep in mind that only schools within certain counties can be part of the High School League. Schools outside of our neighboring counties will have the choice to join the league or develop their own improv show with one of our coaches.
Q: Once we register online, how do we start attending workshops?
A: After submitting an online registration form, we will send a welcome email to your team administrator and team captains. You can schedule your private workshop with Michael (our High School League Director), and we will send a coach to your school to introduce and practice the fundamentals of improvisation. Furthermore, students can also start attending our ComedySportz Training workshops as soon as your team registers online.
Q: How many different workshops are there?
A: Two. Fundamentals of Improvisation (Private Workshop at your school) and ComedySportz Training (1st Saturdays at ComedySportz) are the two workshops we teach to prepare students to perform improv and Comedysportz shows at their school.
Q: How do the workshops work?
A: The Fundamentals of Improvisation workshop is private workshop that can take place at your school. After registering your team online, our High School League Director will contact you and you will be able to work out a training schedule that your team will be able to attend. Some options are: and all-day workshop on a Friday, multiple 2-hour workshops after school, or a weekend workshop at ComedySportz. You will be able to arrange this schedule with our Director.
Monthly ComedySportz workshops at our theater will start at 10:00am. The workshops are scheduled to be 3 hours long, but may be shorter due to low attendance. We have a variety of High School League coaches who all bring their own expertise to the workshop. During these workshops, students will learn how to prepare for and execute a ComedySportz show at their school. We will workshop many different games that make ComedySportz a hit with any audience.
Q: What do we do after we've taken workshops?
A: Once you have completed your private workshop and have attended at least one ComedySportz workshop, the best way to continue learning improv is to do it. Schedule regular practice sessions and shows at your school in the theater, black box, or drama room. If you don't have access to a theater at your school, then stay in contact with other schools in the ComedySportz High School League as many teams enjoy inviting other teams to be in their ComedySportz shows.
Q: What if my school is too far away from ComedySportz San Jose?
A: If your school is way out in the middle of No-Where-Land, then you may not be able to join the league; however, we can still help you launch an improv club that is worth bragging about. Fill out an online registration form and we will get back to you with some options.
Q: When is it too late to join?
A: We will not be accepting any new schools after February of next year. We will be done teaching workshops at that time. However, we can still come out to your school and do a private workshop if you would like to still introduce the wonderful world of improv to your team.