What started as an idea to fill a recently vacated production slot back in January of 2008 has turned into a sure-fire hit improv-aganza and now THE ORIGINAL IMPROV GLADIATORS is back with their twenty-sixth season! Over 180 teams and 700 improvisers have competed in this cross between American Gladiators, American Idol, and Who’s Line is it Anyway? Judged by theater professionals from all over Chicagoland and pitted against the home team, “The Improv Gladiators”, you never know what to expect other than an exciting and entertaining night of competition, chaos, and comedy.
In round one, teams perform 8 minutes of long-form improv. They are then are evaluated and scored by judges from theater and improv companies all over Chicago including iO, ARFTCo, and Second City as well as special celebrity guest judges. Audience response will also count for a percentage of scoring. In round two, teams will clash with the house pros—The Improv Gladiators—who will dive into the fray with a furious frenzy of improv skills to block the teams from scoring points in your favorite short-form games such as Party Quirks and Story Story Die. Points are accumulated throughout the 5 weeks culminating in a Semi-final round on February 12th and on February 13th the Grand Finale in which with the two top scorers from each night collide in an epic battle. In the end, to the victor goes a free four-week run at Cornservatory.
The stakes are high, the jokes are low-brow, and—when the smoke clears—only one team will be left standing. And—as always—Corn is BYOB. So, holster your beverage of choice and come witness the mayhem at Cornservatory every Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm from January 8th through February 13th at Cornservatory, 4210 N Lincoln. Ticket price is $12.