[I’m going to tell you a little about CSz Boise, and why I think you should donate, but if you are in a hurry, donate here.]
When I’m not working for Embarcadero or spending time with my family, my other major interest is doing Improv with CSz Boise. If you are unfamiliar with improv, it is a performance art that focuses on fast thinking. It is something you practice for, but not something that is pre-scripted. If you’ve seen the show Who’s Line is it Anyway, then you are familiar with the basics. Usually at CSz Boise we are doing ComedySportz, which is a specific type of improv where we have two teams, a red team and a blue team, that battle it out for laughs and points through a series of short games and scenes, with a referee to keep things moving. Some of the points are determined objectively based on ability to rhyme, reaction time, giving and guessing clues, or other empirical skills. Other points come from purely entertainment value: who can make people laugh the most!
- Dedicated to being clean comedy for everyone
- Laughter is the best medicine
ComedySportz, by definition is clean comedy designed for everyone. This means it never gets off color, and if someone does then they get the brown bag foul (that literally involves a brown paper bag being worn on their head). This means we see people on dates, families with their kids, or even someone bringing their elderly parents/grandparents. Everyone has a good time, and no one gets offended. Sure, we live in an age where some people are looking for something to be offended about, but it is nice to have an entertainment option that isn’t going out of it’s way to be disgusting. I believe it is important to have a good live entertainment option that you know is “family friendly” in that it is safe for the kids, and entertaining for everyone!
The second reason wasn’t something I realized right away, but since I’ve been involved for 5+ years now I’ve talked to a few fans who’ve shared how much of a difference ComedySportz makes in their life. We have fans who lost loved ones, suffer from depression, lost a job, stressful day at work, going through a divorce, and more, all who really needed a good laugh. Maybe of them come back weekly, sometimes even twice a week. ComedySportz is what helps them keep their sanity. I’ve literally had people tell me that ComedySportz works better than their depression medication (don’t stop taking your medication without consulting a doctor!) Unlike standup comedy, or some other forms of entertainment, seeing it the second time looses a lot of the entertainment value, but improv is always different because it isn’t scripted, and we play off of audience suggestions.
That brings us to Improvathon 2018. CSz Boise is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that is dedicated to helping the community through improv. The Improvathon is our annual fundraiser where we do improv for 29 1/2 hours straight! I personally will be taking a couple naps, but there will be someone on our stage making people laugh for 29 1/2 hours. Beyond non-stop improv, we also have raffle tickets, and some online silent auctions, or you can just make a donation.
If you are local in the Boise area, come down and join us for some laughs. Buy some raffle tickets, a few refreshments, and enjoy the fun. But if you’ve read this far down the page, then please take a moment and either bid on an auction or make a donation.