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CSz San Jose Is Truly One of a Kind

By Jake Levin

It's not your typical night at the theater, nor is it your typical night at the ballpark.

ComedySportz, or CSz, was founded in Milwaukee in 1984 and has now been flourishing in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years thanks to the innovation of Jeff Kramer, the CEO of CSz San Jose. It is now the longest-running show in Silicon Valley, and as Kramer explained, it's not a comedy about sports, rather, it's comedy presented as a sport, changing the world through collaboration, inspiration, gratitude and fun.

"ComedySportz is the award-winning interactive comedy show where two teams of players compete for audience laughs and points while improvising scenes, games, operas and musicals based on audience suggestions," Kramer said. "A referee governs the action, calling fouls and keeping the match moving at a blistering pace. The audience is always a part of the interactive show, and sometimes even winds up on stage."

Paste Magazine recently named ComedySportz one of the top eight improv comedy schools in the nation, according to Kramer. He said that CSz classes are a fun, supportive way to learn improvisational thinking, gain self-confidence, develop business soft-skills and meet people.

Beyond the comedy shows, classes are taught at CSz San Jose as well. There are three levels of improv classes, in addition to an adult recreation league and a high school league.

"There is nothing like this around," Kramer said. "[It is] an interactive comedy show with the excitement of a sporting event in a safe, supportive, friendly environment."

All Comedy Sportz matches are suitable for everyone; there's only one specific midnight show catered to a more adult audience that is for ages 18 and up.

CSz San Jose is located inside Camera 3 at 288 S. Second St. Even more information about ComedySportz is available on its website, www.cszsanjose.com.

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