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2018-19

College Improv Tournament 2018-2019 Champions
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2017-18

College Improv Tournament 2017-2018 Champions
45 Kings
Loyola University

2016-17

College Improv Tournament 2016-2017 Champions
Cat Booty
Columbia College Chicago

2015-16

College Improv Tournament 2015-2016 Champions
Paperback Rhino
University of Iowa

2014-15

College Improv Tournament 2014-2015 Champions
Feral Christine
Sarah Lawrence University

2013-14

College Improv Tournament 2013-2014 Champions
Tall, Grande, Venti
California Institute of the Arts

2012-13

College Improv Tournament 2012-2013 Champions
Glaundor!
University of Houston

2011-12

College Improv Tournament 2011-2012 Champions
Dropping $cience
Columbia College, Chicago

2010-11

College Improv Tournament 2010-2011 Champions
Dead Parrots Society
Western Washington University

2009-10

College Improv Tournament 2009-2010 Champions
Daddy Mags
Northwestern University

2008-09

College Improv Tournament 2008-2009 Champions
Improv Mafia
Illinois State University

2007-08

College Improv Tournament 2007-2008 Champions
Old Tom Jar
Northwestern University

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BRING A DUST MASK!

These are the archives for the 10th year of the College Improv Tournament, which spanned from Fall 2016 to Spring 2017. Thanks for checking it out!

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Regionals
This year’s College Improv Tournament Regional Competitions will be held throughout the country on select Saturdays between November 2016 to January 2017. The winners from each of regional match will then compete in Chicago at the College Improv Tournament National Championships in Feburary 2017!

Regionals are scheduled as follows. As dates solidify, this page will be updated with further info.

November 12, 2016: Big Apple Regional @ The Magnet Theater in New York City, NY
November 12, 2016: East Regional @ Baltimore Improv Group in Baltimore, MD
November 12, 2016: New England Regional @ Improv Boston in Cambridge, MA
November 19, 2016: South Regional @ Whole World Improv Theater in Atlanta, GA
November 19, 2016: Southeast Regional @ Florida Studio Theater in Sarasota, FL
December 3, 2016: Chicago Open Regional @ CSZ Theater Chicago in Chicago, IL
December 3, 2016: Upper Midwest Regional @ HUGE Theater in Minneapolis, MN
January 14, 2017: Heartland Regional @ ComedyCity in Kansas City, MO
January 14, 2017: Northwest Regional @ Jet City Improv in Seattle, WA
January 21, 2017: Southwest Regional @ Station Theater in Houston, TX
January 21, 2017: West Coast Regional @ The Torch Theater in Phoenix, AZ
January 22, 2017: Golden Gate Regional @ Un-Scripted Theater Company in San Francisco, CA
January 28, 2017: Lower Midwest Regional @ Columbus Unscripted in Columbus, OH
January 28, 2017: Windy City Regional @ CSZ Theater Chicago in Chicago, IL

**The Chicago Open is open to any team in the country not from the Chicago area that wants to come play in Chicago.

***The Windy City Regional is now officially available to only those teams from Chicago’s city and suburbs.

The 10th College Improv Tournament National Championships will be held in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, Feburary 25th, 2017 at the Vittum Theater!

Big Apple Regional
This year’s 2016-2017 Big Apple Regional took place at the Magnet Theater in New York City, NY! The regional happened on November 12, 2016 and feature teams from the Big Apple area.

We also held a CIT Big Apple Jam the night before on Nov. 11th! Find out more details Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/367680186904087/

Tickets were sold in the Magnet Theater box office on the day of the tournament.

-Preliminary matches were $10 for adults, $5 for students

-The Finals match were $15 for adults, $10 for students

Congrats to our 2016 CIT Big Apple Regional Champion – Dangerbox from New York University!!

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Match Schedule for CIT10 Big Apple Regional:

12:00 PM Preliminary Match

Quipfire! Improv Comedy – Princeton University
Bad Astronauts – St. John’s University
Trudeau’s Angels – Carleton University
2:00 PM Preliminary Match

Dangerbox – New York University
Improv Technicians – New Jersey Institute of Technology
Stand Up Productions – Pace University NYC
Off Center – Stevens Institute of Technology
4:00 PM Time Slot – $5 ticket for the public

The Magnet/CIT Mixer
7:00 PM Finals Match

Wildcard Winner
12PM Preliminary Winner
2PM Preliminary Winner
Magnet Theater is located at 254 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001.
For a map to the Magnet, click here!

Huge thanks to The Magnet Theater for their continued support of the College Improv Tournament! We couldn’t make it to year 10 without you!

Chicago Open Regional
This year’s Chicago Open Regional featured teams from across the country competing in Chicago. The Chicago Open Regional took place in Chicago, Illinois on December 3, 2106. The entirety of the tournament took place at CSZ Theater Chicago, and tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

Congrats to our CIT10 Chicago Open Regional Champion –

Sad Dads from Savannah College of Art and Design!

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Match schedule below:

12:00 PM Preliminary Match

Candlelit Breakfast – Savannah College of Art and Design
Janice – University of Iowa
DeBono Improv – University of Illinois in Urbana-Campaign
Midnight Book Club – University of Michigan
2:00 PM Preliminary Match

Great White Narcs – University of Iowa
Phoenix Improv Company – University of Illinois in Urbana-Campaign
Sad Dads – Savannah College of Art and Design
Reflex Improv – Ball State University
4PM Finals Match

Wildcard Winner
12 PM Preliminary Winner
2 PM Preliminary Winner
Massive thanks to CSz Theater for their help in making this regional a success!

To learn more about what CSz has to offer, check out their Training Programs

East Coast Regional
This year’s 2016-2017 East Coast Regional was presented by the Baltimore Improv Group in Baltimore, MD!

The regional was held on November 12, 2016 at Single Carrot Theater (2600 N. Howard St. Baltimore, MD 21218)

Tickets were sold in the Single Carrot Theater box office on the day of the tournament.
-Preliminary matches were $10 for adults, $5 for students
-The Finals match were $15 for adults, $10 for students

Congratulations to our 2016 CIT East Coast Regional Champion –

The Buttered Niblets from Johns Hopkins University

Match Schedule for CIT10 East Coast Regional:

2:00 PM Preliminary Match

The Buttered Niblets – Johns Hopkins University
Goucher Improv Team (GIT) – Goucher College
Take One! Improv – St. Mary’s College of Maryland
4:00 PM Preliminary Match

Soviet Purgatory – Albright College
The Bureau – University of Maryland
Mission: Improv-able – American University
10:00 PM Finals Match

Wildcard Winner
2 PM Preliminary Winner
4 PM Preliminary Winner
Huge thanks to our co-presenting partner, Baltimore Improv Group, for all their help in making this regional possible!

Golden Gate Regional
This year’s 2016-2017 Golden Gate Regional took place at the Un-Scripted Theater Company in San Francisco, CA! The regional was held on Sunday, January 22, 2017.

Tickets were sold in the Un-Scripted Theater Company’s box office on the day of the tournament.
-Preliminary matches were $10 for adults, $5 for students
-The Finals match was $15 for adults, $10 for students

The Un-Scripted Theater Company is located at 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.
For a map to the theaters, click here!

Congratulations to our Golden Gate Regional Champions –

TBD Comedy from University of California-Berkeley!

MATCH SCHEDULE:

12:00 PM Preliminary Match @ Custom Made Theatre

Smile ‘n Nod – Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
SImps – Stanford University
Best Laid Plans – University of California Berkeley
Awkward Silence – University of San Francisco
2:00 PM Preliminary Match @ Custom Made Theatre

Big Big Bongos – Stanford University
Inoperable Humor – Santa Clara University
TBD Comedy – University of California-Berkeley
4:00 PM Finals Match @ Custom Made Theatre

Wildcard Winner
12 PM Preliminary Winner
2 PM Preliminary Winner
Huge thanks to Un-Scripted Theater Company and Custom Made Theater for all their help in making this regional a success!

Heartland Regional
This year’s 2016-2017 Heartland Regional took place in Kansas City, MO at ComedyCity! We were excited to be back celebrating our 10th year at one of CIT’s oldest regional competitions. This regional featured teams from around the Heartland area, and took place on January 14, 2017!

Preliminary matches were $10 for adults, $5 for students
The Finals match was $15 for adults, $10 for students

Congratulations to our Heartland Regional Champions –

Black and White and Read All Over from Kansas State University!

MATCH SCHEDULE:

1:30 PM Preliminary Match

Ball Gown – Missouri State University
Some Assembly Required – University of Northern Iowa
1995 Chicago Bulls – Kansas State University
2:45 PM Preliminary Match

Zoiks! Improv Comedy – Emporia State University
TWIT – Colorado College
Black and White and Read All Over – Kansas State University
4:00 PM Preliminary Match

Laugh Track and Field – University of Arkansas
The MVC Flatliners – Missouri Valley College
5PM CIT10 Heartland Regional Champion Winning Announcement

Huge thanks to ComedyCity for everything they’ve done in making this regional a success! We couldn’t have made it to year 10 without your unwavering support!

Lower Midwest Regional
This year’s CIT 2016-2017 Lower Midwest Regional took place in in Columbus, Ohio on January 28th, 2017! The regional was hosted by Columbus Unscripted Theater.

Note: The Lower Midwest Regional’s area included downstate Illinois, as well as all of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio.

Tickets were sold in the Columbus Unscripted Theater box office on the day of the tournament.
-Preliminary matches were $10 for adults, $5 for students
-The Finals match was $15 for adults, $10 for students

Congratulations to our Lower Midwest Regional Champions –

Improv Mafia from Illinois State University!

MATCH SCHEDULE:

1:00 PM Match

Don’t Throw Shoes – College of Wooster
Dope Car – Vanderbilt University
Improv Mafia – Illinois State University
2:30 PM Match

Roial Improv Players – Michigan State University
Spookaloonies – Vanderbilt University
3:15PM – CIT Lower Midwest Regional Winner Announcement

Columbus Unscripted Theater is located at Wild Goose Creative at 2491 Summit St Columbus, OH, 43202.
For a map to Columbus Unscripted Theater, click here!

New England Regional
This year’s 2016-2017 New England Regional took place at ImprovBoston in Cambridge, MA! The regional was held on November 12, 2016.

-Preliminary matches were $10 for adults, $5 for students
-The Finals match was $15 for adults, $10 for students

Improv Boston is located at 40 Prospect St, Cambridge, MA 02139.
For a map to Improv Boston, click here!

Congrats to our CIT10 New England Regional Champion –

Liquid Fun from Boston University

MATCH SCHEDULE:

11:00 AM Preliminary Match

NU & Improv’d – Northeastern University
Office Hours Improv – Bowdoin College
OPIUM Improv – Olin College
The Immediate Gratification Players – Harvard University
1:00 PM Preliminary Match

Horse Lincoln Improv – University of Connecticut
Liquid Fun – Boston University
Cheap Sox – Tufts University
Seriously Bent – Suffolk University
3:00 PM Preliminary Match

Dead Serious – Wellesley College
TBA Improv – Brandeis University
The CCE – Boston College
IMPROVidence – Brown University
11:30 PM Finals Match

Wildcard Winner
11 PM Preliminary Winner
1 PM Preliminary Winner
3 PM Preliminary Winner
Huge thanks to our co-presenting partner, ImprovBoston, for all their help in making this regional possible!

Northwest Regional
This year’s 2016-2017 Northwest Regional took place at Jet City Improv in Seattle, WA! The regional took place on January 14, 2017 and featured teams from the Northwest region of the country.

Tickets were sold in the Jet City Improv box office on the day of the tournament.
-Preliminary matches were $10 for adults, $5 for students
-The Finals match was $15 for adults, $10 for students

Jet City Improv is located at 5510 University Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105.
For a map to Jet City Improv, click here!

Congratulations to our Northwest Regional Champions –

UBC Improv from University of British Columbia!

MATCH SCHEDULE:

12:00 PM Preliminary Match

Ubiquitous They – University of Puget Sound
Varsity Nordic – Whitman College
The Collective – University of Washington
Not Rocket Science – University of Victoria
2:00 PM Preliminary Match

Problematic – University of Portland
UBC Improv – University of British Columbia
Left Right TIM – University of Colorado at Boulder
D1 Improv – Seattle University
4:00 PM Preliminary Match

The Clay Crows – Pacific Lutheran University
Absolute Improv – University of Oregon
The Dead Parrots Society – Western Washington University
10:30 PM Finals Match

Wildcard Winner
12 PM Preliminary Winner
2 PM Preliminary Winner
4 PM Preliminary Winner

Big big thanks to everyone at Jet City Improv for working to make this regional a success! We couldn’t do it without you!

South Regional
This year’s 2016-2017 South Regional took place at Whole World Improv Theater in Atlanta, GA! The regional was held on November 19, 2016.

Tickets were sold in the Whole World Theater box office on the day of the tournament.
-Preliminary matches were $10 for adults, $5 for students
-The Finals match was $15 for adults, $10 for students

Whole World Theater is located at 1216 Spring Street, Atlanta, GA 30309.
For a map to the Whole World Theater, click here!

Congrats to our CIT10 South Regional Champions –

Let’s Try This! from Georgia Tech!

MATCH SCHEDULE:

12:30 PM Preliminary Match

Let’s Try This! – Georgia Tech
KISS (Kennesaw Improv Society, Stupid!) – Kennesaw State University
Dave Matthew’s Band – University of Central Florida
2:30 PM Preliminary Match

The Delta Group – University of Florida
Friends Without Benefits – University of Central Florida
Improv Athens – University of Georgia
4:30 PM Preliminary Match

The Sunday Group – University of Florida
Rathskellar Comedy Improv Troupe – Emory University
The Improvfessionals – The University of Alabama
12:00 AM Finals Match

Wildcard Winner
12:30 PM Preliminary Winner
2:30 PM Preliminary Winner
4:30 PM Preliminary Winner

Thank you to Whole World Theatre and all its volunteers for helping make this regional a success! They’re an incredible organization!

Southeast Regional
The Southeast Regional was held this year at the Florida Studio Theater in Sarasota, FL! The regional will be held on November 19, 2016!

Tickets were sold in the Florida Studio Theater box office on the day of the tournament.
-Preliminary matches were $10 for adults, $5 for students
-The Finals match were $15 for adults, $10 for students

Florida Studio Theater is located at 1241 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
For a map to Florida Studio Theater, click here!

Congrats to our CIT10 Southeast Regional Champion –

The Milk Routine from New College of Florida!

MATCH SCHEDULE:

3:00 PM Preliminary Match
• The Whale Joke – Florida Gulf Coast University
• Sometimes Why – Stetson University
• The Milk Routine – New College of Florida
• Murderfist Shorties – University of South Florida

5:00 PM Preliminary Match
• Drop Of A Hat Improv – Florida Institute of Technology
• The Chuckle Buddies – New College of Florida
• Stormwillow’s Twist – University of South Florida
• The Original Cast – University of Florida

9:00PM Finals Match
• Wildcard Winner
• 3 PM Preliminary Winner
• 5 PM Preliminary Winner

Huge thanks to Florida Studio Theater for partnering with the tournament and making sure this celebration of improv continues to thrive!

Southwest Regional
This year’s 2016-2017 Southwest Regional took place at Station Theater in Houston, TX! The regional happened on January 21, 2017 and featured teams from the Southwest area.

Tickets were sold in the Station Theater box office on the day of the tournament.
-Preliminary matches were $10 for adults, $5 for students
-The Finals match was $15 for adults, $10 for students

Station Theater is located at 1230 Houston Avenue, Houston TX, 77007.

Congratulations to our Southwest Regional Champions –

Senseless Acts of Comedy from Texas Christian University!

For a map to the Station Theater, click here!
MATCH SCHEDULE:

2:00 PM Preliminary Match

Led Robster – University of Houston
Islander Improv – Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
Spontaneous Combustion – Rice University
80% Tupac – Louisiana State University
4:00 PM Preliminary Match

ImprovStrikesBack! – Stephen F. Austin State University
SNAFU – The University of Texas at Austin
Sparky – University of North Texas
Freudian Slip – Texas A&M University
6:00 PM Preliminary Match

Gigglepants – University of Texas at Austin
How About A Panflute – University of North Texas
Senseless Acts of Comedy – Texas Christian University
10:00 PM Finals Match

Wildcard Winner
2:00 PM Preliminary Winner
4:00 PM Preliminary Winner
6:00 PM Preliminary Winner
Thank you to everyone at Station Theater for hosting this regional! To learn more about Station Theater, visit http://www.stationtheater.com/!

Upper Midwest Regional
This year’s 2016-2017 Upper Midwest Regional took place at HUGE Theater in Minneapolis, MN! The regional took place on December 3, 2016 and featured teams from the Upper Midwest area.

Tickets were sold in the HUGE Theater box office on the day of the tournament.
-Preliminary matches are $10 for adults, $5 for students
-The Finals match will be $15 for adults, $10 for students

HUGE Theater is located at 3037 S Lyndale Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408.
For a map to HUGE Theater, click here!

Congrats to our CIT10 Upper Midwest Regional Champion –

Paperback Rhino from University of Iowa!

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MATCH SCHEDULE:

12:00 PM Preliminary Match

Soul Brick – University of Minnesota
To Be Determined Comedy – North Dakota State University
Sports Team – University of Minnesota Morris
Paperback Rhino – University of Iowa
2:00 PM Preliminary Match

Funny Bone Mafia – Carroll University
Breakfast For Dinner – University of Minnesota Morris
RunnerUp Comedy Troupe – Winona State University
Square Wheels – Viterbro University
5:00 PM Finals Match

Wildcard Winner
12 PM Preliminary Winner
2 PM Preliminary Winner
HUGE THANKS to HUGE Theater for all their help in making this regional possible!

West Coast Regional
This year’s 2016-2017 West Coast Regional took place at The Torch Theater in Phoenix, AZ! The regional was held on January 21st, 2017.

Tickets were sold in the Torch Theater box office on the day of the tournament.

-Preliminary Regional matches were $10 for adults, $5 for students
-The Finals match was $15 for adults, $10 for students

The Torch Theater is located at 4721 N Central Ave. Phoenix, Arizona, 85012.
For a map, click here!

Congratulations to our West Coast Regional Champions –

Comedy Corner from University of Arizona!

MATCH SCHEDULE:

3:00 PM Preliminary Match

Barren Mind Improv – Arizona State University
Comedy Corner – University of Arizona
10PM Torch Theater Cagematch

CIT West Coast Champion VS. The Torch Theater Players

Thank you to The Torch Theater for all their help in producing this year’s West Coast Regional!

Windy City Regional
This year’s CIT Windy City Regional took place in Chicago, Illinois on January 28, 2017. The regional took place at CSz Theater Chicago

Tickets were sold the day of in the CSz Theater Chicago box office on the day of the match.

**Note: This regional was restricted to Chicago-area teams only.

Congratulations to our Windy City Regional Champions –

Cat Booty from Columbia College Chicago

MATCH SCHEDULE:

LAUGH OUT LOUD THEATER CHICAGO:

12:00 PM Preliminary Match

Tentacle Cop – Northwestern University
45 Kings – Loyola University Chicago
Joke Zero – Lake Forest College
2:00 PM Preliminary Match

The Unprofessionals – Concordia University Chicago
Out Da Box – Northwestern University
Cat Booty – Columbia College Chicago
The Rat King – DePaul University
4:00 PM Preliminary Match

Droppin $cience – Columbia College Chicago
Merely Players – Carthage College
Latchkey Kid – Loyola University
CSZ THEATER CHICAGO:

10:00 PM Finals Match

Wildcard Winner
12 PM Preliminary Winner
2 PM Preliminary Winner
4 PM Preliminary Winner

Enormous thanks to our co-presenting partners CSz Theater Chicago and Laugh Out Loud for all their support in making this regional a success. This is consistently one of the largest regionals in the tournament and we couldn’t do it without your support!

Check out CSz Theater Chicago’s Training Center HERE! Check out Laugh Out Loud HERE!

Nationals
The 10th College Improv Tournament National Championships will be held in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, Feburary 25th, 2017 at the Vittum Theater!

Featuring 15 teams from across the country, join us for a day celebrating ten years collegiate improvisation. The winners of our first 5 matches will be declared Super-Regional Champions and will move onto our finals match to compete for the title of CIT National Champ!

The Vittum Theater is located at 1012 N. Noble Street in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. Their phone number is (773)342-4141. For their website, click here.

Tickets for all matches are $10 for students, $20 for the general public.
All-Day Passes are $20 for students, $35 for adults. –

PURCHASE TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE!!!

MATCH SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES CST):

11am / East Super Regional

Big Apple: Dangerbox – New York University

East: The Buttered Niblets – Johns Hopkins University

New England: Liquid Fun – Boston University

1pm / South Super Regional

South: Let’s Try This! – Georgia Tech University

Southeast: The Milk Routine – New College of Florida

Southwest: Senseless Acts of Comedy – Texas Christian University

3pm / North Super Regional

Chicago Open: Sad Dads – Savannah College of Art & Design

Upper Midwest: Paperback Rhino – University of Iowa

Windy City: Cat Booty – Columbia College Chicago

5pm / Midlands Super Regional

Heartland: Black and White and Read All Over – Kansas State University

Lower Midwest: Improv Mafia – Illinois State University

Midwest Open: Full Frontal Comedy – Indiana University

7pm / West Super Regional

Golden Gate: TBD Comedy – University of California-Berkeley

Northwest: UBC Improv – University of British Columbia

West: Comedy Corner – University of Arizona

9pm / Finals

East Super Regional Winner
South Super Regional Winner
North Super Regional Winner
Midlands Super Regional Winner
West Super Regional Winner

Featured Talent Announced for CIT Nationals Match!

The College Improv Tournament is proud to announce that this year’s on-air talent are all former CIT Champions, each winning the National title during their time participating in CIT. Returning to celebrate the 10th year of the tournament, these improvisors have each excelled in the entertainment field, and we couldn’t be happier to have them with us!

FEATURING:

CIT Co-Anchor

Keith Habersberger
2009 CIT Champion – Improv Mafia (Illinois State University)

Keith is a comedian and video producer at BuzzFeed in Los Angeles who does freelance producing and editing. He is a member of the BuzzFeed group The Try Guys, and a member of the band Lewberger.

CIT Co-Anchor
Alison Luhrs
2011 CIT Champion – Dead Parrots Society (Western Washington University)

Alison is a current member of Seattle’s Jet City Improv, and an active member in the local improv community. She has previous been featured on Bravo’s LOLwork, and currently a Community Manager for Wizards of the Coast. She has produced many CIT Regionals and is returning for her 4th Nationals Competition as Co-Anchor!

CIT Sideline Reporter

Saurabh Pande
2013 CIT Champion – Glaundor (University of Houston)

Saurabh is a native Houstonian. In Chicago, he performs with Big Tobacco at the iO theater, he was a recipient of the 2015 Bob Curry Fellowship. Currently he performs in Fast, Loud & Funny at Second City. He is a performer and a producer of Man Bites Dog Comedy. He is also one of the founders and producers of the 48 Hour Improv Marathon. He is blessed to have a family who has supported him all along the way. Follow him @saurabhthemovie!

Cat Booty Win National Title!

And the winner is……

Congrats to the new College Improv Tournament Champions, Cat Booty from Columbia College Chicago!!!

Thank you to all the teams who competed – it was another amazing year for college improv!!

Here are the archives for the 9th year of the College Improv Tournament, which spanned from Fall 2015 to Spring 2016. Enjoy!

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Regionals
This year’s College Improv Tournament Regional Competitions will be held throughout the country on select Saturdays between November 2015 to February 2016. The winners from each of regional match will then compete in Chicago at the College Improv Tournament National Championships in March 2016!

Regionals are scheduled as follows. As dates solidify, this page will be updated with further info.

November 14, 2015: New England Regional @ Improv Boston in Cambridge, MA
December 5, 2015: Heartland Regional @ Comedy City in Kansas City, MO
December 12, 2015: Liberty Bell Regional @ Philly Improv Theater in Philadelphia, PA
December 12, 2015: Upper Midwest Regional @ HUGE Theater in Minneapolis, MN
January 16, 2016: Big Apple Regional @ The Magnet Theater in New York City, NY
January 23, 2016: Lower Midwest Regional @ Zoo Improv in Champaign, IL
January 23, 2016: Northwest Regional @ Jet City Improv in Seattle, WA
January 23, 2016: Southwest Regional @ The Station Theater in Houston, TX
January 30, 2016: Chicago Open Regional @ CSZ Theater Chicago in Chicago, IL
January 30, 2016: Florida Regional @ Florida Studio Theater in Sarasota, FL
February 20 & 21, 2016: Windy City Regional @ CSZ Theater Chicago in Chicago, IL
DATE TBA (Late January): Golden Gate Regional @ Un-Scripted Theater Company in San Francisco, CA
DATE TBA (Early February): South Regional @ Whole World Improv Theater in Atlanta, GA
DATE TBA: West Coast Regional in Los Angeles, CA

**The Chicago Open (this is a new regional for CIT) is open to any team in the country not from the Chicago area that wants to come play in Chicago.

***The Windy City Regional is now officially available to only those teams from Chicago’s city and suburbs.

Big Apple Regional
This year’s 2015-2016 Big Apple Regional will take place at the Magnet Theater in New York City, NY! The regional will take place on January 16, 2016 and feature teams from the Big Apple area. Check out the schedule below!

Tickets will be sold in the Magnet Theater box office on the day of the tournament.
-Preliminary matches are $10 for adults, $5 for students
-The Finals match will be $15 for adults, $10 for students

Magnet Theater is located at 254 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001.
For a map to the Magnet, click here!

12:00 PM Preliminary Match

Deep Dish Pizzaz – West Chester University
Combo Za – Williams College
The Pappy Parker Players – Binghamton University
2:00 PM Preliminary Match

Mission Improv-able – American University
Quipfire! Improv Comedy – Princeton University
Improv Technicians – New Jersey Institute of Technology
Off Center – Stevens Institute of Technology
4:00 PM Preliminary Match

Dangerbox – New York University
Juice – Savannah College of Art of Design
Horse Lincoln Improv – University of Connecticut
The Exit Players – Yale University
7:00 PM Finals Match

Wildcard Winner
12PM Preliminary Winner
2PM Preliminary Winner
4PM Preliminary Winner

This year’s Big Apple Regional will also feature (for the first time) an improv jam for all teams competing in CIT! The College Improv Tournament is partnering with the NYU Student Improv Jam to host this free jam. Check out the Facebook event by clicking here!

This jam is for all participating CIT teams and will be held at NYU’s Pless Building (36 Washington Place, New York NY) downstairs in the basement acting studio. The Jam will be held on FRIDAY, JAN. 15 from 7pm – 9pm. Hope to see you there!

Big thanks to the NCY Student Improv Jam for hosting the CIT Jam. Stay tuned for more info!!

Chicago Open Regional
This year’s Chicago Open Regional will feature teams from across the country competing in Chicago. The Chicago Open Regional will take place in in Chicago, Illinois on January 30, 2106. Preliminary rounds will be at CSZ Theater Chicago, and finals will be at iO’s The Mission Theater!

Tickets will be sold the day of in the CSZ Theater Chicago box office on the day of the match, or can be purchased online here (Ticketmaster fees do apply): TICKETS

Tickets for Finals at The Mission Theater can be purchased the night of the tournament.

We’re also partnering with The Crowd Theater (3935 N. Broadway, Chicago IL) for our first ever CIT Chicago Open Jam! The Jam will take place that night after prelims at 7pm, and is only $5! Come see all of our CIT teams mix together for one performance only!

MATCH SCHEDULE BELOW:

CSZ THEATER CHICAGO:

12:00 PM Preliminary Match
• The Merely Players – Carthage College
• Lincoln’s Security Detail – Illinois College
• Midnight Book Club – University of Michigan
• Full Frontal Comedy – Indiana University

2:00 PM Preliminary Match
• Goldfish Owner – University of Wisconsin-Madison
• The Impro-fessionals – University of Michigan
• Bad Genetics – Bowling Green State University
• Stepford – Savannah College of Art and Design

4:00 PM Preliminary Match
• Grandma Mojo’s Moonshine Revival – Iowa State University
• Square Wheels – Viterbo University
• Left Right TIM – University of Colorado at Boulder
• VUDU Comedy – Valparaiso University

IO CHICAGO – THE MISSION THEATER:

12AM Finals Match
• Wildcard Winner
• 12 PM Preliminary Winner
• 2 PM Preliminary Winner
• 4 PM Preliminary Winner

Massive thanks to CSz Theater and The Mission Theater for all their help in making this regional a success!

To learn more about what CSz has to offer, check out their Training Programs
Additionally, iO Chicago hosts a variety of classes throughout the year – learn more about their Training Center

Southeast Regional
This year’s first ever Southeast regional was held at Florida Studio Theater in Sarasota FL!

January 30, 2016
Florida Studio Theater (1241 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236)

2:00 PM Preliminary Match

Moon Calf – University of Georgia
Ringling Improv Troupe – Ringling College of Art and Design
Sad Dads – Savannah College of Art and Design
The Treblemakers – University of Florida

4:00 PM Preliminary Match

Benefits – University of South Florida
The Comedy Friends – New College of Florida
Quack. – Savannah College of Art and Design

9PM Finals Match

Wildcard Winner
2 PM Preliminary Winner
4 PM Preliminary Winner

Golden Gate Regional
This year’s 2015-2016 Golden Gate Regional will take place at the Un-Scripted Theater Company andCustom Made Theatre in San Francisco, CA! The regional date will be held on Feburary 21st, 2016.

Tickets will be sold in the Un-Scripted Theater Company’s box office on the day of the tournament.
-Preliminary matches are $10 for adults, $5 for students
-The Finals match will be $15 for adults, $10 for students

The Un-Scripted Theater Company and Custom Made are located at 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.
For a map to the theaters, click here!

12:00 PM Preliminary Match @ Custom Made Theatre
• Beast Infection – Santa Clara University
• Best Laid Plans – University of California Berkeley
• Awkward Silence – University of San Francisco

2:00 PM Preliminary Match @ Custom Made Theatre
• TBD Comedy – University of California Berkeley
• Hustle Sprouts – Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
• SImps – Stanford University

4:00 PM Preliminary Match @ Un-Scripted Theater Company
• Laughtometrists – Santa Clara University
• Absolute Improv – University of Oregon
• 8th Street Improv – Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

7:00 PM Finals Match @ Un-Scripted Theater Company
• Wildcard Winner
• 12 PM Preliminary Winner
• 2 PM Preliminary Winner
• 4 PM Preliminary Winner

Heartland Regional
This year’s 2015-2016 Heartland Regional will take place at ComedyCity in Kansas City, MO! The regional will be held on December 5, 2015 and featured teams from around the Heartland area.

Preliminary matches are $10 for adults, $5 for students
The Finals match will be $15 for adults, $10 for students

ComedyCity is located at 3600 Broadway, Suite 107, Kansas City, MO 64111 in the Uptown Shoppes center.
For a map to Comedy City, click here!

Check out the match schedule below!!

12:00 PM Preliminary Match

Zoiks – Emporia State University
Tit Punch – University of Missouri
Watch Party – Missouri State University
MVC Flatliners – Missouri Valley College
2:00 PM Preliminary Match

Some Assembly Required – University of Northern Iowa
Christmas at Dad’s (and Helen’s) – Kansas State University
The Great White Narcs – University of Iowa
4:00 PM Preliminary Match

Subject To Change – Kansas State University
Four Finger Sally – University of Missouri
Laugh Track and Field – University of Arkansas
10:00 PM Finals Match

Wildcard Winner
12 PM Preliminary Winner
2 PM Preliminary Winner
4 PM Preliminary Winner
Liberty Bell Regional
This year’s 2015-2016 Liberty Bell Regional will take place at the Philly Improv Theater in Philadelphia, PA! The regional will take place on December 12, 2016 and feature teams from the Liberty Bell region.

Tickets will be sold in the Philly Improv Theater box office on the day of the tournament.
-Preliminary matches are $10 for adults, $5 for students
-The Finals match will be $15 for adults, $10 for students

The Philly Improv Theater is located at 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
For a map to the PHIT, click here!

Check out the match schedule below!

1:00 PM Preliminary Match
• The Loaf – Shenandoah University
• Erasable Inc – University of Maryland
• Drexel Football Team – Drexel University

4:00 PM Preliminary Match
• The Buttered Niblets – Johns Hopkins University
• The Bureau – University of Maryland
• Soviet Purgatory – Albright College

7:00 PM Finals Match
• Wildcard Winner
• 1 PM Preliminary Winner
• 4 PM Preliminary Winner

Lower Midwest Regional
This year’s CIT 2015-2016 Lower Midwest Regional will take place in in Champaign, Illinois on January 23, 2016! The regional will be hosted by Zoo Improv in the SoDo Theater.

Note: The Lower Midwest Regional’s area includes downstate Illinois, as well as all of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio.

Tickets will be sold the day of in the Zoo Improv box office on the day of the match.
Check out the match schedule below!

For a map to the SoDo Theater, click here!

1:00 PM Preliminary Match
• Giddy Up Cupcake – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• Looking For The Nearest ATM – University of Missouri
• DeBono Improv – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3:00 PM Preliminary Match
• Don’t Throw Shoes – College of Wooster
• Improv Mafia – Illinois State University
• Spicy Clamato Improv – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

5:00 PM Preliminary Match
• After Hours Improv – Central Michigan University
• Humor Artists – University of Notre Dame
• Roial Improv Players – Michigan State University

8:00 PM Finals Match
• Wildcard Winner
• 1PM Preliminary Winner
• 3PM Preliminary Winner
• 5PM Preliminary Winner

Huge thanks to Zoo Improv for all their help in making this regional a success!!

New England Regional
This year’s 2015-2016 New England Regional will take place at ImprovBoston in Cambridge, MA! The regional will be held on November 14, 2015.

Tickets will be sold in the Improv Boston box office on the day of the tournament.
-Preliminary matches are $10 for adults, $5 for students
-The Finals match will be $15 for adults, $10 for students

Improv Boston is located at 40 Prospect St, Cambridge, MA 02139.
For a map to Improv Boston, click here!

Here’s the official match schedule!!

11:00 AM Preliminary Match

Seriously Bent – Suffolk University
The CCE – Boston College
OPIUM – Olin College
Dead Serious – Wellesley College
1:00 PM Preliminary Match

Cheap Sox – Tufts University
Immediate Gratification Players – Harvard University
Stroopwafel – Emerson College
Improvidence – Brown University
3:00 PM Preliminary Match

NU & Improv’d – Northeastern University
TBA Improv – Brandeis University
Improv In Sanity – University of Maine
Liquid Fun – Boston University
11:30 PM Finals Match

Wildcard Winner
11 PM Preliminary Winner
1 PM Preliminary Winner
3 PM Preliminary Winner

Huge thanks to our co-presenting partner, ImprovBoston, for all their help in making this regional possible!

Northwest Regional
This year’s 2015-2016 Northwest Regional will take place at Jet City Improv in Seattle, WA! The regional will take place on January 23, 2016 and feature teams from the Northwest region of the country

Tickets will be sold in the Jet City Improv box office on the day of the tournament.
-Preliminary matches are $10 for adults, $5 for students
-The Finals match will be $15 for adults, $10 for students

Jet City Improv is located at 5510 University Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105.
For a map to Jet City Improv, click here!

Check out the match schedule below!

12:00 PM Preliminary Match
• The JV Team – University of Portland
• Ubiquitous They – University of Puget Sound
• The Clay Crows – Pacific Lutheran University
• D1 Improv – Seattle University

2:00 PM Preliminary Match
• Penelope – University of Victoria
• Upset – University of Portland
• Dead Parrots Society – Western Washington University

4:00 PM Preliminary Match
• UBC Improv – University of British Columbia
• Contraband Toaster Oven – University of Victoria
• The Collective – University of Washington

10:30 PM Finals Match
• Wildcard Winner
• 12 PM Preliminary Winner
• 2 PM Preliminary Winner
• 4 PM Preliminary Winner

Big big thanks to everyone at Jet City Improv for working to make this regional a success! We couldn’t do it without you!

South Regional
This year’s 2015-2016 South Regional will take place at Whole World Improv Theater in Atlanta, GA! The regional will be held on Feburary 13, 2016.

Tickets will be sold in the Whole World Theater box office on the day of the tournament.
-Preliminary matches are $10 for adults, $5 for students
-The Finals match will be $15 for adults, $10 for students

Whole World Theater is located at 1216 Spring Street, Atlanta, GA 30309.
For a map to the Whole World Theater, click here!

Check out the match schedule below!

12:30 PM Preliminary Match
• Friends Without Benefits – University of Central Florida
• Moose MD – Vanderbilt University
• The Armed Farces – Georgia College and State University
• Coosa River Yacht Club – Berry College

2:30 PM Preliminary Match
• KISS (Kennesaw Improv Society, Stupid!) – Kennesaw State University
• Cosby, Stills, and Nash – Vanderbilt University
• False Profits – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4:30 PM Preliminary Match
• Improvabilities – Wake Forest College
• Improv Athens – University of Georgia
• The Sunday Group – University of Florida

12:00 AM Finals Match
• Wildcard Winner
• 12:30 PM Preliminary Winner
• 2:30 PM Preliminary Winner
• 4:30 PM Preliminary Winner

Thank you to Whole World Theatre and all its volunteers for helping make this regional a success! They’re an incredible organization!

Southwest Regional
This year’s 2015-2016 Southwest Regional will take place at Station Theater in Houston, TX! The regional will take place on January 23, 2015 and feature teams from the Southwest area.

Tickets will be sold in the Station Theater box office on the day of the tournament.
-Preliminary matches are $10 for adults, $5 for students
-The Finals match will be $15 for adults, $10 for students

Station Theater is located at 1230 Houston Avenue, Houston TX, 77007
Phone: (832) 786-0413

For a map to the Station Theater, click here!
Check out the match schedule below!

2:00 PM Show
• CIT SOUTHWEST JAM!

4:00 PM Preliminary Match
• Out On A Limb – Northwestern State University
• Work Improvgress – Rice University
• Roll Out The Barrel – University of North Texas
• SNAFU Improv – University of Texas at Austin

6:00 PM Preliminary Match
• Improv Strike Back – Stephen F Austin State University
• Spontaneous Combustion – Rice University
• Gigglepants – University of Texas at Austin
• Senseless Acts of Comedy – Texas Christian University

10:00 PM Finals Match
• Wildcard Winner
• 4:00 PM Preliminary Winner
• 6:00 PM Preliminary Winner

Thank you to everyone at Station Theater for hosting this regional! To learn more about Station Theater, visit http://www.stationtheater.com/!

Upper Midwest Regional
This year’s 2015-2016 Upper Midwest Regional will take place at HUGE Theater in Minneapolis, MN! The regional will take place on December 12, 2015 and feature teams from the Upper Midwest area.

Tickets will be sold in the HUGE Theater box office on the day of the tournament.
-Preliminary matches are $10 for adults, $5 for students
-The Finals match will be $15 for adults, $10 for students

HUGE Theater is located at 3037 S Lyndale Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408.
For a map to HUGE Theater, click here!

Check out the match schedule below!

12:00 PM Preliminary Match

• RunnerUp Comedy Troupe – Winona State University
• Sports Team – University of Minnesota Morris
• Funny Bone Mafia – Carroll University

2:00 PM Preliminary Match

• Breakfast For Dinner – University of Minnesota Morris
• To Be Determined Comedy – North Dakota State University
• Paperback Rhinos – University of Iowa

5:00 PM Finals Match

• Wildcard Winner
• 12 PM Preliminary Winner
• 2 PM Preliminary Winner

West Coast Regional
This year’s 2015-2016 West Coast Regional will take place at The Clubhouse in Los Angeles, CA! The regional date will be held on Feburary 6, 2016.

Tickets will be sold at The Clubhouse box office on the day of the tournament.
-Preliminary Regional matches are $10 for adults, $5 for students
-The Finals match will be $15 for adults, $10 for students

The Clubhouse is located at 1607 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
For a map to The Clubhouse, click here!

1:00PM: CIT West Coast JAM!

3:00 PM Preliminary Match
• Improv Inc. – Chapman University – REGIONAL CHAMPION
• Barren Mind Improv – Arizona State University

5:00 PM Preliminary Match
• Not Your Third Grade Teacher – San Diego Mesa College
• Improvability – University of California Santa Barbara

7PM Finals Match
• Wildcard Winner
• 3 PM Preliminary Winner
• 5 PM Preliminary Winner

HUGE thanks to everyone at The Clubhouse and their volunteers for all the work they put in towards this regional! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Windy City Regional
This year’s CIT Windy City Regional features 15 teams from Chicago-land area! The Windy City Regional will take place in Chicago, Illinois on February 20th and 21st, 2016. Preliminary rounds will be at CSz Theater Chicago and The Annoyance Theatre on Feburary 20th in the afternoon.

The Windy City Finals will be the following day (Sunday, Feb. 21st), at 2pm in CSz Theater Chicago!

Tickets will be sold the day of in the CSz Theater Chicago and Annoyance Theatre’s box office on the day of the match.

We’re also having a CIT Windy City Regional JAM held the night before at The Crowd Theater! Come out on Friday night at 8pm for a no-holds barred improv jam featuring all the teams in this year’s regional! Only $5!

Check out the match schedule below!

CSZ THEATER CHICAGO:

12:00 PM Preliminary Match

Joke Zero – Lake Forest College
Houston’s Problems – Wheaton College
Cat Booty – Columbia College
Occam’s Razor – University of Chicago
2:00 PM Preliminary Match

Rat King – DePaul University
45 Kings – Loyola University Chicago
Shotgun Potluck – Wheaton College
Off-Off Campus – University of Chicago
4:00 PM Preliminary Match

Droppin $cience – Columbia College Chicago
The Queen’s Tears – Northwestern University
Legalize Brad – Concordia University Chicago

THE ANNOYANCE THEATRE – MAINSTAGE:

3:00 PM Preliminary Match

Passionate Mom Society – DePaul University
Secret Menu – Wheaton College
Latchkey Kid – Loyola University Chicago
Noise From The Basement – Dominican University

FINALS (FEB. 21ST) AT CSZ THEATER CHICAGO:

2:00 PM Finals Match

12 PM Preliminary Winner (CSz Theater)
2 PM Preliminary Winner (CSz Theater)
Time TBA Preliminary Winner (Annoyance Theater)
4 PM Preliminary Winner (CSz Theater)

HUGE HUGE thanks to our co-presenting partners, The Annoyance Theater, The Crowd Theater, and CSz Theater Chicago for all their support in making this regional a success. This is consistently one of the largest regionals in the tournament and we couldn’t do it without your support!

To learn more about what The Annoyance Theater has to offer, check out their Classes.
Additionally, CSz Theater Chicago has a Training Center of their own! Check it out HERE!
ALSO, go see a show at The Crowd!! See a full list of shows here: The Crowd Theater

Nationals
The 9th College Improv Tournament National Championships will be held in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, April 23rd 2016 at the Vittum Theater!

Featuring 14 teams from across the country, join us for a day celebrating collegiate improvisation. The winners of our first 4 matches will be declared Super-Regional Champions and will move onto our finals to compete for the title of CIT National Champ!

Tickets for each of the Super Regional matches (11am, 1:30pm, 4pm and 6:30pm) are $15 for students and $20 for the general public.
Tickets for the Championship Match at 9pm are $20 for students, and $25 for the general public.
Additionally, we’re offering an All-Day Pass for $40 for students, and $50 for general public.
You can purchase tickets by clicking HERE!!! Hope to see you in Chicago!

The Vittum Theater is located at 1012 N. Noble Street in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. Their phone number is (773)342-4141. For their website, click here.

Check out the match schedule below! Be sure to get your tickets early and support your favorite team!

East Super-Regional @ 11:00 AM

Dangerbox – New York University
The Bureau – University of Maryland
Off Center – Stevens Institute of Technology
Improvidence – Brown University

South Super-Regional @ 1:30 PM

Senseless Acts of Comedy – Texas Christian University
Sad Dads – Savannah College of Art & Design
Tit Punch – University of Missouri
Improv Athens – University of Georgia

North Super-Regional @ 4:00 PM

Midnight Book Club – University of Michigan
Reflex – Ball State University
Paperback Rhino – University of Iowa
Droppin’ $cience – Columbia College Chicago

West Super-Regional @ 6:30 PM

Improv, Inc. – Chapman University
Christmas at Dad & Helen’s – Kansas State University
Dead Parrots Society – Western Washington University
Stanford Improvisers – Stanford University

National Championship Match @ 9:00 PM

East Super-Regional Winner (TBD)
South Super-Regional Winner (TBD)
North Super-Regional Winner (TBD)
West Super-Regional Winner (TBD)

News:
CIT Nationals Today! (3/14/15)
The National Championships have finally arrived!

Watch the Livestream here:

Gearing Up For CIT Nationals! (3/11/15)
Preparations are well underway as we move closer to the College Improv Tournament’s 8th National Championships! Once again, this Saturday’s tournament will feature a wide array of talented improvisors from across the country. Of the 13 teams vying for the title of National Champion, 7 teams are returning to the National level, while another 6 groups have advanced to the Chicago stage for the first time.

Our returning teams to CIT Nationals are The Buttered Niblets (Johns Hopkins University), The Charles Darwin Experience (University of Arizona), The Dead Parrots Society (Western Washington University), Improv Athens (University of Georgia), Improv Mafia (Illinois State University), Paperback Rhino (Iowa State University), and Seriously Bent (Suffolk University).

Big congrats to the teams joining us for the first time ever! 45 Kings (Loyola University), 6chix (Savannah College of Art and Design), Feral Christine (Sarah Lawrence College), Improvability (University of California Santa Barbara), Roll Out The Barrel (University of North Texas), and Super Supportive (Kansas State University) will be joining us for the first time in the battle for the national title.

A wide variety of groups will take the stage throughout the day, with some teams being as small as 4 players, while our largest group will bring 11 players strong. There are several firsts in this years National Championship, including the first Wildcard Winner to advance into the Nationals (Seriously Bent), and our first all-female team to grace the stage (6chix)! This year is also the first time that the Nationals will be broken up into Super Regional competitions before our final Championship Match. By next Saturday 4 new Super Regional Champions will be chosen as the best improv teams in that regional!

Here are some further stats on each of the teams:

45 Kings – 1st time in Nationals. In the past 5 years of the Windy City Regional, no team has returned two years in a row, making it one of the most competitive regionals in the tournament. Their coach, Caleb George, is a former CIT Nationals competitor and is the first time a CIT player has returned to competition as a coach.

6chix – 1st time in Nationals, although Savannah College of Art and Design has been represented on the National level as The Mobb Line in previous years. Our first ever Chicago Open Regional winner, and the first all-female team to advance to the National level. GIRL POWER! SCAD has always been a fierce competitor in the the tournament and this year their coach, David Storck, led three different teams into the finals rounds in our CIT Regionals. He has also coached two of SCAD’s previous Nationals teams – huge props to David for his excellent work with collegiate improv!

The Buttered Niblets – 3rd time in Nationals. Consistently a powerful team in the competition, The Buttered Niblets have defended their title as the Liberty Bell Regional Champion for three years in a row.

The Charles Darwin Experience – 2nd time in Nationals. Last time they competed in Nationals, it was as the West Coast Regional Champion – currently they are the Golden Gate Regional Champs. They are the second team ever to win in two different regionals (the other is Left Right Tim from University of Colorado).

Dead Parrots Society – 5th time in Nationals. Two time defending champ of the Northwest Regional and National Champions of our 2011 competition.

Feral Christine – 1st time in Nationals. Our current Big Apple Regional Champions. With seven players, this is the first time Feral Christine has been in the competition, and they’ve already advanced to the National level!

Improvability – 1st time in Nationals. Our current West Coast Regional champs, this group has been a part of CIT since 2010 and have consistently brought quality improv to our stages. This year they’ve advanced with a smaller group, but the full team will be along to support!

Improv Athens – 4th time in Nationals. Two time defending champions of South Regional, they are a consistent powerhouse in the CIT community. They’re also super nice and wonderful.

The Improv Mafia – 7th time in Nationals. Five time defending champs of the Lower Midwest Regional, and winners of our 2009 National Championship. They have won more CIT awards than any other team in CIT’s 8 year history.

Paperback Rhino – 4th time in Nationals. Four time defending champs of the Upper Midwest Regional, and one of our largest teams with 10 players. Two years ago they placed 3rd in our National tournament, and have always been heavy contenders in the tournament.

Roll Out The Barrel – 1st time in Nationals. Our current Southwest Regional champs, this is one of our smallest teams with only 4 players. This is also the only team in Nationals that is all-male! GUY POWER!

Seriously Bent – 6th time in Nationals. This team has won the New England regional 4 times, and have placed 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in previous National competitions. This year they won their regional as a Wildcard team, marking the first time a Wildcard team has advanced into the National level. They also boast 11 members, making them the largest team in the competition.

Super Supportive – 1st time in Nationals. Our current Heartland Regional champs, this is also the first time this team has competed in the College Improv Tournament. Consisting of two seniors, one junior, and one freshman, this 4-person team won against 10 other team in our Heartland Regional to advance to the Chicago stage!

Join us this Saturday at the Vittum Theater in Chicago, IL for all the action! If you’re not able to join us in Chicago, watch the LIVE WEBCAST of all the matches right here starting at 12pm CST!

CIT 8 Nationals! (2/27/15)
With the conclusion of our 13 regionals across the United States, the finalists have been decided and will converge on Chicago on March 14th, 2015 for the 8th College Improv Tournament National Championships. Once again taking place at the Vittum Theater, this years Nationals will consist of 4 Super Regional matches, featuring the winning teams from each regional. The winners from those 4 matches will compete that evening in our National Championship Title Match, and a new CIT National Champion will be declared!

Here is the match schedule. Tickets can be purchased at the Vittum Theater website by clicking HERE!

East Super Regional – 12:00pm
1. Buttered Niblets – Johns Hopkins University
2. Ferral Christine – Sarah Lawrence College
3. Seriously Bent – Suffolk University

North Super Regional – 2:00pm
1. 45 Kings – Loyola University Chicago
2. Improv Mafia – Illinois State University
3. Paperback Rhino – University of Iowa

South Super Regional – 4:00pm
1. 6chix – Savannah College of Art and Design
2. Improv Athens – University of Georgia
3. Roll Out The Barrel – University of North Texas

West Super Regional – 6:00pm
1. Charles Darwin Experience – University of Arizona
2. Dead Parrots Society – Western Washington University
3. Improvability – University of California Santa Barbara
4. Super Supportive – Kansas State University

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE MATCH – 9:00PM
Winner of 12pm Playoff
Winner of 2pm Playoff
Winner of 4pm Playoff
Winner of 6pm Playoff

CIT 2014-2015 Information! (10/6/14)
Welcome to the 8th year of the College Improv Tournament! CIT’s parent company Chicago Improv Productions is thrilled to once again be showcasing collegiate talent from around the country in our nation-wide improv tournament. We’re working hard to make this year’s tournament as incredible as last year, which saw 136 teams compete across the country. This year we have 13 regionals taking place across the U.S., so wherever you are, come play!!!

Register your team by clicking HERE!

This year’s tournament is being regionally produced by former CIT alumni Ricky Haschemeyer, and will be helped by other former CIT alumni who will be on-site producers for some of the coastal regionals. Chicago Improv Productions is committed to providing professional opportunities for our CIT alumni and this year is no exception. We’re all super excited to be a part of such a fun and exciting event.

Producing the CIT National Championship on Saturday, March 14, 2015 in Chicago is Jonathan Pitts, executive producer for Chicago Improv Productions. Pitts, also the creator of the CIT, says, “Each year the level of talent displayed in the tournament continues to grow. With such wide styles of improvisation being practiced around the country by college teams, it’s evident that this year’s competitors will be just as impressive as the last. I’m very excited to see what each team brings to the table as we move toward the championships.”

The current Regional schedule for CIT 2014-2015 is as follows:

November 8, 2014: Heartland Regional @ Comedy City (Prelims) and The Kick Comedy Theatre (Finals) in Kansas City, MO
November 22, 2014: New England Regional @ Improv Boston in Cambridge, MA
December 6, 2014: Big Apple Regional @ The Magnet Theatre in New York City, NY
December 6, 2014: Upper Midwest Regional @ HUGE Theater in Minneapolis, MN
December 13, 2014: Lower Midwest Regional @ Comedysportz Chicago in Chicago, IL*
January 17, 2015: Northwest Regional @ Jet City Improv in Seattle, WA
January 17, 2015: Liberty Bell Regional @ Philly Improv Theater in Philadelphia, PA
January 24, 2015: Chicago Open Regional @ Comedysportz Chicago in Chicago, IL**
January 24, 2015: Golden Gate Regional @ Un-Scripted Theatre in San Francisco, CA
January 31, 2015: South Regional @ Whole World Improv Theater in Atlanta, GA
January 31, 2015: Southwest Regional @ Station Theater in Houston, TX
January 31, 2015: West Coast Regional @ The Improv Space in Los Angeles, CA
February 21, 2015: Windy City Regional @ Comedysportz Chicago in Chicago, IL***
*The Lower Midwest Regional’s area includes downstate Illinois, as well as all of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio.

**The Chicago Open (this is a new regional for CIT) is open to any team in the country not from the Chicago area that wants to come play in Chicago.

***The Windy City Regional is now officially available to only those teams from Chicago’s city and suburbs.

CIT National Championships:

March 14, 2015: National Championships @ Vittum Theatre in Chicago, IL
Other Important Info:

— We ensure that every team who signs up for the tournament receives a slot in the regional competitions, so don’t hesitate to register!

— Registration deadlines will take place two weeks before each regional match. Please have all info and payments submitted by this time. If this presents a problem, please reach out to rickyh.cit@gmail.com and like The Beatles, we can work it out.

— Can’t make the regional closest to you? Don’t worry! Teams can apply for any regional in the competition.

— Teams can be as large as you want, but we ask for a minimum of three players for each team.

— Registration for each player is an easy $10, and allows you to see each match in your regional for free!

— All members of the competing team must be current undergrads during the Fall 2014 semester.

— If you have a team member who is available to play in the Nationals competition, but not the Regional competition, they still must be registered in your regional competition to compete in Nationals.

— If a team has paid the registration fee but decides to drop out of the tournament, a 50% refund can be issued up to 30 days prior to the registered regional date. Refunds will not be issued for any regionals that are taking place in less than 30 days.

2014-2015 Regionals

November 22, 2014: New England Regional (Improv Boston in Cambridge, MA)
11 AM Preliminary Match

Liquid Fun – Boston University
Toast! Improv – University of Massachusetts Amherst
Stacy’s Renegade Brigade – Boston College
Stroopwafel – Emerson College
1 PM Preliminary Match

Seriously Bent – Suffolk University
The CCE – Boston College
Cheap Sox – Tufts University
Dead Serious – Wellesley College
3 PM Preliminary Match

NU & Improv’d – Northeastern University
Horse Lincoln Improv – University of Connecticut
Improv In Sanity – University of Maine
TBA Improv – Brandeis University
11:30 PM Finals Match

Wildcard Winner
1st Place from 11 AM Match
1st Place from 1 PM Match
1st Place from 3 PM
Huge thanks to our co-presenting partner Improv Boston for all their help!

December 6, 2014: Big Apple Regional (Magnet Theater in New York City, NY)

1:00 PM Preliminary Match

Dangerbox – New York University
Ferral Christine – Sarah Lawrence College
Stranded in Pittsburgh – Fordham University
3:00 PM Preliminary Match

Off Center – Stevens Institute of Technology
Bad Astronauts – St. John’s University
Laugh Pack – SBU Comedy – St. Bonaventure University
7:00 PM Finals Match

Wildcard Winner
1 PM Preliminary Winner
3 PM Preliminary Winner
Huge thanks to our co-presenting partner Magnet Theater for all their help!

Chicago Open Regional
This is a new regional this year for CIT 2014-2015 and features 16 teams from across the country competing in Chicago. The Chicago Open Regional will take place in in Chicago, Illinois on January 24, 2105. Preliminary rounds will be at ComedySportz Chicago and The Playground Theater and Finals will be at Under The Gun Theater.

Tickets will be sold the day of in the ComedySportz, The Playground, and Under The Gun Theater box office on the day of the match.

Check out the match schedule below!

Prelims: ComedySportz Chicago (929 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago, Il 60657)

773-549-8080

The Playground Theater (3209 N. Halstead St, Chicago Il 60657)

773-871-3793

Finals: Under The Gun Theater (956 W. Newport Ave, Chicago, Il 60657)

773-270-3440

COMEDYSPORTZ CHICAGO:

12:00 PM Preliminary Match

CHEEK – Vanderbilt University
Droppin’ $cience – Columbia College Chicago
The Impro-fessionals – University of Michigan
The Phoenix Improv Company – University of Illinois
2:00 PM Preliminary Match

The Plastic Shatners – Bowling Green State University
Legal In Maine (The Titanic Players) – University of Wisconsin-Madison
Full Frontal Comedy – Indiana University
Infinite Coincidence – Grinnell College
4:00 PM Preliminary Match

6chix – Savannah College of Art and Design
Worklight Improv – Western Michigan University
Animals in People Clothes – University of Missouri-Columbia
Lincoln’s Security Detail – Illinois College
THE PLAYGROUND THEATER:

2:00 PM Preliminary Match

Midnight Book Club – University of Michigan
TONGUE – Vanderbilt University
Bad Genetics Improv – Bowling Green State University
Back in Five – Grace College
UNDER THE GUN THEATER:

10:30 PM Finals Match

12 PM Preliminary Winner (ComedySportz)
2 PM Preliminary Winner (The Playground)
2 PM Preliminary Winner (ComedySportz)
4 PM Preliminary Winner (ComedySportz)
Huge thanks to our co-presenting partners ComedySportz Chicago, The Playground Theater, and Under The Gun Theater!

January 24, 2015: Golden Gate Regional (Un-Scripted Theater Company in San Francisco, CA)

12:00 PM Preliminary Match

No, But… – Academy of Art University
TBD Comedy – University of California, Berkeley
The Charles Darwin Experience – University of Arizona
Awkward Silence – University of San Francisco
2:00 PM Preliminary Match

SIMPS – Stanford University
BareStage Unscripted – University of California, Berkeley
The Double Improv Rainbows – University of Hawai’i at Manoa
4:00 PM Preliminary Match

Jericho! Improv Comedy – University of California, Berkeley
Smile and Nod – Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Inoperable Humor – Santa Clara University
8:00 PM Finals Match

Wildcard Winner
12 PM Preliminary Winner
2 PM Preliminary Winner
4 PM Preliminary Winner
Huge thanks to our co-presenting partner Un-Scripted Theater Company for all their help!

November 8, 2014: Heartland Regional (Comedy City [Prelims] and Kick Comedy Theater [Finals] in Kansas City, MO)
12 PM Preliminary Match

Super Supportive – Kansas State University – 12PM WINNER
Prospectors – Missouri State University
We’re Adopted – Kansas State University – WILDCARD WINNER
Left Right TIM – University of Colorado
2 PM Preliminary Match

Definitely Not Virgins – Kansas State University
Zoiks! – Emporia State University
The Best Best Friends – University of Missouri – 2PM WINNER
The Flatliners – Missouri Valley College
4 PM Preliminary Match

The Doppelgang – University of Missouri
Meg Has Low Self Esteem – Kansas State University – 4PM WINNER
Laugh Track and Field – University of Arkansas
10 PM Finals Match (at Kick Comedy Theater)

Wildcard Winner
1st Place from 12 PM Match
1st Place from 2 PM Match
1st Place from 4 PM

Huge thanks to our co-presenting partners ComedyCity and The Kansas City Improv Company!

This year’s 2014-2015 Liberty Bell Regional will take place at the Philly Improv Theater in Philadelphia, PA! The regional will take place on January 17, 2015 and feature 9 teams from the Liberty Bell region.

Tickets will be sold in the Philly Improv Theater box office on the day of the tournament.
-Preliminary matches are $10 for adults, $5 for students
-The Finals match will be $15 for adults, $10 for students

The Philly Improv Theater is located at 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
For a map to the Magnet, click here!

Check out the match schedule below:

January 17, 2015: Liberty Bell Regional (The Philly Improv Theater in Philadelphia, PA)
12:00 PM Preliminary Match

Drexel Football Team – Drexel University
Just Wing It – Saint Joseph’s University
Quipfire! – Princeton University
2:00 PM Preliminary Match

Full Ammo Improv – Penn State University
Indoor Voices – American University
Soviet Purgatory – Albright College
4:00 PM Preliminary Match

The Loaf – Shenandoah University
The Buttered Niblets – Johns Hopkins University
Deep Dish Pizzazz – West Chester University
7:00 PM Finals Match

Wildcard Winner
12 PM Preliminary Winner
2 PM Preliminary Winner
4 PM Preliminary Winner
Huge thanks to our co-presenting partner The Philly Improv Theater for all their help!

Lower Midwest Regional
12:00 PM Preliminary Match

No Name Basis – Bowling Green State University
Spicy Clamato – University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
8th Floor Improv – Ohio State University
Grandma Mojo’s Moonshine Revival – Iowa State University
2:00 PM Preliminary Match

Fishbowl Improv – Ohio State University
DeBono Musical Improv – University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
Humor Artists – Notre Dame University
4:00 PM Preliminary Match

Roial Improv Players – Michigan State University
Improv Mafia – Illinois State University
Great White Narcs – University of Iowa
10:30 PM Finals Match (at Under The Gun Theater)

Regional Wildcard Winner
11 AM Preliminary Winner
1 PM Preliminary Winner
3 PM Preliminary Winner
Huge thanks to our co-presenting partners ComedySportz Chicago and Under The Gun Theater!

January 17, 2015: Northwest Regional (Jet City Improv in Seattle, WA)
12:00 PM Preliminary Match

Ubiquitous They – University of Puget Sound
Varity Nordic – Whitman College
Absolute Improv – University of Oregon
The Clay Crows – Pacific Lutheran University
2:00 PM Preliminary Match

Bluffoons – University of Portland
The Dead Parrots Society – Western Washington University
Vikes Improv – University of Victoria
4:00 PM Preliminary Match

The Collective – University of Washington
D1 Improv – Seattle University
UBC Improv – University of British Columbia
10:30 PM Finals Match

Wildcard Winner
12 PM Preliminary Winner
2 PM Preliminary Winner
4 PM Preliminary Winner
Huge thanks to our co-presenting partner Jet City Improv for all their help!

January 31, 2015: South Regional (Whole World Improv Theater in Atlanta, GA)
12:30 PM Preliminary Match

Mitosis – Florida State University
Schticks and Giggles – Piedmont College
The Armed Farces – Georgia College and State University
Far Sketched – Anderson University
2:15 PM Preliminary Match

Treble Makers – University of Florida
False Profits – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Other Group – Savannah College of Art and Design
No Bears Allowed – Florida State University
4:00 PM Preliminary Match

Cross Dressing The Delaware – University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Better Than Nothing – Florida State University
Improv Athens – University of Georgia
5:25 PM Preliminary Match

KISS (Kennesaw Improv Society, Stupid!) – Kennesaw State University
Toast! – University of South Carolina
The Sunday Group – University of Florida
12:00 AM Finals Match

12:30 PM Preliminary Winner
2:15 PM Preliminary Winner
4:00 PM Preliminary Winner
5:25 PM Preliminary Winner
Huge thanks to our co-presenting partner Whole World Improv Theater for all their help! They’re amazing!

January 31, 2015: Southwest Regional (Station Theater in Houston, TX)
2:00 PM Preliminary Match

Bear Minimum – Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Roll Out the Barrel – University of North Texas
Senseless Acts of Comedy – Texas Christian University
Improv Strikes Back – Stephen F Austin State University
4:00 PM Preliminary Match

Different Storcks – Savannah College of Art and Design
Spontaneous Combustion – Rice University
Four On Three – Texas Tech University
Gigglepants – University of Texas
6:00 PM Preliminary Match

Flirt Reynolds – University of Houston
SNAFU Improv – The University of Texas at Austin
Out On A Limb – Northwestern State University
10:30 PM Finals Match

Wildcard Winner
2:00 PM Preliminary Winner
4:00 PM Preliminary Winner
6:00 PM Preliminary Winner
Huge thanks to our co-presenting partner Station Theater for all their help in making this regional a success!

December 6, 2014: Upper Midwest Regional (HUGE Theater in Minneapolis, MN)
12:00 PM Preliminary Match

Breakfast for Dinner – University of Minnesota – Morris
To Be Determined – North Dakota State University
Funny Bone Mafia – Carroll University
The Understudies – University of Wisconsin – Madison
2:00 PM Preliminary Match

Blue Light Special – Iowa Central Community College
Paperback Rhino – University of Iowa
The Backwards Thinkers Society – University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Angry Ladies and Insecure Men – Minneapolis College of Art and Design
5:00 PM Finals Match

Wildcard Winner
12 PM Preliminary Winner
2 PM Preliminary Winner
Huge thanks to our co-presenting partner HUGE Theater for all their help!

January 31, 2015: West Coast Regional (The Improv Space in Los Angeles, CA)
6:00 PM Preliminary Match

Without A Box – Claremont College
Improvability – University of California, Santa Barbara
Barren Mind Improv – Arizona State University
Live Nude People* With Clothes On – University of California, Irvine
8:00 PM Preliminary Match

Improv Inc. – Chapman University
Pastor Proudfeet and the Riverfolk Assembly – California Institute of the Arts
Improvability Team 2 – University of California, Santa Barbara
10:00 PM Finals Match

Wildcard Winner
6:00 PM Preliminary Winner
8:00 PM Preliminary Winner
Huge thanks to our co-presenting partner The Improv Space for hosting this year’s regional!

Windy City Regional
COMEDYSPORTZ CHICAGO:
12:00 PM Preliminary Match

Latchkey Kid – Loyola University Chicago
Noise From the Basement – Dominican University
The Unprofessionals – Concordia University
2:00 PM Preliminary Match

The Rebound – Columbia College/DePaul University
Occam’s Razor – University of Chicago
Megan – DePaul University
Merely Players – Carthage College
4:00 PM Preliminary Match

The Understudies – University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Best Friends – Lake Forest College
Some Assembly Required – University of Northern Iowa
45 Kings – Loyola University Chicago
MCL CHICAGO:
3:00 PM Preliminary Match

The Cosby Sweaters – DePaul University
Todd From Accounting – Columbia College Chicago
Off-Off Campus – University of Chicago
Red Light School District – University of Illinois at Chicago
UNDER THE GUN THEATER:
10:30 PM Finals Match

12 PM Preliminary Winner (ComedySportz)
2 PM Preliminary Winner (ComedySportz)
3 PM Preliminary Winner (MCL Chicago)
4 PM Preliminary Winner (ComedySportz)
Huge thanks to our co-presenting partners ComedySportz Chicago, MCL Chicago, and Under The Gun Theater!

The 7th Annual College Improv Tournament
Nov. 23, 2013 – March 1, 2014

Nationals
The College Improv Tournament National Championships will be held in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Vittum Theater. The Vittum Theater is located at 1012 N. Noble Street in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.

Tickets for this event can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets.

College Improv Tournament 2013-2014 Nationals Schedule
Sat, March 1 @ Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble, Chicago, IL 60642

12pm: Playoff #1
1) Droppin’ $cience – Columbia College Chicago
2) Cell Block Tango – University of North Texas
3) Improv Athens – University of Georgia
4) Quipfire! Improv Comedy – Princeton University

2pm: Playoff #2
1) Meg Has Low Self-Esteem – Kansas State University
2) The Buttered Niblets – Johns Hopkins University
3) Paperback Rhino – University of Iowa
4) Tall, Grande, Venti – California Institute of the Arts

4pm: Playoff #3
1) The Sarratt Pack – Vanderbilt University
2) Cheap Sox – Tufts University
3) Dead Parrots Society – Western Washington University
4) Sissy Magic – Northwestern University

6pm: Playoff #4
1) The Mobb Line – Savanah College of Art & Design
2) Barren Mind Improv – Arizona State University
3) The Best Best Friends – University of Missouri
4) Improv Mafia – Illinois State University

9pm: National Championship Match
1) Winner of 12pm Playoff
2) Winner of 2pm Playoff
3) Winner of 4pm Playoff
4) Winner of 6pm Playoff

Regionals
2013-14 College Improv Tournament Regional Competitions will be held throughout the country on select Saturdays between the middle of October 2013 through early February 2014. The winner from each of the regionals will then compete in Chicago at the College Improv Tournament National Championships.

The list of regional tournaments is as follows:

November 23, 2013: New England Regional (ImprovBoston in Boston, MA)
11:00 AM Preliminary Match

Sons of Liberty – Boston University
To Be Announced – Brandeis University
Cheap Sox – Tufts University
NU & Improv’d – Northeastern University
1:00 PM Preliminary Match

Stroopwafel – Emerson College
Mission: IMPROVable – University of Massachusetts Amherst
Guerilla Improv – Worcester Polytechnic Institute
IMPROVidence – Brown University
3:00 PM Preliminary Match

The Whistling Shrimp – Cornell University
Lawn Chair Pirates – University of Maine at Farmington
Los Dormant Volcanos – Champlain College
Seriously Bent – Suffolk University
11:30 PM Finals Match

Wild Card
11 AM Prelim Winner
1 PM Prelim Winner
3 PM Prelim Winner
December 7, 2013: Upper Midwest Regional (HUGE Theatre in Minneapolis, MN)
12:00 PM Preliminary Match

The Understudies – University of Wisconsin-Madison
Blue Light Special – Iowa Central Community College
Breakfast for Dinner – University of Minnesota-Morris
Angry Ladies and Insecure Men – Minneapolis College of Art and Design
2:00 PM Preliminary Match

To Be Determined – North Dakota State University
Merely Players – Carthage College
Backwards Thinkers Society – University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Paperback Rhino – University of Iowa
6:00 PM Finals Match

Wild Card
12 PM Prelim Winner
2 PM Prelim Winner
January 11, 2014: Liberty Bell Regional (Philly Improv Theatre in Philadelphia, PA)
4:00PM Preliminary Match

The Bureau – University of Maryland, College Park
Soviet Purgatory – Albright College
The Loaf – Shenandoah University
The Drexel Football Team – Drexel University
6:00 PM Preliminary Match

Roll Models – Bucks County Community College
Horse Lincoln Improv – University of Connecticut
The Buttered Niblets – Johns Hopkins University
9:00 PM Finals Match

Wild Card
4 PM Prelim Winner
6 PM Prelim Winner
January 11, 2014: Southwest Regional (The Hideout Theatre in Austin, TX)
January 18, 2014: Big Apple Regional (The Magnet Theatre in New York City, NY)
12PM Preliminary Match:

Off Center – Stevens Institute of Technology
Stranded In Pittsburgh – Fordham University
Bad Astronauts – St. John’s University
The Ex!t Players – Yale University
2PM Preliminary Match:

Dangerbox – New York University
A 4 Effort – Rutgers University (New Brunswick)
Three Letter Acronym – Harvard University
Pappy Parker Players – Binghamton University
4PM Preliminary Match:

The Georgetown Improv Association – Georgetown University
Indoor Voices – American University
Scatterbomb – Manhattan College
Quipfire! – Princeton University
7PM Finals Match:

Wildcard Winner
Winner 12PM Prelim
Winner 2PM Prelim
Winner 4PM Prelim
January 18, 2014: Northwest Regional (Jet City Improv in Seattle, WA)
11:00 AM Preliminary Match

The Collective- University of Washington
Clay Crows- Pacific Lutheran University
The Ministry of Madness- Green River Community College
1:00 PM Preliminary Match

Dead Parrots Society- Western Washington University
Significant Others- University of Portland
D1 Improv- Seattle University
3:00 PM Preliminary Match

Varsity Nordic- Whitman College
Just Friends- University of Portland
Absolute Improv- University of Oregon
UBC Improv- University of British Columbia
10:30 PM Finals Match

Winner of 11 AM Match
Winner of 1 PM Match
Winner of 3PM Match
Wildcard 2nd Place Team
January 18, 2014: South Regional (The Basement Theatre in Atlanta, GA)
12:00 PM Preliminary Match

The Mobb Line- Savannah College of Art and Design
Treble Makers- University of Florida
Far Sketched- Anderson University
2:00 PM Preliminary Match

Schticks & Giggles- Piedmont College
Theatre Strike Force- University of Florida
Toast Improv- University of South Carolina
Armed Forces- Georgia College and State University
4:00 PM Preliminary Match

Improv Athens- University of Georgia
No Bears Allowed- Florida State
Late Night Television- University of Central Florida
KISS- Kennesaw University
10:00 PM Finals Match

Winner of 11 AM Match
Winner of 1 PM Match
Winner of 3PM Match
Wild Card 2nd Place Team
January 25, 2014: Golden Gate Regional (Un-Scripted Theater Company in San Francisco, CA)
2PM Preliminary Match:

TBD Comedy – University of California, Berkley
BareStage Unscripted – University of California, Berkley
Awkward Silence – University of San Francisco
4PM Preliminary Match:

The Stanford Improvisors (SIMPS) – Stanford University
jericho! – University of California, Berkley
Inoperable Humor – Santa Clara University
Tall, Grande, Venti – California Institute of the Arts
8PM Finals Match:

Winner of 2PM Prelim
Winner 1 of 4PM Prelim
Winner 2 of 4PM Prelim
Wildcard Team
January 25, 2014: Heartland Regional (Comedy City [Prelims] and Westport Coffee House [Finals] in Kansas City, MO)
12 PM Match

Only – Kansas State University
Graceland Players – Graceland University
Zoiks! – Emporia State College
Funk Police – University of Missouri
2 PM Preliminary Match

D+ Improv – Drake University
Left Right TIM – University of Colorado
The Flatliners – Missouri Valley College
Meg Has Low Self-Esteem – Kansas State University
4 PM Preliminary Match

Senseless Acts of Comedy – Texas Christian University
Laugh Track and Field – University of Arkansas
The Best Best Friends – University of Missouri
K.A.R.L. Improv – Washington University in St. Louis
Slap Dash – Kansas State University
10 PM Finals Match

2nd Place Wild Card Team
1st Place from 12 PM Match
1st Place from 2 PM Match
1st Place from 4 PM Match
January 25, 2014: Lower Midwest Regional (ComedySportz Indy in Indianapolis, IN)
11:00 AM Preliminary Round

The Phoenix Improv- University of Illinois
ABSO Improv -Ball State
Fishbowl Improv- Ohio State University
Roial Players- Michigan State University
1:00 PM Preliminary Round

Full Frontal -Indiana University
DeBono Improv- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
femprov -Vanderbilt University
Rumbots- Purdue University
3:00 PM Preliminary Round

Spicy Clamato- University of Illinois
Sarratt Pack- Vanderbilt University
Worklight Improv- Western Michigan University
On A Stick- University of Illinois
5:00 PM Preliminary Round

Improv Mafia- Illinois State University
Don’t Throw Shoes -The College of Wooster
Back in Five- Grace College & Theology Seminary
10:00 PM Finals Round

Winner of Round 1
Winner of Round 2
Winner of Round 3
Winner of Round 4
January 25, 2014: West Coast Regional (Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica, CA)
February 8 (Prelims) & Feb. 9 (Finals), 2014: Windy City Regional
ComedySportz Chicago in Chicago, IL

11AM Preliminary Match

The Cosby Sweaters (pH Productions) – DePaul University
The Martha Stewart Home Collection – Columbia College Chicago
Rolling Parliament – Wheaton College
Suspended Disbelief – University of Norte Dame (Norte Dame, Indiana)
1PM Preliminary Match

Bad Genetics – Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, Ohio)
Droppin’ $cience (pH Productions) – Columbia College Chicago
Lincoln’s Security Detail – Illinois College
Wheaton College Men’s Basketball Team – Wheaton College
3PM Preliminary Match

45 Kings – Loyola University
The Plastic Shatners – Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, Ohio)
Top Banana – Luther College (Decorah, Iowa)
The Whittakers – Wheaton College
Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago, Illinois

12PM Preliminary Match

Covet Hand (One Group Mind) – University of Wisconsin at Madison (Madison, Wisconsin)
Noises from the Basement (pH Productions) – Dominican University
Off-Off Campus – University of Chicago
1:30PM Preliminary Match

Latch Key Kids (pH Productions) – Loyola University
Midnight Book Club – University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Optimistic Feral Children – Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin)
Sissy Magic (One Group Mind) – Northwestern University
3:30PM Preliminary Match

Manic Pixie (One Group Mind) – DePaul University
Occam’s Razor – University of Chicago
Red Light School District – University of Illinois at Chicago
Square Wheels – Viterbo University (La Crosse, Wisconsin)
CIT Windy City Regional Semi-Finals & Finals Match Schedule for Sun, Feb 9, 2014

12pm: Semi-Finals #1

Covet Hand – University of Wisconsin at Madison
Off Off Campus – University of Chicago
Sissy Magic – Northwestern U.
Square Wheels – Viterbo University
2pm: Semi-Finals #2

The Cosby Sweaters – DePaul University
Suspended Disbelief – University of Norte Dame
Droppin’ $cience – Columbia College Chicago
45Kings – Loyola University

CIT NEWS, TIPS, and MORE

When Does Registration End?
So here’s the deal, we accept registrations up until a week before the regional takes place. HOWEVER! We only allow 16 teams per regional, and this year we do expect a few regionals to fill up. The registration is first come, first serve.

You’ll notice that some of our regionals have changed dates, and if that has affected your participation in that regional, you should know you can submit to ANY regional, but that your team can only compete in one. Simply email citproducer@gmail.com and let us know.

Keith Habersberger announced as new CIT Producer

Keith Habersberger began his relationship with CIT in 2007 when he competed in the first ever CIT (then known as CCC, the College Comedy Competition) with the Illinois State University “Improv Mafia.”

In the second year of the tournament, Keith was the team captain of the Improv Mafia, and IM went on to win the 2008-2009 CIT National Championship.

Since graduating college, Keith worked as an emcee (2009-10), assistant producer (2010-2011), and associate producer (2011-2012) of the tournament.

On Sunday, September 9th 2012, Keith was officially named Producer of the College Improv Tournament. Keith is prepared for the challenge of running the world’s largest improv tournament, and considers himself extremely fortunate to have this opportunity.

Keith wants to wish all the teams good luck in this year’s tournament, and he is excited to see how the 6th year of this tournament plays out over the next 6 months.

The Importance of Friendship

by Keith Habersberger
If you know me, you know that I am a huge proponant of improv groups being more than just people who rehearse and perform improv. I think the key to excellent improv lies in the relationships beyond the stage.

During my time in college, I quickly learned that our improv group was a lot like a fraternity. In addition to meeting to rehearse on Saturdays and Mondays and meeting to perform on Tuesdays, we also reserved days for non-improv fun. Thursday nights were always hangout nights, and we would go to one of the members’ apartments and party like college kids do. We had dinner together before every show, and we goofed off after almost every rehearsal and show. We spent about 10 hours a week hanging out as a 15 person group. We rolled deep.

Bonding off the stage helped our group just as much as honing our skills in rehearsal. We learned more about each other’s past, and we shared moments of happiness, as well as vulnerability. We made mistakes in front of one another, and we picked each other up after those mistakes.

All of these shared moments strengthened our relationships with one another, and our strengthened relationships made noticeable improvements in our shows. When we noticed that hanging out was really helping us grow, we hung out even more.

By the time I graduated, my college improv group had blown far past the status of friends, and had moved toward much more of a family. Our weekly schedule looked something like this:

Monday night rehearsal, Tuesday night show, Wednesday night movie, Thursday night hangout, Friday night hangout, Saturday long form rehearsal, and Sunday night dinner.

Maybe we were a little excessive, but we were excessive together… and we loved every minute of it.

TIPS FOR RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL COLLEGE IMPROV TEAM.

Running a college improv team is rarely one person’s responsibility. The ideal team is filled with improvisers who all share a similar expectation for their group, and who discuss how to achieve the goals they lay out for themselves.

Set Goals

Have each group member share a year-long goal for themself and the group. Talking about what you all want to achieve will help everyone understand the expectations of the group and will excite everyone to work toward those goals.

Regular Rehearsals, Regular Shows

The best groups in the country rehearse AND perform at least once a week. College is one of the only times in your life that you will be able to draw a large, consistant crowd to perform for. Take advantage of this situation, and experiment with as many forms of improv as you can as long as you have an audience to bounce things off of.

Make Coming to Your Show the Easy Choice

Have a regular show on a Tuesday or Wednesday night at 7 or 8 when nothing better is going on. Have the show be free or only charge 1-3 dollars. College kids are poor, but your probably already know that.

CIT Sponsors

Formed from alumni of their college group, Octavarius is one of the top indepentant teams in Chicago. They’ve headlined the closing night of the Chicago Improv Festival and performed hundreds of shows featuring their signature long form/short form hybrid, The Nefarious.

Octavarius: So Nefarious.

Voted #1 improv/sketch group in Chicago 2 YEARS RUNNING!

Bring us to your school or something!

CIT Indiegogo Fundraiser
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CIT is hoping to have more funds for this upcoming year. If you can help, head over to our indiegogo fundraiser to contribute!

Donors and Thanks
We had an Indiegogo fundraiser and had lots of people help this year’s tournament. Here are the names of those who helped! CIT Thanks all of these individuals

SO MUCH for helping us promote and expand College Improv.
James Chase
Greg Birdsell
Robert Price
Sean Monahan
Julie Pollard
Brad Hebert
Jay Sukow
Chris Gallerani
David Habersberger
Don and Patty Habersberger
Nathan Spring
Ratna D. Pande
Becky Miller

Shabnam Gupta
Colleen Mooney
David Fink
Austin Bridges
Chad Rhiness
Adina Kwasigroch
THOMAS MOLLOY
Susan Frost
Kyle Levien
Kim & Greg Cox
Marc Muszynski
Nick Cardiff
Justin Terada

Adam Higgins
Alison Luhrs
Logan Dean
Kenneth Kelly
Michael J. Kent
Laura Beggins
Tiffany Taylor Wines
Cody Lindley
Rosemary D. Mangalmurti
Michael DeMaria
Ben Capraro
Esteban Reyna
Michael DeMaria

2012-2013 CIT Regional Champs

Windy City Regional Champion
Kids These Days!
Wheaton College

West Coast Regional Champion

Barren Mind!

Arizona State University

New England Regional Champion

Seriously Bent

Suffolk University

Upper Midwest Regional Champion
Paperback Rhino
University of Iowa

Heartland Regional Champion
The Best Best Friends
University of Missouri

Lower Midwest Regional Champions
Improv Mafia
Illinois State University

Big Apple Regional
Champion
Quipfire
Princeton University

Southwest Regional Champion
Glaundor!
University of Houston

South Regional Champion
The Mobb Line
Savannah College of Art and Design

Northwest Regional Champion
UBC Improv
University of British Columbia

Liberty Bell Regional Champion
The Buttered Niblets
Johns Hopkins University

Golden Gate Regional Champion
Awkward Silence
University of SanFrancisco
2012-2013 Wild Card Teams

WEST WILD CARD
Dead Parrots Society
Western Washington University

SOUTH WILD CARD
Dadprov
University of Missouri

EAST WILD CARD
The Whistling Shrimp
Cornell University

NORTH WILD CARD
Red Light School Disctrict
University of Illinois Chicago

On Camera Talent at the 2013 National Championship!
Co-Anchors

Keith Habersberger (’08-’09 CIT National Champion Team Improv Mafia) and Alison Luhrs (’11-’12 CIT National Champion Team Dead Parrot Society) will be the Co-Anchors of this year’s College Improv Tournament National Competition.
Keith is the producer of the CIT Regional Tournaments, and has been a professional improviser for 4 years. Members of his college improv group continued on after college to form Octavarius, one of the best indie groups in Chicago.
Alison has been an assistant producer of the CIT Northwest Regional for the last 2 years. Since college, she has created Mirum Mirum, her own theatre company in Seattle.

Emcee

Caleb George

’09 -’10 Southwest Regional Champion

Scatter! – University of Houston

Caleb has been living in Chicago since graduating in 2010. Since then he has become an ensemble member with ComedySportz Chicago, as well as recently joining the Chicago Improv League (a league formed from CIT Alumni who have since moved to the city). This will be his third year emceeing the Nationals

Guest Coaches

Frank Caeti – MadTV

This year, the College Improv Tournament teams will all have a pro on their side…

Frank Caeti will be the coach of all 16 teams, reving them up and giving them incredibly motivational, on-camera locker room speeches.

Frank is an alumnus of the famed Second City and has appeared in several sketch comedy shows such as MadTV (where he was both a writer and cast member), Reno 911, and Key and Peele.

Sideline Reporters

Rashawn Nadine Scott
’11-’12 CIT National Champion Team
Dead Parrot Society – Western Washington U
Rashawn will be one of our 2 sideline reporters, interviewing family members and friends of the teams competing in this year’s College Improv Tournament Nationals.
Rashawn has recently moved to Chicago to continue persuing her career in comedy and theater. She can currently be seen competing in the Chicago Improv League on Sunday nights at 8:30 at ComedySportz Chicago.

Mike Norris
’08-’09 CIT National Champion Team
Improv Mafia – Illinois State University
Mike started improvising the same way a lot of people do; with his friends in a basement. Since then, he’s performed in church basements, downstair rooms at bars, college dorm basement activity rooms, and even above-ground venues. He toured with MISSION IMPROVable, performs in a thriller-themed drinking show, Hitch-Cocktails, and works regularly with CIP’s grade school educational outreach shows “Storybox for Kids” and “the Make ‘Em Ups.” He’s not a good singer.

From CIT to Greatness

SNL Featured Cast Member – Aidy Bryant

Aidy Bryant, who competed in the first-ever College Improv Tournament with Columbia College’s Droppin $cience, has now achieved the dream of all comedians: a coveted spot on Saturday Night Live. Aidy is proof that CIT provides the first look at the next generation of Star Comedians.

CBS’s Unforgettable Recurring Character – Britt Lower

Britt was a member of the 2007-2008 CIT Championship Team, “Titanic Players:Old Tom Jar” from Northwestern University.

Britt actually used the footage from her final round performance with Old Tom Jar as her audition for the show Big Lake, directed and written by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. She landed a recurring role on the short-lived series.

Since then, Britt has landed herself a recurring role on CBS’s “Unforgettable”.

Bravo’s LOLwork – Alison Luhrs

Alison was the team captain of the 2010-2011 National Championship team Dead Parrots Society from Western Washington University.

Alison now works at the internet’s largest comedy destination, “the Cheezburger Network.” She not only acts in their web-series “Know Your Meme,” but she will also be in Bravo’s new show “LOLwork”.

ComedyCentral’s Workaholics – Dan Lippert

Dan Lippert was the team captain of the 2008-2009 West Coast Regional Champions, Second Nature from USC.

He now regularly performs at the UCB theatre in Los Angeles, and has had a speaking role on the wildly popular Comedy Central show “Workaholics”.

CIT Regional Tournaments – Venues, Teams, and Matches
October 27, 2012 – New England Regional (Boston, MA) – Cambridge YMCA Theatre

November 3, 2012 – CIT Alumni Association Showcase (Chicago, IL) – Athenaeum Theatre

November 10, 2012 – Upper Midwest Regional (Minneapolis, MN) – HUGE Theatre

November 17, 2012 – Big Apple Regional (NYC, NY) – Magnet Theatre

December 1, 2012 – West Coast Regional (Santa Monica, CA) – M.I.’s West Side Theatre

January 12-13, 2013 – Windy City Regional (Chicago, IL) – ComedySportz Chicago

January 19, 2013 – Northwest Regional (Seattle, WA) – Jet City Improv

January 19, 2012 – Liberty Bell Regional (Philadelphia, PA) – Philadelphia Improv Theatre, @ The Adrienne Skybox

January 26th, 2013 – Southwest Regional (Austin, TX) – Hideout Theatre

February 2, 2013 – Heartland Regional (Kansas City, MO) – Comedy City

February 9, 2013 – Golden Gate Regional (San Francisco, CA) – The Un-Scripted Theater

February 16, 2013 – Lower Midwest Regional (Indianapolis, IN) – ComedySportz Indianapolis

February 23, 2013 – South Regional (Atlanta, GA) – Dad’s Garage

COMPLETED!

Congrats to Seriously Bent From Suffolk University for winning the CIT New England Regional Championship!

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College Improv Tournament – New England Regional

at the YMCA Cambridge Theatre
This year’s CIT NER will take place at the YMCA Cambridge theatre and will have teams from the New England Area competing in matches throughout the day. Check out the venue location and ticket info below, and scroll further for team info!

YMCA Cambridge Theatre

820 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Match Schedule
12pm match

Guerilla Improv – Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Three Letter Acronym – Harvard University

Seriously Bent – Suffolk University

2pm match

Committee for Creative Enactments – Boston College

Immediate Gratification Players – Harvard University

Nu & Improv’d – Northeastern University

4pm match

Cheap Sox – Tufts University

Otter Nonsense Players – Middlebury College

TBA – Brandeis University

12PM Match

Seriously Bent

College or University =Suffolk University

Performing Members = Zachary Barker, Ethan Bukowiec, Tobias Foglia, Andrew King, Amanda Sousa, Joey Talluto, Tatjana von Rosen
Non-Performing members = Anthony Passafiume, Andrew Cataluna
Team Description Suffolk University. We perform both longform and shortform improv, and are excited to perform alongside so many other incredibly talented teams at the College Improv Tournament!

Guerilla Improv

College or University – Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

Performing Members – Caleb Ruvich, Greg DiLullo, Molly Ott, Alex Kafantis, Neil Pomerleau, Angela Davis, Michael Perrone, CJ Flanagan

Three Letter Acronym
College or University = Harvard University
Performing Members = Doug Bright, Kyla Haggerty, Lily Karlin, Gideon Nachman, Will Poff-Webster, Blythe Roberson, Michael Shayan

Team Description = Three Letter Acronym is Harvard’s first and only Harold team. We perform shows comprising of two Harolds at least once a month on the Harvard campus. We also have had the chance to perform at the Del Close Marathon, the NYC Improv Festival, and the Boston Comedy Arts Festival. We are utterly psyched to be a part of this year’s CIT.

2PM Match

NU & Improv’d
College/University = Northeastern
Performing Members = Kelsey Meagher, Gabe Feldstein, Kevin Comer, Clare Cashen, Kenny Gray, Billy Galante, Sonya McDonald
Non-Performaing Members = Kellyn Morrow
Group Description = We are students at Northeastern who participate in and experiment with improvisational comedy. Looking to get back to Chicago to finish what we started. Seriously hell bent on the cup.

The CCE
College/University = Boston College
Performing Members = Jack Masterson, Emma Misset, Sam Monk, Ryan McGrath, Jill Lawler, Brendan Connelly, Zander Weiss, Chris Pinto, Phil Seidl

Group Description = We are an improv comedy group at BC and we don’t make cuts, teaching the art of improv to anyone who’s willing to learn. We also have a scripted murder-mystery comedy show twice a year.

The Immediate Gratification Players
College/University = Harvard University

Performing Members = Katherine Damm, Alex McCue, Andy Boyd Ezra Stoller, Jake Silberg, Libby Coleman, Nicky Hirschhorn, Aaron Henricks, Ari Brenner
Non-Performaing Members = Christopher FrugÃ, Martha Farlow

Group Description = The Immediate Gratification Players are a long-form improvisational comedy troupe from Harvard Unversity. We have been performing free on-campus shows since the fall of 1986, including an annual festival that attracts college troupes from across the country. IGP has also taken its improv on the road, traveling to such places as Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, London, and the Bay Area, and we are psyched to be participating in this year’s CIT!

4PM Match

Cheap Sox

College or University = Tufts University
Performing Members = Rachel Schoenbrun, David Schwartz, Adam Bangser, Dan Katz-Zeiger, Katie Wartella, Rachel Weinstock, Wally Napier, Michele Herzog, Marcus Hunter
Team Description = Cheap Sox is Tufts only improv troupe, performing predominantly short form improv. They dress in pink bowling shirts and know how to get a good bargain.

To Be Announced
College/University = Brandeis University
Performing Members = Ari Ehrmann, Jon Jecker, Yoni Sebag, Rachel Huvard, Julian Seltzer, Gabby Zilkha, Jake Cohen, Erica Evans, Jay Dev
Non-Performaing Members = Clare Churchill-Seder, Rafi Abramowitz

Group Description = To Be Announced is from Brandeis University and is the only group there that combines short-form and long-form improv with sketch comedy.

Otter Nonsense
College or University = Middlebury College
Performing Members = Ben Orbison, Adam Benay, Chris De La Cruz, Alexandra Kennedy, Jenny Johnston, Ricky Chen
Non-Performing members = Adam Milano, Greg Dorris
Team Description = The Otter Nonsense Players are Middlebury College’s oldest improv comedy group. Historically, the Otters have been a long-form based group, trying different structures from monologue deconstructions to improvised Shakespearean plays. More recently, however, the group has been focusing on the Harold. Along with improvising, the group has made two Web Series for Funny or Die and you can see their sketches on the show “College Quickies” on MTVu.

Congrats to Paperback Rhino from the University of Iowa for winning the
CIT Upper Midwest Regional Championship!

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Match Schedule
12pm match
Hi I’m Prov – Lawrence University
Paperback Rhino – University of Iowa
Runner Up Improv – Winona State University
Top Banana – Luther College
2pm match
Blue Light Special – Iowa Central Community College
Breakfast for Dinner – University of Minnesota-Morris
Friendship Cave – University of Wisconsin- Madison
To Be Determined – NDSU
4pm match
21 Club – Minneapolis College of Art & Design
Merely Players – Carthage College
Understudies – University of Wisconsin-Madison

3037 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

12pm Match

Hi I’mProv

College or University – Lawrence University

Performing members – Joram Zbichorski, Brian Zindler, Nick Paulson, Myles Wagner, Sadie Lancrete, Shannon Kreuser, Abi Leveille

Team Description – Lawrence’s only improv group! We do a mix of long form and short form.

Paperback Rhino
College/University = University of Iowa
Performing Members = Mary Fessler, Chloe Metzger, Tyler Lynch, Zach Spindler, Spencer Hawk, Riley Cook, Shane Nielsen, Nick Kleese, Connett Croghan, Dan Wilkinson

Non-Performaing Members = Ben Mackey, Sirena Lindsay

Group Description = Paperback Rhino is a short & long form improv group from the University of Iowa. This will be their fourth year performing at CIT and they are almost TOO excited about it.

RunnerUp Comedy Troupe
College/University = Winona State University
Performing Members = Hannah Jones, Jackson Collins, Olivia Wulf, Mark Babel, Matthew Wenzel, Anthony Stewart, Erik Larson
Non-Performaing Members = Abbey Hammel, Brady Beckman, Adam Calcagno

Group Description = Hailing from the bluffs of Winona, MN, we’re RunnerUp Comedy Troupe! We come to kick butt and get laughs, and we’re all out of butt. And, if we run out of laughs… well, we’ll improvise.

Top Banana
College/University = Luther College
Performing Members = Chris Paulson, Sarah McRoberts, Nicole Billips, Ted Ortega, Pat Fagan, Chelanga Langason, Kristina Nienhaus, Charlie Bruer, Mary Bissen
Non-Performaing Members = Michael Johnson, Maggie Pierson

Group Description = jolly, rotund and ready for action

2pm Match

Blue Light Special

College or University: Iowa Central Community College

Performing Members: Marty Wessels, Martin Wise, Rebecca Perryman, Alex Sudbrock, Maria FranCois, Trevor Erdman, Logun Buckler, Chris Keller, Daniel Peet

Non-Performing Members: Ben McCartney

Team Description: This is Blue Light Specials’ competitive debut! Like many in this spread out middle, BLS is proud to be the only Long Form Improv troupe in our area. Looking forward to seeing what other forms take shape from our region.

Breakfast For Dinner
College/University: University of Minnesota: Morris
Performing Members: Alek Sievert, Alex Kies, Emma Randolph, Jesse
Carlson, Isaac Deragon, Peter Ray
Non-Performing Members: Andrew Sletten

Team Description: The University of Minnesota at Morris’ official
long-form improv troupe, and the only improvised comedy happening for
roughly 100 miles in any direction! Breakfast for Dinner is excited
for their 4th year competing in the College Improv Tournament.

Friendship Cave
College/University = University of Wisconsin- Madison
Performing Members = Rayna Christman, Heba Elorbany, Kate Fernan, Billy Garcia, Emily Heller, Ethan Krupp, Julia Mercer, Maurissa Myers, Alec Valadez, Olivia Zeuske

Group Description = Friendship Cave is more than a group of long form improvisers, it’s a group of friends. From a couple of highly driven Jews, to a Math major, to a Mexican, Friendship Cave finds its diversity wows audiences into laughs and giggles fun for the whole family!

To Be Determined
College/University = North Dakota State University
Performing Members = Davis Steen, Reid Lunemann, Maria Keeler, Chris Berstler, Michelle Pierce, Alison Olson, Sarah Palm, Alex Stoks
Non-Performaing Members = Jordan Arel, Austin Parrish

Group Description = We are NDSU’s best short-form improv group, not to mention the only one. We come from the great state of North Dakota and the city of Fargo (yes the one from the movie. And yes we’ve seen it.).
4pm Match

21 Club
College or University = Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Performing Members = Antonio Gutierrez, Ben Lifson, Brennan Gasser, Chris Gasser, Dawson Walker, Hilary Greenstein, Jei Gross, Leigh Luna, Madeline McGrane, Kay Rossbach

Team Description = 21 Club is a bunch of art students doing long form improv!

Merely Players
College or University = Carthage College
Performing Members = Ben McGuiggan, Brent Nemetz, Zach Allen, Shannon Fox, Rose Grizzell, Eric Marquis, Sean Mobley, Grant Brooks,
Non-Performing members = Elliot Culp, Matt “Duck” Schaeflein, Josh Parton, Neil Geitslinger

Team Description = A sprinkling of minds brought together to make the improv cake delicious!

The Understudies

College/University: University of Wisconsin Madison

Performing Members: Toler Wolfe, Nick Hertog, Abby Frank, Eric Wiig, Jackson Reed, Doug Greenberg, Beth Slotten
Non-Performing Members: Laurel Kordyban, Ian Erickson, Matt Stone, Katherine Jost

Team Description: UW Madison’s only short form improv group

Congrats to Quipfire! from Princeton for winning the

College Improv Tournament Big Apple Regional!

CIT Big Apple Regional
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12pm Match
The Whistling Shrimp – Cornell University
Scatterbomb – Manhattan College
A 4 Effort – Rutgers University

2pm Match
Dangerbox – New York University
Yale Exit Players – Yale University
Quipfire! – Princeton University
Fruit Paunch – Columbia University

4pm Match
Gag Reflex – Wesleyan University
The Georgetown Improv Association – Georgetown University
Horse Lincoln Improv – University of Connecticut

7pm Finals Match
12pm winner
2pm winner
4pm winner
Wildcard (best of second place teams)

The Magnet Theatre

254 West 29th Street (at 8th Avenue)

New York City, NY 10001

12pm Match

The Whistling Shrimp

College or University = Cornell University
Performing Members

Jon Zucker, Keith Newman, Chris McGinn, Olivia Krebs, Jessica Evans

Team Description = Cornell University’s improv comedy troupe. We’re so excited to be able to come back to the CIT this year!

Scatterbomb
College/University = Manhattan College
Performing Members = Megan McShane, Tom Engelhart, Liz Cunningham, Robbie Skorge, Tyler White, Gavin Sass, Brendan Goggins, Sam Martin

Group Description = Scatterbomb is Manhattan College’s own infamous improv troupe founded back in the mid 00’s and THAT IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW!

A 4 Effort

College/University = Rutgers New Brunswick
Performing Members = Bryton McGrath, Alex Puhalla, Dan Conroy, Stephanie Siano, Ryan Gentek, Jordan Tepper
Group Description = A 4 Effort is Rutgers’ own improv comedy troupe. Performing both long and short form improv, the A4E troupe is always looking to expand and explore.

2pm Match

Dangerbox Improv

College or University = New York University
Performing Members = Allison Brown, Arman Mohazzabfar, Kyleigh Johnson, Rachel Joravsky, Curtis Ascher, Alex Song, Stephanie Wurster
Non-Performing members = Cory Fraiman-Lott
Team Description = Dangerbox is NYU’s premiere long-form improv group, performing structures like montages, Armandos and Harolds – plus some stuff they made up all by themselves.

The Yale Exit Players
College/University = Yale University
Performing Members = Jacob Paul, Devin Race, Zoe Greenberg, Eliana Kwartler, Alex Lew
Non-Performaing Members = Ava Kofman
Group Description = The Yale Exit Players, founded in 1984, are Yale’s oldest improv group, a distinction that they earned when they were formed before any of the other improv groups at Yale.

Quipfire!

College or University = Princeton University
Performing Members = David Drew, Daniel Feinberg, Nicolas Luzarraga, Adam Mastroianni, Jake Robertson, Amy Solomon, Carolyn Vasko

Team Description = Quipfire! Improv Comedy is Princeton University’s oldest improv group, established in 1992. We perform both short and long form on campus, and across the country in an annual tour. We boast fancy alums like former Daily Show writers and Ellie Kemper of The Office and Bridesmaids.

Fruit Paunch
College or University = Columbia University
Performing Members = Bob Vulfov, Eli Grober, Kaylin Mahoney, Shelby Swartz, Ian Armony, Jackson Fisher
Team Description = Founded in 2003, Fruit Paunch is Columbia University’s oldest improv comedy troupe. Since its formation, the group has developed its own style of long-form improv called “Unplugged,” which is nothing but chaos. One of the group’s annual shows is the “24-Hour Show” in the spring. Seeing the 24-Hour Show is repeatedly cited as a sacred Columbia tradition. Failing all of your final exams because you stayed up for 24 hours doing improv is repeatedly cited as a sacred Fruit Paunch tradition.

4pm Match

Gag Reflex

College/University = Wesleyan University
Performing Members = Taylor Goodstein, Liza Sankar-Gorton, Bennett Kirschner, Peter Conforti, Theodora Messalas, Gabe Walt
Non-Performaing Members = Jeremy Senie
Group Description = Gag Reflex performs the long-form Improv style called the Armando. It’s nice.

Georgetown Improv Association

College or University Georgetown University

Performing Members Audrey Walker, Nehemiah Markos, Tucker Cholvin, Emlyn Crenshaw, Priya Sharma, Niel Christy, Daniel Graff, Joseph Luther, Louis de Tilly-Blaru
Team Description Georgetown University’s long-form improvisational troupe founded in the spring of 1995. Its mission is to promote improv as an art form and to provide frequent and affordable performances to the Georgetown community and the greater public of the Washington area. Since 1997, the troupe has hosted Improvfest, one of the oldest collegiate improv festivals in the country.

Horse Lincoln Improv
College/University = University of Connecticut
Performing Members = Brittnie Carrier, Avery Desrosiers, Vicki Kallsen, Brenna Harvey, David Andrew, Will Biglin, Matt Fox, Julianne Norton, Marcel Wright, Adam Schuurmans
Non-Performaing Members = Brian Ingmanson, Jackie DeBarge

Group Description = We’re a rag tag group of youngsters doing longform improv comedy from little ol’ Connecticut since 2008! Aw yeah!

CIT West Coast Regional

Congrats to Barren Mind for their victory!

Match Schedule

2pm Match

Improv Revolution – University of California, Irvine

Barren Mind – Arizona State University

Comedy Corner – University of Arizona

Improv Anonymous – University of California, Riverside

4pm Match

Without A Box – Claremont Colleges

Second Nature – University of Southern California

Charles Darwin Experience – University of Arizona

Laser Squad Bravo – Loyola Marymount University

7pm Finals Match

2pm Winner

4pm Winner

Wild Card Team

M.I.’s Westside Comedy Theatre

1323 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA

2pm Match

Group Name = Improv Revolution
College/University = University of California, Irvine
Performing Members = Andra Whipple, Vinny Tangherlini, Zoe Moacanin, Marcus Munguia, Ben Ridge, Katie Reed, Golzar Yousefi, Shayda Shivaei
Non-Performaing Members = Shin Shin Tsai

Group Description = UCI’s Improv Revolution does short form, long form, and anything else they can think to try! Visit us online at www.facebook.com/irevatuci

Barren Mind

College: Arizona State University
Performing Members: Michael Skarsten, Ben Backhaus, Kaitlin O’Shaughnessy, Alice Stanley, Cole Libera, and Michael Margetis

Non-Performing Members: Rachel Cepeda, Justin Stechman, Noah Findling

Team Description: Barren Mind is Arizona State University’s weekly improv troupe that has been an ASU tradition for over the past 20 years. The group has gained national recognition with articles in Splitsider, and performances at the CIT nationals in Chicago. In addition, the group enjoys pizza.

Group Name = Comedy Corner
College or University = University of Arizona
Performing Members = Michael Dean Agius, Andrew Hatch, Christian Puentes, Lena Olsen, D.A. Conlogue, Claude Renner, Ray Thomas, Nathan Turner, Pelita Murumba, Zach Workman, Symeon Platts

Team Description = With roots going all the way back to 1979, Comedy Corner has been telling poo jokes for over 30 years. Their typical show consists of sketches as well as short and longform improv. They like pizza and they just wanna follow their dreams, y’know?

Group Name = Improv Anonymous
College/University = University of California Riverside
Performing Members = David Christie, Jonathan Cheng Cote, Adam Zane Cook, Chen Santillan Wang, Mark Andrew Guillermo, Cristina Truong, Alex Taliaferro, Jessica Wuerth, Yang Liu, Jacob Moore
Non-Performaing Members = Henry Marshall, Michael Chen, Adrianne Blackwood, Gina Equihua, John Eggerth, Patrick Liu, Yasmin Kleinbart

Group Description = Hailing from the Californian Chaparral of Riverside, the University of California Riverside’s Improv Anonymous aims to bring laughter, both forced and involuntary, to everyone in the audience. Their primary purpose is to maintain their addiction to improv and bring both veterans and beginners into the wonderful world of improvised theatre. Although usually messing around with short form improv, they tend to dabble in long form improv, which ends up in tears and frustration mixed with laughter.

4pm Match

Group Name = Second Nature
College or University = University of Southern California (USC)

Performing Members = Lila Scott, Ian Carr, Charlie O’Connor, Shelby Fero, Tommy Waas, Sarah Khasrovi, Kevin Changaris

Team Description = USC’s long form improv troupe.

Group Name = Without a Box
College or University = Claremont Colleges

Performing Members = Joseph Ocon, Jonah Breslau, Joseph Reynolds, Noah Weingarten, Bekah Manikowski, Jessica Kremer, Matthew Roberts, Daniel Weinand
Non-Performing members = Rachel Weiner

Team Description = A short- and long-form improv group from the five Claremont Colleges.

Group Name = The Charles Darwin Experience
College/University = The University of Arizona
Performing Members = Dan Thomson, Harrison Lehrman, Michael Campbell, Bryce Villalpando, Dana Dobbins

Group Description = The Charles Darwin Experience is a short form improv troupe from the University of Arizona. Founded in 1997, the group is entering it’s 16th year in weekly performances. They are so excited to be back at CIT’s West Coast Regional to play alongside all of the great improv talents on the West Coast!

Laser Squad Bravo

College/University: Loyola Marymount University

Performing Members – TBA

Windy City Regional Champion
KidsTheseDays- WheatonCollege

Match Schedule

Prelims at pH Productions

1pm

The Whittakers – Wheaton College

Latchkey Kid – Loyola University

Red Light School District – University of Illinois-Circle

Occam’s Razor – University of Chicago

3pm

45 Kings – Loyola University

Cosby Sweaters – DePaul University

ROIAL Improv Players – Michigan State University

Kids These Days – Wheaton College

Prelims at Playground Theater

1pm

Don’t Call It Bill – University of Michigan

Lincoln’s Security Detail – Illinois College

Noise from the Basement – Dominican University

The Martha Stewart Home Collection – Columbia College

3pm

The Impro-fessionals – University of Michigan

Droppin’ $cience – Columbia College Chicago

Off Off Campus – University of Chicago

CIT WCR Tickets

Group Name = The Whittakers
College/University = Wheaton Improv
Performing Members = Hannah Taetzsch, Isaac Carter, Andrew Wolfe, Lucian Green, Sam Wilgus, Jeff Linton, Mallory Alpert, Troy de Freitas, Max Adams, Amy Kuhlman, Hannah Wolfe
Non-Performaing Members = Jacob Carter

Group Description = The Whittakers.

Group Name = Kids These Days
College/University = Wheaton College (IL)
Performing Members = Gwen Dreyer, Jon Jones, Ben Kinsinger, Andrew Wagner, Laura Ketchum, Peter Thompson, Sarah Neff
Non-Performaing Members = Amanda Gregornik

Group Description = Kids These Days.

Group Name = Red Light School District
College or University = UIC
Performing Members = Michael Saubert, Andreas Kounales, Taylor Murphy, Bethany Arrington, Tanous El-Kareh, Zak Zajac, Carly Carrano, Taylor Walters-Chapman, Trace Hamilton, Jazz Luckett, Mark Pontarelli
Non-Performing members = John Van Ort, Destiney Strothers

Team Description = Created By UIC alumni Jake Lindquist in 2007, UIC’s Red Light SchoolDistrict prides itself on being a completely student run college improv troupe. Comprised of UIC students Red Light seeks to share with the college and community the healing voice of laughter.

Completely self taught by our ensemble members who have studied at prestigious training studios such as IO Chicago, Second City, and Comedy Sportz Indiana, Red Light utilizes this training to create a collaborative troupe that focuses on relationships and team building skills. Red Light has also been work shopped with improv legend Dave Pasquesi from the famous TJ and Dave show.

Recently Red Light has broken into community service held their first annual Toys For Tots Fundraiser show raising over 200 toys for the less fortunate.It is also a yearly participant in the Evergreen Park high School’s Operation Snowball, that deals with helping high school kids live a life free of destructive decisions.

Red Light also supports the non-profit organization communilink http://communilink.wordpress.com/author/communilink/ a community outreach program that helps those in need.

They say Laughter is the best Medicine so Red Light has started a working relationship with Children’s Memorial Hospital bringing free kid appropriate improv shows to suffering children. RedLights Mission statement is to spread comedy and laughter throughout the Chicago land area and give back to the community with free comedy and laughter.
Regional Applying to = Windy City Regional (Chicago, IL)

Group Name: The Roial Improv Players
College/University: Michigan State University
Performing Members: Grace Pappalardo, Logan Pedersen, Dave Porath, Sam Peters, Zach Zweifler, Bryce Maurer, Sarah Greer, Brian Glover

Team Description: From the beginning, the Roial Improv Players have been anything but conventional. A group of enthusiastic, outspoken college kids from Michigan State University, this group strives to accept anyone who wants to try their hand at improv and spread the good word about improvisational comedy. The Roial Improv Players were created in the early 2000s along with its mother group, the Roial Players. Completely student run, this rag tag theater troupe has outlasted the odds. With the close of the residential college with which it was affiliated, the Roial Players survived and continued acting and improv-ing. The Roial Improv Players began with only a few members, performing for audiences of 10 to 20 people and learning the ropes as they went. Most of them self taught with little previous experience, the Roial Improv Players created a family of college students who were dedicated to learning and performing improv. Unlike most improv troupes the Players have and will continue to welcome anyone who wants to try their hand at improv. Our group does not hold auditions and embraces improv-ers of all levels and students from all disciplines. Although this sometimes presents a challenge, it helps our team grow, learn from, and support each other.
In recent years, the Roial Improv Players have erupted with new membership and new objectives. Now with upwards of 20 members playing for audiences of over 100, the group has truly flourished. Our team holds monthly shows in our home base theater in the new Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State. The college adopted us into their program and we now have a fantastic partnership with the faculty and students. Our shows feature 7 to 9 of our improv-ers and bring in wonderful crowds. Our current team is a delightful mix of new and old, with veteran members, as well as new players who have shown incredible growth and talent. We are so excited to be a part of this year’s College Improv Tournament and brought a team of 8 to represent the great state of Michigan.

Group Name = The Impro-fessionals
College/University = University of Michigan
Performing Members = Rayna Caskey, Michael Fienberg, Willie Filkowski, Dan Gantman, Erik Gothard, Weslie Lechner, Jessica Shost, Sonia Tagari, Sarah Waxman

Group Description = The Impro-fessionals are a combination short-form/long-form improv group that has been performing at Michigan for the past five years. The Impro-fessionals are the University of Michigan Ann Arbor’s youngest improv group, and the only one that performs a hybrid short-form/long-form show. They have a steady following for their shows, which are performed a few times a semester.
The group currently consists of nine members from across the country. A wide variety of improv backgrounds are also represented, including Comedy Sportz (LA), Second City, and various local groups.
The group strives to entertain their audience with high quality improv, going for the big laughs that come from a great scene rather than the cheap ones.

Group Name = The Cosby Sweaters
College/University = Depaul University
Performing Members = Tommy Lowry, Grace Palmer, Logan Breitbart, Amy Rose Ramelli, Julianne Schwartz, Meredith Johnston, Danny Backer, Mimi Dybczak
Non-Performaing Members = Jason Geis – Coach, Drew Current – Coach, Brad Kemp – Music Director

Group Description = DePaul University’s premiere improv team. The Cosby Sweaters are one of the only musical improv college teams in the country and are National Semifinalists 2 years running. We are a pHarm team of pH Productions, and purveyor of quality improv at affordable prices. They are based out of a brand new location at the pH Comedy Theater 1515 Berwyn Ave.

Group Name = No Script Attached
College/University = Dominican University
Performing Members = Sam Zidek, Becca Duff, Alli Braun, Andrea Minchella, Drew Adduci, Axel Vargas-Irlanda, Rosa Terracciano, Michael Melchiorre, Andrew Meissen
Non-Performaing Members = Jason Hodge – Coach, Patrick Serrano – Coach

Group Description = Dominican University’s No Script Attached is the newest of the pH pHarm system. They use their theater background to enrich their improv and approach the artform a little “differently”.

Group Name = Droppin’ $cience
College/University = Columbia College Chicago
Performing Members = Jamie Jirak, Tyler Davis, Cassie Ahiers, Mike Cullen, Terence Carey, Nick Jester, Hannah Starr, Melissa Endsley, Hal Baum, David Gordesky, Max Lazarine
Non-Performaing Members = Kenny Metroff – Coach, Amy Couey – Coach

Group Description = Droppin’ $cience is the premiere improv group at Columbia College and a member of the pH pHarm program. Their silly, high energy, bordering on chaos style has served them very well. They are the 2-time reigning champs of the Chicago Regional, and the current National Champion. Members from Droppin’ $cience have gone on to do awesome things like play at iO, Second City, Annoyance, pH and most recently one of our alums joined the cast of Saturday Night Live.

Group Name = Latchkey Kid
College/University = Loyola University
Performing Members = Colleen Prendergast, Alex Gilman, Annie Chimienti, Spenser Kash, Erin Gutknecht, Sara Augustinas, Stewart Jackson, Tim Lavery, RJ Silva, Annie Murphy
Non-Performaing Members = Austin Campion – Coach, Anne Murphy – Coach

Group Description = Loyola’s Latchkey Kid is one of the newer pH pHarm teams. They are made almost entirely of freshmen and sophomores and bring a youthful energy to the stage. They perform regularly on Loyola’s campus and at College Night with pH.

Group Name = Don’t Call It Bill
College/University = The University of Michigan
Performing Members = Alejandro Fallick, Waleed Mansour, Chad Rhiness, Riley Taggart

Group Description = Don’t Call It Bill is not called Bill. Please don’t call us Bill. Nobody in our group is named Bill and everybody is always like, “Hey, Bill!” We’re not Bill so shut up about it! Using one suggestion, Don’t Call It Bill crafts a loosely connected batch of scenes with joviality and love — Bill

Group Name: Lincoln’s Security Detail
School: Illinois College

Regional Tournament: Windy City Regionals

Performing Members: Willie Barefield, Brian Davenport, Logan Giesing, Carly Holmes, Jordan Jamison, Jonathan Kirkham, Kelsey McFarren, McKenzie Ralph.

Group description: A collection of theatre majors and just plain talented actors, the troupe is open to anyone who can make the audition cut. Formerly working exclusively in short-form, they were inspired by last year’s tournament to work on long-form this year. They were already talking about returning on the ride home last January. This is their second time at the Chicago Improv Festival, and they’re very excited to be here! They hope you enjoy the show as much as they do.

Group Name = The 45 Kings
College/University = Loyola University Chicago
A: Performing Members = Rianne Coale, Eric Rahill, Ben Briggs, Tim Ferrari, George Owens, Dan Black, Sarah Ray
Non-Performaing Members = NoneGroup Description = We are Loyola University’s premiere improv team! We are a group of 7 players (our 8th player just got back from studying abroad), and we love to perform long form improv. Our coach is Caleb George, and he is amazing!

Group Name = The Martha Stewart Home Collection
College/University = Columbia College Chicago
A: Performing Members = Anna Bresnahan, BriElle Munizzi, Charlie Cook, Caitlin McLean, Devlin Marcotte, Eric Somogyi, Jessica Ferolo, Mason Maguire, Nick McDowell, and Tatsue Sera
Group Description = The Martha Stewart Home Collection features a wide array of students with various backgrounds, levels of improv experience, and degrees of sanity. Stemming from the larger Columbia College Improv Club line, The Collection captures the essence of family, a welcoming atmosphere, and a ladleful of fun. That’s right, anyone can enjoy the larger Improv Club line at any time. No auditions or assembly required! This set is sure to make a lovely addition to any home, so please stop by your local Macy’s, Kohl’s, or Dollar General to pick up yours today!

Group Name = Occam’s Razor
College/University = University of Chicago
Performing Members = Thomas Chapman, Annina Christensen, Noah Lee, Ben Bond, Pau, Goodrich, Dan Brier, Sam Karas, Sam Taylor, Tony Ditta, Kylie Zane
Non-Performaing Members = Kirsten Madsen, Manager

Group Description = Occam’s Razor was founded at the University of Chicago in 1999. Some of the warm-up
games they have invented include Stargazer,Small, Medium, Large, Goodfellas/
Greatfellas, Hour-Long Prayer, Hospital Catchphrases, Hum, Ho, Hibble! Return to
Catchphrase Lake, Back 2 Back, Captain, Stewardess, Pilot, Hairdresser, Uncle Baggz, Acapella Dojo, The Shape, Catchphrase Deli, Bucket of Sweat, Bubbles Bubbles, Miracle Cure, Da Vinci! Catchphrase Countdown, Dream Date, Some Call it Love, And Then What Happened? Catchphrase Funeral, 5-Second Sitcom, CSI: Bait Shop, How Did It Feel? Loose Lippz, 3, 2, 1, Prom Date! Thief’s Breath, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Catchphrase, Ocean Sounds, Old Bird, Young Bird, and an original variation of Zip!
Zap! Zop! called Zip! Zap! Zop! Zepp! Zeeb! They perform both short form and long form shows on the University of Chicago campus and invite you to visit their Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/occamsimprov) for show dates and a complete list of warm-up games.

Group Name = Off Off Campus
College/University = University of Chicago
Performing Members = Davio Cianci, Will Stack, Peter Herman, Eric Stone
Non-Performaing Members = Hilary Clifford, Sam Blobaum, Jacob Becker, Brent Rappaport, Patrick Ford, Janet Xu, Haley Johnson, Harmon Siegle, Molly Miller, Evan Weiss, Ariana Nedelman, Alex Stein, Paul Chang, Harrison Kaufman, Dan Ackerman, Danny Patton, Kevin Shang, Peter Moller, Karlee Esmailli, and Jenny Keroack

Group Description = Off-Off Campus is the second oldest student improvisational theater troupe in the country with the first generation dating back to 1986. In the 1950’s, a group of University Chicago students formed the Compass Players on campus, and in 1959, the group became The Second City. In 1986, U of C alum and Second City co-founder Bernie Sahlins (A.B. ’43) returned to the University campus in order to begin a south side group to rival his north side creation. Sahlins trained the first Generation of Off-Off Campus in the art of sketch and improv comedy, and his knowledge and training regiment has been passed down through 27 generations of Off Off Campus. Since 1986 Off-Off Campus has entertained thousands of Chicagoans with its unmistakable mix of improv, sketch, and musical comedy. Off Off Campus performs on campus at the University of Chicago, at University Church in the Blue Gargoyle Theater. Off Off Campus never performs the same show twice! Like them on Facebook for info on tickets, show times, improv tips from the pros and exclusive video content! http://www.offoffcampus.net

CIT Northwest Regional Champion
UBC Improv
University of British Columbia

Jet City Improv

5510 University Way NE

Seattle, WA 98105

Match Schedule
3pm Match
Collective – University of Washington-Seattle
Dead Parrots Society – Western Washington University
SCRIPTed– Lewis & Clark College
The Significant Others – University of Portland

5pm Match
UBCimprov – University of British Columbia
Varsity Nordic – Whitman College
The Ministry of Madness – Green River Community College
Absolute Improv – University of Oregon
Clay Crows – Pacific Lutheran University

8pm Finals Match
3pm winner
5pm winner
Wildcard team (best of the second place teams)

Group Name = The Dead Parrots Society
College/University = Western Washington University
Performing Members = Zach Wymore, Jake Barrow, Elizabeth Andrews, Ali Khan, Greg Phelps, Tobias Childs (alternate)
Non-Performaing Members = Mario Orallo-Molinaro, Michael Brannan, Levi Friedman, Katie Heath, Jon Ramsey

Group Description = The Dead Parrots Society has provided Western Washington University with its unique brand of improv since 1998. DPS is completely student-run and performs longform improv regularly throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Group Name = SCRIPTed
College/University = Lewis & Clark
Performing Members = Brandon Ceislak, Liz Horton, David Oehler, Webster Rasmussen, Jake Simonds.
Non-Performaing Members = Corey McCarey
Group Description = Since 2007, SCRIPTed has played matchmaker between the Lewis & Clark community and great improv. SCRIPTed stands for the Serious Club’s Really Intense Performance troupe. SCRIPTed has performed in Seattle, Vancouver, the greater Portland area, and last spring one of our performers got recognized by a random fan in London, England!

Group Name = Varsity Nordic
College/University = Whitman College
A: Performing Members = Hannah Davenport, Kinsey White, Henry Nolan, Nick Cross, Sam Gelband, Ailie Kerr, Eli Zavatsky, Rose Gottlieb, Jeremy Howell, Sam Halgren, Cory Rand
Group Description = Varsity Nordic is Whitman College’s premier long-form improv team.

Group Name = The Significant Others
College/University = University of Portland
Performing Members = Jacquelyn Ackerson, Rachel Van Nes, Ben Mesches, Ryan Belise, Matt Tominaga, Devin Helmgren, Beau Borek
Non-Performaing Members = Zach Nye, Allie Seibert, Nate Mattix

Group Description = The Significant Others is a self-taught improv troupe in the University of Portland’s improv club,the Bluffoons. We are team of students who focus on finding the humor and lightheartedness of every situation and creating a welcoming environment for every UP student who joins our ranks,

Group Name = The Ministry of Madness
College/University = Green River Community College
Performing Members = Jedd Bingham, Sarah Flory, Sean Wagemans, Amanda Olsen, Jake Cossio, Kyle Richardson, Justin Miller, Brandon Haddix (Alternate)

Group Description = The Ministry of Madness is Green River’s Improv Troupe and the first and only theater club on our campus! We have been active since early 2011 and perform a wide variety of forms and structures in efforts to create a strong theatrical outlet for all students!

Group Name = The Collective
College/University = University of Washington
Performing Members = Carl Powers, Kayla Hornbrook, Byron Wu, Alex Lafnitzegger, Mallory Gillin, Suz Boretz, Kevin Lin, Ada Waelder, Maddie Hamel, Paul Lau (tech), Risa Wampler (tech)
Non-Performaing Members = Celia Gurney, Elliott Adler, Shawnee Luciani, Olivia Sommers, Jacob Williams, Andrew Kimitsuka, Adam Moshcatel, Rebecca Wyman

Group Description = The Collective is UW’s Best and Only Improv troupe. We bring comedy goodness right here in Seattle through our shows, workshops, and campus shenanigans. Our goal is to remind our audiences what it means to play.

Group Name = UBCimprov
College/University = University of British Columbia
Performing Members = Zach Wolfman, Jordan Moore, Noah Goldenberg, Ghazal Azarbad, Kelsey Land

Group Description = UBCimprov has been breaking funny bones on campus since 1999. We are a power-packed comedy juggernaut that assaults all that is dreary and unimaginative about the post-secondary experience. Stealing stories from the doldrums of the uninspired, we improvise a theatrical roller-coaster that does not comply with any of British Columbia’s safety standards.

Group Name = Absolute Improv
College/University = University of Oregon
Performing Members = Suzanna Akins, Maddie Dunkelberg, Ryan Hoefle, John Jeffrey, Rhiannah Johnson, Olivia Walton
Non-Performaing Members = Sam Cain, Martin Diaz-Valdez, Evan Marshall, Zoe Muellner

Group Description = Absolute Improv has been gigging across Eugene, Oregon for over eighteen years. Their venues range from Lord Leebrick Theater, to the Green Room Comedy Club. Absolute plays in both longform and shortform improv, and collaborates as a student-run group at the UO. All members enjoy long walks on the beach, holding hands, and pina coladas.

Group Name = Clay Crows
College/University = Pacific Lutheran University
Performing Members = Myia Johnson, Alie Shultz, Jessica Lenczycki, and Thomas Robinson.

Group Description = The Clay Crows are Pacific Lutheran University’s premiere and only improv troupe. Founded in 2007 They Crows play around in long and short form and host improvisation workshops for anyone interested.

CIT Liberty Bell Regional Champion
The Buttered Niblets
Johns Hopkins University

Liberty Bell Regional Recap

Philly Improv Theater,

@ The Adrienne Skybox
2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Match Schedule
2pm Match
Improv 101 – LaSalle University
Without a Net – University of Pennsylvania
Indoor Voices – American University
The Loaf – Shenandoah University

4pm Match
Buttered Niblets – Johns Hopkins University
The Bureau – University of Maryland College Park
Improv Molotov – Millersville University
Drexel Football Team – Drexel University

8pm Finals Match
2pm winner
4pm winner
Wildcard team (best of the second place teams)

Group Name = Improv 101
College/University = La Salle University
Performing Members = Pat Dohony, Jamie Glasheen, Brian McCarthy, Sean Gubitosi, Emily Caine, Kevin Mahon, CJ Rumer, Caitlin O’Malley

Group Description = Improv 101 is an improvisational comedy group made up of undergrad La Salle students. We specialize in short-form improv games and performances in seedy back alleys.

Group Name: Without a Net
College/University: University of Pennsylvania
Performing Members: Faryn Pearl, Alex Pleet, Gabe Jimenez, Jonah Meyerson, Jacob Kornman, Artem Nurlat
Non-Performing Members: Caroline Claflin
Team Description: We’re the University of Pennsylvania’s best (and only) improvised comedy troupe.

Group Name = Improv Molotov
College/University = Millersville University
Performing Members = Aaron Dake, Alex Dorsheimer, Paul Goraczko, Jessica Lieb, Kathleen Verbo, Emily Rissinger, Henry Wagner, Jaun Diehl, Tommy Yu

Group Description = We are Improv Molotov, the only improv troupe in the Millersville area. We represent Millersville University, a small rural college outside Lancaster, PA. We are comprised of about 10 socially inept individuals from many walks of life.

Group Name: Indoor Voices
College/University: American University
Performing Members: Shawn Bush, Thomas Cheng, Colin Dame, Jeff Friedman, Virginia Lyon, Madeline Wolfson
Team Description: Indoor Voices is comprised of six members of American University’s improv troupeMission: Improv-able. Yes, we know how many other groups use this name; it’s been around for two decades before any of us joined. We pride ourselves on how we utilize our diverse styles of humor to create unforgettable improv. Our voices are indoor, but we’re anything but quiet!

Group Name = The Buttered Niblets
College/University = Johns Hopkins University
Performing Members = Pamela Hugi, Morris Kraicer, Hilary Parker, Malcolm Douglas, Matt Myers, Claire Rosen, Jen Diamond, Neil Chapel

Group Description = The Buttered Niblets are Johns Hopkins University premier Comedy Improv Troupe. They like their improv long and they like their improv short, but most of all they like you.

Group Name = The Bureau
College/University = University of Maryland
Performing Members = Matan Berkowitz, Alex Zito, Matt DeCaro, Marty Thompson, Collin Baker and Chicken Daddy

Group Description = 8=====Dignified.

Group Name = The Loaf
College/University = Shenandoah University
A: Performing Members = Deirdre Dillon, Tom Cannan, Allison Petrillo, Caleb Forsythe, Eric Nauman, Kacey Willis, Spencer Streno, Allen Law, Desiree Dabney, Zane Rerek, Michael Pellegrino, Brandon Spann

Group Description = Shenandoah’s one and only (bread based) improv/
sketch comedy troupe. We enjoy bread puns, making people laugh and long walks on the beach. So get ready for that.

Group Name = Drexel Football Team
College/University = Drexel University
Performing Members = Erica Pike, Sean Huber, Chad Fisher, Ross Reagan, Alix Leszczynski, Edric Garcia, Mary Perry, Nicholas Maleno
Non-Performaing Members = Frieda Beckerman

Group Description = The Drexel Football Team is the official student-run Improv Comedy team of Drexel University. Established in 2005, the team has performed pubed and competed in improv shows around the Northeast, as well as multiple performances on Drexel’s Pubey campus every year. All of the on campus performances are free to the public and feature a collection of wacky games, scenes, and audience participation; ALL improvised right on the spot. No pubes scripts whatsoever (no really, we tried that once and it didn’t work. There are NO scripts) We perform a mix of Long Form Improv, a number of scenes that are loosely connected by a common theme, setting, story, word or character – Free form improv if you will – and Short Form pube Improv, which is based on a pube number of different games, each with their own set of rules and gimmicks ranging from simple to complex.

CIT Southwest Regional Champion
Glaundor – University of Houston

The Hideout Theatre

617 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
Match Schedule
5pm Match

Cricket City Improv – Texas A&M – Commerce

Don’t Ask Me How – Austin College

Glaundor – University of Houston

Alternative Fuels – Texas Tech University

7pm Match

Left Right TIM – University of Colorado Boulder

Bear Minimum – Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Senseless Acts of Comedy – Texas Christian University

Spontaneous Combustion – Rice University

9pm Match

Gigglepants – UT Austin

Phortasics – University of Houston

Lazer Minnelli – Univerity of North Texas

Out on a Limb – NSU

Theatre Strike Force – University of Florida

11pm Finals Match

5pm Winner

7pm Winner

9pm Winner

Wildcard Team (Best of Second Place Teams)

Group Name = OUT ON A LIMB
College or University = NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
Performing Members = Timothy Callais
Sharla Mills
Beau Wilson
Brittany McMahon
Tyler Price
Shannon Harger
Allen Powers
Non-Performing members = Cameron Metrejean

Team Description = OUT ON A LIMB’s Faculty Advisor, Scott Burrell founded the troupe several years ago as a Comedy Sports team. After attending our first College Improv Tournament in 2009, our current Captain, Timothy Callais enrolled in iO Chicago’s 2010 Summer Intensive.

Group Name Phortasics
College or University – University of Houston

Team Description Phortasics is Houston’s newest long-form improv troupe, based out of the University of Houston. A Phortasics show begins with a single suggestion from the audience, and then blossoms into a many-splendored world of wonder and whimsy!

Performing Members

AmyJo Foreman, Ben Gammack, Brendon Lara, Christine Arnold, Christine Wines, Max Holkan, Paige Wharton, Robert Price, Vic Shuttee

Group Name = Bear Minimum
College/University = Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi
Performing Members = Kevin Fredrick, Jamie Goodman, Austin Vaught, Malcolm Petty, Jason Mott, David Serna

Group Description = Bear Minimum was founded on a camping trip in the Appalachian Mountains where a magical bear abducted the group for three days. No one will speak of what happened, but on the third day Bear Minimum emerged from the forest hungry for the souls of other improvisers.

Group Name = Glaundor
College/University = The University of Houston
Performing Members = Jason Ronje, Kevin Lusignolo, Kirk Ellis, Colin David, Adam Sowers, Andrew Garrett, Saurabh Pande

Group Description = What happens when the North star leads you South?
Euphoric, transcendent, Haliburton-esque.

Group Name = Spontaneous Combustion
College/University = Rice University
Performing Members = Ian Campbell, Adrien Pellerin, Hurst Williamson, Sal Testa, John Mendell
Non-Performaing Members = Jake Hassell, Westin Williams, Ben Hamm Conard

Group Description = We are Rice University’s first and foremost improv troupe catering to all the improv needs of the Houston area and they are plentiful. Mixing in both long and short form, Spontaneous Combustion is there to spread improv love to the college campus.

Group Name = Alternative Fuels
College/University = Texas Tech University
Performing Members = Ryan Russell, Matt Plummer, Casey Joiner, Cody Lindley, Tom Laney, and Nicole Amos

Group Description = Do you like comedy? Do you like West Texas? Do you love being entertained by spontaneity? Do you eat sandwiches with mustard? How about with mayo? Is your favorite color blue? How many siblings do you have? Are you tired of these unnecessary questions? Too Bad. How much weight do you gain during holidays? Can you bench press 150 lbs? Is your celebrity crush Brad Pitt? Ours too. We’re Alternative Fuels!

Group Name = Cricket City
College/University = Texas A&M University-Commerce
Performing Members = Melissa Archer, Bailie Avrit, Sean Bates, Michael Cody Blan, Glenn Davis, Kenny Scarberry
Non-Performaing Members = Michael Adeyemo, Kym Baxter, Brittney Bowen, Jacob Layton, Ronald Leonard, Andrew Milke, Victoria Walters

Group Description = Cricket City Improv is based out of Texas A&M University-Commerce, but we are East Texas’s premier Improv troupe. One day we were walking down the street, improving, when out of the sky appeared an angel, an angel that sent us on a quest to fill the world with laughter, watch out other troupes because Crickets are everywhere!

Group Name = Senseless Acts of Comedy
College/University = Texas Christian University
Performing Members = Daniel Floren, Pearce Byrd, Grant Moore, Kelly Ryan, Holly Whitt, Connor Paden, Ben Yoder, Jon Barnes, Brett Hildebrand, Jeffrey Chatman, Tori Twomey

Group Description = Senseless Acts of Comedy, or SAC for short, is a long form and short form troupe hailing from TCU in Fort Worth. We recently celebrated our tenth anniversary on campus, where we put on shows every Thursday night at 9pm. If you need to know any more about us be sure to check your local library.

Group Name = Don’t Ask Me How
College/University = Austin College
Performing Members = Maddy Fouga, Julio Malave-Torres, Spencer Nystrom, Jessica Shanks, Conner Skinner, Nicholas Tanner, Sarah Wilhelm, Harrison Wilkie

Group Description = We hail from Sherman, and through the long and short, the musical and the machine, we have faced the forms of improv, met astounding characters, visited worlds that no man ought have seen. Performing since 2007, we come to Austin to invite you to the realms fantastic.

Group Name = Theatre Strike Force
College/University = University of Florida
Performing Members = Bradley Hersch, Taylor Gonzalez, Nick Slater, Jacki Schwarz, Dan LeVine, Sami Main
Non-Performaing Members = Patrick Hart

Group Description = Theatre Strike is one of the nation’s largest college improv clubs, with over 100 members every year. Representing them in CIT is “The Sunday Group”, the premier long-form team of the club.

Group Name = Left Right TIM
College/University = University of Colorado Boulder
Performing Members = Parker Richards, Zach Morin, Peter Cirkovic, Kailyn Bennett, Colleen Ryan, Kay Ren, Smith Johnston, Josh Scott

Group Description = Left Right TIM is CU Boulder’s Premiere Improv Comedy Troupe. Born from the ashes of Gods, the members of Left Right TIM are.

Group Name = Gigglepants
College/University = UT Austin
Performing Members = Huy Nguyen, Nadia Khalid, Thomas Kelleher, Garrett Meeks, Isaac Benavidez, Evan T. Atherton, Reid O’Conor
Group Description = Gigglepants is UT Austin’s best and only improv troupe. We perform short-form improv comedy every other week to packed crowds in auditoriums on campus. Gigglepants practices “good, clean fun” meaning our improv is good, clean, and fun.

CIT Heartland Regional Completed!
Congratulations to the new CIT Heartland Regional Champions –

The Best Best Friends
from the University of Missouri!
And to Second place (and possible Wild Card team)
also from Mizzou – Dadprov!

Comedy City

817 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO

Match Schedule

1pm match

Here Me Out – University of Missouri

Zoiks! – Emporia State

Flatliners Improv – Missouri Valley College

Cardinal’s Jesters – William Jewell College

3pm match

Action Pact – MidAmerica Nazerene University

Spiked Punch Lines Improv – University of Tulsa

On The Spot – Kansas State University

The Best Best Friends – University of Missouri

5pm match

Sloppy Joes – Newman University

K.A.R.L. – Washington University in St. Louis

Dadprov – University of Missouri

Punchline Players, State Fair Community College

10pm Finals Match

1pm Match Winner

3pm Match Winner

5pm Match Winner

Wildcard (Best of 2nd Place Teams)

Group Name = The Flatliners
College/University = Missouri Valley College
Performing Members = Sequan Davison, Caitlynn Davidson, Crystal Mann, Tommy Waller, Clayton Sullivan, Carrie Palmer, Raymond Banks
Non-Performaing Members = Kate Rueter, Wade Hughes, Harold Hynick

Group Description = The Flatliners are the resident improv troupe at MVC and perform at High Schools through out the state.

Group Name = Sloppy Joes
College/University = Newman University
Performing Members = Rebekah Baldridge, Pancho Fields, Brittany Jonas, Sara Ast, Andrew Hild, Alison Byrne, Emma Mattingly

Group Description = When we make a sandwich, we carefully craft it from the finest ingredients. So here at Newman University when we wanted to make an improv troupe, we selected the freshest, most diverse, and most flavorful folks from every department and activity and level of strangeness at Newman, and threw them together in one blackbox theatre to see what would happen. The result is a taste sensation that delights our audiences and yet, somehow, leaves them hungry for more and more and more.

Group Name: Cardinals’ Jesters
College/University: William Jewell College
Performing Members: Max Frankel, Aaron Denney, Ryan Buell, Donald
Prusha, Caitlin Crawford

Team Description: The Cardinals’ Jesters are the official improv
troupe of William Jewell College. They bring the funny to the
students on campus for free every month, performing both short and
long form sets in their beloved Browning Theater, which doubles as a
nursing lecture hall since early 2011.

Group Name = Zoiks! Improv Comedy Troupe
College/University = Emporia State University
Performing Members = Bryce Cooke, Andrew McCutcheon, Emma DePriest, Austin Schopper, Shane Hollern, Justin Rahe, Amanda RyanGroup Description = The Zoiks Improv Comedy Troupe is Emporia State University’s premiere improv and sketch comedy performance group. Zoiks performs regularly on and off the ESU Campus. Just recently, Zoiks opened for the Black and White Comedy Tour and will open for Upright Citizens Brigade later this semester.

Group Name = On The Spot Improv
College/University = Kansas State University
Performing Members = Alec Todd, Shelby Storrie, Brady Bauman, Jordan Crook, Danny Neely, Val Rock, James Krotz, and Matt Roeder

Group Description = This is On The Spot’s fourth year in existence and third year performing at CIT. We’ve done shortform, longform, workshops, dinner theaters, and the occasional wedding or bar mitzvah.

Group Name = Dadprov
College/University = University of Missouri
Performing Members = Ian Sobule
Eric Dude
Dillon Cassidy

Group Description = Just a couple of guys from MU Improv that like dads.

Group Name = Action Pact
College/University = MidAmerica Nazarene University
Performing Members = Molly Harmel, Josiah Crandall, Alex Wilson, Rachel Gall, Matt Borger, Joey Alligier

Group Description = Action Pact is MidAmerica Nazarene University’s improv group performing in surrounding states and on campus. The group performs two – three times a month and has been in existence for six years.

Group Name = Hear Me Out
College/University = MIzzou
Performing Members = -Sara Dennis, Caleb Doyle, Mason Kerwick, Hunter Lehr, Dan Leo, Steve Sheehan

Group Description = We’re like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Plus two more people. One is a girl.

Group Name = K.A.R.L. Improv
College/University = Washington University in St. Louis, MO
Performing Members = Caryn Rubanovich, Carina Fowler, Will Jacobs, Kate Drummond, Alex Antrum, Connor McEvoy, Ben Cutler, Jessie Joseph, Lianna Cohen, Dera Ikeme, Nathan Wolf, Alex Mitchell

Group Description = KARL improv is a short-form improv group hailing from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Founded in the early 21st century, KARL improv has grown over the years and has performed in numerous festivals including the Gainesville Improv Festival and the CIT regional 2012. KARL improv is also host to the Pandamonium Improv Festival held in St. Louis, MO. In Spring 2012, KARL was named “Best Collegiate Improv Group,” by popular vote in the Inny Awards.

Group Name = The Best Best Friends
College/University = University of Missouri
Performing Members = Drew Kohler, Jake Wallach, and Clint Cannon
Non-Performaing Members = Schuyler WeinbergGroup Description = We’re Best Best Friends, and you’ll never know the Weinberg.

Group Name = Spiked Punch Lines Improv
College/University = The University of Tulsa
Performing Members = Anna Bennett, Stephen Lowe, Beth Geatches, Evan Fenska, Eli Wright, Matthew Bonadona
Group Description = Spiked Punch Lines Improv is the University of Tulsa’s first and only improvisation group. Started in 2009, they specialize in short-form improv and bring a cheap and hilarious alternative to planned entertainment to the stages of Tulsa. Spiked Punch Lines Improv performs regularly on TU’s campus and offers many styles of improv workshops, boasting a membership of 30+ improvisers!

Group Name = Punchline Players
College/University = State Fair Community College
Performing Members = Anthony Alverez, Brice Brewer, Ersery, Devin, Heather Hill, Sarah Hill, Stephen Klee, James SheppardGroup Description: The Punchline Players are a rambunctious group of improvisers who have been stranded at state fairs.

Golden Gate Regional Champion
Awkward Silence
University of San Francisco

The Un-Scripted Theater
533 Sutter Street, Second Floor

Match Schedule
8pm Match

Awkward Silence – University of San Francisco
Stanford Improvisers – Stanford University
TBD – University of California Berkeley

Group Name = TBD Comedy
College/University = Universtiy of California, Berkeley
Performing Members = 9 to 10
Non-Performaing Members = 2 to 3
Group Description = TBD Comedy is UC Berkeley’s only improv group that does both short-form and long-form. We love’em both! Our mission is to constantly grow as performers and promote the growth of improv in the Cal community. We love performing for our fans, the Cal community, and whomever will have us. We look forward to performing in the 2013 CIT Golden Gate Regional!

Group Name = Awkward Silence
College/University = University of San Francisco
Performing Members = Lucas Waldron, Dana Robie, Alex Krikorian, Astrea Centin, Lauren Bellenie, Shanna McHugh, Stevie Saunders, Alec Kaplan, Elizabeth Anderson
Group Description = Awkward Silence is University of San Francisco’s best and most attractive short-form improv comedy team.

Group Name = Stanford Improvisors (SImps)
College/University = Stanford University
Performing Members = TBA
Non-Performaing Members = TBA
Group Description = The SImps love improv, plus they’re Stanford’s only improv troupe, so they do it a lot.

Lower Midwest Regional Champion
Improv Mafia
Illinois State University

ComedySportz Indianapolis

721 Massachusetts ave

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Match Schedule
1pm Match
Awkward Silence – Indiana University
ImprompTU – Transylvania University
DeBono – University of Illinois
Crazy Monkeys – Purdue University
3pm Match
Spicy Clamato – University of Illinois
Ship of Fools – Purdue University
Fishbowl Improv – Ohio State University
Full Frontal Comedy – Indiana University
5pm Match
Sketched Out – Miami University of Oxford, Ohio
Improv Mafia – Illinois State University
ABSO Improv Comedy – Ball State University
Humor Artists – Norte Dame University

10pm finals
1pm winner
3pm winner
5pm winner
wildcard

Group Name = DeBono
College/University = University of Illinois
Performing Members = Jordan Lange, Jaime Lemens, Nicholas Dietrich, Julie Brady, Terrance Rogers, David Naber, Brendan Sweeney, Jessica Shyrock
Non-Performaing Members = Kimi Arquines, Clare Cutler

Group Description = DeBono is a longform musical improv comedy group. We are the longest running longform group at University of Illinois. We come from all different majors and just LOVE performing and watching improv comedy!

Group Name = Spicy Clamato
College/University = University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Performing Members = Maddie Murphy, Robel Arega, Paul Finn, Nick Martin, Sam April, Liam Burns, Ethan Robisch, Jordan Lange, Cara Collins

Group Description = Spicy Clamato is a short-form improvisational group. We utilize a variety of two-person and multi-person games in our sets. We also ask the audience for multiple suggestions throughout the set.

Group Name = Ship of Fools
College/University = Purdue University
Performing Members = Kate Borders, Jeremy Starks, Becky Krause, Leah Hedrick, Luke Poole, Gavin Pugh, David Felts, Josiah Telschow, Adam Weatherford

Group Description = We are a short-form improv group experimenting with various long-form setups. We host the Purdue Improv Club, which allows Purdue students to try their hand at improv. We are excited to be part of the CIT this year!

Group Name = The Humor Artists
College/University = University of Notre Dame
Performing Members = Miranda Brickner, Cameron Cortens, Elise Eiden, Dan Sullivan, Alec Vanthournout
Non-Performaing Members = Dani Dorrego, Stephen Elser, Brian Rodgers, Conor Hanney,

Group Description = The Humor Artists are Notre Dame’s premier (and only) improv troupe. Under the tutelage of the wonderful Meghan Brown, we perform regular long- and short-form shows in the Michiana area.

Group Name = Abso Improv Comedy
College/University = Ball State University
Performing Members = Brody Goodnight, Jimmy Guerrero, Ethan Johnson, Megan Spencer, Erin Schend, Jake Kryshak, Skyler Blevins, David Tarsha, Alex Waite, Katie Kincaid
Non-Performaing Members = Will Jervis

Group Description = Abso Improv Comedy is Ball State’s premiere Improv troupe. Founded 21 years ago the group strives to keep comedy alive and kickin amongst the Ball State campus. Abso practices twice a week and has shows twice a month. Whether on stage or off you can see member hanging out together most of the time. Abso isn’t just an improv troupe, they are a family.

Group Name = Improv Mafia
College/University = Illinois State University
Performing Members = Jason Raymer, Robert Leahy, Kyle McClevey, Carlos Kmet, Fiona Stephens, Liz Dillard, Jason Snyder
Non-Performaing Members = Dee Savaria, Ally Morton, Garrett Douglas, Devin PriorGroup Description = Created in 1999, Improv Mafia is Illinois State University’s one and only improv troupe. They perform free weekly shows on ISU’s campus that are open to students and the public. Mafia’s repertoire includes short, long and experimental forms of improv.

Group Name = ImprompTU
College/University = Transylvania University
Performing Members = Alex Cheser, Andrew Traughber, Cameron Lindsey, Chloe King, Cory Collins
Non-Performaing Members = Josiah Knight, Garrett Gabriel, Taylor Deaton, Heidi Clark, Stephannie Bostick
Group Description = We are a bunch of friends that put on shows on our little liberal arts campus for some big crowds from all around Lexington, KY. We have been presenting short-form and long-form shows every month for the past four years, and we hope to stick around for a while longer too!

Group Name = Sketched Out
College/University = Miami University of Oxford, Ohio
Performing Members = Mike Gospel, Joseph Bushur, Laura Palmer, Johnny Griffin, Sarah Duncan, Laura Feldmeyer, Scott Dalton, Lizzie Docel, Christian Corpora
Group Description = Sketched Out is Miami University’s best and only improv group. We do little skits.

Group Name = DLB
College/University = University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Performing Members = Mateo Hurtado, David Naber, Zeynep Ali, Petra Forsythe, Terrance Rogers, Liam Burns
Group Description = Team DLB specializes in the Armando Long Form Improv Technique!

Group Name = Awkward Silence Comedy
College/University = Indiana University – Bloomington
Performing Members = Ian Martin, Jessye Mueller, Ted Ofner, Daniel Versweyveld
Group Description = Awkward Silence Comedy is a close knit ensemble, focusing primarily on long form, who come together to weave a tapestry of eclectic characters and relationship based scenes. Each performance is an explosive romp through the collective consciousness of the ensemble. Ultimately this experimental group stays grounded by their Midwestern values! Awkward Silence performs weekly in the Indiana Memorial Union and venues throughout the country including, CIT, the Del Close Marathon in New York, the Fracas Improv Festival in LA, the Bellwether Improv Festival, and the Malignant Humor Comedy Festival.

Group Name = The Crazy Monkeys
College/University = Purdue University
Performing Members = Casey Drummer, Jason Van Houten, Michael Sullivan, Aaren Kracich, Michelle La Follette, Christina Buckley
Group Description = We are Purdue’s premier improv comedy group, specializing in a mix of long and short form.

Group Name = Ok Batman
College/University = University of Illinois
Performing Members = Paul Twarowski, Kate Dorhout, Robel Arega, Nicholas Dietrich, Julie Brady
Non-Performaing Members = Anna Gooler
Group Description = Ok Batman is a long-form improv group from the University of Illinois. This will be their first appearance as Ok Batman.

Group Name = Full Frontal Comedy
College/University = Indiana University
Performing Members = Peter Carey, Jeff Jensen, Nick Haddad, Michael Haluska, Patrick Loughery, Sam Doughty, Emily Mange, Stephanie Katz, Max Zander
Group Description = Based in Bloomington, Indiana on the beautiful campus of Indiana University, Full Frontal Comedy performs long-form, deep dish, “Chicago-style” improv spiced up with some short improv games and sketches. Full Frontal keeps audiences engaged in the aisles with their unscripted, imaginative, and completely hilarious shows.

CIT South Regional Champion
The Mobb Line
Savannah College of Art and Design

Dad’s Garage

280 Elizabeth Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA

Match Schedule

2pm match

Superhuman Moonbots – University of Central Florida

Wingmen – University of New Orleans

KISS – Kennesaw State University

Schticks & Giggles – Piedmont College

4pm match

Last Ones Picked – Vanderbilt University

Far Sketched – Anderson University

Improv Athens – University of Georgia

Goodprov Badprov – University of Central Florida

6pm match

Treble Makers – University of Florida

Toast – University of South Carolina

The Yes Andersons – Vanderbilt University

Mobb Line – Savannah College of Art & Design

8pm Finals

2pm match winner

4pm match winner

6pm match winner

Wildcard Team

Group Name = Schticks & Giggles
College or University = Piedmont College
Performing Members = Matt McClure, Melissa Rice, Ben Cissé, Nic Sridej,
Oliver Merritt, Justin Gilleland

Team Description = A fairly new troupe, this is Schticks & Giggles’s fourth year in existence. Six of the members will be performing at the tournament, but in total we have a twelve member troupe that performs a variety of shows throughout the year, two of which include charity performances where we raise money for nearby organizations. We’re looking to expand our knowledge of improv and connect with people who love it as much as we do, and we think the College Improv Tournament would be a great place to do that.

Group Name = Improv Athens
College/University = The University of Georgia
Performing Members = John David Williams, Dane Troy, Bradley Bazzle, Cole Earnest, Wes Parrish, Shelli Delgado, Jason Burwell

Group Description = Our mission is to provide high-quality, enjoyable, affordable improvisational theatre to the University of Georgia community, Athens, GA, and the surrounding area, as well as, to instruct and welcome any individual interested in improvisational theatre.

Group Name = The Treble Makers
College/University = University of Florida
Performing Members = David Mucci, Zachary Peterson, Rachel Newman, Ishin Iwasaki, Michael Pomerantz, , Kevin Tra
Non-Performaing Members = Nick Slater

Group Description = Established in 2011, The Treble Makers are the University of Florida’s premier musical improv troupe. They provide comedic relief and the sweet sounds of music to varying audiences across the state of Florida. So sit back, laugh, cry, and watch them shake up the improv world.

Group Name = Mobb Line
College/University = Savannah College of Art and Design
Performing Members = Maddy Buxton, Kamille Dawkins, Charlie Hafer, AJ Jennings, Ian Mather, Chris Mayers, Cody Murphy, Anne-Marie Trabolsi, Sara Turner

Group Description = Mobb Line, now in its third year, is part of a growing improv community at SCAD. Last year was our first time at C.I.T. and it was a great to see what other groups are doing, share ideas and talk improv. We’re exploring long form improv and looking forward to another C.I.T.

Group Name = K.I.S.S. (Kennesaw Improv Society, Stupid!)
College/University = Kennesaw State University
Performing Members = Zach Bromberg, Molly Gilmartin, Emily Wolfe, Michael Butler
Maged Roushdi, Qate Bean
Non-Performaing Members = Jamie Bullins

Group Description = “Improv Dangerously” is the mantra. No blood, no foul. Side-splitting, surprising and, sometimes, absolutely silly. Keep your hands and feet inside the ride folks. Buckle up.

Group Name = Wingmen
College/University = University of New Orleans
Performing Members = Matthew Ethan Carmichael
Danny Abel

Group Description = Break-off two-man show representing the University of New Orleans troupe F.D.R. Improv.

Group Name = Toast
College/University = University of South Carolina
Performing Members = Marissa Gastelle, Max Lasser, Victoria Whitten, Casey Clough, Alexandra Herstik, Nick Ducko, Lloyd Kimpton
Non-Performaing Members = Liam Macdougal, Ryan Stevens

Group Description = Twelve years ago our founders ran out of paper but needed to print flyers for an improv show. They grabbed a piece of bread and thus Toast was born and a printer broken.
9 members strong Toast is looking forward to learning from new people and taking the show on the road.

Group Name = Goodprov Badprov
College/University = University of Central Florida
Performing Members = Alex Bair, Tommy Bowe, Alex Hluch, Jamie O’Neil, Ryan O’Toole, Kody Schmidt
Non-Performaing Members = Sara Ambra, Sofia Ambra, Alex Hehr, Jamie Aronson

Group Description = A group, forged by raw emotion and other materials, that has been around for a little over a year. We specialize in doing things as well as hanging out. It’s a difficult job, but some one has to do it.

Group Name = Superhuman Moonbots

College/University = University of Central Florida
Performing Members = Danielle Clarke, Kelly DeMent, Billy Fisher, Taylor Frost, Zack Wright
Non-Performaing Members = Katelynn Johnson, Douglas Jensen, Alexa Rahmanparast

Group Description = On the snow capped peaks of the tallest mountain in the world, five brothers united to forge the greatest alliance ever know by any humans in the history of ever. The rest you just kind of have to connect the dots and throw in whatever you think is probably true.

Group Name = The Yes Andersons
College/University = Vanderbilt University
Performing Members = Jessica D’Angelo, David Johnson, Brian Cooper, Peter Linck, Matthew Preston, William Hillsman, Adina Rosenberg
Group Description = The Yes Andersons are a group whose sum is greater than its parts. We love each other and improvise for each other. No risk is too great. When it happens, you’ll know it.

Group Name = Last One’s Picked
College/University = Vanderbilt University
Performing Members = Alex Lovely, Robert Hiland, Brendan Gray, Lauren Mandel, Katherine Smith, Charles “Dante” Thomas
Group Description = Because once upon a time, we were…and you were, too.

Group Name = Far Sketched
College/University = Anderson University
Performing Members = Matt Reiser, Taylor Dorsett, Hollie Griffin, Dustin Bays, Norma Zupko, Eric Black, Tyler Prescott, Jake Collins
Group Description = Short form improv group from Anderson, SC.

The 3rd annual College Improv Tournament
November 7, 2009 – February 6, 2010

CIT 2009 ARCHIVES
Updates; Nationals; Regionals; Teams; Press; Sponsors:

To look at photos from CIT 2009, please click: Flickr
To look at videos from CIT 2009, please click: Vimeo

CIT 2009 UPDATES

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Update: 4/6/10
CIT Nationals in 2 Minutes 41 Seconds!

Photographer Jon Cole shot the entire day of this year’s CIT Nationals and now he has edited together photos from the three semi-finals and the finals to create a photo-animation video that captures the energy and excitement of that day’s great matches.

College Improv Tournament 2009 from Jon Cole on Vimeo.

Upate: 3/9/10
CIT National Videos & Chicago Regional Videos Posted

The complete videos from the CIT Nationals performances and the CIT Chicago Regionals performances are now posted on-line at CIT’s Vimeo page.

To view the CIT National videos, please click: Nationals
To view the CIT Chicago Regional videos, please click: Chicago Regionals

Update: 3/3/10
CIF Productions’ Co-Sponsors Video Contest For College Improvisers

CIF Productions is proud to be a co-sponsor of Showbizzle.com’s new short film contest for college improvisers, The Hollywood Challenge. Already over 30 college improv teams, most of whom participated in this year’s College Improv Tournament, have entered the contest. Among the prizes that the winning college film-makers will receive is a showing of their video at this year’s Chicago Improv Festival.

To read more about the video contest, please click: The Hollywood Challenge

Update: 2/16/10
CIT Nationals Photos Posted

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Photos from the CIT Nationals’ preliminary rounds and finals have now been posted on CIT’s Flickr page, including this huge group photo with 8 of the 9 participating teams, and was shot by Ben Janey in the morning prior to the start of the CIT Nationals.

To look at photos from the CIT National Finals, please click: Finals

Update: 2/7/10
NU’s Titanic Players National Champs By .5 Points

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The Titanic Players’ Daddy Mags with the CIT 2009 Trophy Cup

In an amazing finals and also the closest match ever in the CIT’s 3 year history, The Titanic Player’s Daddy Mags from Northwestern University won the title by half a point as they scored 100 points and just barely beat Suffolk University’s Seriously Bent who had scored 99.5 points. The 3rd place team was the surprising wild card team Wheaton College’s Faux Posse who scored 89.5 points.

This is the second CIT title in three years for The Titanic Players, as their team Old Tom Jar won the first ever CIT in 2007. Both title winning teams are coached by Mike Abdelsayed. This is the second year in a row that Seriously Bent came in 2nd place nationally. They also were in the quarter-finals in 2007 and have been coached for all three years by Jeremy Brothers. This year was the first year that Faux Possse competed in the CIT, but there team has been playing together for 4 years and they are coached by Brendon Culhane.

All four matches were sold-out with standing room only crowds. The audiences were made up of alumni, family and friends of the teams. The matches were for the first time ever in CIT’s history webcast on-line. The total viewing audience for the 4 matches was over 3,600 people. Over 2,500 people watched the finals on-line. The webcast also featured a chat-room for the viewers to talk to each other and twitter access to twitter for viewer updates.

The CIT Nationals featured Jeff Griggs and Brett Lyons as co-anchors, Sally Anderson, Wendy Mateo and Mart Timms as sideline reporters, and Jeremy Schaefer was the emcee. Jeremy said this about this year’s Nationals, “All the teams did a fantastic job and it was great to see!” The partial sponsors for the webcast wereShowbizzle.com and Chipotle.

In order to assure as artistically diverse a judging panel as possible, the 7 person judges panel included improv and sketch comedy professionals from a variety of Chicago theatres and training centers, as well as the comedy & entertainment writer from the Chicago Sun-Times. The had 8 different improv skills criteria to evaluate, with each criteria worth 0-2 points each. A perfect score would be 16 points per judge and the most any team could get would be 112 points.

CIF Productions offers its congrats to The Titanic Players’ Daddy Mags on becoming the CIT 2009-2010 National Champions!!! CIF Productions also sends out a big thanks to all 7 Regional winning teams, the 2 Wild Card teams, as well as all 72 teams for participating in this year’s tournament! CIF Productions also reminds all the teams that the 4th annual CIT tournament begins in November, 2010.

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The cast and crew of the CIT 2009 Nationals. Top Row L to R: Sean Conroy, Georgia Perry, Jeff Griggs, Brett Lyons, Micah Philbrook, Wendy Mateo, Jeremy Schaefer, Marz Timms, Kenny Metroff & Jamie Black. Bottom row L to R: Jonathan Pitts & Alison Royer (Missing: Sally Anderson, Isla Axelrod, Chris Bogues, Matt Herzau, Annie Rix & Patrick Rowland.) CIT Nationals photos by Jon Cole.

Update: 2/5/10
Game Time For The CIT National Championship!!!

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The time for final preparations and trash talking is over. It’s game faces on for all the players in the 9 best college improv teams in America get ready to play for the National Title. All the play-offs and the finals will be webcast and the results will be posted tomorrow on the CIT Nationals page. May the best team win and may everyone have fun, because at the end of tomorrow night, besides there being a new national champion, improv will win the most.

The CIT Nationals got covered twice in today’s Chicago Sun-Times as they were chosen as one of the Top Five Things To Do for weekend warriors to partake in.

To read the press, please click: Top 5
To read the blog, please click: CST Blog

Update: 2/1/10
CIT’s National Teams Are Getting Ready To Play

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There are only five days remaining before the CIT Nationals and all 9 teams are getting ready to bring their best for the play-offs. Already throwing down in the preparation department is CIT Northwest Regional winners Improvolution fromCornish College for the Arts, as is seen in their recently released training video.

To watch Improvolution’s video, please click: An Improv Team Prepares

Update: 1/26/10
Chicago Regional Winner Gets Press

The Titanic Players’ Northwestern University team Daddy Mags’s recent victory at the CIT Chicago Regional was written about in today’s Daily Northwestern. To read the article, please click: Daily Northwestern

Update: 1/25/10
CIT Nationals Schedule

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The schedule for the CIT Nationals play-offs is now available. All 9 teams have been seeded and ranked for the title chase. The CIT Nationals will take place in Chicago on February 6.

Update: 1/24/10
Chicago Regional Winner

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The Titanic Player’s Daddy Mags with their 2009 Chicago Regional plaque

Congrats to The Titanic Players’ Daddy Mags from Northwestern University for winning the 2009-2010 Chicago Regional. This is the second regional victory for a Titanic Players team in three years under the direction of the Titanic coach Mike Abdelsayed.

The 2nd place team and Chicago Wild Card winner is Wheaton Improv’s Faux Possefrom Wheaton College. The Chicago Regionals were the first time in their team’s history that an improv team from Wheaton College performed somewhere else than Wheaton’s campus.

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Faux Posse from Wheaton College

Update: 1/22/10
Chicago Regional Gets Press

Tomorrow’s Chicago Regional got some on-line press today at the fun Chicago-centric website Gaper’s Block. To read the blurb, please click: Gaper’s Block

Update: 1/18/10
Sweet Home Chicago

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This Saturday will be the last of CIT’s 7 regionals for this year’s tournament and it’s theChicago Regionals. There will be 9 teams from 8 Chicago area colleges and universities competing for local bragging rights and the regional title.

The first and second placed teams will move onto the CIT Nationals. One as the Chicago Regional’s title winner and the other as the Chicago Wild Card.

The Chicago Regional preliminary rounds are at 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm. The finals are at 10pm. Who will win? Come to Studio BE at 3110 N. Sheffield Ave and find out. This page will updated throughout Saturday with all match results.

Update: 12/15/09
Wild Card Winner Announced

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Dangerbox from New York University

After two weeks of on-line voting for the Wild Card slot, in a tight contest with only 250 votes separating the 1st place and 3rd place teams, the winning team is Dangerboxfrom New York University. As the Wild Card winner, they will come to Chicago to participate in the CIT Nationals on February 6, 2010. Congratulations!

Dangerbox’s Wild Card victory means that there will be two teams representing from the East Coast Regional. This also means that there will be a new national champion as this ends the run of last year’s defending national champions The Improv Mafia fromIllinois State University.

CIF Productions Executive Director Jonathan Pitts says “The Improv Mafia were great champions. They had a great run. Some of the MWR judges thought they were even better this year than they were last year. Most of their team are juniors and sophomores, so they’re going to be force to contend with next year.”

The final standings and vote totals are as follows: Dangerbox 1,767 votes; The Improv Mafia 1,615 votes; Cooper Street 1,516 votes; Dead Parrots 1,059 votes; Laser Squad Bravo 545 votes; CIA 533 votes

Update: 12/5/09
Northwest Regional Winner Get Press

Cornish College of the Arts’ Improvolution, received press about their victory at the CIT Northwest Regional. To read the article, please click: Cornish News

Update: 11/27/09
Midwest Regional Winner Receives Two Articles

Oberlin College’s The Sunshine Scouts, received press about their victory in the CITMidwest Regional. To read the article, please click: Oberlin News

Their victory in the Midwest Regional also received coverage in the Oberlin Review. To read this article, please click: Oberlin Review

Update: 11/24/09
Northwest & West Coast Regional Winners

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Second Nature with their 2009 West Coast Regional plaque.

Congratulations goes to Second Nature from University of Southern California for defending their West Coast Regional title. This is the second year in a row that they have won the WCR and the second year in a row they will travel to Chicago for theNationals.

Congratulations also goes to Improvolution from Cornish College of the Arts for winning the first ever Northwest Regional. They were a dark horse team not well known in improv circles outside of their school before their victory. A three-person team, they will be the first three-person team to make it to the Nationals since Old Tom Jar from Northwestern University won the whole tournament in 2007.

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Improvolution with their 2009 Northwest Regional plaque.

Filling out the final two possible Wild Card slots are NWR 2nd place team, Dead Parrots from Western Washington University and WCR 2nd place team, Laser Squad Bravo from Loyola Marymount University.

Update: 11/20/09
Northwest & West Coast Regionals Are Next

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Seattle, WA

Who’s got next? Seattle with the Northwest Regionals and Los Angeles with the West Coast Regionals. This will be the first time CIT has done a regional in the northwest area. There are 8 teams participating and the regional matches will take place over Saturday and Sunday at Seattle’s Jet City Improv theatre.

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Los Angeles, CA

This is the second year of having a West Coast Regionals in the Los Angeles area. There are 11 teams participating, including the WCR defending champs, Second Nature from University of Southern California. The regional matches will all take place at MI’s Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica.

Update: 11/19/09
Southeast Regional Winner Gets Press

Theatre Strike Force’s Southeast Regional win got front page coverage in Uinversity of Florida’s newspaper. Here’s a link to the article: Alligator.

Update: 11/15/09
Southeast & Southwest Regional Winners

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Theatre Strike Force with their 2009 Southeast Regional plaque.

Congratulations goes to Theatre Strike Force from the University of Florida for winning the first ever Southeast Regional. Theatre Strike Force competed in the 2008 East Coast Regionals and came in 2nd place. This is their first Regional victory.

Congratulations also goes to Scatter! from the University of Houston for winning the first ever Southwest Regional. This is their first year participating in the CIT.

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Scatter! with their 2009 Southwest Regional plaque.

Still in contention for the Wild Card vote is the 2nd place teams from both Regionals.Cooper Street from Southwestern University got 2nd place in the Southwest Regionaland CIA from North Carolina State University got 2nd place in the Southeast Regional.

Update: 11/14/09
This Year’s Midwest Regional Finals In 2 1/2 Minutes!!

Update: 11/13/09
CIT Moves To Atlanta & Austin For This Weekend’s Regionals

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Atlanta, GA

This Saturday, 8 teams from Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina will gather together this weekend at Relapse Theatre in Atlanta to compete for the Southeast Regional title.

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Austin, TX

At the same time, 815 miles away, 12 teams from Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas will gather together at Salvage-Guard Theatre in Austin to compete for the Southwest Regional title.

Update: 11/11/09
East Coast Regional Winner Gets Press

Suffolk University’s Seriously Bent’s successful defense of their title in the CIT East Coast Regional received coverage in the on-line edition of the Suffolk News. To read the article, please click: Suffolk News

Update: 11/8/09
East Coast & Midwest Regional Winners

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The Sunshine Scouts with their 2009 Midwest Regional plaque

At the start of Saturday, 25 college teams charged into the field of improv battle in Boston and Chicago. By evening’s end two teams were left standing as regional champs, and two other teams still had hopes to continue to the CIT Nationals via a possible wild card slot.

Congratulations to Seriously Bent from Suffolk University for defending their East Coast Regional title, and congratulations to The Sunshine Scouts from Oberlin College for winning their first Midwest Regional title. Both teams will automatically move on to the CIT Nationals, which will be held in Chicago during February 2010.

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Seriously Bent with the 2009 East Coast Regional plaque

The 2nd place team in all the regionals are automatically included in an on-line voting process that will happen in December for a Wild Card Team slot to the CIT Nationals. 2nd place in the East Coast Regionals went to DangerBox from New York York University and 2nd place in the Midwest Regionals went to the defending national champs from CIT 2008, The Improv Mafia from Illinois State University.

To see CIT’s new page about the Nationals, please click: Nationals.

Update: 11/7/09
Let The Games Begin!!

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Boston, MA.

All 72 college improv teams in the CIT 2009 are playing for fun, pride and a national title. Many teams will compete but only one team will hoist up the Sheldon Patinkin Trophy Cup as the 2009 National Champions! Which team will it be? The 2009 tournament begins today as 13 teams compete in Boston for the East Coast Regionaltitle and 12 teams compete in Chicago for the Midwest Regional title.

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Chicago, IL.

CIT’s match page will be updated through out the day to list the scores and winners of the two regionals’ preliminary rounds as well as the two regional finals. To see the Match schedule, as well as the scores and winners in the East Coast Regionals and the Midwest Regionals, please click: ECR & MWR Matches

CIT Gets Boston Media Attention:
CIT’s East Coast Regional is also being covered in the Boston comedy blog Boston Comedy: Funny Grown Here. To read the blog, please click: Boston Comedy.

Update: 10/30/09
CIT’s Midwest Regional In Chicago Sun-Times

CIT’s upcoming Midwest Regional is written about in today’s Chicago Sun-Times’ comedy blog. To read the blog, please click: Chicago Sun-Times.

Update: 10/29/09
CIT 2009 Roster Explodes

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In the first CIT, there were 16 teams who competed in 1 region. In the second CIT, there 24 teams who competed in 3 regionals. This year, in the third CIT, there are72 teams competing in 7 regionals. The participating teams represent 66 colleges and universities from 25 states.

Update: 10/19/09
CIT 2008 Champ’s Team Captain Now A Professional Improviser

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Keith Habersberger, the team captain of the CIT 2008 champions, Illinois State University’s The Improv Mafia, has graduated and he is now working full-time as a professional improviser for Mission IMPROVable. Keith is happily touring with Mission IMPROVable and performing at colleges and universities across the country.

Here’s what Keith had to say about CIT and his life now: “I don’t know where I would be without the Chicago Improv Festival’s ‘College Improv Tournament.’ It provided both my troupe and I with lofty improv goals and the means to achieving those goals. I can honestly say that I would not be as skilled an improviser today and actually have a job improvising had it not been for Chicago Improv Festival’s tournament. Plus, it was one of the most fun experiences of my life.”

Update: 10/14/09
Team Photos/Links Posted

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This year, besides posting photos of the CIT 2009 tournament teams, we’re also listing the player’s names and whenever possible including links to the teams.

Update: 9/12/09
Tournament Partners Announced

With the field of CIT 2009’s Regional competitions expanding to a total of 7 Regionals (Chicago, East Coast, Midwest, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest, and West Coast), in order to accomplish producing the tournament on a nation-wide level, CIF Productions has found several partners to co-present the 2009 tournament.

CIF Productions is very excited to be partnered with 6 outstanding professional regional improv-based theater organizations. They are Atlanta’s Relapse Theater, Austin’s Out of Bounds Improv Fest, Boston’s Improv Asylum & Improv Boston, Chicago’s pH Productions, Los Angeles’ MI’s Westside Comedy Theater, and Seattle’s Jet City Improv.

CIF Productions’ Executive Producer Jonathan Pitts will be the on-site producer for the Regional competitions in Austin, Chicago, and Seattle. CIF Associate ProducerAlison Royer will be the on-site producer for the Regional competitions in Atlanta, Boston, and Los Angeles.

Update: 9/11/09
New Judging Criteria & Rule Changes For 2009

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There will be three teams per match. Each team will have 25 minutes to perform. Each team can improvise what ever way they want to (short-form, mid-form, long-form, no form, etc) within that time period.

The three judges will be improv professionals in the city of where the Regional competitions will be held. The judges’ criteria will be based on these following improv skills that are common to all styles: Acceptance, Character, Ensemble, Listening, Playfulness, Support, Relationship and Risk. Each criterion is worth up to 2 points.

All regional winners get an automatic invite to the Nationals. The National Finals will be on a Saturday in February, 2010 (TBA) in Chicago. The seven 2nd place finishing regional teams will each be eligible for a possible wild card slot, which will be decided via an on-line voting on CIF’s website. All the regional matches will be recorded and then later posted on CIF’s site.

Update: 9/10/09
Official Tournament Cities Announced

The 2009 College Improv Tournament will have 7 Regional Championships taking place in 6 cities. The official locations for the Regional competitions are Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Seattle. There will be two Regionals taking place in Chicago.

CIF Productions’ Executive Director Jonathan Pitts said, “We’re very excited to go from 3 Regional competitions in 2008 to 7 Regional competitions in 2009. It’s cool to go from having it in 3 cities in 2008 to having it be in 6 cities for 2009. Now, it is really a nationwide tournament.”

CIT 2009 NATIONALS

Saturday, February 6, 2010
@ Studio BE, 3110 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL

Play-Off Rounds @ 1pm; 3pm; 5pm
Title Round @ 10pm

Final Standings

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The following reflect preliminary rounds & finals scores combined:

1st Place) The Titanic Players’ Daddy Mags, 177.5 points
2nd Place) Seriously Bent, 172 points
3rd Place) Wheaton Improv’s Faux Posse, 149.5 points

The following reflect preliminary round scores only:

4th Place) The Sunshine Scouts, 70.5 points
5th Place) Improvolution, 57 points
6th Place) Scatter!, 54.5 points
7th Place) Dangerbox, 52.5 points
8th Place) Second Nature, 44 points
9th Place) Theatre Strike Force, 42 points

National Teams

Regional Winners

Chicago Regional 2009-2010 Winners:

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The Titanic Player’s Daddy Mags (Northwestern University)

East Coast Regional 2009-2010 Winners:

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Seriously Bent (Suffolk University)

Midwest Regional 2009-2010 Winners:

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The Sunshine Scouts (Oberlin College)

Northwest Regional 2009-2010 Winners:

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Improvolution (Cornish College of the Arts)

Southeast Regional 2009-2010 Winners:

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Theatre Strike Force(University of Florida)

Southwest Regional 2009-2010 Winners:

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Scatter! (University of Houston)

West Coast Regional 2009-2010 Winners:

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Second Nature (University of Southern California)

CIT Wild Card Teams

National Wild Card Team:

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Dangerbox (New York University)

Chicago Wild Card Team:

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Wheaton Improv’s Faux Posse (Wheaton College)

Nationals Play-Off Schedule

Preliminary Rounds

Match A @ 1pm
#1) Seriously Bent (Suffolk University)
#6) The Sunshine Scouts (Oberlin College)
#9) Second Nature (University of Southern California)

Match A Winner: Seriously Bent (Suffolk University)

Match B @ 3pm
#2) Wheaton Improv’s Faux Posse (Wheaton College)
#5) Dangerbox (New York University)
#8) Improvolution (Cornish College for the Arts)

Match B winner: Wheaton Improv’s Faux Posse (Wheaton College)

Match C @ 5pm
#3) The Titanic Players’ Daddy Mags (Northwestern University)
#4) Theatre Strike Force (University of Florida)
#7) Scatter! (University of Houston)

Match C winner: Titanic Player’s Daddy Mags (Northwestern University)

Finals @ 10pm
#1) Seriously Bent (Suffolk University)
#2) Wheaton Improv’s Faux Posse (Wheaton College)
#3) The Titanic Player’s Daddy Mags (Northwestern University)

Final Results
1st Place:
The Titanic Player’s Daddy Mags (Northwestern University)
2nd Place:
Seriously Bent (Suffolk University)
3rd Place:
Wheaton Improv’s Faux Posse (Wheaton College)

National Seedings & Regional Rankings

National Seedings

The field for the CIT Nationals are set. The 9 teams have been seeded 1-9. The rankings were generated from the totals points each team received at their regional preliminary round and final round. When there were ties of total points, they were then ranked on their regional final points.

#1) Seriously Bent, 90 points (45 preliminary, 45 finals)
#2) Faux Posse, 86 points (45 preliminary, 41 finals)
#3) Daddy Mags, 85 points (41 preliminary, 44 finals)
#4) Theatre Strike Force, 83 points (45 preliminary, 38 finals)
#5) Dangerbox, 81.5 points (40 preliminary, 40.5 finals)
#6) Sunshine Scouts, 81 points (34.5 preliminary, 46.5 finals)
#7) Scatter!, 81 points (38 preliminary, 43 finals)
#8) Improvolution, 81 points (45 preliminary, 36 finals)
#9) Second Nature, 78 points (36 preliminary, 42 finals)

Regional Rankings

The strength of regional statistic was created by taking the final round scores from the top three teams in each regional and combining them together as one score.

#1] Midwest Regional, 136.5 total points
#2] Chicago Regional, 122 total points
#3] East Coast Regional, 120 total points
#4] South West Regional, 116 total points
#5] West Coast Regional, 113 total points
#6] South East Regional, 104 total points
#7] North West Regional, 98 total points

The CIT Nationals are co-presented by pH Productions.

CIT 2009 REGIONALS

Saturday, November 7, 2009:
East Coast Regional; Midwest Regional

Saturday, November 14, 2009:
Southeast Regional; Southwest Regional

Saturday, November 21, 2009:
West Coast Regional; Northwest Regional

Saturday, January 23, 2010:
Chicago Regional

Regional Results:

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East Coast Regional
Saturday, November 7, 2009

Preliminary Rounds: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
@ Improv Boston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge, MA

Finals: 11pm
@ Improv Asylum , 216 Hanover St., Boston, MA

Match A / 12pm
Cheap Sox (Tufts University)
Seahawk Down (Salve-Regina University)

Match A Winner: Cheap Sox (Tufts University)

Match B / 1pm
Girls Gone Mild (Emerson College)
New & Improv’d (Northeastern University)
The Purple Crayon (Yale University)

Match B Winner: The Purple Crayon (Yale University)

Match C / 2pm
DangerBox (New York University)
Improv With Attitude (University of Massachusetts-Amherst)
Swomo (Emerson College)

Match C Winner: DangerBox (New York University)

Match D / 3pm
Liquid Fun (Boston University)
TBA (Brandeis University)

Match D Winner: TBA (Brandeis University)

Match E / 4pm
The Full Ammo Improv Troupe (Penn State University)
Seriously Bent (Suffolk University)
Unusual Suspects (Mont Holyoke College)

Match E Winner: Seriously Bent (Suffolk University)

Finals / 11pm
TBA (Brandeis University)
Cheap Sox (Tufts University)
DangerBox (New York University)
The Purple Crayon (Yale University)
Seriously Bent (Suffolk University)

East Coast Regional Final Standings:
1st Place: Seriously Bent (Suffolk University)
2nd Place: DangerBox (New York University)
3rd Place: Cheap Sox (Tufts University)
4th Place: TBA (Brandeis University)
5th Place: Purple Crayon (Yale University)

ECR co-presented in partnership with Improv Asylum & Improv Boston

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Midwest Regional
Saturday, November 7, 2009
@ Studio BE, 3110 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL

Preliminary Rounds: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
Regional Finals: 10pm

Match A / 12pm
ABSO Improv Comedy (Ball State University)
Full Frontal Comedy (University of Indiana)
The Improv Mafia (Illinois State University)
The Titanic Players’ Kaboot (University of Illinois-Urbana)

Match A Winner: The Improv Mafia (Illinois State University)

Match B / 2pm
Awkward Silence Comedy (Indiana University)
Paperback Rhino (University of Iowa)
Roial Improv Players (Michigan State University)
The Titanic Players’ The Founders (University of Wisconsin)

Match B Winner: The Titanic Players’ The Founders (University of Wisconsin)

Match C / 4pm
Calvin Improv (Calvin College)
The Fools on the Hill (Kenyon College)
The Sunshine Scouts (Oberlin College)
The Unusual Suspects (University of Minnesota-Morris)

Match C Winner: The Sunshine Scouts (Oberlin College)

Finals / 10pm
The Improv Mafia (Illinois State University)
The Sunshine Scouts (Oberlin College)
The Titanic Players’ The Founders (University of Wisconsin)

Midwest Regional Final Standings:
1st Place The Sunshine Scouts (Oberlin College)
2nd Place The Improv Mafia (Illinois State University)
3rd Place The Titanic Players’ The Founders (University of Wisconsin)

MWR co-presented in partnership with pH Productions

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Southeast Regional
Saturday, November 14, 2009
@ Relapse Theater, 380 14th St., N. W., Atlanta, GA

Preliminary Rounds: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
Regional Finals: 11pm

Match A / 12pm
Improv Athens (University of Georgia)
Mock Turtle Soup (Clemson University)
Rathskellar (Emory University)

Match A Winner: Improv Athens (University of Georgia)

Match B / 2pm
Lab Rats (Mississippi State University)
Lets Try This (Georgia Tech University)
Theatre Strike Force (University of Florida)

Match B Winner: Theatre Strike Force (University of Florida)

Match C / 4pm
CIA (North Carolina State University)
Laff Co. (Oxford, MS)

Match C Winner: CIA (North Carolina State University)

Finals / 11pm
Improv Athens (University of Georgia)
Theatre Strike Force (University of Florida)
CIA (North Carolina State University)

Southeast Regional Final Standings:
1st Place Theatre Strike Force (University of Florida)
2nd Place CIA (North Carolina State University)
3rd Place Improv Athens (University of Georgia)

SER co-presented in partnership with Relapse Theater

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Southwest Regional
Saturday, November 14, 2009
@ Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Road, Austin, TX

Preliminary Rounds: 12pm, 1:30pm, 3pm, 4:30pm
Regional Finals: 10:30pm

Match A / 12pm
Cooper Street (Southwestern University)
Giggle Pants (University of Texas)
Out on a Limb (Northwestern State University-Louisiana)

Match A Winner: Cooper Street (Southwestern University)

Match B / 1:30pm
Left Right Tim (University of Colorado)
Spontaneous Combustion (Rice University)
Thought For Food (University of North Texas)

Match B Winner: Left Right Tim (University of Colorado)

Match C / 3pm
Dan’s Party (University of Arkansas)
Obviously Unrehearsed Improv (Oklahoma University)
Senseless Acts of Comedy (Texas Christian University)

Match C Winner: Dan’s Party (University of Arkansas)

Match D / 4:30pm
Chaos Theatre (University of Northern Colorado)
FDR Improv (University of New Orleans)
Scatter! (University of Houston)

Match D Winner: Scatter! (University of Houston)

Finals / 10:30pm
Cooper Street (Southwestern University)
Dan’s Party (University of Arkansas)
Left Right Tim (University of Colorado)
Scatter! (University of Houston)

Southwest Regional Final Standings:
1st Place Scatter! (University of Houston)
2nd Place Cooper Street (Southwestern University
3rd Place Left, Right, Tim (University of Colorado)
4th Place Dan’s Party (University of Arkansas)

SWR co-presented in partnership with Out of Bounds Improv Fest

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Northwest Regional
Saturday, November 21, 2009
@ University Theatre, 5510 University Way, NE, Seattle, WA

Preliminary Rounds:

Match A / 2pm
The Bluffoons (University of Portland)
The Clay Crows (Pacific Lutheran University)
The Collective (University of Washington-Seattle)
Varsity Nordic (Whitman College)

Match A Winner: Varsity Nordic (Whitman College)
2nd Place Team: The Bluffoons (University of Portland)

Match B / 4pm
Dead Parrots (Western Washington University)
Improvolution (Cornish College of the Arts)
Ubquitous They (University of Puget-Sound)
VanVanCar (Reed College)

Match B Winners: Improvolution (Cornish College of the Arts)
2nd Place Team: Dead Parrots (Western Washington University)

Sunday, November 22, 2009
@ University Theatre, 5510 University Way, NE, Seattle, WA
Regional Finals:

Finals / 7pm
The Bluffoons (University of Portland)
Dead Parrots (Western Washington University)
Improvolution (Cornish College of the Arts)
Varsity Nordic (Whitman College)

Northwest Regional Final Standings:
1st Place: Improvolution (Cornish College of the Arts)
2nd Place: Dead Parrots (Western Washington University)
3rd Place: Varsity Nordic (Whitman College)
4th Place: The Bluffoons (University of Portland)

NWR co-presented in partnership with Jet City Improv

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West Coast Regional
Saturday, November 21, 2009
@ MI’s Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA

Preliminary Rounds: 12pm, 1:30pm, 3pm, 4:30pm
Regional Finals: 10pm

Match A / 12pm
Live Nude People *With Clothes On (University of Cal-Irvine)
Smile and Nod (California State Polytechnic)

Match A Winner: Live Nude People *With Clothes On (UofC-Irvine)

Match B / 1:30pm
ComedySportz LA’s College Team (Los Angeles)
Commedus Interruptus (University of Southern California)
National Comedy Theatre (San Diego)

Match B Winner: National Comedy Theatre (San Deigo)

Match C / 3pm
Humor Force Five (University of California-Santa Cruz)
Jericho! (University of California-Berkeley)
Laser Squad Bravo (Loyola Marymount University)

Match C Winner: Laser Squad Bravo (Loyola Marymount University)

Match D / 4:30pm
Barren Mind (Arizona State University)
Second Nature (University of Southern California)
Standford Improvisers (Stanford University)

Match D Winner: Second Nature (University of Southern California)

Finals / 10pm
Laser Squad Bravo (Loyola Marymount University)
Live Nude People* [*With Clothes On] (University of Cal-Irvine)
National Comedy Theatre (San Diego)
Second Nature (University of Southern California)

West Coast Regional Final Standings:
1st Place: Second Nature (University of Southern California)
2nd Place: Laser Squad Bravo (Loyola Marymount University
3rd Place: National Comedy Theatre (San Diego)
4th Place: Live Nude People* [*With Clothes On] (University of California-Irvine)

WCR co-presented in partnership with MI’s Westside Comedy Theater

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Chicago Regional
Saturday, January 23, 2010
@ Studio BE, 3110 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL

Preliminary Rounds: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
Regional Finals: 8pm

Match A / 12pm
Droppin’ $cience (Columbia College Chicago)
Minus One (Elmhust College)
Wheaton Improv’s Faux Posse (Wheaton College)

Match A Winner: Wheaton Improv (Whaton College)

Match B / 2pm
45Kings (Loyola University)
Occam’s Razor (University of Chicago)
The Titanic Players’ Daddy Mags (Northwestern University)

Match B Winner: The Titanic Players’ Daddy Mags (Northwestern University)

Match C / 4pm
The Cosby Sweaters (DePaul University)
Off-Off Campus (University of Chicago)
Red Light School District (University of Illinois-Circle)

Match C Winner: The Cosby Sweaters (DePaul Unviersity)

Finals / 10pm
The Cosby Sweaters (DePaul University)
The Titanic Players’ Daddy Mags (Northwestern University)
Wheaton Improv’s Faux Posse (Wheaton College)

Chicago Regional Final Standings:
1st Place: The Titanic Players’ Daddy Mags (Northwestern University)
2nd Place:Wheaton Improv’s Faux Posse (Wheaton College)
3rd Place: The Cosby Sweaters (DePaul University)

CR co-presented in partnership with pH Productions

CIT 2009 TEAMS

Team photos and links are posted by their region of campus origin: Chicago Regional; East Coast Regional; Midwest Regional; Northwest Regional; Southeast Regional; Southwest Regional; West Coast Regional

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Chicago Regional: Saturday, January 23, 2010

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45 Kings (Loyola University)
Benjamin Baumen, Kayla Bramch, Julia Class, Zeke Eastman, Elias Inaty-bracho, Mike Levasseur, Cheryl Manley, Kaycie McClure, Maria Randazzo, Jake Saleh

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The Cosby Sweaters (DePaul University)
Josh Arntz, Tom Dean, Alex Haney, Mike Juen, Drew Kordik, Tommy Lowry, Pete Parsons, Lauren Ponto, Lauren Robertson, Jesse Wood, Brian Wright

Droppin’ $cience (Columbia College Chicago)
Cassie Ahiers, Ryan Barton, Ian Bratschie, Adam Cole, Tyler Davis, Brennan Diem, Jackie Durruthy, Steve Hund, Jamie Jirak, Kaitlin Larson, Akeem Lawanson, Shannon Noll, Harrison O’Neal, Mary Walsh, Tayler Westlake

Minus One (Elmhurst College)
AJ Barker, Nicole Boylan, Angela Crawford, Joel Erwin, Kaitlin Fleharty, Tim Geistlinger, Hannah Johnson, Anthony Mele, Shannon O’Connell

Occam’s Razor (University of Chicago)
Lauren Blake, Sam Bonar, Ben Bond, Thomas Chapman, Annina Chirstensen, Becca Bebb Fenn, Daniel Flores, Bryan Hahn, Michael Hendrix, Keerti Kanchinadam, Noah Lee, Adam Levine, Saleem Penny, Phil Redman, Natasha Sansone, Zoe Thompson, Michelle Waymire

Off-Off Campus (University of Chicago)

Red Light School District (University of Illinois-Circle)
Monika Aggarwal, Christian Anderson, Elliot Baker, Phil Biedron, Roger Diluigi, Margaret Keating, Michael Krystocek, Heather Mckinney, Tyler Neilsen, Mikey Sambert

The Titanic Players’ Daddy Mags (Northwestern University)
Dave Collins, Jen D’Angelo, Katherine Docimo, Dana Kaplan-Angle

Wheaton Improv’s Faux Posse (Wheaton College)
John Bagley, Josh Bartels, Tamara Beason, Stephen Hoey, Tim Hunt, Marty Jones

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East Coast Regional: Saturday, November 7, 2009

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Cheap Sox (Tufts University)
Ned Berger, Alison Lisnow, Kevin McDonald, Andrew Morgenthaler, Rachel Schoenbrun, David Schwartz,Harrison Stamell, Sam Vaughan

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DangerBox (New York University)
Allison Brown, Nicole Conlan,Andrew Farmer, Haley Hepworth, Henry Melcher, Spencer Novich, Emily Schmidt, Mike Spence, Bowen Yang

The Full Ammo Improv Troupe (Penn State University)
Ashley Arbiza, Sarah Burton, Satchel Dennis, DJ Fernandez, Tim Hartman, Brendan Hunt, Victoria Longwell, Mark McColey, Dennis McNamara, Dan Miller, Johnna Scrabis

Girls Gone Mild (Emerson College)
Sarah Burt, Annie Finnerty, Dara Sussman, Lillianna Winkworth

Improv with Attitude (University of Massachusetts-Amherst)
Tony Czajkowski, Adam Graeber, Seth Hapenny, Brendan Ryan, Peter Storey, Sean Toland

Liquid Fun (Boston University)
Sarah Dunne, Karin Graham, Greg Huntoon, Johnny Lopez, Alex Pomerantz, Mike Sweeny, Lib Tietjen

New & Improv’d (Northeastern University)
Ryan Devaney, Jake Grafstein, Eric Hertenstein, Adam Jack, Joel Marsh, Kelsey Meagher, Christopher Rossignol

The Purple Crayon (Yale University)
Ari Berkowitz, Zeke Blackwell, Alexis Cruzzavala, David Gassett, Adi Kamdar, Chris Lash, Stanely Seiden, Nicholas Selz, Mark Sonnenblick, Liba Vaynberg

Seahawk Down (Salve-Regina University)
Mary van Akin, Yoseph Badlissi, Christina Carr, Megan Clancy, Paul Diss, Jared Emanuel, Meghan Gallagher, Maria Genovese, Daniel Johnson, Jacqueline Lawler, Mary-Catherine McCarthy, Anna McConville, Bejamin Miele, Owen Murphy, Benjamin Randolph, Jennifer Sliney, Charles Smith, Brian Sweeney, Sarah Thompson, Jeremy Wheatley

Seriously Bent (Suffolk University)
Ethan Buckowiec, Jon Curtiss, Kelly Dooley, Hollie Hart, Alec Lawless, Trevor Livingston, Courtney Mcmahon, Corey Orouke, Christen Roberts, Cavan Roger, Joe Talluto

SWOMO (Emerson College)
Jordan Beder, Ted Marsden, Eleanor Monahan, Kristen Parker, Marc Pierre, Maddi Willis

TBA: To Be Announced (Brandeis University)
Rebecca Blomberg, Jay Dev, Allyson Ettinger, Devon Hermenau, Stephen Robinson, David Ronn, Doug Saffir

Unusual Suspects (Mount Holyoke College)
Cassie Alley, Laura Bell, Ferron Dooley-Fairchild, Taylor Judge, Maggie Rosenblatt, Dana Rubin, Rebekah Trigo

Midwest Regional: Saturday, November 7, 2009

ABSO Improv Comedy (Ball State University)
Derek Cox, Broderick Goodnight, Chad Greiwank, Jimmy Guerrero, Brian Heathcott, Terra Keck, Morgan McGoff, David Podsiadlik, Kevin Schuldt, David Tarsha, Marlene Toscano, Richard Van Doel

Awkward Silence Comedy (Indiana University)
Ryan Brown, Blair Dietrick, Layne Dixon, Ben Gagnon, Dan Haddad, Sean Liston, Anthony Smith

Calvin Improv (Calvin College)
Lauren Boersma, Ben Buursma, Spencer Chesnut, Tony Ditta, Melanie Dorn, Chad Drenth, James Randall, Ainsley Rynders, Danielle Sheffield, Ryan Van Wingerden

The Fools on the Hill (Kenyon College)
Will Arbery, Matt Crowley, Will Dagger, Wyn Evans, Drew Lewis, Caroline Lindy, Alex Martin, Mark McCarter, Natalie Shutler, Sam Warlick

Full Frontal Comedy (Indiana University)
Thomas Beaver, Meg Elliot, Milo Ellis, Nate Gold, Sam Hammersly, Kevin Loughery, Taylor Maimborg, Tony Mulinaro, Lauren Schaefer

The Improv Mafia (Illinois State University)
Andy Bogue, Ricky Haschemeyer, Carly Heiser, Nick Klahs, Jared Mason, Megan Miller, Josh Razavi, Billy Walsh

Paperback Rhino (University of Iowa)
Andrew Daniels, Mary Fesser, Paul Gray, Vanessa Kurtz, Ben Mackey, Chloe Metzger, Joe Meyer, Scott Myers, David Phillips, Amanda Pichler, Megan Renner, Will Roberts, Darin Webb

R.O.I.A.L. Improv Players (Michigan State University)
Liz Ciolek, Justin Covington, John Hersey, Matt McGee, Matt Swartz, Sean Walsh

The Sunshine Scouts (Oberlin College)
Dain Chatel, Lily Grabill, Avital Isaacs, Issac Jones, Natalie Nunez, Jonah Pierre, Tim Platt, Sam Skove, Alia Syed, Tess Yanisch

The Titanic Players’ The Founders (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Aaron Andrzejak, Sara Lyons, Jon Oelke, Julie Pearson, Jon Ross, Sherri Schmidt, Jason Forbes

The Titanic Players’ Kaboot (University of Illinois-Urbana)
Grant Cordes, Jillian Mueller, Kate De Salvo, Marybeth Kram, Mike Castle, Nathan Maisel

The Unusual Suspects (University of Minnesota)
Michelle Bohacek, BJ Flynn, Jessie Hennen, Natalie Johnson, Alex Kies, Sam Krump-Johnson, Alex McGreavey, Tim Schmidt, Alek Sievert, Bennett Smith

Northwest Regional: Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Bluffoons (University of Portland)
Stephanie Bayne, William Benjamin, Spencer Holst, Danielle Larson, Eric Lyness, Doug Orofino, April Vanderkamp, Matt Vanderlaan

The Clay Crows (Pacific Lutheran University)
Jordan Beck, Kristina Corbitt, Lars Foster-Jorgensen, Andrea Hackett, Anne Olsen, Steavie Pearce, Paul Richter, Dylan Twiner

The Collective (University of Washington)
Lauren Bond, Andy Chow, Michelle Ellsworth, Margaret Erickson, Stephen Folkins, Max Kraushaar, William Li, Trent Walkiewicz

Dead Parrots Society (Western Washington University)
Douglas Alexander, Kristopher Erickson, Amalia Larson, Alison Lurhs, James McGrath, Rashawn Scott, Victor Steeb, Nathan Streifel, Miguel Vila, Noel Wamsley, Jordan Williams, Jessica Young

Improvolution (Cornish College of the Arts)
Richard Andriessen, Samie Detzer, Mike Harris, Jerrick Hoffer, Tim Smith-Stewart, Carol Thompson, Jessie Underhill

Ubiquitous They (University of Puget Sound)
Norah Atkinson, Matt Beman, Audrey Butler, Taylor Griffin, Travis Hancock, Matt Jackson, Bryan Sullivan, Rollie Williams

VanVan Car (Reed College)

Varsity Nordic (Whitman College)
Sam Alden, Alex Cassidy, Ailie Kerr, Alex Kerr, Kevin Klein, Devin Peterson, Justis Phillips, Kate Potter, Peter Richards, Finn Strale

Southeast Regional: Saturday, November 14, 2009

CIA (North Carolina State University)
Kevin Bragg, Mike Davidoff, Jake Finan, John Fowler, Chuck Givens

Improv Athens (University of Georgia)
Maggie Blasser, Katie Causey, Carole Kaboya, Aaron McCoy, Cody Sanders, Nathan Spring

Lab Rats Comedy (Mississippi State University)
Charlie Anderton, Jarrod Bates, Amanda Bobo, Haritha Nannapaneni, Hannah Proctor

Laff Co. (Oxford, Mississippi)
Ryan Breeland, Blake Buck, Bruce Butler, Dillon Courson, Carolyn Free, Brian Spurlock, Sarah Terry, Jayson Wirth

Lets Try This (Georgia Tech University)
Andy Bliss, Russell Brooks, Matt Carroll, Greg Kinsey, Alex Pennington, Jordan Rakes, Tom Robbins

Mock Turtle Soup (Clemson University)
Brooke Buckley, Ben Burris, Raymond Caulder, Larissa Clarke, Cameron Duncan, Dan Freeman, Andrew Herrera, Jeremiah Jones, Rush Marler, Warren Moseley, Kaitlin Moose, Meredith Myers, Lena Roper, Larry Simonson, Alex Terseck, Tyler Williams

Rathskellar (Emory University)
Camille Bullock, Leah Dodell, Sophia Edwards, Shawn Escarciga, Preston Hogue, Joshua Izaak, Jake Krakovsky, Breanna McDaniels, David Mickley, Amelia Reeves, Geoffrey Schorkopf, Sarah Wallace

Theatre Strike Force (University of Florida)
Brad Berghof, Jennifer Francis, Erik Voss, Brittany Walters, Jacob Warren

Southwest Regional: Saturday, November 14, 2009

Chaos Theatre (University of Northern Colorado)
Eden Blattner, Brandon Bohlen, Michael Chapin, Danielle Click, Jordan Crozier, Jen Gammorano, Crew Rienstra, Erin Schaut

Cooper Street (Southwestern University)
Michael Balagia, Alex Caple, Connor Hanrahan, Matt Harper

Dan’s Party (University of Arkansas-Fayetteville)
Justin Cunningham, Jordan Haynes, Thomas Hunter, Sean Phillip Mabrey, Sam Swanson

FDR Improv (University of New Orleans)
Cory Dumesnil, Amber Fairbanks, Cameron Gill, Brooke Larsen, Sean Price

Gigglepants (University of Texas-Austin)
Justin Anders, Colin Bates, Quinn Buckner, Michael Domangue, Andrew Grissom, Alex Hunt, Nadia Khalid, Brad Kurz, Jonathan Kuykendall, Monique Maldonado, Cody Melcher, Miachel Pruett, Chelsea Roach, Bryson Rushing, Kyle Traughber, Van Winn

Left, Right, TIM (Colorado University-Boulder)
Richard Alfson, Matt Barats, Blair Britt, Nick Collins, Sam Mamaghani, Rebecca Slack, Kendle Aade

Obviously Unrehearsed Improv (University of Oklahoma-Norman)
Sam Bleckley, Michelle Borror, Kyle Bradford, Jami’l Buie, Ian Keegan, Kenny Madison, Scott McClung, Bilal Muzaffa, Andrew Perrine

Out On A Limb (Northwestern State University-Louisiana)
Corwin Barnes, Megan Berry, Scott Burrell, Timothy Callais, Ford Haeuser, Angela Kang, Lex Smith

Scatter! (University of Houston)
Jared Doreck, Caleb George, Matt Lusk, John Phillips, Roland Ruiz, Adam Sowers

Senseless Acts of Comedy (Texas Christian University)
Rickey Anderson, Joey Castro, Chris Fine, Wesley Gentle, Katie Love, Paige Love, Kellye Moore, Robert Slack

Spontaneous Combustion (Rice University)
Jen Chan, James Bartlett, Austin Edwards, Adrian Frimpong, Josh Herzstein, Becky Hofstein, Jacob Lindsey, Dan Nelson, Adrien Pellerin, Danny Shanaberger, Cat Swanson, Caroline Turner

Thought for Food (North Texas University)
David Allison, Max Brown, Ryan Cortez, Ben Farmer, Ryan Page, Andy Patton, Logan Williams

West Coast Regional: Saturday, November 21, 2009

Barren Mind Improv (Arizona State University)
Bradford Dworak, Michael Fisch, Carly Kastner, Sam Lowy, Michael Margetis, Alex Petruseck, Danny Vega

ComedySportz LA’s College Team (Los Angeles)
Roger Garcia, Em Hantke, Rachel Kottkamp, Kurt Maloney, Mike McNeal, Michael Santell, Jessica Williams, Jacob Wysocki, Eric Zipper

Commedus Interruptus (University of Southern California)
Thompson Aplin, Rob Atchinson, Zane Fried, Jake Minton, Brad Wergley

Humor Force Five (University of California-Santa Cruz)
Katie Burris, Jacob Cribbs, Nate Deakers, Mitchel de Rubira, Eli Mandel, Ben Samuel, Tyler Watson

Jericho! (University of California-Berkeley)
Hawa Arsala, Chris Bostwick, Masi Chowdhury, Paul Dalba, Ian Deck, Juliet Kaufman, Erin Kelly, Kevin Lee Yi, Alex Linz, Melissa Rees, Russell Saladin, Chris Severn, Brian Simpson, Madalyn Simpson, Jeff Uchida, Chris Wong, Jonathan Williams

Lasar Squad Bravo (Loyola Marymount University)
Jordan Bull, Gus Enger, Lexi Grabowski, Joey Greer, Sean McEvoy, Jaime Shaps, Kelly Sutton

Live Nude People *With Clothes On (University of California-Irvine)
Michael Baum, Jose Cagigal, Sean Garner, Alexa Green, Brandon Norris, Katie Smith

National Comedy Theatre (San Diego)
Gavin Bowen, Gordy Fitzgerald, Alex Griffith, Jason Matudio, Jason Perez

Second Nature (University of Southern California)
Chris Aguila, Ian Carr, Nick Eliafan, Devin Field, Jack Michelman, Ben Skier, Zachary Sigelko, Allison Raskin

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Smile and Nod (California State Polytechnic)

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Stanford Improvisers (Stanford University)

Update: 2/22/10
Faux Posse’s 3rd Place In Nationals Gets Press

Wheaton College’s Faux Posse’s 3rd place finish in the CIT Nationals got coverage in the Trib Local-West Chicago.

To read the article, please click: Trib Local

Update: 2/11/10
Seriously Bent’s 2nd Place In Nationals Gets Press

Suffolk University’s Seriously Bent’s 2nd place finish in the CIT Nationals got coverage in the Suffolk News.

To read the article, please click: Suffolk News

Update: 2/5/10
Upcoming Nationals Gets Two Articles

The CIT Nationals got covered twice in today’s Chicago Sun-Times as they were chosen as one of the Top Five Things To Do for weekend warriors to partake in.

To read the press, please click: Top 5
To read the blog, please click: CST Blog

Update: 1/26/10
Chicago Regional Winner Gets Press

The Titanic Players’ Northwestern University team Daddy Mags’s recent victory at the CIT Chicago Regional was written about in today’s Daily Northwestern. To read the article, please click: Daily Northwestern

Update: 1/22/10
Chicago Regional Gets Press

Tomorrow’s Chicago Regional got some on-line press today at the fun Chicago-centric website Gaper’s Block. To read the blurb, please click: Gaper’s Block

Update: 12/5/09
Northwest Regional Winner Get Press

Cornish College of the Arts’ Improvolution, received press about their victory at the CIT Northwest Regional. To read the article, please click: Cornish News

Update: 11/27/09
Midwest Regional Winner Receives Two Articles

Oberlin College’s The Sunshine Scouts, received press about their victory in the CITMidwest Regional. To read the article, please click: Oberlin News

Their victory in the Midwest Regional also received coverage in the Oberlin Review. To read this article, please click: Oberlin Review

Update: 11/19/09
Southeast Regional Winner Gets Press

Theatre Strike Force’s Southeast Regional win got front page coverage in Uinversity of Florida’s newspaper. Here’s a link to the article: Alligator.

Update: 11/11/09
East Coast Regional Winner Gets Press

Suffolk University’s Seriously Bent’s successful defense of their title in the CIT East Coast Regional received coverage in the on-line edition of the Suffolk News. To read the article, please click: Suffolk News

Update: 11/7/09

CIT Gets Boston Media Attention
CIT’s East Coast Regional is also being covered in the Boston comedy blog Boston Comedy: Funny Grown Here. To read the blog, please click: Boston Comedy.

Update: 11/5/09
Midwest Regional Coverage in Crain’s Chicago

CIF Productions’ College Improv Tournament’s Midwest Regional was included in Crain’s Chicago “10 Things to do this Weekend”. To read the list, please click: Crain’s Chicago “10 Things To Do This Weekend”.

Update: 10/30/09
CIT Coverage In Chicago Sun-Times

The College Improv Tournament’s upcoming Midwest Regional at pH Productions, was written about today in the Chicago Sun-Times’ comedy blog. To read the blog, please click: Chicago Sun-Times.

CIT 2009 CO-PRESENTERS, SPONSORS, & GRANTERS

The 3rd annual College Improv Tournament is proud to work with such wonderful co-presenters and sponsors, as well as grateful to have recieved grants from such fine organizations. All of their participation and support helps make programs like the College Improv Tournament possible.

Co-Presenters:

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Improv Asylum

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Improv Boston

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Jet City Improv

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MI’s Westside Comedy Theater

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Out of Bounds Improv Fest

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pH Productions

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Relapse Theater

Sponsors:

Chipotle

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Columbia College Chicago’s Comedy Studies Program

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The Field Foundation

Illinois Arts Council

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CIT 2008 ARCHIVES
Updates, Teams, Matches, Regionals, Nationals, Press, Sponsors

To see video from the National & Regionals, please click: 2008 Video
To see photos from the 2008 Tournament, please click: 2008 Photos


UPDATES 2008

Update: 1/25/09
Improv Mafia’s Title Win Gets Press

CIT’s 2008 National Champion The Improv Mafia from Illinois State University received an article from the Daily Vidette about their title win. To read the article that also profiles the team, please click: Daily Vidette.

Update: 11/17/08
And The 2008 Title Winner Is…

 

Congratulations to The Improv Mafia from Illinois State University on becoming the National Champions on the 2008 College Improv Tournament!

To win in the finals, they beat a very strong squad, Seriously Bent from Boston’s Suffolk University. It was a close match as the judges scored it 3-2.

To get to the finals, The Improv Mafia was victorious by the judges’ score of 4-1 over Second Nature from University of Southern California. Seriously Bent got into the finals by being victorius over The Titanic Player’s Matador Now from Northwestern University with a judges’ score of 4-1.

CIF Productions’ Executive Director Jonathan Pitts said after the tournament, “This year’s tournament and nationals were great! Because of the feedback we got from the coaches and players in last year’s tournament, as well as our own obsverations, we made some changes in the format for this year, and the changes seemed to work very well. We were aiming to have a tournament that could find and reward the best all-around team. In our final four, we had two long-form teams, one short-form team, and one team that does everything, so clearly our format wasn’t slanted toward one style over another. We also had a panel of judges that balanced each other out with long-form, short form and all-around expierence and expertise. Interestingly enough, the team that won was the team that identifies itself as a team that does everything. In fact, last weekend, they were performing improvised one-act plays on their campus.”

Congratulations to all 4 teams for a great final four, and to all 24 teams for a great tournament! Congratulations and thanks as well to CIT’s great partners: Columbia College Chicago’s Television Department, ComedySportz Chicago, Improv Asylum, RooftopComedy.com, and The Westside Eclectic. Here’s to CIT 2009!!!

 

Update: 11/4/08
Improv Mafia’s Regional Victory Gets Press

CIT’s 2008 Midwest Regional Champ The Improv Mafia from Illinois State University, receives an article about their victory in the Daily Vidette, to read it, please click: Daily Vidette.

Update: 10/29/08
Final Four Field Set

The field for the final four is now set with the National Semi-Finals and Finals happening on Saturday, November 15th @ ComedySports Chicago (929 W. Belmont Ave.)

Semi-Finals #1 @ 11am: Seriously Bent from Suffolk University versus The Titanic Players’ Matador Now from Northwestern University.

Semi-Finals #2 @ 12:30pm: The Improv Mafia from Illinois State University versus Second Nature from University of Southern California.

Finals @ 2pm: Teams TBA

Update: 10/26/08
Second Nature Wins West Coast Regionals!

 

Congratulations to Second Nature from the University of Southern California as last night the won the West Coast Regionals title. The judges voted 3-0 in their favor. The regionals took place in front of full houses at the Westside Eclectic in Los Angeles, CA.

Congratulations also to ComedySportz LA College Team and Laser Squad Bravo from Loyola Marymont University as they tied for 2nd place.

CIF Productions Executive Director Jonathan Pitts said, “We had a great West Coast Regionals! All six teams brought it 100%! The Westside Eclectic was really good to work with and we are looking forward to future West Coast Regionals.”

Next up is the National Semi-Finals and Finals on Saturday, November 15.

To see photos from the West Coast Regionals, please click: WC Regionals
To see video from the West Coast Regionals, please click: RooftopComedy

Update: 10/23/08
Seriously Bent’s Regional Victory Gets Press

CIT’s 2008 East Coast Regional Champ, Seriously Bent from Suffolk University, received an article about their victory in the Suffolk Voice, to read it, please click: Suffolk Voice.

Update: 10/20/08
The Improv Mafia Wins Midwest Regionals!

 

Congratulations to The Improv Mafia from Illinois State University as last Saturday night they won the Midwest Regional title. 2nd place went to The Titanic Player’s Matador Now from Northwestern University. The judges’ votes were split 1-1-1. To decide who won the title, the tournament’s officials looked at the over-all points score, and Improv Mafia won by a very tight score of 46-43. It was the closest match in the tournament’s two year history. Both teams will compete in theNational Semi-Finals, but there will only be a re-match if they both win and then meet in the National Finals

The Midwest Regional finals also featured The Cosby Sweaters from DePaul University and The Titanic Players’ The Founders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. All four teams had won their prior rounds.

CIF Productions‘ Executive Director Jonathan Pitts said, “We had a great Midwest Regionals. The final round was the best match we’ve had so far in our tournament’s two year history! All four teams were great and they all played with so much energy, skills and talent. It was a joy to watch!”

To see photos from the Midwest Regionals, please click: MW Regionals
To see video from the Midwest Regionals, please click: RooftopComedy

Update: 10/14/08
Seriously Bent Wins East Coast Regionals

 

Congratulations to Seriously Bent from Suffolk University as last Saturday night, they captured the East Coast Regionals title. They played against University of Florida‘s Theatre Strike Force in front of a full house at Boston’s Improv Asylum! The judges voted 3-0 in favor of Seriously Bent.

Seriously Bent, the East Coast champs, moves into the National Semi-Finals on 11/15/08 in Chicago at Comedysportz and they will play in the 11am slot versus a team from the midwest (TBA).

Congratulations also to Theatre Strike Force for coming in 2nd place. Both teams had great shows and they both won their first rounds in order to make it to the finals.

CIF Productions‘ Executive Director Jonathan Pitts said, “This was a great regional, as all 8 teams did really good work! Thanks to Improv Asylum for being a great co-presenter! Thanks to Improv Asylum‘s Norm LavioletteImprov Boston‘sWill LueraBoston Globe‘s Nick Zanio, and Maura Tighe Casting‘s Melissa Paradice for being such fine judges. Thanks also to Julia Gustafson for being a fun and energetic emcee/referee. This is the first year for doing the East Coast Regionals in Boston, and we all plan to do it all again here in Boston next fall!”

To see photos from the East Coast Regionals, please click: EC Regionals
To see video from the East Coast Regionals, please click: RooftopComedy

Update: 10/7/08
Regional Match Schedules

The match schedules for all 3 Regionals (East Coast, Midwest, and East Coast) are now available. Please click: Regional Matches.

Update: 8/31/08
How To Submit Your Team For The 2008 Tournament

If you have a college improv team and you would like to participate in the 2008 College Comedy Championship, it’s easy to send in a submission. There are no submission fees and no registrations fee. It’s free for your team to participate!

To submit if your team competed in last year’s tournament: Please send an email to CIT’s Assistant Producer Chris Edwards and notify him that your team wants to participate in this year’s tournament. He will send you an email stating which Region Final has been chosen for you.

To submit if you are a new team to the tournament: Please post a 10 minute video of your team performing live. The tape can be posted on I-Films, Myspace, Youtube, or on your team’s website. The performance must have been shot with one camera and have no edits. Please email CIT’s Assistant Producer Chris Edwards with your contact information, team name, college affiliation, and a link to your online video. When your entry is received, you will get an email confirmation notice.

All teams participating in the tournament agree to compete in the nearest Regional Final at their own expense. The Regional Finals winning teams also agree to travel at their own expense to participate in the National Semi-Finals & Finals held in Chicago on November 15, 2008.

Tournament Schedule

East Coast Regionals @ Improv Asylum in Boston, MA 
Saturday, October 11, 2008

Midwest Regionals @ Northwestern University in Evanston, IL 
Saturday, October 18, 2008

West Coast Regionals @ Westside Eclectic in Los Angeles, CA. 
Saturday, October 25, 2008

National Semi-Finals & Finals @ ComedySportz in Chicago, IL 
Saturday, Novmber 15, 2008

Tournament News

*We’ve changed the event’s name from the College Comedy Championship to theCollege Improv Tournament.

*We’re bigger this year! We have 32 teams, 3 Regional Finals, the National Semi-Finals and the National Finals.

*To nationally produce this year’s tournament, we have presenting partnerships with ComedySportz Chicago (Chicago), Improv Asylum (Boston), and Westside Eclectic (Los Angeles).

*All 3 Regional Finals will be video-taped. The matches will then be posted on-line with our media partner RooftopComedy.com.

*The National Semi-Finals & Finals will be filmed as 3 hour-long tv shows. They will be shot on location at ComedySportz Chicago in HD with 5 cameras. The 3 shows will be shot live to tape. We are proud to partner again with Columbia College Chicago’s Television Department. These shows will be telecast on Chicago public TV.

Tournament Play

Regional Finals:
All Regional Finals rounds will have 3 teams competing per match.

National Semi-Finals:
The National Semi-Finals will have 2 teams competing per match. The East Coast Regional Finals winners will play against one of the top two teams from the Midwest Regional Finals. The West Coast Regional Finals winners will also play against one of the top two teams from the Midwest Regional Finals.

National Finals:
The National Finals will feature the two National Semi-Finals winning teams. This year, we have scheduled more “down-time” between the Semi-Finals match and the Finals.

Format:
Each match will feature all teams improvising in this order: a Short Form (approximately 5 minutes or less), a Mid-Form (10 minutes or less), and a Musical/Rap Form (approximately 5 minutes or less).

The Short Form is any game chosen by the team, but it can’t go longer than 5 minutes. If it does, the emcee will stop the game. The emcee will give a notice when there is 30 seconds left. If the emcee calls time on the Short-Form, there is no penalty from the judges.

The Mid-Form can be a Montage, Collage, Mono-Scene, or almost any format of the team’s choosing, but it can’t be a Harold. The Mid-Form can go under 10 minutes but it can’t go over 10 minutes. At 10 minutes, the emcee will stop the Mid-Form. Under 10 minutes, the team can call their own ending. The emcee will give a notice when there is 1 minmute left. If the emcee calls time on the Mid-form, there is no penalty from the judges.

The Musical/Rap Form can be any music/rap game or scene the team chooses to do. The team also chooses which style or styles they choose to sing or rap in. The Music/Rap Scene can’t go past 5 minutes and if it does the emcee will stop the scene. The emcee will give a notice when there is 30 seconds left. If the emcee calls time on the Music/Rap Form, there is no penalty from the judges.

Team Size:
All tournament teams must have at least 3 players and no more than 15 players. Which players get to improvise and when is decided by each team for themselves.

Judging:
There will be 3 judges. A perfect score from a judge is 20 points. A perfect score from all 3 judges is 60 points. The team with the most points wins. The Mid-Form will be scored by each judge 0-10 points. The Short-Form/Game will be scored by each judge 0-5 points. The Musical Scene will be scored by each judge 0-5 points. The judges will not reveal their score until the end of the match.

Tie-Breaker:
In the event of a tie, all 3 judges will vote on which team they liked best over-all in the match. The team with the most votes wins.

The Champs:
Besides taking home the tournament trophy cup, the champions are automatically invited to perform in the Chicago Improv Festival 2009, and Rooftopcomedy.com’s Aspen Comedy Festival 2009.

Update: 2/8/08
OSTN-TV Starts Airing CCC Episodes!

Today, OSTN-TV aired the first of seven hour-long episodes from the 2007 College Comedy Championships. These 7 episodes are being telecast to OSTN-TV’s cable network of over 250 colleges in the USA. They will also be telecast to Canada and Great Britain. OSTN-TV’s webmasters are currently working to post the 7 episodes on their web-site.



MATCHES 2008

National Finals & Semi-Finals
Saturday, November 15, 2008 @ ComedySportz Chicago

The Improv Mafia from Illinois State University

 

Semi-Finals #A @ 11am
Seriously Bent from Suffolk University
The Titanic Players’ Matador Now from Northwestern University

Semi-Finals #B @ 12:30pm
The Improv Mafia from Illinois State University
Second Nature from University of Southern California

Finals @ 2pm
The Improv Mafia from Illinois State University
Seriously Bent from Suffolk University

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS:
The Improv Mafia from Illinois State University

 

Judges for the National Finals and Semi-Finals were The Playground’s Executive Director Matt BarberaComedySportz teacher/performer Katherine GotsickpH Productions Artistic Director Jason GeisCIF Artistic Associate & The Second City Training Center Conservatory teacher Nick Johne, and Director of the IO Training Center Rachael Mason.


Regionals:

WEST COAST Regionals 
Saturday, October 25, 2008 @ The Westside Eclectic (Los Angeles, CA)

 

Second Nature from University of Southern California

Round One @ 2pm:
The Knights of Comedy from Chapman University
Laser Squad Bravo from Loyola Marymont University
Smile and Nod from California State Polytechnic

Round One Winner:
Laser Squad Bravo from Loyola Marymont University

Round Two @ 4pm:
ComedySportz Los Angeles College Team
National Comedy Theatre College Team from San Diego
Second Nature from University of Southern California

Round Two Winner:
Second Nature from University of Southern California

Wild Card Team:
ComedySportz Los Angeles College Team

Finals @ 6pm
ComedySportz Los Angeles College Team
Laser Squad Bravo from Loyola Marymont University
Second Nature from University of California

WEST COAST CHAMPIONS
Second Nature from University of Southern California

The West Coast Regional judges included Second City Training Center Los Angeles‘s Artistic Director Josh FunkMission Improvable‘s Aaron Krebs and Sean Monahan. The emcee is CIT ’07 alumni Dan Foster.


MIDWEST Regionals
Saturday, October 18, 2008 @ Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

 

The Improv Mafia from Illinois State University

Round One @ 12pm:
The Cosby Sweaters from DePaul University
Full Frontal Comedy from Indiana University

Round One Winner:
The Cosby Sweaters from DePaul University

Round Two @ 2pm:
45Kings from Loyola University Chicago
The Improv Mafia from Illinois State University
The Titanic Players’ Raw from University of Illinois

Round Two Winner:
The Improv Mafia from Illinois State University

Round Three @ 4pm:
Droppin’ $cience from Columbia College Chicago
The Titanic Players’ The Founders from University of Wisconsin-Madison

Round Three Winner:
The Titanic Players’ The Founders from University of Wisconsin-Madison

Round Four @ 6pm
Off-Off Campus from The University of Chicago
Red Light School District from University of Illinois-Chicago
The Titanic Player’s Matador Now from Northwestern University

Round Four Winner:
The Titanic Player’s Matador Now from Northwestern University

Finals @ 8pm
The Cosby Sweaters from DePaul University
The Improv Mafia from Illinois State University
The Titanic Players’ The Founders from University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Titanic Player’s Matador Now from Northwestern University

MIDWEST CHAMPIONS:
The Improv Mafia from Illinois State University

Wild Card Team:
The Titanic Player’s Matador Now from Northwestern University

The Midwest Regional judges included The Playgorund‘s Executive Director Matt BarberaComedySportz‘ Katherine Gotsick and DePaul University Theatre School‘s improv teacher Nick Johne. The emcee was CIT ’07 alum Chris Edwards.


EAST COAST Regionals
Saturday, October 11, 2008 @ Improv Asylum (Boston, MA)

 

Seriously Bent from Suffolk University

Round One @ 2pm
Liquid Fun from Boston University
Seahawk Down from Salve-Regina University
SWOMO from Emerson College
Theatre Strike Force from University of Florida

Round One Winner:
Theatre Strike Force from University of Forida

Round Two @ 4pm:
Improv With Attitude from University of Massachusetts
I.T. from the College of William & Mary
NU & Improv’d from Northeastern University
Seriously Bent from Suffolk University

Round Two Winner:
Seriously Bent from Suffolk University

Finals @ Midnight:
Theatre Strike Force from University of Florida
Seriously Bent from Suffolk University

EAST COAST CHAMPIONS:
Seriously Bent from Suffolk University

The East Coast Regional judges included Improv Asylum‘s Norm Laviolette,Improv Boston‘s Will LueraMelissa Paradice from Tara Casting and The Boston Globe‘s comedy writer Nick Zanio. The emcee was CIT ’07 alumni Julia Gustafson.



TEAMS 2008

45Kings from Loyola University Chicago

 

The Cosby Sweaters from DePaul University

 

Droppin’ $cience from Columbia College Chicago

 

Full Frontal Comedy from Indiana University

 

The Improv Mafia from Illinois State University

 

Improv With Attitude from University of Massachusetts

 

I.T. from The College of William & Mary

 

The Knights of Comedy from Chapman University

 

LA ComedySportz College Team

 

Laser Squad Bravo from Loyola Marymont University

 

Liquid Fun from Boston University

 

National Comedy Theatre College Team from San Diego

 

NU & Improv’d from Northeastern University

 

Off-Off Campus from The University of Chicago

 

Red Light School District from University of Illinois-Chicago

 

Seahawk Down from Salve-Regina University

 

Second Nature from University of Southern California

 

Seriously Bent from Suffolk University

 

Smile and Nod from California Polytechnic State University

 

SWOMO from Emerson College

 

The Titanic Players’ The Founders from University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

The Titanic Players’ Matador Now from Northwestern University

 

The Titanic Players’ Raw from University of Illinois

 

Theatre Strike Force from University of Florida



PRESS 2008

Daily Vidette – Article, 11/6/08

ISU Improv Mafia To Compete Nationally
By Vince Tassi

The ISU Improv Mafia squad won the Midwest Regional competition and will move on to compete in the National College Improv Tournament on Nov. 15 in Chicago. ISU will compete with teams representing Northwestern University, Suffolk University and the University of Southern California at the event, which is hosted by the Chicago Improv Festival.

“All four groups participating are very established,” Chris Bogue, senior Improv Mafia member, said. “The group from USC has done work with cast members from Reno 911.” The competition consists of three parts- a short form, a mid form and a musical form. Every week the team works on new forms so their style is geared toward upcoming competitions.

“The set-up of the competition allows us to basically do a condensed version of our weekly shows,” Bogue said. “We try to bring a good variety of our improv team to the competitions,” Keith Habersberger, Improv Mafia team captain, said.

Seven of the 16 team members competed in the regional competition. “All of the members of the team have different styles and strengths, so we try to get a good mixture to make it more interesting.”

ISU was the only team at the regional without a coach. According to Bogue, the team reads a lot of books written by people who began the improvisation movement and mentored famous comedians such as John Belushi, Mike Myers and Bill Murray. “We’re going out there without a coach but all of the Chicago improvisers write books and essays on improv. We read them to try to better understand what they want and what good improv is,” Bogue said.

The theme for this year’s competition is a sports broadcast. Each school has been given 60 seats to fill, and their respective audiences will be dressed in the school’s colors. “Each team has two anchors broadcasting the action,” Habersberger said. “Each team will go back and forth doing their style and then be judged.”

The winner of the tournament will get to perform at the Aspen Comedy Festival in Aspen, Co., the largest comedy festival in the world. It will be broadcast on Comedy Central and will include famous comedians such as Dave Attell. “It’s a really big honor to win,” Bogue said. “All the groups are amazing. Whoever gets this coveted spot really worked hard for it.”

This is the Improv Mafia’s 11th year at Illinois State. They have a free one-hour show every Tuesday at 8 p.m. in CVA 145. The team also has an improvised full-length play at the ISU Free Stage Festival on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday of this week. “We’re always working towards something,” Bogue said.

Illinois State University – Press Release, 10/27/08

ISU’s Improv Mafia Advances to National College Improvisation Tournament
By Marc Lebovitz

All the regional competitions are over, the scores have been tallied and Illinois State University’s Improv Mafia has reached the national College Improv Tournament, hosted by Chicago Improv Festival and set for Nov. 15 in Chicago.

Now in its 11th year at Illinois State, Improv Mafia recently won the Midwest regionals, beating 11 other colleges and university in the tournament of the College Improv Tournament hosted by Chicago Improv Festival.

Finishing second in the regionals was host school Northwestern University’s The Titanic Player’s Matador Now. Among other competitors were The Cosby Sweaters from DePaul University and The Titanic Players’ The Founders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In the national semifinals, to be held at ComedySportz Chicago, 929 W. Belmont Ave., Improv Mafia will face Seriously Bent from Suffolk University, winner of the East Coast regional. The other semifinal will pit West Coast regional winner Second Nature from University of Southern California against the team Improv Mafia beat, The Titanic Players’ Matador Now from Northwestern University.

Illinois State competitors at the tournament were Keith Habersberger of Bolingbrook, Michael Norris of Oak Lawn, Chris Bogue of Burbank, Ricky Haschemeyer of Quincy, Nick Klahs of Vernon Hills, Justin Triezenberg of Naperville and Annie Rix of Wheaton.

The Suffolk Voice – Article, 10/21/08

Seriously Bent Named Best Improv Troupe In The East
By Krystle Vermes and Manny Veiga

Call them the Beasts of the East. Seriously Bent, Suffolk’s improv comedy troupe, beat out seven other groups for the title of East Coast Regional Champions at the second annual National College Improv Championships on Saturday, October 11. They were crowned champions at midnight after winning in the initial round that afternoon.

The Improv Competition was held at Boston’s famed Improv Asylum. Seriously Bent defeated eight teams to seize the championship, some of which were from local colleges and universities. Improv teams from BU, Northeastern, and Emerson also competed.

In the finals, the team finished off “Theatre Strike Force” from the University of Florida by a unanimous decision. The judges that day included Will Leura (Artistic Director of Improv Boston), Norm Laviolette (Artistic Director of Improv Asylum), and Nick Zanio (Boston Globe’s comedy writer). Seriously Bent and Suffolk alumnus, Julia Gustafson (’08), hosted the event.

Last year, the group made it to the quarterfinals of the nationals after receiving and accepting an invite to participate. Currently, they are working on fund raising for their trip to the National Semi-Finals and Finals in Chicago, IL on Saturday, Nov. 15.


PARTNERS, CO-PRESENTERS, SPONSORS, & GRANTORS 2008

The 2nd annual College Improv Tournament is proud to work with such wonderful partners, co-presenters, and sponsors, as well as grateful to have recieved grants from such fine organizations. All of their participation and support helps make programs like the College Improv Tournament possible.


Partners

Columbia College Chicago’s Television Department

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RooftopComedy.com


Sponsors

 

Chipotle

Ann Sather’s on Belmont


Grantors

City Arts Grants

The Field Foundation

Illinois Arts Council

The Second City Foundation


CIT 2007 ARCHIVES
Updates, Teams, Matches, Press, Sponsors


Update: 12/15/07

CCC 2007 Photos On-Line
To see photos from the 2007 tournament, please click: CCC 2007

Update: 11/5/07
Congratulations to Old Tom Jar, the 2007 College Comedy CHAMPS!

Old Tom Jar, The Titanic Players Resident Team from Northwestern University, won the 1st annual College Comedy Championship national title, the College Comedy trophy cup, $1,500 from OSTN-TV, and a performance slot in the 2008 Chicago Improv Festival. The three-person team are all seniors and theatre majors at Northwestern University. The champion team members are Dan FosterBritney Lower, and Katherine Palardy. They have been playing together for the last four years under the guidance of their director/coach Mike Abdelsayed. Palardy said shortly after winning, “This was one of the greatest weekends of my life!”

Georgia Perry, a member of the 2nd place finishing Awkward Silence from Indiana University said, “The weekend was fantastic and Awkward Silence had a blast performing. We feel really lucky to have been a part of the tournament!” The Improv Mafia’s Keith Habersberger said about the tournament, “We all really had a blast and are psyched to be a part of all the divisions planned for next year. We learned a lot and are transferring that knowledge to our other members. It was awesome!”

The Final 2007 Tournament Standings:

1st Place: Old Tom Jar from Northwestern University
2nd Place: Awkward Silence from Indiana University
3rd Place (tie): Droppin’ $cience from Columbia College Chicago; The Improv Mafia from Illinois State University.

Quarter-Final Teams: Barren Mind from Arizona State University; Mock Turtle Soup from Clemson University; Off-Off Campus from The University of Chicago; Seriously Bent from Suffolk University.

Tournament founder Jonathan Pitts said “This was a great tournament! We saw wonderful improv created by the comedy stars of tomorrow. The tournament was so good in its first year that it was thrilling”.

The three judges for Saturday and Sunday’s rounds were Jeff GriggsNiki Lindgren and Nick Johne. Except for one match when they split their votes, every other match through four rounds of tournament play the judges’ votes were unanimous (including Friday’s first round with alternate judge Katherine Gotsick). That still didn’t mean their decisions were easy. Said Niki Lindgren, “That was tough. There were severals times I wanted to vote for both groups.” Nick Johne agreed, “That was hard! Often times it was only a matter of small degrees separating the two teams. That is why I love and hate judging”. Just before showing his vote in the finals Jeff Griggs said, “I would pay to see both of these two teams play”.

Taping seven hour-long shows in two days with the feed from six cameras being mixed together live-to-tape would be a daunting task for seasoned television professionals, but the Columbia College Chicago TV Department crew of 20 students, under the guidance of faculty member/director Chris West and faculty member/floor manager Ed Ferrara, were completely up to the task. “They did an amazing job!” said CIF Productions’ Executive Director Jonathan Pitts. “Columbia’s television department has a national reputation as one of the best in the country and I can see why. They all were great, and they were great to work with too. They made it easy.” said Pitts.

Update: 11/2/07
The Tournament Starts Today!

The crew of Columbia College Chicago’s TV Department are putting on the final touches in getting the tv studio stage ready for tomorrow and Sunday’s taping of the College Comedy Championship. Today, the first round of play-offs begins at Loyola University Chicago begins tonight at 6pm!

Update: 11/1/07
OSTN-TV Ups The Cash Prize Awards For CCC Teams!

Arun Kumar, CEO of OSTN-TV, today confirmed that they have added more money to the cash prizes for the CCC, which starts tomorrow. The 1st Place Team will receive $1,500, the 2nd Place Team will receive $500, and the 3rd and 4th Place Teams will receive $250 each. This makes an additional $1,000 in prize money from OSTN-TV.

Jonathan Pitts, the Executive Director of Chicago Improv Festival Productions says, “This is really great and generous of Arun and OSTN-TV! Now being in the Final Four really means something even more!” Mike Abdelsayed, director of The Titanic Players said, “Man, this is exciting!”

Update: 10/31/07
Time Out Chicago Promotes the College Comedy Championship!

In this week’s current issue of Time Out Chicago, comedy beat writer Steve Heisler wrote a blurb about this weekend’s upcoming comedy tournament. There is also a photo printed of The University of Chicago’s team Off-Off Campus. To see the photo and blurb, please pick up a copy of Time Out Chicago.

Update: 10/27/07
OSTN-TV’s CEO Arun Kumar to Attend Tournament Tapings

Today, Maria Shuckahosee, Program Manager of OSTN-TV, revealed that Arun Kumar, the CEO of OSTN-TV, will be in Chicago this Saturday and Sunday to attend the College Comedy Championship tapings at Columbia College Chicago. Shuckahosee said that Kumar will hand out the two cash prizes to the first and second place teams.

Shuckahosee also said that she will attend the tapings too and that she is bringing some OSTN t-shirts for the students. Said Shuckahosee, “We are very excited about sponsoring the College Comedy Championship and the program is going to make a great addition to our channel!”

Update: 10/24/07
OSTN-TV to Give Cash Prizes to Top 2 Teams!

Today, OSTN-TV announced that it will give cash prizes to the top two placing teams in the upcoming College Comedy Championship. The 1st place team will receive a check for $1,000, and the 2nd place team will receive a check for $500.

Update: 10/16/07
CIF Productions’ College Comedy Championship Press Release

16 TEAMS: ALL AGAINST ONE & ONE AGAINST ALL

16 college improv comedy teams, from as far west as Arizona, as far east as New York, as far south as Georgia, and as far north as Wisconsin, are all converging in Chicago to compete for the first ever College Comedy Championship national title.

The national comedy tournament is being co-sponsored by Columbia College Chicago’s Television Department, Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, and Open Student Television Network. A total of seven hours of the tournament will be telecast in early 2008 on OSTN-TV.

Chicago Improv Festival Productions’ Executive Director and College Championship creator Jonathan Pitts says excitedly, “The 1st annual College Comedy Championship is going to be a wonderful event that will showcase the hilarious talents of tomorrow’s stars today. That we get to highlight the Quarter-Finals through the Finals by telecasting them nationally and internationally on OSTN-TV makes this unique opportunity for college improvisers and college teams that much more fantastic!”

The 16 teams competing are 45 Kings from Loyola University Chicago; Awkward Silence from Indiana University; BAM! from Loyola University Chicago; Barren Mindfrom Arizona State University; The Charles Darwin Experience from University of Arizona; The Cosby Sweaters from DePaul University; “Daddy Mags”, Titanic House Team from Northwestern University; Droppin’ $cience from Columbia College Chicago; “Founding Fathers” , Titanic House Team from University of Wisconsin @ Madison; The Improv Mafia from Illinois State University; “Matador Now”, Titanic Main Stage Team from Northwestern University; Mock Turtle Soup from Clemson University; Off-Off Campus from The University of Chicago; “Old Tom Jar”, Titanic Resident Team from Northwestern University; On The Fly Improv from University of Dayton; and Seriously Bent from Suffolk University.

The 16 teams were all invited and selected by College Comedy Championship’s Artistic Director Justin Jackson. He is a Loyola University Chicago alumni and an alumni of their improv team the 45 Kings.

CCC’s Origins
About the comedy tournament’s beginnings, Pitts says, “Since year one, we’ve always had several college teams here participating in CIF. I’ve had the idea for a national college tournament kicking around in my head since CIF’s third year, but I was always too busy with CIF to get it up off the ground. During CIF 2005 and 2006, we partnered up with Chapel Hill’s DSI to co-present DSI’s Implosion, and it was fun. As CIF grew as a not-for-profit organization, we decided to make our own program, so we gave the tournament a green light. Now we are ready to crown a team as champs!”

First Round Matches: Friday, November 2
The First Round Matches will take place live at the Loyola University’s Mundelein Center Auditorium, 1020 W. Sheridan Road. These matches will take place at 6pm, 7:30pm, 9pm, and 10:30pm. Tickets for the public are $5 a round, or $10 for the night, and free for Loyola students.

Quarter-Finals: Saturday, November 3
After the field has been whittled down to 8 teams, the Quarter-Finals will be taped at the Columbia College Chicago’s Television Department’s Studio A @ 600 S. Michigan, 15th floor, from 1pm to 7pm.

Semi-Finals & Finals: Sunday, November 4
The Semi-Finals and Finals will also be taped at Columbia College Chicago from 11am to 3pm. Both Saturday’s and Sunday’s tapings will be closed to the general public.

Judges
The First Round matches will be judged by Chicago Improv Festival Artistic AssociatesJeff GriggsNick Johne and Comedysportz Chicago‘s Katherine Gotsick. The judges for the Quarter-Finals, the Semi-Finals and the Finals are Jeff GriggsNick Johne, and from NBC’s Sports Action Team and also The Second City ETCNiki Lindgren.

OSTN-TV
In mid-January of 2008, OSTN-TV will begin telecasting the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Finals packaged as seven hour-long episodes. Each episode will be telecast through mid-March a total of 10 times to OSTN-TV’s network of 180+ colleges and universities across America. The episodes will also be telecast to colleges and universities in Canada and England.

Pitts reveals, “We have recently signed a three-year agreement with OSTN-TV, so we are already making plans to expand next year’s tournament. We want to have 4 regional finals, one for each time zone, and then have the finals here in Chicago. We also want to add a sketch comedy championship and then the year after that, a stand-up comedy championship.”

The television tapings will utilize 7 cameras, a crew of 30, and will be taped in front of a private audience. The crew will be primarily manned by Columbia College Chicago staff and students, along with some CIF Productions staff members. Pitts will be the television show’s Executive Producer, and Columbia College Chicago’s Station ManagerChris West will be the show’s Director.

Explains Pitts, “We are shooting all the episodes like it is an actual sport, so we will have anchors, sideline reporters, team interviews, half-time profiles, and rocking theme music in each episode. It’s going to be fun!”

The co-anchormen for the televised episodes are Chicago Improv Festival Artistic Director Mark Sutton and Chicago Improv Festival Artistic Associate Joe Bill. The sideline reporters are Storybox‘s Marla Caceres, CIF 2007 Heineken Player Nick Hausman, and from The Second City MainstageAmber Ruffin. The weatherman will be Storybox‘s Jeremy Schaefer. The co-emcees for both the live performances and the television tapings are Justin Jackson and Daryl Amandes.

Buzz
Out of town improvisers and local improv pros alike are already abuzz about the upcoming College Comedy Championship. Suffolk University’s Julia Gustafson said, “This is an amazing opportunity for my comedy team ‘Seriously Bent’, and for everyone else involved too. We’re really excited for the experience that we’ll gain from participating in the College Comedy Championship and for being on OSTN-TV!”

Chicago pro Ithamar Enriquez, currently on The Second City Mainstage, and also an Arizona State University improv alumni said, “This is great! It is going to be big! I wish I had something like this when I was in college!”

EVENTS 2007

Team Brunch with Mick Napier & Rachel Mason
Saturday, November 3, 10am to 11:30am @ iO Comedy Theatre, 3541 N. Clark

All 16 teams competing in the College Comedy Championship are invited to iO for a free brunch. The food will be supplied by CCC’s Sponsors: Chipotle and Whole Foods. The brunch will be a chance for the players and the teams to hang out and socialize.

Special guest Mick Napier, actor, author, director, teacher, and Annoyance Theaterfounder, will be there to meet and talk with the teams, as will Rachel Mason, the Education Director from the historic iO Comedy Theatre. Chicago Improv Festival’s Artistic Director Mark Sutton will be the emcee of the panel discussion.

Please note: This brunch is a private event and the general public will not be able to attend.

Update: 10/15/07
OSTN-TV’s Press Release on the College Comedy Championship

To read the official press release from OSTN-TV on their presenting partnership with Chicago Improv Festival Productions to telecast seven hours of the College Comedy Championship, please click Press.


MATCHES 2007

First Round Matches
Friday, November 2, 2007
@ Loyola University’s Mundelein Center Auditorium

First Round Matches
There will be three teams playing in each match round. Only one team will move forward from each First Round match. All judges’ decisions are final. In case of a three-way tie, the two emcees will both have a vote.

6pm / Blue Division

1) Droppin’ $cience from Columbia College Chicago (first round bye)
2) Off-Off Campus from The University of Chicago
3) Awkward Silence from Indiana University
4) BAM! from Loyola University Chicago

7:30pm / Green Division

1) Seriously Bent from Suffolk University (first round bye)
2) Cosby sweaters from DePaul University
3) “Old Tom Jar”, Titanic Resident Team from Northwestern University
4) On The Fly Improv from University of Dayton

9pm / Yellow Division

1) Barren Mind from Arizona State University (first round bye)
2) The Improv Mafia from Illinois State University
3) “Daddy Mags”, Titanic House Team from Northwestern University
4) “Founding Fathers”, Titanic House Team from University of Wisconsin @ Madison

10:30pm / Red Division

1) Mock Turtle Soup from Clemson University (first round bye)
2) 45Kings from Loyola University Chicago
3) “Matador Now”, Titanic Main Stage Team from Northwestern University
4) The Charles Darwin Experience from University of Arizona

Quarter-Finals
Saturday, November 3, 2007
@ Columbia College’s Television Department

Quarter-Finals Matches
There will be two teams playing per Quarter-Final match. Only one team will move forward from each Quarter-Final match. All judges’ decisions are final.

Quarter-Finals: 2pm
Blue bye vs. Blue first round winner

Quarter-Finals: 3:15pm
Green bye vs. Green first round winner

Quarter-Finals: 4:45pm
Yellow bye vs. Yellow first round winner

Quarter-Finals: 6pm
Red bye vs. Red first round winner

Semi-Finals & Finals
Sunday, November 4, 2007
@ Columbia College’s Television Department

Semi-Finals Matches
There will be two teams playing per Semi-Final match. Only one team will move forward from each Semi-Final match. All judges’ decisions are final.

Semi-Finals: 11am
Blue winner vs. Green winner

Semi-Finals: 12:15pm
Yellow winner vs. Red winner

Finals
There will be two teams playing in the Finals. Only one team will win the national championship title. All judges’ decisions are final.

Finals: 2pm
Blue/Green winner vs. Yellow/Red winner


TEAMS 2007

45Kings from Loyola University Chicago

In 2002, Loyola University students and Zach Ward, the executive producer of DSI (Dirty South Improv) created what is today The 45Kings. Originally the Loyola Players, the team later shortened the name to The LP’s which lead to the idea of 45″ records. Hence, The 45kings were born in the fall of 2002.

The 45Kings is currently comprised of eleven members, 6 new members in 2007 and 5 veterans. Since 2005, the team has been coached by Barrel of Monkey’s company member and IMPLOSION College Comedy Festival’s associate producer, Meredith Ibey.

The 45Kings are a very versatile troupe, playing both short form and long form improvisation. Since 2005, the 45Kings have found their strength by combining both formats and creating new mid-forms based on the talents of the team. Currently, the 45Kings’ form is based on strong characters, progressing their scenes through the traits of single characters, and total acceptance. The 45Kings Motto: Have fun or go home!

The 45Kings perform at least twice a month on campus and have performed off campus at such venues as IO’s Improv Rebellion and opened for various shows at the Playground Theater. The 45kings won the Oracle Theater’s Chicago college comedy competition in the spring of 2006, and in 2005 and 2006, the 45kings were showcased at the Chicago Improv Festival’s IMPLOSION College Comedy Festival. The 45kings also performed at IU’s Comedy Festival in the spring of 2006. They look forward to winning CIF’s College Comedy Competition 2007.

The 45Kings’ are coached by Meredith Ibey. The 45 Kings’ captain is Nick Simoneaux. The team members include Julia Class, Thomas Lowery, Cheryl Manley, Kaycie McClure, Thomas Novik, Maria Randazzo, Erin Renshaw, and Jake Saleh.

Awkward Silence Comedy from Indiana University

Awkward Silence Comedy is Indiana University’s premiere short-form improv troupe. The troupe has been performing shows at Indiana University – Bloomington every week for the past four years. The group performs a unique style of improv combining short-form games with the long-form Harold.

Awkward Silence Comedy team members include Andy Blastick, Brian M. Frange, Georgia Perry, Justin Purcell, Mike Stone, & Alex Young.

BAM! from Loyola University Chicago

BAM! is pH productions’ pHarm team at Loyola University Chicago. They like to play all over the city. They were founded in the spring of 2004 and continue to grow exponentially.

BAM! team members include Jeff Behrends, Elise Webb, Claire Alden, Ian McLaren, Anne Murphy, Chris Burdulis, Caitlin Flessner, Kevin Graver, Kathryn Durkin, Heather Callan, Dana Omar, Julie Crylan, Kelly Spohrer, Tom Molloy, Heather Sejnowski, Courtney Mueller, Tom Molloy, and Nick Seiben. BAM! is coached by Jason Geis and their team captain is Christian Burdulis.

Barren Mind from Arizona State University

Barren Mind Improv starting performing weekly shows at ASU in the Fall semester of ’94. Although short form improv is commonly seen on their stage, the troupe has created its own unique style long form called “Birth the Rock.” They have taken this style to many festivals nationally and are excited to perform at the College Comedy Championships.

Barren Mind Improv’s team members include Kyle Coughlin, Kevin Hortst, Scott C. Meyers, Steve Nielsen, and Brian Rhoads. Their website is www.asucomedy.com

The Charles Darwin Experience from University of Arizona

 

The Charles Darwin Experience is the University of Arizona’s only all-improv comedy group performs every Tuesday at 10 p.m. in the Cellar. The Charles Darwin Experience was started in 1998 and has always been a short-form improv group. When Darwin performs they play various improv games and the group always draws a crowd of students who want to giggle. The Charles Darwin Experience wasn’t in the festival last year, but they have been in the past, and they’re looking forward to a short but sassy set of improv tomorrow.

“We just prepared what games we want to play. Comedy Corner put together all the headliners and everything,” said Christina Fruciano, a UA alumna and director of The Charles Darwin Experience. Their mission statement: Say funny things and do funny actions in front of a live audience.

The Charles Darwin Experience team members include Matt Bowdren, Shannon Corrigan, Alex Garday, Brad Kula, Brian McGrath, Laine Peterson, and Nate Weisband.

The Cosby Sweaters from DePaul University

 

Cosby Sweaters are DePaul’s first and only improv troupe. After a 9-month gestation period in 2004, they were born, healthy and happy, in 2005. Now the years fly by like whispers in the wind.

Cosby Sweaters team members include Tom Dean, Kim Garvey, Alex Haney, Mike Juen, Brian Lonergan, Michele Mancuso, Pete Parsons, Roxie Tuclar, Tim Walsh, and their team captain is Madeline Wagner.

“Daddy Mags”, Titanic House Team from Northwestern University

 

The largest collegiate long form improvisation and sketch organization in the country, The Titanic Players was established at Northwestern University in 1994, Titanic expanded to the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2007. With 4 improvisation groups at Northwestern and 2 at Madison, they plan to build to 8 groups across both universities by 2009. Under the leadership of their founder, Second City and ImprovOlympic alum Mike Abdelsayed, their long term goal is to spread Titanic sister groups across different universities and to build a strong, direct relationship to their alumni cast members working successfully in the professional comedy industry.

Their alumni have continued successful careers at CBS, NBC, The Office, Saturday Night Live, as well as national and international improv theatres as Annoyance Theater, Boom Chicago, ComedySportz, ImprovBoston, ImprovOlympic, The Magnet Theater, The Second City, Theater Sports, and Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater. They are hosts to the Chicago University Improv Festival (CUIF) and have taken a leadership role in organizing all of the college groups across the nation into an online College and University Improv Network (CUIN). This year, representing Titanic in the CIF College Championships is the House Team from Madison, and the House, Main Stage, and Resident Teams from Northwestern. Their website is www.thetitanicplayers.com

Daddys Mags team members include Jen D’Angelo, Katherine Docino, Melani Kahl, Dana Kaplan-Angle, and Matt Shore. Their team captain is Dave Collins and their coach is Mike Abdelsayed.

Droppin’ $cience from Columbia College Chicago

 

Droppin’ $cience is one of the most well respected college groups in the city. Formed in 2004 as part of pH Productions pharm team project. Droppin’ $cience has now grown to perform in venues all over the chicago land area and participate in festivals all over the country. The members focus on making connections in their Improv and believe in trying to bring improv comedy to people who wouldn’t normally see it.

Droppin’ $cience team members include Gordy Andina, Aidy Bryant, Ilana Cohn-Gomez, Chris Edwards, Rob Iceland, Rachel LaForce, Amber Lagore, Jon Lannen, Nick Paul, Wes Perry, Michael Schuff, Rico Sinsey, Eric Vogt, and Mary Walsh. The team captain is Christopher Edwards and their coaches are Matt Mages and Micah Phibrook.

“Founding Fathers”, Titanic House Team from University of Wisconsin @ Madison

 

The largest collegiate long form improvisation and sketch organization in the country, The Titanic Players was established at Northwestern University in 1994, Titanic expanded to the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2007. With 4 improvisation groups at Northwestern and 2 at Madison, they plan to build to 8 groups across both universities by 2009. Under the leadership of their founder, Second City and ImprovOlympic alum Mike Abdelsayed, their long term goal is to spread Titanic sister groups across different universities and to build a strong, direct relationship to their alumni cast members working successfully in the professional comedy industry.

Their alumni have continued successful careers at CBS, NBC, The Office, Saturday Night Live, as well as national and international improv theatres as Annoyance Theater, Boom Chicago, ComedySportz, ImprovBoston, ImprovOlympic, The Magnet Theater, The Second City, Theater Sports, and Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater. They are hosts to the Chicago University Improv Festival (CUIF) and have taken a leadership role in organizing all of the college groups across the nation into an online College and University Improv Network (CUIN). This year, representing Titanic in the CIF College Championships is the House Team from Madison, and the House, Main Stage, and Resident Teams from Northwestern. Their website is www.thetitanicplayers.com

Founding Fathers team members include Leah Cowen, Jason Forbes, Sarah Lyonds, Josh Moss, Julie Pearson, Jon Qulke, Jon Ross, Sherri Schmidt, Anna Slate, and Ben Willis. Their team captain is Aaron Andrzejak and their coach is Mike Abdelsayed.

The Improv Mafia from Illinois State University

 

The Improv Mafia was created in 1998 by Mikel Matthews, and has since established themselves as a comedy powerhouse in Central Illinois. In the heart of Illinois State’s campus in Normal, IL, they provide free improv shows every Tuesday night.

The group has evolved over the years from performing mainly short form games to providing a unique hybrid of short form, long form, and other experimental forms in their weekly one hour shows. Aside from their Tuesday shows, they have expanded their outreach by performing for conferences, fundraisers, elementary schools, and Illinois High School Theatre Festival where they also conducted several workshops.

The Improv Mafia team members include Chris Bogue, Keith Habersberger, Megan Miller, Mike “Commodore” Norris, and Lisa “Cloud” Ridarelli. Their team captain is Matthew “Tinz” Herzau.

“Matador Now”, Titanic Main Stage Team from Northwestern University

 

The largest collegiate long form improvisation and sketch organization in the country, The Titanic Players was established at Northwestern University in 1994, Titanic expanded to the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2007. With 4 improvisation groups at Northwestern and 2 at Madison, they plan to build to 8 groups across both universities by 2009. Under the leadership of their founder, Second City and ImprovOlympic alum Mike Abdelsayed, their long term goal is to spread Titanic sister groups across different universities and to build a strong, direct relationship to their alumni cast members working successfully in the professional comedy industry.

Their alumni have continued successful careers at CBS, NBC, The Office, Saturday Night Live, as well as national and international improv theatres as Annoyance Theater, Boom Chicago, ComedySportz, ImprovBoston, ImprovOlympic, The Magnet Theater, The Second City, Theater Sports, and Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater. They are hosts to the Chicago University Improv Festival (CUIF) and have taken a leadership role in organizing all of the college groups across the nation into an online College and University Improv Network (CUIN). This year, representing Titanic in the CIF College Championships is the House Team from Madison, and the House, Main Stage, and Resident Teams from Northwestern. Their website is www.thetitanicplayers.com

Matador Now team members include Erika Rankin, Chris Wade, Julia Wennstrom, and Connor White. Their team captain is Jessica McKenna and their team coach is Mike Abdelsayed.

Mock Turtle Soup from Clemson University

 

Mock Turtle Soup has performed both long form and short form improv to an audience at Clemson University and in the Clemson community since 2002.

Mock Turtle Soup team members include Harrison Brookie, Dan Freeman, Jenna Lappi, Brandon Little, Larry Simonson, Jason Underwood, and Tyler Williams. Their team captain is Anthony Goodin.

“Old Tom Jar”, Titanic Resident Team from Northwestern University

 

The largest collegiate long form improvisation and sketch organization in the country, The Titanic Players was established at Northwestern University in 1994, Titanic expanded to the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2007. With 4 improvisation groups at Northwestern and 2 at Madison, they plan to build to 8 groups across both universities by 2009. Under the leadership of their founder, Second City and ImprovOlympic alum Mike Abdelsayed, their long term goal is to spread Titanic sister groups across different universities and to build a strong, direct relationship to their alumni cast members working successfully in the professional comedy industry.

Their alumni have continued successful careers at CBS, NBC, The Office, Saturday Night Live, as well as national and international improv theatres as Annoyance Theater, Boom Chicago, ComedySportz, ImprovBoston, ImprovOlympic, The Magnet Theater, The Second City, Theater Sports, and Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater. They are hosts to the Chicago University Improv Festival (CUIF) and have taken a leadership role in organizing all of the college groups across the nation into an online College and University Improv Network (CUIN). This year, representing Titanic in the CIF College Championships is the House Team from Madison, and the House, Main Stage, and Resident Teams from Northwestern. Their website is www.thetitanicplayers.com

Old Tom Jar team members include Dan Foster, Britney Lower, and Katherine Palardy. Their team captain is Dan Foster and their coach is Mike Abdelsayed.

On The Fly Improv from University of Dayton

 

The University of Dayton’s Improv Troupe, On The Fly Improv was created in the fall of 2006. The name of the group comes from the university nickname, the ‘Dayton Flyers.’ Along with performing around the city of Dayton, in their first year they performed at universities such as Miami (OH) and Ohio State, performing alongside teams from across Ohio. On The Fly has been featured in the City of Dayton newspaper “The Dayton Daily News” and earned a 3rd place ranking in the Ohio Improv Championships at Ohio State University.

On The Fly Improv team members include Kevin Branick, Brittany Demmitt, Pete Drouhard, Ryan Fennessy, Kelly Fine, Walker Foley, Mike Kauffman, and Matt Magner

Off-Off Campus from The University of Chicago

 

Off-Off Campus is the second oldest continuously running student improvisational theater troupe in the country with the first generation dating back to 1986. The alert, historically-minded reader might notice that improv at The University of Chicago is older still.

The University of Chicago is the undisputed birthplace of improvisational and sketch comedy. In the 1950’s, a group of University Chicago students formed the Compass Players on campus, and in 1959, the group became The Second City. In 1986, U of C alum and Second City con-founder Bernie Sahlins (A.B. ’43) returned to the University campus in order to begin a south side group to rival his north side creation. Sahlins trained the first Generation of Off-Off Campus in the art of sketch and improv comedy, much as he had done 27 years ago when he invented the forms as we know them today in his classroom, and the group has kept to his regiment of training ever since. Since 1986, Off-Off Campus has entertained thousands of Chicagoans with its unmistakable mix of improv, sketch, and musical comedy.

Off-Off Campus team members include Katie Bockes, Deena Heller, Lizzie Martinez, Alex Yablon, Bobboy Zachrias, and their team captain is Mitch Salm. Their website is http://off-off.uchicago.edu/index.html

Seriously Bent from Suffolk University

 

Suffolk University’s Seriously Bent, representing Boston, Massachusetts, was founded in 2000. Within the last 4 years, Seriously Bent has established itself as a long form improv troupe, without forgetting the benefits of performing short-form. The troupe performs regularly both on and off-campus though out the year.

Seriously Bent is the reigning Boston Comedy Festival’s College Improv Champions, having won the title of “New England’s Funniest College Comedy Troupe” in 2005, 2006 & 2007. They are also the three time undefeated champions of the Improv Asylum’s College Smackdown.

Seriously Bent team members include Patty Barrett, Jonathan Curtiss, Kelly Dooley, Julia Gustafson, Eric LaPre, Trevor Livingston, Mitch Manning, Nick Mandella, Corey O’Rourke, and Nick Wilson. Their team captain is Mitch Manning and their team coach is Jeremy Brothers.


Update: 10/15/07
OSTN-TV Press Release

OSTN TEAMS WITH CHICAGO IMPROV FESTIVAL ON COLLEGE COMEDY CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

CLEVELAND, OH. – October 11, 2006 –

The Open Student Television Network (OSTN) today announced their partnership with the Chicago Improv Festival Productions to bring the biggest college comedy competition in the world to it college audience. The College Comedy Championships (CCC)First Round matches will be held live at Loyola University Chicago’s Mundelein Auditorium. The Quarter-Finals through the Finals will be taped at Columbia College Chicago’s Television Department on November 2nd – 4th.

CCC is a competition of comedy troupes from colleges and universities around the United States including troupes from Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, New York, and Wisconsin. CCC is the largest student comedy competition in the world that will showcase the top comedy talent on campuses. Many professionals in the industry see the competition as a scouting opportunity for the next generation of writers and talent for TV. Some of the troupes in competition are Barren Mind from ASU, Seriously Bent from Suffolk College, 45 Kings from Loyola College, the Cosby Sweaters from DePaul University, Awkward Science and Full Frontal from Indiana University, Charred Goosebeak from Colgate, Mock Turtle Soup from Clemson, Dropping $cience from Columbia College, On the Fly Improv from Dayton, Charles Darwin Experience from Arizona and the Titanic Players from Northwestern University.

“The 1st annual College Comedy Championship is going to be a wonderful event that will showcase the hilarious talents of tomorrow’s stars today.”- stated Executive Director of the Chicago Improv Festival Productions, Jonathan Pitts, “That we get to highlight the quarter-finals through the finals by telecasting them nationally and internationally on OSTN makes this opportunity for the college players and college teams that much more fantastic!” Julia Gustafson from Suffolk University shared her enthusiasm, “This is an amazing opportunity for Suffolk University’s comedy team Seriously Bent, and for everyone else involved too. We’re really excited for the experience that we’ll gain from participating in the College Comedy Championship and for being on OSTN!”

“OSTN is the minor leagues for film and TV that will benefit Hollywood? top talent agencies like CAA, William Morris, UTA and ICM. If you are looking for the stars of tomorrow, watch our channel.” – commented VP of Programming and Head of OSTN Studios, Shane Walker. “I saw CCC as a valuable event that had to be taken to a national audience and we are happy to do that.”

OSTN features a wide variety of programming genres ranging from news like “OSTN News” to soap operas like “Ivory Tower” from HRTV at Harvard University to dating shows such as “Blind Date” from YTV at Yale University to talk shows such as “CU@USC” from Trojan Vision at University of Southern California to news shows like “Northwestern News Report” from Medill? School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

The Open Student Television Network uses Abilene, Internet2 nationwide high-speed backbone network, to deliver the OSTN student-produced programming to Internet2? three million users at 208 university member campuses and 34 state education networks. Internet2 members have the advantage of receiving OSTN programming from the Abilene network, which operates at speeds 100-1,000 times faster than average household broadband connection.

About Chicago Improv Festival Productions

The Chicago Improv Festival Productions is a non-profit organization that produces the Chicago Improv Festival, the Teen Comedy Fest, and the College Comedy Championships. CIFP’s mission is to celebrate the present, honor the past, and showcase the future of improvisational theatre, in all of its multi-disciplinary expressions through local, regional, national and international perspectives; by presenting and producing performances and workshops for both the general public and practicing improvisational theater artists. For further information go to www.chicagoimprovfestival.org

About Open Student Television Network

OSTN is the only 24-hour global channel devoted exclusively to student-produced programming. For further information about OSTN go to http://www.ostn.tv

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