COLD NIGHTS, HOT COMEDY – Lake Superior State University's ComedySportz troupe goes live at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 31, on the LSSU Arts Center main stage. ComedySportz is improvisational comedy played like a sport where the audience decides who wins. A match features two teams of comedy "actletes" competing for laughs and points, with a referee keeping things moving and calling fouls. An average of 7-12 games are played during a match, drawn from a repertoire of more than 100 improv games. Every show is different, with different players, games, and audiences supplying new suggestions. The audience judges the scenes and games and ultimately decides the winners and losers. Warning: ComedySportz also asks for “willing volunteers” to join in for a game or two each match; the troupe always makes them look great. LSSU's ComedySportz played to rave reviews during a December inaugural performance. The LSSU ComedySportz troupe is, top row, left to right, Seth Witucki (Sault, Mich.), Kelby Ankerson (Williamsburg, Mich.), Sam Carter (Kincheloe, Mich.), Jaclyn Schierbeek (Holland, Mich.), Maddie Littman (Oxford, Mich.), and Tieler Schick (Rose City, Mich.). Middle row, left to right, Amanda Cady (Eben Junction, Mich.), Ben Bryer (Brimley, Mich.), Kody Wagner (Sault, Mich.), Hannah Conner (Romeo, Mich.), and John Golob (Stevensville, Mich.); in front is Jacob Northuis (Grandville, Mich.) and Roxanne Nickerson (Goodrich, Mich.). (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Hunter)
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