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Never Follow a Hypnotist: Recollections, Reflections, and Advice from Veteran ComedySportz Players PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - Comedy
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 03:00

Issue 641 Like most family reunions, this one starts with a scrapbook.

I'm sitting with three of the early, still-active members of Rock Island's improvisational comedy troupe, ComedySportz: Jeff Adamson, Don Abbott, and Brad Hauskins. Original team member - and current Californian - Tom Hart is joining us, and for this gathering of improv veterans, Jeff has brought along an album, filled with ComedySportz photographs and news clippings from the early 1990s.

Some of those in the photos are still with the organization. Most aren't. And when Brad lands on a picture that features the smiling visages of Jeff, Don, Tom, and himself, he's quick to point out that something else is no longer with the organization, either.

"Look at that," Brad says, pointing at a 15-years-younger version of himself. "Hair."

 
A ComedySportz Primer PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - Comedy
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 02:57

ComedySportz circa 1990 Founded by Wisconsin native Dick Chudnow, ComedySportz originated in Milwaukee in 1984, and has grown to include troupes in 21 cities nationwide, with another based in Manchester, England. As its name implies, this stage entertainment turns the art of improv into something of a team sport. (In America, at least, the show even begins with the singing of the National Anthem.)

 
Tickle Me, Feingold: Ron Feingold, at the Penguin’s Comedy Club, October 5 through 7 PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - Comedy
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 03 October 2006 22:51

Ron Feingold As part of his stand-up routine, Florida-based comedian Ron Feingold - appearing at Bettendorf's Penguin's Comedy Club October 5 through 7 - performs what he calls "mockappella," in which he apes the stylings of such singers as Joe Cocker, Axl Rose, and Nat "King" and Natalie Cole. And during a recent phone interview, Feingold did appear to possess an uncanny gift for mimicry.

Of course, the only character voice I heard him do was Elmo's.

 
Spank You Very Much PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - Comedy
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 25 April 2006 18:00
Dave Levora and Darren Pitra – hosts of 97 Rock’s “Dave & Darren in the Morning” (airing Mondays through Fridays, 6-10 a.m., on WXLP-FM 96.9) – have had me as a weekly guest on their program for years. Yet I won’t kid myself.

 
“People Never Cease to Amuse Me” PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - Comedy
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 31 May 2005 18:00
“This is a true story,” insisted Bill Engvall during a recent phone interview. “I was on a plane, and the flight attendant was asking about people who needed a wheelchair. And she actually said to us, ‘If you requested a wheelchair, please walk up front and .

 
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