Updated: Feb 8, 2019
ComedySportz (CSz), and to a much larger extent theatre as a whole, has been a part of my family for as long as I can remember. My first interaction with improv was at CSz Twin Cities. My Uncle, Todd Price, plays as a pianist for their team. Looking back at it, I think going to CSz Twin Cities, along with watching a whole lot of ‘Whose line’ on TV, was what first really brought me into theatre.
My sister and I were in a slew of plays and musicals while in middle and high school. Our favorite Director was always Pam Uphus. She was very upfront with what we did right and wrong. Her direct feedback really allowed me to grow as a performer: if you aren’t told when something doesn't work, you won’t fix it. Without her I would not be where I am today.
It wasn’t until I moved to Vegas that I truly started to change as a performer. I joined my high school’s speech and debate team and had a really good experience in a handful of events. As I changed theatrical paths, I forgot about improv. I found the High School Jesters program entirely by accident, thanks to some well-timed nearby conversations. It took one Jesters show for me to be hooked on improv for the second time. Soon after I found myself going to a multitude of Jesters events and helping out where I could. Now I even coach for two of the district’s teams!
With that, we reach the present. Being invited to take part in CSz with so many amazing performers is a true gift. I’ve been able to find my spot as an actor and comedian thanks to the skills, personalities and generosity of my fellow Pro Players. On top of that, being a part of a huge, connected network of people from across the nation (and world!) is mind blowing.
When I first found CSz, I was a young spectator. Now, being able to really see how the entirety of CSz operates...it’s something I can’t fully put into words. The overwhelming excitement I have when running onstage at the start of a match to the roar of the crowd is an experience that is unlike any other.
Being on the Pro Roster is a whole lot more than just the performances however. It’s going on road shows and bringing the brand to new places. It’s being apart of a family thats way larger than you could ever imagine. It’s going to a city you’ve never been to before and having friends there to hang with. Above all else, it’s taking all of your skills, and putting them together into something truly special.
- Written by Alex Kuehn