Got this from our friends at GTT:
36 TEAM IMPROV TOURNAMENT WITH $1,000 AT STAKE
Gorilla Tango Theatre also offers coveted spot at Chicago Improv Festival for winner
Chicago, IL (January 8 – 30, 2010): Gorilla Tango Theatre presents the $1,000 GTT IMPROV THING, a 36-team improv comedy tournament, with $1,000, a spot at the 2010 Chicago Improv Festival, and a six-pack of 7 pound hot dogs from BigHotDog.com going to the winner, opening Friday, January 8th, 2010. The $1,000 GTT IMPROV THING runs Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm, January 8 – 30, 2010, with additional preliminary rounds on Sunday, January 10th at 5pm and 9pm at Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 60647. Tickets are $12; to purchase tickets call 773-598-4549 or visit www.gorillatango.com.
The $1,000 GTT IMPROV THING is a 36-team improv comedy tournament involving teams from all over the city, from high school troupes Underage Sugar Addicts and Infamous Creation, to college groups like DePaul University’s Cosby Sweaters, to Chicago mainstays like The Rhythm Method. The show was originally slated for 24 teams, but added a preliminary round to accommodate for the extreme interest.
Over 100 improvisers will go head to head in the preliminary round, followed by three rounds of team versus team match-ups, before the three-team finals on Saturday, January 30th. All winners will be determined by audience vote. The teams can perform any style of improv they choose. While the prize started as $1,000 alone, the Chicago Improv Festival sweetened the pot with a spot in their prestigious festival. New local startup BigHotDog.com also decided to contribute with 42 lbs. worth of their novelty meat going to the winning squad.
“Sometimes it feels like there are 1,000 improv teams in Chicago all doing the same kind of thing,” says Gorilla Tango Director of Programming Bryan Cohen, “By holding an event like this, we hope to get people excited about watching and performing improv. Who doesn’t want to start off 2010 with $1,000 to divide amongst your teammates?”
$1,000 GTT IMPROV THING FACT SHEET
WHAT: $1,000 GTT IMPROV THING – a 36-team tournament with groups going head-to-head for audience votes with the winner nabbing a $1,000 prize along with six 7 lb. hot dogs from BigHotDog.com and a spot at the 2010 Chicago Improv Festival.
WHERE: Gorilla Tango Theatre – 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave.
WHEN: Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, January 8 – 30, 2010 and Sunday, January 10 at 5pm & 9pm
TICKETS: $12; to purchase tickets call 773-598-4549 or visit www.gorillatango.com.
CAST: 100 improvisers, that’s a whole lot to list.
STAFF: Bryan Cohen (Producer), Carrie Bain (Master of Ceremonies)