MEET THE PLAYERZ: BOBBI BLOCK

This post was written by admin on January 24, 2011
Posted Under: Player Interview

When you think of improv in Philadelphia, you think of Bobbi Block. Bobbi is one of ComedySportz Philly’s founding members, as well as a member of the very popular Lunch Lady Doris and founder of Tongue and Groove. She also plays a mean Samba. Plus she has the curliest hair in the world. I swear. Look it up.

1. Your name and nickname: Bobbi “Chip Off the Old” Block; OR “once around the” OR “Mental”  (I kinda like mental the most)

2. Your player #:12

3. Year you joined CSz: uh…..the FIRST time it started or the Second? ;-) Founder of company in 1992 (I think)…

4. High School attended: Cherry Hill West

5. College (and grad school) attended: University of Pennsylvania: Undergrad, Villanova: Grad

6. Favorite CSz game: Hard to choose…..  Chain Death Murder, Blind Line, 4 Cornerz, 5 Thingz, Beastie Rap, Musical Comedy, used to LOVE Dr. Doublespeak, Foreign Movie…. so many!  (easier to choose the handful i don’t love!)

7. Favorite memory involving a fan: Playing Advice Panel and a child in the audience asked a sincere question having something to do dealing with the recent death of his grandmother. The player (i forget who it was) stayed in character and answered sincerely — didn’t try to be funny — everyone in the audience recognized that the kid really wanted advice — it was very sweet and ‘humanized’ the show for a moment — and then the players beautifully went right back to the comedy with a seamless segue.

8. Memorable show moment: the hordes of people cheering for us when we opened The PlayGround.  Mummers playing, celebrity judges, Amish and Cow mascots, popcorn, hotdogs, ribbon-cutting, tons of fanz on Sansom Street and then crowded into the space — so much fun and a great accomplishment for the company and of course a kick-ass show that night!

9. Interesting fact (or 2) about yourself: Oy!  uh…gee, did you all know I’m SINGLE?!  Isn’t that interesting?  Uh….. let’s see.  I play drums in a samba band.  I was the last remaining fan of ER and watched it religiously.

10. Voted Most Likely To… Play ComedySportz until I’m 65? Um…. get everyone to meditate and get in touch with their feelings before a match!? Don’t know!

Head on over to our Facebook Page to give Bobbi a new nickname!

Meet the Playerz: Sean Curran

This post was written by admin on June 7, 2010
Posted Under: Player Interview

ComedySportz players are a bunch of nerds. We admit it; heck we’re proud of it! We can wax philosophical on everything from STAR WARS to WILD STRAWBERRIES to WORLD WAR HULK to Chase Utley. And there is no bigger nerd amongst us than Sean Curran. Don’t let the nerdiness fool you: Sean’s an aggressive player a tough ref and now, an awesome Daddy. Happy Father’s Day Sean!

1.  Your name and nickname: Sean “Swimming Against the” Curran

2. Your player #: 76

3. Year you joined CSz: 2005

4.  High School attended: Plymouth Whitemarsh High School

5.  College (and grad school) attended: Bradley University – Peoria, IL

6.  Favorite CSz game: Four Corners

7.  Favorite memory involving a fan: My favorite moment with a fan was after my second show. We were standing in the lobby doing the high-five line. One gentleman in particular was eager to make eye contact with me. He grabbed my hand and pulled me in close to whisper, “YOU were very funny tonight.” I said, “Thank you sir!” and thought he’d be on his way, but he made it a point to show his entire group of friends the guy who he thought was the funniest.

8.  Memorable show moment: My most memorable show moment would have to be a tie. The first moment was the night in 2006 when I was able to correctly guess all five things in “5 Thingz”. The audience loved it! My second moment would be during the New Year’s Eve show in 2006 when Nathan Holt dressed as Baby New Year. No one bothered to tell him that he should have kept his underwear on under the diaper, and as a result, we all got much more of a “ball drop” than we had been hoping for!

9.  Interesting fact (or 2) about yourself: Fact #1: I can walk on my hands for extended periods of time. Fact #2: I am really good at Jeopardy, but have never tried out for the show.

10.  Voted Most Likely To… Channel an 18th Century London Bootblack in a Scene

Meet The Playerz: Olivia Brubaker

This post was written by admin on May 10, 2010
Posted Under: Player Interview

Don’t let Olivia’s diminutive stature fool you; she has a powerful set of pipes and can blow out the back of the house if need be. Plus she can bench over 600lbs!!! Ok, I made that last part up.

1.  Your name and nickname: Olivia ” Strange Bru”-baker, but I prefer Olivia “The Butcher The Brubaker The Candlestick Maker.”

2. Your player #: 33 (for Scottie Pippen)

3. Year you joined CSz: 2007

4.  High School attended: Hoover High School, Des Moines, IA

5.  College (and grad school) attended: College, Goshen, Indiana — BA in Theater AND University of Pennsylvania — halfway through Master’s of Liberal Arts

6.  Favorite CSz game: 5 Thingz

7.  Favorite memory involving a fan: We once played “Day in the Life” about a woman in the audience who was an Occupational Therapist.  I made a few OT references during the scene and the woman was so happy.  She was like, “HOW DID YOU KNOW??”

8.  Memorable show moment: My teammates started a bungee jumping scene and without thinking I yelled out that I was the pilot of the plane.  Suddenly they were bungee jumping from a VERY high altitude!!

9.  Interesting fact (or 2) about yourself: I once tried to have a picnic on the lawn of a correctional facility, I was born in Japan AND I am doing an improvised musical with my fellow CSz players called RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN ARE DEAD. It’s awesome! (Sorry, I had 3 interesting things!)

10.  Voted Most Likely To…Hide during any sort of argument

You can see Olivia (as well as many other CSz players) in:
RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN ARE DEAD
May 13-29

Meet the Playerz: Dave Jadico

This post was written by admin on April 13, 2010
Posted Under: Player Interview

Not only is Dave Jadico Artistic Director of CSz Philadelphia, he is also one of the company’s longest acting members. This means we get a lot of “Back in my day, we had to improvise uphill, both ways…” speeches during rehearsals. It’s worth it. Dave’s commitment to showmanship and the art of improv has given ComedySportz Philly some of it’s finest and most entertaining shows.

When he is not directing the company he is a Barrymore Award winner actor and External Relations Director for 1812 Productions.

When he’s not doing all that, he’s answering our questions.

1.  Your name and nickname: Dave “You wanted to stay but” Jadico

2. Your player #: #8,  just like Bob Boone from the Phillies, circa 1980.  Also, it looks like a snowman and it has axial symmetry on two axes, cool.

3. Year you joined CSz: 1994… sheesh.  If ComedySportz was a car, I would officially be allowed to drive it.

4.  High School attended: Council Rock High School, Newtown, PA

5.  College attended: Drexel University, Music Performance/Music Engineering Degree, played a lot of saxophone, watched a lot of Star Trek TNG.

6.  Favorite CSz game: Slo-Mo, both the announcing and the slo-mo part.

7.  Favorite memory involving a fan: There was this terrific fan, Mark, who used to come and sit in the front row when we were at The Brick Playhouse.  Everybody knew him.  He would often come alone, you know, a lone-wolf type of guy.  So, he came on his thirtieth Birthday and at the time tickets were $10.  He was first in line and plunked down $300 and said to the ticket seller “Tonight’s my thirtieth birthday and I want the first thirty people to get in for free”.  As each of those thirty people came up they were told that their ticket was already paid for by Mark.  The people were floored!  At the end of the show, the cast and audience all sang “Happy Birthday” to Mark.  The real version!  It was awesome.

8.  Memorable show moment: The great Mike Young and I were in a Shakespeare scene together, also back when we performed at The Brick Playhouse.  At the time, we looked kinda similar, both having long hair and beards.  We wound up playing twins, separated at birth.  It was one of those rarely seen, four minute scenes that had an entire story told, with the brothers finally meeting at the end in a slow motion cross-stage run into each other’s arms.  Huzzah!

9.  Interesting fact (or 2) about yourself: Jadico is a made up name.  My grandpop starting using it in the fifties.  It used to be longer and was a lot more Italian sounding.

10.  Voted Most Likely Tomime, or go for a drink after the show.

Meet the Playerz: Kennedy Allen

This post was written by admin on March 3, 2010
Posted Under: Player Interview

Kennedy-AllenIf you’ve seen a ComedySportz show featuring Kennedy Allen, you most likely will have remembered it. This fierce woman never takes the stage half-heartedly, and has a singing voice that has blown the minds of more than one unsuspecting fan.* But unknown to most, this lady is also one of the geekiest players we have, able to spout out more than just a Sci-Fi references like they common knowledge. This makes her a wonderfully unpredictable player on stage and an all-around funny woman.

1.  Your name and nickname: Kennedy “Aurora Borie” Allen

2. Your player #: 53

3. Year you joined CSz: 2007

4.  High School attended: Central HS/ Martin Luther King HS

5.  College attended: Mansfield University

6.  Favorite CSz game: Blind Line Sing It!

7.  Favorite memory involving a fan: Getting recognized at work by fans!  Note: Kennedy is a fantastic tour guide in Philadelphia. You may have seen her on one of the trolleys.

8.  Memorable show moment: Too many to recall!!

9.  Interesting fact (or 2) about yourself: I know at least one song from every Disney animated classic feature film—seriously.

10.  Voted Most Likely To… Fall on her face whilst attempting to be smooth.

*The incident in question is entirely metaphorical.

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