The 2019 Winners: Without A Net (University of Pennsylvania)

The 2019 Winners: Without A Net (University of Pennsylvania)


12 Improv Teams. 4 Nights. 1 Title.

CSz Philadelphia - home of ComedySportz, is proud to present the Collegiate Comedy Challenge (CCC), an improv comedy competition exclusively for student performers in the tristate area.

Twelve collegiate improv teams perform on our professional stage in front of a live audience.  Students showcase their talents using short form and/or long form styles of improv comedy in a fun, competitive tournament.  

Our goal is not to give out a trophy. It is to provide students with a unique professional experience where they can show-off their performance skills, collaborate with their peers, and network with Philadelphia improvisers. 

And we give out a trophy.

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Teams will compete in one of three qualifying rounds:

  • Round 1: February 7th at 8PM

  • Round 2: February 14th at 8PM

  • Round 3: February 21st at 8PM

    The winning team of each round will move on to the…

  • CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: February 28th at 8PM


All rounds will take place at CSz Philadelphia - Home of ComedySportz, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103


registration fee

There is a $20 registration fee per team. The fee will be collected once a team has been officially selected to participate. It can be paid by credit card online or by PayPal.


Long Form and Short Form improv are acceptable.

Qualifying Round Competition Format

Individual Team Set

  • Teams must have 3 players minimum, 10 players maximum

  • Each team will have 12 minutes to compete.

  • This 12-minute set includes hosting for your team, getting your team suggestions from the audience, and performing.

  • The timer starts as soon as your team takes the stage.

  • Teams may use that time however they see fit in order to showcase their talents.

  • At the 10 minute mark, the experienced tech person will look for a button. At 12 minutes, if the Team has not finished their set, the lights will go to BLACK. 

Pun-Oriented games are prohibited during the 12 minutes due to the use of them during the Lightning Round at the end of the show.

Pun Lightning Round

  • After all four teams have performed, each team will choose 2 of their “punniest” people to represent their team in the final Pun Lightning Round.

  • There will be a total of 8 people on stage. The Host will call this round, and it will last no longer than 5 minutes. For each joke the audience laughs at, teams will receive one point. If no audience member laughs, no points will be given or deducted from a team’s score.

the winner

  • The team with the most points is the Winner of that round and will advance to the Championship Round on March 22nd @ 10PM.

Championship Round Format

  • Championships will follow the same format as the qualifying rounds.

  • Teams will perform a set of 15 minutes with one stipulation: Short Form teams will not be allowed to repeat the same games they played in their initial competition round. In other words, if Team A played Blind Line in their qualifying round, then they will not be allowed to play Blind Line during the Championships.

  • At the 13 minute mark, the experienced tech person will look for a button. At 15 minutes, if the Team has not finished their set, the lights will go to BLACK. 

Judging Criteria

  • There will be 4 judges each night: 3 CSz members and the audience.

  • One judge will judge based solely upon entertainment value and how polished the set was. The second judge will judge solely on the platform and if the team followed the format/meet criteria for a successful game or have a strong, fluid, and grounded long-form scene. The third judge will be a random judge to judge the scenes and set as a whole.

  • Judging is done on a 1- 10 scale, 10 being the best. The scores will be displayed at the end of each team’s set.

  • The audience will be the fourth and final judge.

  • At the beginning of the night, the CSz host will prep the audience that they too will be judges. Paper and pens will be handed out at the end of the night. Each audience member will vote for two different teams. The votes will be tallied and calculated together with the Lightning Round points.

  • One winner will be announced at the end of each night. So, bring your friends!


  • The winning team will be presented with a trophy and have their team name engraved on it.

  • Additionally, the champions will be invited back to perform at CSz Philadelphia in April.


If you have any additional questions, please contact the Collegiate Comedy Challenge Coordinator, Aileen Bianchi. (email)


To be announced Fall 2019.