CIT 8 (2014 – 2015)

News:

CIT Nationals Today! (3/14/15)

The National Championships have finally arrived!

Watch the Livestream here:

Gearing Up For CIT Nationals! (3/11/15)

Preparations are well underway as we move closer to the College Improv Tournament’s 8th National Championships! Once again, this Saturday’s tournament will feature a wide array of talented improvisors from across the country. Of the 13 teams vying for the title of National Champion, 7 teams are returning to the National level, while another 6 groups have advanced to the Chicago stage for the first time.

Our returning teams to CIT Nationals are The Buttered Niblets (Johns Hopkins University), The Charles Darwin Experience (University of Arizona), The Dead Parrots Society (Western Washington University), Improv Athens (University of Georgia), Improv Mafia (Illinois State University), Paperback Rhino (Iowa State University), and Seriously Bent (Suffolk University).

Big congrats to the teams joining us for the first time ever! 45 Kings (Loyola University), 6chix (Savannah College of Art and Design), Feral Christine (Sarah Lawrence College), Improvability (University of California Santa Barbara), Roll Out The Barrel (University of North Texas), and Super Supportive (Kansas State University) will be joining us for the first time in the battle for the national title.

A wide variety of groups will take the stage throughout the day, with some teams being as small as 4 players, while our largest group will bring 11 players strong. There are several firsts in this years National Championship, including the first Wildcard Winner to advance into the Nationals (Seriously Bent), and our first all-female team to grace the stage (6chix)! This year is also the first time that the Nationals will be broken up into Super Regional competitions before our final Championship Match. By next Saturday 4 new Super Regional Champions will be chosen as the best improv teams in that regional!

Here are some further stats on each of the teams:

45 Kings – 1st time in Nationals. In the past 5 years of the Windy City Regional, no team has returned two years in a row, making it one of the most competitive regionals in the tournament. Their coach, Caleb George, is a former CIT Nationals competitor and is the first time a CIT player has returned to competition as a coach.

6chix – 1st time in Nationals, although Savannah College of Art and Design has been represented on the National level as The Mobb Line in previous years. Our first ever Chicago Open Regional winner, and the first all-female team to advance to the National level. GIRL POWER! SCAD has always been a fierce competitor in the the tournament and this year their coach, David Storck, led three different teams into the finals rounds in our CIT Regionals. He has also coached two of SCAD’s previous Nationals teams – huge props to David for his excellent work with collegiate improv!

The Buttered Niblets – 3rd time in Nationals. Consistently a powerful team in the competition, The Buttered Niblets have defended their title as the Liberty Bell Regional Champion for three years in a row.

The Charles Darwin Experience – 2nd time in Nationals. Last time they competed in Nationals, it was as the West Coast Regional Champion – currently they are the Golden Gate Regional Champs. They are the second team ever to win in two different regionals (the other is Left Right Tim from University of Colorado).

Dead Parrots Society – 5th time in Nationals. Two time defending champ of the Northwest Regional and National Champions of our 2011 competition.

Feral Christine – 1st time in Nationals. Our current Big Apple Regional Champions. With seven players, this is the first time Feral Christine has been in the competition, and they’ve already advanced to the National level!

Improvability – 1st time in Nationals. Our current West Coast Regional champs, this group has been a part of CIT since 2010 and have consistently brought quality improv to our stages. This year they’ve advanced with a smaller group, but the full team will be along to support!

Improv Athens – 4th time in Nationals. Two time defending champions of South Regional, they are a consistent powerhouse in the CIT community. They’re also super nice and wonderful.

The Improv Mafia – 7th time in Nationals. Five time defending champs of the Lower Midwest Regional, and winners of our 2009 National Championship. They have won more CIT awards than any other team in CIT’s 8 year history.

Paperback Rhino – 4th time in Nationals. Four time defending champs of the Upper Midwest Regional, and one of our largest teams with 10 players. Two years ago they placed 3rd in our National tournament, and have always been heavy contenders in the tournament.

Roll Out The Barrel – 1st time in Nationals. Our current Southwest Regional champs, this is one of our smallest teams with only 4 players. This is also the only team in Nationals that is all-male! GUY POWER!

Seriously Bent – 6th time in Nationals. This team has won the New England regional 4 times, and have placed 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in previous National competitions. This year they won their regional as a Wildcard team, marking the first time a Wildcard team has advanced into the National level. They also boast 11 members, making them the largest team in the competition.

Super Supportive – 1st time in Nationals. Our current Heartland Regional champs, this is also the first time this team has competed in the College Improv Tournament. Consisting of two seniors, one junior, and one freshman, this 4-person team won against 10 other team in our Heartland Regional to advance to the Chicago stage!

 

Join us this Saturday at the Vittum Theater in Chicago, IL for all the action! If you’re not able to join us in Chicago, watch the LIVE WEBCAST of all the matches right here starting at 12pm CST!

 

CIT 8 Nationals! (2/27/15)

With the conclusion of our 13 regionals across the United States, the finalists have been decided and will converge on Chicago on March 14th, 2015 for the 8th College Improv Tournament National Championships. Once again taking place at the Vittum Theater, this years Nationals will consist of 4 Super Regional matches, featuring the winning teams from each regional. The winners from those 4 matches will compete that evening in our National Championship Title Match, and a new CIT National Champion will be declared!

Here is the match schedule. Tickets can be purchased at the Vittum Theater website by clicking HERE!

 

East Super Regional – 12:00pm
1. Buttered Niblets – Johns Hopkins University
2. Ferral Christine – Sarah Lawrence College
3. Seriously Bent – Suffolk University

North Super Regional –  2:00pm
1. 45 Kings – Loyola University Chicago
2. Improv Mafia – Illinois State University
3. Paperback Rhino – University of Iowa

South Super Regional – 4:00pm
1. 6chix – Savannah College of Art and Design
2. Improv Athens – University of Georgia
3. Roll Out The Barrel – University of North Texas

West Super Regional – 6:00pm
1. Charles Darwin Experience – University of Arizona
2. Dead Parrots Society – Western Washington University
3. Improvability – University of California Santa Barbara
4. Super Supportive – Kansas State University

 

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE MATCH – 9:00PM
Winner of 12pm Playoff
Winner of 2pm Playoff
Winner of 4pm Playoff
Winner of 6pm Playoff

 

CIT 2014-2015 Information! (10/6/14)

Welcome to the 8th year of the College Improv Tournament! CIT’s parent company Chicago Improv Productions is thrilled to once again be showcasing collegiate talent from around the country in our nation-wide improv tournament. We’re working hard to make this year’s tournament as incredible as last year, which saw 136 teams compete across the country. This year we have 13 regionals taking place across the U.S., so wherever you are, come play!!!

Register your team by clicking HERE!

This year’s tournament is being regionally produced by former CIT alumni Ricky Haschemeyer, and will be helped by other former CIT alumni who will be on-site producers for some of the coastal regionals. Chicago Improv Productions is committed to providing professional opportunities for our CIT alumni and this year is no exception. We’re all super excited to be a part of such a fun and exciting event.

Producing the CIT National Championship on Saturday, March 14, 2015 in Chicago is Jonathan Pitts, executive producer for Chicago Improv Productions. Pitts, also the creator of the CIT, says, “Each year the level of talent displayed in the tournament continues to grow. With such wide styles of improvisation being practiced around the country by college teams, it’s evident that this year’s competitors will be just as impressive as the last. I’m very excited to see what each team brings to the table as we move toward the championships.”

The current Regional schedule for CIT 2014-2015 is as follows:

  • November 8, 2014: Heartland Regional @ Comedy City (Prelims) and The Kick Comedy Theatre (Finals) in Kansas City, MO
  • November 22, 2014: New England Regional @ Improv Boston in Cambridge, MA
  • December 6, 2014: Big Apple Regional @ The Magnet Theatre in New York City, NY
  • December 6, 2014: Upper Midwest Regional @ HUGE Theater in Minneapolis, MN
  • December 13, 2014: Lower Midwest Regional @ Comedysportz Chicago in Chicago, IL*
  • January 17, 2015: Northwest Regional @ Jet City Improv in Seattle, WA
  • January 17, 2015: Liberty Bell Regional @ Philly Improv Theater in Philadelphia, PA
  • January 24, 2015: Chicago Open Regional @ Comedysportz Chicago in Chicago, IL**
  • January 24, 2015: Golden Gate Regional @ Un-Scripted Theatre in San Francisco, CA
  • January 31, 2015: South Regional @ Whole World Improv Theater in Atlanta, GA
  • January 31, 2015: Southwest Regional @ Station Theater in Houston, TX
  • January 31, 2015: West Coast Regional @ The Improv Space in Los Angeles, CA
  • February 21, 2015: Windy City Regional @ Comedysportz Chicago in Chicago, IL***

*The Lower Midwest Regional’s area includes downstate Illinois, as well as all of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio.

**The Chicago Open (this is a new regional for CIT) is open to any team in the country not from the Chicago area that wants to come play in Chicago.

***The Windy City Regional is now officially available to only those teams from Chicago’s city and suburbs.

CIT National Championships:

  • March 14, 2015: National Championships @ Vittum Theatre in Chicago, IL

Other Important Info:

— We ensure that every team who signs up for the tournament receives a slot in the regional competitions, so don’t hesitate to register!

— Registration deadlines will take place two weeks before each regional match. Please have all info and payments submitted by this time. If this presents a problem, please reach out to rickyh.cit@gmail.com and like The Beatles, we can work it out.

— Can’t make the regional closest to you? Don’t worry! Teams can apply for any regional in the competition.

— Teams can be as large as you want, but we ask for a minimum of three players for each team.

— Registration for each player is an easy $10, and allows you to see each match in your regional for free!

— All members of the competing team must be current undergrads during the Fall 2014 semester.

— If you have a team member who is available to play in the Nationals competition, but not the Regional competition, they still must be registered in your regional competition to compete in Nationals.

— If a team has paid the registration fee but decides to drop out of the tournament, a 50% refund can be issued up to 30 days prior to the registered regional date. Refunds will not be issued for any regionals that are taking place in less than 30 days.

 

2014-2015 Regionals

 

November 22, 2014: New England Regional (Improv Boston in Cambridge, MA)

11 AM Preliminary Match

  • Liquid Fun – Boston University
  • Toast! Improv – University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Stacy’s Renegade Brigade – Boston College
  • Stroopwafel – Emerson College

1 PM Preliminary Match

  • Seriously Bent – Suffolk University
  • The CCE – Boston College
  • Cheap Sox – Tufts University
  • Dead Serious – Wellesley College

3 PM Preliminary Match

  • NU & Improv’d – Northeastern University
  • Horse Lincoln Improv – University of Connecticut
  • Improv In Sanity – University of Maine
  • TBA Improv – Brandeis University

11:30 PM Finals Match 

  • Wildcard Winner
  • 1st Place from 11 AM Match
  • 1st Place from 1 PM Match
  • 1st Place from 3 PM

Huge thanks to our co-presenting partner Improv Boston for all their help!

 

December 6, 2014: Big Apple Regional (Magnet Theater in New York City, NY)

1:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • Dangerbox – New York University
  • Ferral Christine – Sarah Lawrence College
  • Stranded in Pittsburgh – Fordham University

3:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • Off Center – Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Bad Astronauts – St. John’s University
  • Laugh Pack – SBU Comedy – St. Bonaventure University

7:00 PM Finals Match

  • Wildcard Winner
  • 1 PM Preliminary Winner
  • 3 PM Preliminary Winner

Huge thanks to our co-presenting partner Magnet Theater for all their help!

 

Chicago Open Regional

This is a new regional this year for CIT 2014-2015 and features 16 teams from across the country competing in Chicago. The Chicago Open Regional will take place in in Chicago, Illinois on January 24, 2105. Preliminary rounds will be at ComedySportz Chicago and The Playground Theater and Finals will be at Under The Gun Theater.

Tickets will be sold the day of in the ComedySportz, The Playground, and Under The Gun Theater box office on the day of the match.

Check out the match schedule below!

Prelims: ComedySportz Chicago (929 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago, Il 60657)

773-549-8080

The Playground Theater (3209 N. Halstead St, Chicago Il 60657)

773-871-3793

Finals: Under The Gun Theater (956 W. Newport Ave, Chicago, Il 60657)

773-270-3440

COMEDYSPORTZ CHICAGO:

12:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • CHEEK – Vanderbilt University
  • Droppin’ $cience – Columbia College Chicago
  • The Impro-fessionals – University of Michigan
  • The Phoenix Improv Company – University of Illinois

2:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • The Plastic Shatners – Bowling Green State University
  • Legal In Maine (The Titanic Players) – University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Full Frontal Comedy – Indiana University
  • Infinite Coincidence – Grinnell College

4:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • 6chix – Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Worklight Improv – Western Michigan University
  • Animals in People Clothes – University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Lincoln’s Security Detail – Illinois College

THE PLAYGROUND THEATER:

2:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • Midnight Book Club – University of Michigan
  • TONGUE – Vanderbilt University
  • Bad Genetics Improv – Bowling Green State University
  • Back in Five – Grace College

UNDER THE GUN THEATER:

10:30 PM Finals Match

  • 12 PM Preliminary Winner (ComedySportz)
  • 2 PM Preliminary Winner (The Playground)
  • 2 PM Preliminary Winner (ComedySportz)
  • 4 PM Preliminary Winner (ComedySportz)

Huge thanks to our co-presenting partners ComedySportz Chicago, The Playground Theater, and Under The Gun Theater!

January 24, 2015: Golden Gate Regional (Un-Scripted Theater Company in San Francisco, CA)

 

12:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • No, But… – Academy of Art University
  • TBD Comedy – University of California, Berkeley
  • The Charles Darwin Experience – University of Arizona
  • Awkward Silence – University of San Francisco

2:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • SIMPS – Stanford University
  • BareStage Unscripted – University of California, Berkeley
  • The Double Improv Rainbows – University of Hawai’i at Manoa

4:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • Jericho! Improv Comedy – University of California, Berkeley
  • Smile and Nod – Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Inoperable Humor – Santa Clara University

8:00 PM Finals Match

  • Wildcard Winner
  • 12 PM Preliminary Winner
  • 2 PM Preliminary Winner
  • 4 PM Preliminary Winner

Huge thanks to our co-presenting partner Un-Scripted Theater Company for all their help!

November 8, 2014: Heartland Regional (Comedy City [Prelims] and Kick Comedy Theater [Finals] in Kansas City, MO)

12 PM Preliminary Match

  • Super Supportive – Kansas State University – 12PM WINNER
  • Prospectors – Missouri State University
  • We’re Adopted – Kansas State University – WILDCARD WINNER
  • Left Right TIM – University of Colorado

2 PM Preliminary Match

  • Definitely Not Virgins – Kansas State University
  • Zoiks! – Emporia State University
  • The Best Best Friends – University of Missouri – 2PM WINNER
  • The Flatliners – Missouri Valley College

4 PM Preliminary Match

  • The Doppelgang – University of Missouri
  • Meg Has Low Self Esteem – Kansas State University – 4PM WINNER
  • Laugh Track and Field – University of Arkansas

10 PM Finals Match (at Kick Comedy Theater)

  • Wildcard Winner
  • 1st Place from 12 PM Match
  • 1st Place from 2 PM Match
  • 1st Place from 4 PM

 

Huge thanks to our co-presenting partners ComedyCity and The Kansas City Improv Company!

This year’s 2014-2015 Liberty Bell Regional will take place at the Philly Improv Theater in Philadelphia, PA! The regional will take place on January 17, 2015 and feature 9 teams from the Liberty Bell region.

Tickets will be sold in the Philly Improv Theater box office on the day of the tournament.
-Preliminary matches are $10 for adults, $5 for students
-The Finals match will be $15 for adults, $10 for students

The Philly Improv Theater is located at 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
For a map to the Magnet, click here!

Check out the match schedule below:

January 17, 2015: Liberty Bell Regional (The Philly Improv Theater in Philadelphia, PA)

12:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • Drexel Football Team – Drexel University
  • Just Wing It – Saint Joseph’s University
  • Quipfire! – Princeton University

2:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • Full Ammo Improv – Penn State University
  • Indoor Voices – American University
  • Soviet Purgatory – Albright College

4:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • The Loaf – Shenandoah University
  • The Buttered Niblets – Johns Hopkins University
  • Deep Dish Pizzazz – West Chester University

7:00 PM Finals Match

  • Wildcard Winner
  • 12 PM Preliminary Winner
  • 2 PM Preliminary Winner
  • 4 PM Preliminary Winner

Huge thanks to our co-presenting partner The Philly Improv Theater for all their help!

Lower Midwest Regional

12:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • No Name Basis – Bowling Green State University
  • Spicy Clamato – University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
  • 8th Floor Improv – Ohio State University
  • Grandma Mojo’s Moonshine Revival – Iowa State University

2:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • Fishbowl Improv – Ohio State University
  • DeBono Musical Improv – University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
  • Humor Artists – Notre Dame University

4:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • Roial Improv Players – Michigan State University
  • Improv Mafia – Illinois State University
  • Great White Narcs – University of Iowa

10:30 PM Finals Match (at Under The Gun Theater)

  • Regional Wildcard Winner
  • 11 AM Preliminary Winner
  • 1 PM Preliminary Winner
  • 3 PM Preliminary Winner

Huge thanks to our co-presenting partners ComedySportz Chicago and Under The Gun Theater!

January 17, 2015: Northwest Regional (Jet City Improv in Seattle, WA)

12:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • Ubiquitous They – University of Puget Sound
  • Varity Nordic – Whitman College
  • Absolute Improv – University of Oregon
  • The Clay Crows – Pacific Lutheran University

2:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • Bluffoons – University of Portland
  • The Dead Parrots Society – Western Washington University
  • Vikes Improv – University of Victoria

4:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • The Collective – University of Washington
  • D1 Improv – Seattle University
  • UBC Improv – University of British Columbia

10:30 PM Finals Match

  • Wildcard Winner
  • 12 PM Preliminary Winner
  • 2 PM Preliminary Winner
  • 4 PM Preliminary Winner

Huge thanks to our co-presenting partner Jet City Improv for all their help!

January 31, 2015: South Regional (Whole World Improv Theater in Atlanta, GA)

12:30 PM Preliminary Match

  • Mitosis – Florida State University
  • Schticks and Giggles – Piedmont College
  • The Armed Farces – Georgia College and State University
  • Far Sketched – Anderson University

2:15 PM Preliminary Match

  • Treble Makers – University of Florida
  • False Profits – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • The Other Group – Savannah College of Art and Design
  • No Bears Allowed – Florida State University

4:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • Cross Dressing The Delaware – University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Better Than Nothing – Florida State University
  • Improv Athens – University of Georgia

5:25 PM Preliminary Match

  • KISS (Kennesaw Improv Society, Stupid!) – Kennesaw State University
  • Toast! – University of South Carolina
  • The Sunday Group – University of Florida

12:00 AM Finals Match

  • 12:30 PM Preliminary Winner
  • 2:15 PM Preliminary Winner
  • 4:00 PM Preliminary Winner
  • 5:25 PM Preliminary Winner

Huge thanks to our co-presenting partner Whole World Improv Theater for all their help! They’re amazing!

January 31, 2015: Southwest Regional (Station Theater in Houston, TX)

2:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • Bear Minimum – Texas A&M Corpus Christi
  • Roll Out the Barrel – University of North Texas
  • Senseless Acts of Comedy – Texas Christian University
  • Improv Strikes Back – Stephen F Austin State University

4:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • Different Storcks – Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Spontaneous Combustion – Rice University
  • Four On Three – Texas Tech University
  • Gigglepants – University of Texas

6:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • Flirt Reynolds – University of Houston
  • SNAFU Improv – The University of Texas at Austin
  • Out On A Limb – Northwestern State University

10:30 PM Finals Match

  • Wildcard Winner
  • 2:00 PM Preliminary Winner
  • 4:00 PM Preliminary Winner
  • 6:00 PM Preliminary Winner

Huge thanks to our co-presenting partner Station Theater for all their help in making this regional a success!

December 6, 2014: Upper Midwest Regional (HUGE Theater in Minneapolis, MN)

12:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • Breakfast for Dinner – University of Minnesota – Morris
  • To Be Determined – North Dakota State University
  • Funny Bone Mafia – Carroll University
  • The Understudies – University of Wisconsin – Madison

2:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • Blue Light Special – Iowa Central Community College
  • Paperback Rhino – University of Iowa
  • The Backwards Thinkers Society – University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
  • Angry Ladies and Insecure Men – Minneapolis College of Art and Design

5:00 PM Finals Match

  • Wildcard Winner
  • 12 PM Preliminary Winner
  • 2 PM Preliminary Winner

Huge thanks to our co-presenting partner HUGE Theater for all their help!

January 31, 2015: West Coast Regional (The Improv Space in Los Angeles, CA)

6:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • Without A Box – Claremont College
  • Improvability – University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Barren Mind Improv – Arizona State University
  • Live Nude People* With Clothes On – University of California, Irvine

8:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • Improv Inc. – Chapman University
  • Pastor Proudfeet and the Riverfolk Assembly – California Institute of the Arts
  • Improvability Team 2 – University of California, Santa Barbara

10:00 PM Finals Match

  • Wildcard Winner
  • 6:00 PM Preliminary Winner
  • 8:00 PM Preliminary Winner

Huge thanks to our co-presenting partner The Improv Space for hosting this year’s regional!

Windy City Regional
COMEDYSPORTZ CHICAGO:

12:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • Latchkey Kid – Loyola University Chicago
  • Noise From the Basement – Dominican University
  • The Unprofessionals – Concordia University

2:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • The Rebound – Columbia College/DePaul University
  • Occam’s Razor – University of Chicago
  • Megan – DePaul University
  • Merely Players – Carthage College

4:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • The Understudies – University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • The Best Friends – Lake Forest College
  • Some Assembly Required – University of Northern Iowa
  • 45 Kings – Loyola University Chicago
MCL CHICAGO: 

3:00 PM Preliminary Match

  • The Cosby Sweaters – DePaul University
  • Todd From Accounting – Columbia College Chicago
  • Off-Off Campus – University of Chicago
  • Red Light School District – University of Illinois at Chicago
UNDER THE GUN THEATER:

10:30 PM Finals Match

  • 12 PM Preliminary Winner (ComedySportz)
  • 2 PM Preliminary Winner (ComedySportz)
  • 3 PM Preliminary Winner (MCL Chicago)
  • 4 PM Preliminary Winner (ComedySportz)

Huge thanks to our co-presenting partners ComedySportz Chicago, MCL Chicago, and Under The Gun Theater!