The Marvellous Snake Boy & MUSH | the Chippo Hotel

It’s been a weird few years perhaps exacerbated by the pure oddity of humans. Celebrities panicking to “Imagine”, ordinary people throwing in the society towel to make their own bread and grow their own vegetables, or the ritualised group screams of locked down communities; all evidence that the last few years have taken their toll. As such, comedians and clowns Alexander Richmond and Jeromaia Detto resurrect their studies of the human condition to ask, have we actually always been this way?

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Theatresports All-Stars: Battle of the Champions | Impro Australia

Image by Stephen Reinhardt

For this year’s Sydney Comedy Festival, Theatresports put a twist on the conventional competition structure and pitted performers from three generations against each other to find the ultimate improv decade. Bringing together stars new and old from the Sydney improv scene, Theatresports All-Stars was a celebration of the community and the performers keeping the form going.

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Theatresports Cranston Cup Grand Final 2018 | Impro Australia

Image by Pete Dovgan

Like debating or mock United Nations, high schoolers across Australia are welcomed to compete in theatresports. Or, some late bloomers may come to the game later on at university or in adulthood as a way to build confidence, make friends, and learn how to make an audience laugh. In a nutshell, theatresports is competitive improvisation and the Cranston Cup is the championship of the game.

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