It’s a common saying that comedians aren’t born, they’re made. And often, that process starts at home with the family. For many ComedySportz ensemble members, their mothers have had an important role in their comedic development.
For ensemble member Rance Rizzutto, making his mom laugh was a good tactic for staying out of trouble. “My mom is always pretty good-hearted,” says Rizzutto. “Any time she might have gotten mad at me as a child I knew I would be able to make her laugh. She could never stay mad and I had plenty of practice.”
Now his mother is happy that he’s found a professional outlet for his comedy. “My mom loves ComedySportz. I think she always has a suggestion for Blind Line and 5 Things ready for each show she sees,” says Rizzutto.
Lisa Linke found that humor was key in connecting with her family. “I remember laughing a lot with my mom and my grammy - I really learned the value of laughter as a way to spend time with family.” She even picked up a few choice one-liners. “My Grammy turns 101 this June and she taught me all my jokes (that I can’t use in CSz shows).”
Other ensemble members have received plenty of encouragement from their mothers. “My mom has the best laugh. Making her laugh is the best feeling in the world,” says Ryan Williams.
Rich Baker says, “My mom loves seeing my shows. After seeing me perform with ComedySportz for the first time she said, ‘It's so impressive. And I love the jerseys.’"
Some mothers go above and beyond to see their child perform. “My mom loves ComedySportz so much, she booked us to perform at her birthday party,” says Tim Ryder. “Until I introduce her to Oprah, nothing I do professionally will make her as happy as seeing me in a ComedySportz show.”
ComedySportz says thank you to all of our moms and to moms everywhere.
Happy Mother’s Day!