Tuesday, April 1, 2008

April's Player of the Month: Scott Champion!

Born in Edmonton, raised in Alberta, this Canadian transplant has been with ComedySportz since 2000. He currently works as the office manager at CSz in addition to doing freelance design and consulting gigs. We knew where he works, so it was easy to have him sit down so we could pick his brain.

You've been with CSz for a long time.

Yeah. But I live here. I didn't come here to go to school.

When did you move to Utah?

I was seventeen. My dad got a job at BYU. My whole family's here, so when I go home for Christmas I have a long drive all the way to Orem.

How did you get involved with ComedySportz?

Long story short: I was the arts editor at the UVSC student newspaper and had heard about ComedySportz. I went to a show at the Wrapsody and it knocked my socks off. I knew I had to do it. But by the time I was available the Wrapsody closed, and ComedySportz disappeared for a few months. It popped back up at the Hale Center Theater. I took the workshops in the summer of 2000 and by September I did my first show at the Hale.

What was your first show like?

Honestly, I don't remember much. I know that I begged Curt to be in a show because I had a girl coming whom I wanted to impress. She ended up being a no-show.

That same girl, however, did come to a show at the club we now have when it first opened. We were playing object freeze, and someone brought a glass domed light fixture from their car. For some reason I put it on my head and it shattered. I stood frozen on stage as blood poured down my face. I don't know which was worse: her not coming to my first show or having her watch me be taken to the emergency room. Either way, I was in agony.

How many shows have you done?

Hundreds. I have no idea of an actual number. And they all kinda' turn into a blur. Every now and then someone who's seen a show will come up to me and make a reference to something funny I (apparently) did. I don't doubt that I did it, but it's impossible to remember everything.

What do you mean?

Improv is a disposable medium: it goes just as fast as it comes. It's of the moment. That's what makes it magical. It's kinda' like toilet paper.

What has been the best thing that has come from doing ComedySportz?

Honestly? I wouldn't have had the opportunities that I've had had it not been for people I met who perform at ComedySportz and work in the local film scene. I wouldn't have been able to do what I've done and, to some extent, am still able to do. Does that make sense?


I've also made some incredible friends. Lifelong friends. Quite a few people I would totally rescue from a burning building.

Any advice for our readers?



smalltoes said...

You are a Champion!! I love it, sounds great! Thanks for all you do!

Three Coin Productions said...

You are great, Scott. I'd rescue you, too.

Micah said...

I remember the bloody show!

Paul Harvey moment. . .

The joke was that the glass dome was a Super Mario Mushroom and you jumped up to ba-ching it with your head (now THAT'S comedy!), shattering it in the process.

There was a group of us standing in the back that had minutes before returned from playing a corporate show, and so were all suited up in sweats, etc., so a heroic player, without missing a beat, lept up to the stage as you were carried off and continued the show in your stead (eaking out the victory by a mere one point, if memory serves)

This was, I believe, the only time on record where a match was completed by a different lineup than started the show.

And that, my friends, is the rest of the story.

(If anyone remembers who the late-game substitution was, I'll give you four dollars.)

SherBear said...

You're so great! And I can say "I knew him when he was the Arts editor, back at the UVSC newspaper!" That's where we first met so many years ago...
It was so fun to see you at Ollie & Renee's reception last fall. I hope you're doing well still!