What’s to Love: ComedySportz “4” Kidz is an improvisational comedy show that will have the whole family laughing. I’ve seen the regular “ComedySportz” version before, but this was my first time to the “Kidz” version – it did not disappoint! I can’t say enough about these performers who get up in front of families without a script and pull off such an entertaining show.
Haven’t seen the show? Luckily, ComedySportz hosts the “4 Kidz” special once per month (3rd Sundays at 2PM). You’ll want to attend soon with your family, and luckily, ComedySportz is giving away 4 tickets to one drawing winner via Portland Family Adventures. Make a comment at the bottom of this article or on Facebook by Wednesday, April 25th (12PM), and I’ll enter your name in the drawing.
Almost every scene involved kids from the audience, and they had no shortage of volunteers. I liked that they didn’t put anyone on the spot. They never coerced anyone into coming up on the stage. The show moved at a fast pace and held the interest of all the kids and parents. It was about an hour long, which felt just about right for smaller kids’ attention spans.
The performers were very welcoming to the audience and interacted with the families before and after the show. Personally, I enjoyed the variety of scenes: animal sounds, crazy dancing, talking/interpreting gibberish, looking into the future, etc. If they lose your kids during one scene, chances are, they’ll pick their interest on the next one that comes minutes later.
At the end, they closed the show and let all the kids (and adults!) try on the costumes and walk around the stage area. It was fun to try on the different wigs, crazy glasses, scarves, coats, etc. Due to the improvisational format, I would definitely attend the show again with my family. Several families told me that they come to as many shows as possible. Here is a short video clip of some of the scenes.
Caveats: They run the shows with a small crew; thus, there are no snacks or drinks during show time. If you want something, you’ll have to get it before or after the show. Parking can be difficult in the northwest area of Portland. They do have a parking lot (one building to the east) shared with Oregon Jewish Museum – for all of their shows.
Distance from Portland: Located in NW Portland within one mile of downtown. 1963 NW Kearney Street.
Recommended Ages: This is a tough one. I want to say all ages, but I think teens would have that sour face that says, “I can’t believe you made me come to this show!” If your family has teens with younger siblings, it might work. I suppose it depends if your teens are interested in comedy and/or theater. Ideally, this show is for kids 10 and younger.
Parental Stress Factor: Super low stress! The performers do all the work, and they don’t make parents get up on stage. It’s one of those events where you can sit back and have a great time with your family.
Physical Difficulty: Unless you volunteer to jump around on stage, most likely, you won’t work up a sweat at this event. The building is ADA accessible. There are bleachers as well as floor seating. If you have a disability concern, please contact their reservation line: 503-236-8888.
Family Fun Factor: High! This was a lot of fun, and we’ll definitely do it again soon.
Weather Considerations: It’s a comfortable space year round, but obviously, a great rainy day activity.
Insider Info: Doors open at 1:30, which gives your kids some time to interact with the performers and check-out the stage. If you cannot make Sunday afternoon shows (specifically for kids), their regularly scheduled shows are clean and fine for kids as well. The problem is they start a bit too late for younger children (8PM). This might be a better event for teens/older kids.
The venue will host your next family-event including birthday parties! I just read this on the website, and I think it would be so much fun to do this with a whole bunch of people.
Family Tips: Since this show is in the northwest area of Portland, there are plenty of places to eat lunch or get a snack. One of our family favorites is a French bakery called Saint Honore Bakery, which is located on Thurman between 23rd and 24th Avenue. One visit is all it takes to get addicted to this place!
Make a half-day of it by combing lunch, ComedySportz “4” Kidz, and a loop hike out of Lower Macleay Park. This hike is close to the theater and offers plenty of options for distances.
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