July 15, Buffalo, NY -- After the dust had settled on the 2013 ComedySportz World Championship – a four-day competitive improv event featuring teams of comedians from 23 cities around the US and Europe – the hometown Buffalo team was the one left hoisting the trophy.
After cruising through the preliminary rounds (putting together a 3-0 record with victories over Portland, San Antonio and Seattle), the Buffalo squad, featuring Brian Tabak, Dale Fischer, Alex DiVirgilio, and Justin Green, was able to squeeze by Indianapolis in the final match, 28-26.
Every summer, the 23 teams that make up the World Comedy League face off in a tournament to determine comedic superiority. This year’s championship, held at downtown Buffalo’s Town Ballroom, was the twenty-sixth in league history, and the first to be held in Buffalo.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Tabak, Buffalo’s captain, of the victory. “This is our twentieth year in the league. We’ve put together some good teams in the past, but couldn’t get the job done. To be able to win our first championship – hopefully the first of many – in front of the home fans is special. They were awesome. They were loud. I had goosebumps up there.”
Buffalo jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead after the opening game and never looked back. They held a commanding lead heading into the final game of the evening, but were obliterated in that final round by an Indianapolis squad who had won the Championship in 2011 and were not willing to lie down without a fight.
“I was nervous after that last game,” said Green, Buffalo’s youngest player and lone All Star representative. “It looked for a bit like we were going to follow in the proud Buffalo sports tradition of letting it slip away at the end.”
Ultimately, they didn’t let it slip away and eked out a two-point victory. What do they get for their troubles?
“Bragging rights,” explained Tabak. “And this thing,” he said, lifting the Grouchalo – a realistic full-size faux-buffalo head wearing Groucho Marx glasses, which served as the trophy for this year’s event. “I have no idea where we’re going to put this.”
In addition to laughs and a trophy, the World Championship also brought some goodwill to Buffalo. Buffalo ComedySportz is donating all of the proceeds from the event to Carly’s Club at Roswell Park.