chili-three-ways-picSince I began reviewing the shows at the Establishment Theater, 220 19th St., Rock Island, I have laughed harder than I have laughed all year long. I love this place and I hope you all give it a looksee one of these weekends. You can catch PG rated Comedy Sportz starting at 7 p.m. and stick around for the R rated aftershow of the evening. The improvisational comedy never fails to impress the crowd as audience involvement is key to these shows. The actors are all very gifted with communication and have unstoppable wits about them.

After the Comedy Sportz show for Sept. 17, I stuck around to laugh my class off with the ever-flowing hilarity of their improv comedy team. The aftershow for the evening was “Chili Three Ways.” Three of the cast retook the stage and began to prompt the audience to shout out things that would give them some idea of the character they would be acting is in a completely improvised drama they would create from their own minds.

Needless to say, the laughter filled the house and the story of Daryl, the not-so-intelligent overly hormonal teenage wannabe astronaut developed before our very eyes. I will not go into too much detail as our website is for all ages of readers. But Daryl was not the only created character of the evening. There was a bum, a billionaire, and a “gifted” man who was eager to be an astronaut himself. He and Daryl were…heroes. I will stop there. If you get a chance, check out the ever-changing drama on the stage at The Establishment!

Remember to grab your dough to watch the show! Nachos are cheap and their pizza is INCREDIBLE. Be sure and try one of their amazing drinks from the bar, which stays open all night. The souvenir cup is only $4 and has the Comedy Sportz logo. They come in Red and Blue to rep the teams and are refillable ALL NIGHT LONG for non alcoholic drinks! Free is good, my friends. Free is good!

Run, do not walk to like their Facebook page or call them at (309) 786-1111 and reserve your tickets today! Comedy Sportz starts Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. with the adult show following after a short intermission, usually around 9:30pm. Find more information here:

Amanda Jo Payne read her first novel by age 5 and began writing plays and poetry at age 11, when she received her first typewriter from her mother. A love for putting words together pushed her into higher education and she obtained her Board of Trustees BA from Western Illinois University in 2008. As a mother of three and a grandmother of four, she spends most of her time reading and taking care of her family.