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ComedySportz has been an online winner with its improv shows — and vows to stay ‘digital first’

CHICAGO — In a conversation some days ago with Jason Geis, the artistic director of the Chicago improv company known as ComedySportz, I heard something I’d not heard said before. Geis said that he now wants ComedySportz, a national theater-games franchise with a longstanding Chicago location on Belmont Avenue in Lakeview, to be a “digital-first theater.” Permanently. Digital first? That ...

CHICAGO — In a conversation some days ago with Jason Geis, the artistic director of the Chicago improv company known as ComedySportz, I heard something I’d not heard said before.

Geis said that he now wants ComedySportz, a national theater-games franchise with a longstanding Chicago location on Belmont Avenue in Lakeview, to be a “digital-first theater.”

Permanently.

Digital first?

That succinct dictum is familiar to those of us who work, or who have worked, at a newspaper or magazine. Over at least the last decade, those two words have been used as a

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