The CHOMPetition is a competitive improv tournament at Identity Lounge.
Starting in September of each year, Queen of Sharks hosts the largest improv bracket tournament ever attempted. Thirty-two teams started performing one-on-one single-elimination, and in June of each year, one team will be named the victor. It is hosted by Queen of Sharks and voting results and statistics can be tracked on their website www.queenofsharks.com.
The CHOMPetition started from the Queen of Shark's Triple Threat show at Rififi. Also competative, at Rififi the winning team would come back the following week. After Really Good Doctors won Triple Threat ten weeks in a row, a new format was developed. The intention was to produce a ridiculously large tournament that would take the better part of a year to complete, so thirty-two teams were invited making the entire single-illimination bracket tournament a thirty-one week long event plus holiday specials and all-star games.
- Each team will be given 18-22 minutes to perform. The show will be called in the best interest of the piece.
- Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated. Performers and audience members whom are unable to behave appropriately will be removed from the theater and/or the tournament.
- Each member of the audience will receive ONE ballot as they enter the theater. Lost ballots will not be replaced.
- The host will tally the ballots. The decision of the host is final.
- In the event of a tie both teams will be declared CHOMPions.
- Ultimately, the audience decides who wins and there is nothing wrong with stacking the house in your team favor.
- QoS has the final decision on all rules.
- Rules are subject to change.
- Fabulosity of prizes is subject to change.
- October 4th, 2008: The first CHOMPetition features KnifeStorm vs. Ragnaröck. Ragnaröck was the only UCB house team to compete in CHOMPetition. Knifestorm won and was the first team to go on to the hemi-demi-semifinals.
- March 7, 2009: Shark vs. Buffalo comes out of retirement to face Sharktank; Shark vs. Buffalo immediately heads back into retirement.
- April 4, 2009: Against all odds Big Black Car actually shows up to their match.
- May 23, 2009: Colin McNally plays a bearskin rug and all the members of Queen of Sharks dry hump him.
- June 13, 2009: Shark Tank incorporates Angry Bob's opening stand-up into their set culminating in Matt Fisher receiving a hand job from Hallie Haglund using high grit sandpaper.
- July 18, 2009: J Hobart B is out of town for the Final Four forcing Phil Wells to perform a solo improv show as Phil & I.