Meet A ComedySportz Player!

Player Name: Kesan Lightning Bolt “Holt”Kesan-Holt

Player Number: 414

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

What got you started doing improv?

All my friends in high school were doing it, and I wanted to be cool.


What do remember about your first show?

I was in the CSz Milwaukee High School League, and I had never seen a ComedySportz match before (I snuck into an 18+ show once, but it doesn’t count). I remember sitting on the bench during the first game of the match thinking, “Oh, I get it!”

After my first few HSL matches, I was offered a spot to play on a road show. That was my first professional match.

What kind of games do you like to play, and why?

I love the games that catch the fans (and sometimes other players off guard). At the end of every match I want the crowd to walk away with the sense of, “How’d they do that?” and players to walk back to the locker room thinking, “How’d we do that!?”.

How has ComedySportz and improv affected your life?

Being able to use it to teach and help other people accept happiness and become more comfortable with themselves, helped me find some meaning.

About Dave Bogan

Back in 1985, I was a junior at Greendale High School near Milwaukee. I was in forensics at the time, and I was already a huge fan of comedy. Through some friends I met in forensics, I found out that some high schools were doing something called ComedySportz Saturday afternoons at a place on Milwaukee’s East Side called, “Kalt’s”. I decided to go check it out, and I was instantly hooked. I was amazed at the games, and how they were making up everything as they went. I had never seen anything like it. I tried to go to shows every week. Once I became a senior in 1986, I asked Greendale High School if they would sponsor a Greendale team. They said no, but after I graduated, they started a team the very next year. After a six year stint in the Marines, I came back to Milwaukee, and became a bouncer and bartender at a popular sports bar. I still loved comedy, and routinely made my co-workers and customers laugh as much as I could. One day, one of the waitresses told me I should take this improv workshop they were teaching at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee as a night course. It was ComedySportz. I signed up, and was taught by the founder of ComedySportz himself, Dick Chudnow. Over the next couple years, I ended up taking all the classes they had to offer. The 101, 201, 301 and 401. After completing all of them, I asked Dick if our class could put together a “Minor League” show in the smaller ComedySportz Black-box Theater. He said yes, and we started doing our own matches. With no one available to referee our shows, I volunteered to ref them myself. After months and months of performing, I became more comfortable in the position, and gained an appreciation for it. One day, Dick told me he needed a ref, and asked me to ref a family matinee show. I said yes, and soon afterward in 1997, I was added to roster of the original troupe, ComedySportz Milwaukee. And I have been a ComedySportz player and instructor ever since.