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❗️ALL SHOWS CANCELLED UNTIL APRIL 22ND ❗️

Dear CCB Community,

It is with a heavy heart that we have made the decision to cancel all shows effective immediately through April 22nd, 2020.
This was not an easy decision for us to make, but with the increasing spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus the risks are simply too high and we need to think of the safety and health of our performers and audience. Given the closure of state-run theaters and the advice of Berlin Amtsärzte to prohibit all events, this seems to us the best course of action to take.

What happens next?

We will do our best to reschedule any out-of-town acts, and it is our hope that regular weekly/monthly shows will pick back up next month as soon as it is safe to do so.

REFUNDS: If you have purchased a ticket online, we will begin initiating automatic refunds this weekend. If you would prefer a ticket voucher, please let us know by tomorrow (Friday, March 13th) and we will convert your ticket(s) to an online ticket voucher of equal value.

How can I support CCB while it’s closed?

Our gift certificates are a great way to support us financially during the closure AND you can redeem them as soon as we’re open! You can also leave us a positive review on TripAdvisor, Google or Facebook, and tell your friends to visit the theater when we open back up!

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding. We hope you all stay safe and healthy, and hope to see you soon!

Love and laughter,
The CCB Team

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CCB & CCBTS COVID-19 Precautions

Updated 12. March 2020

Dear CCB Community,
It is with a heavy heart that we have made the decision to cancel all shows effective immediately through April 22nd.
This was not an easy decision for us to make, but with the increasing spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus the risks are simply too high and we need to think of the safety and health of our performers and audience.

You can read more about our decision here.

Stay safe and healthy and we’ll see you soon!


If you’re feeling ill, even just a head cold, we kindly asking you to stay home. Thanks for your understanding and gute Besserung!

As much as we love laughter, we recognize that the COVID-19 (Corona) virus is no laughing matter. Many of you may be worried about going out to a theater at a time like this.
We wanted to share with you what we’re doing at CCB to make sure our space stays a healthy and safe environment!

What precautions is CCB taking?

We do not wish to add fuel to any mass hysteria regarding the spread of COVID-19 nor do we wish to be a part of the problem.
Here’s the extra stuff we’re doing already:

  • We are regularly disinfecting door handles, the bar counter and area, bathrooms and our equipment.
  • Trash is being emptied even more regularly.
  • Water will no longer be self-serve at the bar (if you want water, please ask our bar staff), and we encourage patrons and students to bring their own reusable water bottles.
  • There’s plenty of SOAP! (Please notify staff if there isn’t)
  • Wash your hands!

What if it gets worse?

Our plan is to continue with shows and classes unless and until official word of a Veranstaltungsverbot (prohibition on events) for theaters of our size comes through (if at all). To be clear, there is NO indication that this will happen for small theaters* but considering the measures already taken here in Berlin, and what’s happening in Italy and its proximity, it’s good to have a contingency plan.

What happens if there’s a prohibition on events?

  • In the event of a partial prohibition (advice from the Senat/Gesundheitsamt to cancel public events):
    • Shows will be immediately cancelled until we are informed otherwise. Tickets for shows during the lockdown will either be refunded, or if the show is rescheduled the attendee can choose a refund or to attend the rescheduled show.
    • Classes will continue as normal.
  • In the event of a full prohibition (no public gatherings are allowed – ie, what’s happening in Italy right now):
    • Shows will be immediately cancelled until the end of the lockdown. Tickets for shows during the lockdown will either be refunded, or if the show is rescheduled the attendee can choose a refund or to attend the rescheduled show.
    • Classes will be postponed but not cancelled. Classes will pick back up as soon as any lockdown is lifted.

We will also be monitoring the situation closely ourselves, and if we feel our community or audience could be in danger we may make the decision to close doors temporarily without any official instructions from the city or Gesundheitsamt.

What happens if there’s someone with a confirmed case who is discovered to have visited CCB?

  • Anyone who was in contact (within 2 meters) with that person will be notified if possible (see below). In addition to self-quarantining, they should call the Gesundheitsamt or the city Corona Hotline to get instructions on next steps, including possibly getting tested for the virus.
    • Anyone in the audience whose contact info we have (via online sales) will be notified.
    • A notice will be made publicly on our social media platforms and mailing list.
  • We will complete a full cleaning of the entire space.
  • Adhering to current advice from the Senat and Gesundheitsamt, we will immediately notify the Gesundheitsamt and request their advice as to what we do next (whether the theater must close, and for how long, and what, if any, additional measures must be taken).

So! To sum up, CCB is open to keep you laughing, but with some added precautions, and plans in place in case things get worse! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Stay safe and healthy!

*The Berlin Culture Ministry has closed all large-scale state-run theaters until April 19, 2020, but has deemed it safe for theaters with a capacity of up to 500 attendees to stay open. https://www.berlin.de/sen/kulteu/aktuelles/pressemitteilungen/2020/pressemitteilung.905120.php

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Our brand-new Sketch Program!

 

Sketch comedy has long been featured at CCB, and we’re proud of the regular sketch programming that’s grown out of our community here – The Weird Show, VCRThe Steindor Jonsson Wariety Shov to name a few – but we haven’t had an official way to teach and support sketch comedy… until now!

We’re thrilled to announce that we will be launching a brand-new Sketch Program at The CCB Training School this October with our first sketch comedy course – 101 Intro to Sketch, taught by guest instructor Steindór Jónsson (The BOSSThe Steindor Jonsson Wariety Shov, The Gemini Consortium). 101 will focus on writing in a number of different styles and is open to anybody regardless of experience level. In the new year, we’ll expand the program to include 201 Developing a Sketch Show.

Parallel to teaching sketch comedy at CCBTS, we’ll be launching a House Sketch Team later this year. The Sketch team will be made up of writing and acting crews, working together to produce regular sketch shows at CCB and can be considered the sketch equivalent to our House Harold Teams.
Anyone who has completed the new 101 Intro to Sketch course will be eligible to audition for the House Sketch Team as a writer. Anyone who has completed Level 2 Improv courses at CCBTS will be eligible to audition as an actor. For those folks with extensive prior sketch experience, we will provide a means for these requirements to be waived. Exact details regarding the make-up of the House Sketch Team, including auditioning, audition requirements and a show schedule, will be announced later this autumn.
To stay up-to-date, sign up for our CCBTS Sketch mailing list.

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2017 round up

In many ways 2017 was a benchmark year for CCB. From ownership restructuring and all that that upheaval entails to entering our statistically improbable second year of operation, CCB is one enduring mother fucker.

Here’s a quick round up in numbers:

  • 342 shows put on
  • 51 visiting acts played the stage
  • 3 shows cancelled due to low turnout
  • 2,935 Large Vagabund APAs served
  • 2 major panic attacks

Here’s a quick round up of non quantifiables:

  • GRILLED CHEESE
  • Dick Joke Jar
  • A growing community of awesome people – both performers and audience alike

Thanks to everyone who makes CCB run. In particular, Leah Katz and the staff: Christoph, Emma, Jaja, Julieta, Kareth, Trevor and the assists by Jakob and Matilde.

And a major thanks to all the comedians. You are all artists.

Let’s kick 2018’s ass.

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The Berlin EdFringe Previews!

This Wednesday (19.07.2017) CCB is kicking off the second annual Berlin EdFringe Previews. Together with Damien Warren-Smith (Plague of Idiots) we have scheduled 20 comedy acts from all over the globe (ok – mostly just the UK and Australia) BUT they are some of the hottest award winning shows happening right now!

You won’t have to travel far to see some of the best acts the comedy scene has to offer. We’re running the gamut from cutting edge stand-up to full-on Gaullier clowning. It’s not to be missed.

Here’s just a hint of what people are saying (in order):

  • Mark Watson is “Hilarious… clever, touching and funny” – ★★★★★ Mirror.
  • Sofie Hagen won the Foster’s Award for Best Newcomer 2015.
  • The Establishment is “One of the best shows I’ve seen” ★★★★★ (MumbleComedy.net).
  • Plague of Idiots: Lulu & Pudding “the perfect antidote for a week of work.” (TheClothesLine.com).
  • Tamar Broadbent won Best Comedy Show Perth Fringeworld 2017.
  • Josh Telson: “This is usually where comedians put a nice review about their standup, but no one knows what to say about my shows.” – Josh Telson
  • Eleanor Conway is ‘Reminiscent of early Graham Norton (albeit sexier)’ ★★★★ The List.
  • Josh Glanc won ‘BEST COMEDY’ at the Perth Fringe World 2017.
  • Elf Lyons is “Hilariously Brave’ One of British Vogue’s ‘Top Twenty Names of Now’.
  • John-Luke Roberts: ‘This is alternative comedy close to its pinnacle’ ★★★★ (Chortle.co.uk).
  • Double Denim: Stand-up comedy allows you to laugh at others, ‘Double Denim’ allows you to laugh at yourself. ★★★★ – Scenestr (AUS).
  • Dr. Neal Portenza: “An hour of unpredictable, whacked-out weirdness from one of Australia’s most off-the-wall comics.” ★★★★½, Herald Sun, 201
  • Helen Duff is “Absolutely shameless, boldly ridiculous, embarrassingly funny” ★★★★ (Australia Times).
  • Wil Greenway: ‘One of the most masterful storytellers I have ever seen… I cannot recommend seeing this show enough’ ★★★★★ (Ed Fringe Review).
  • Juan Vesuvius is ‘Bizarre, sexy and very, very funny’ ★★★★★ (BroadwayBaby.com).
  • Betty Grumble is “Transformative & Wild. Betty Grumble is a MUST SEE.” ★★★★★ PEACHES
  • Zach & Viggo won the Best Comedy Adelaide Fringe Weekly (2017)
  • Tez Ilyas “has a slickness more reminiscent of US comics, and the gags to back it up” (Guardian).
  • Zach Zucker is ‘Ridiculous, hilarious, and genius, a must-see ‘ ★★★★½ Kryztoff (AU)
  • Viggo Venn won the Rising Star Award – The Media Eye (2016)

Damn! Damn, damn, damn!
Get your tickets now.

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A spotlight on visiting acts

 

Keeping things fresh

We pride ourselves on putting up shows that are constantly changing and never exactly the same twice. Whether it’s the very nature of an improvised comedy show or a Saturday night stand-up act, the comedians we spotlight are committed to keeping things fresh.  

Part of that commitment is also bringing in talent from abroad and showcasing comedy we don’t otherwise see in Berlin. In the coming months we have booked some of the most exciting acts from the UK, Sweden and the States and not to mention an entire 2 weeks of EdFringe Previews in July.

Berlin as a comedy hub

3 years ago Berlin would never have seen so many visiting comedians from outside of Germany as we see today. Today, however, we (all of us) have made Berlin a veritable force in the comedy world. Not just from the comedians we’ve homegrown but also in the dedication we’ve put to putting up high quality shows and the deep interest shown by you, the audience.

Support the scene

That growing interest in comedy has made itself shown and we are hopefully answering the calls. So don’t let us down! Bringing in acts from abroad is never an easy endeavor and we’ve done everything in our power to keep the shows interesting and affordable (10€ to Asperger’s Are Us? Yes, please!). Come out, support the scene and see something different.


Upcoming visiting acts

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Wrapping up 2016

It’s our last week of shows for 2016!
Come hang out with us, we’ll be celebrating all weekend!

But first! Some news:

Learning to be funny

 CCB and Hive Improv have announced comedy courses for January! 
There are currently 3 classes on offer:

  • Intro to Improv on Monday evening with Jakob Grotewohl
  • Intro to Improv on Friday afternoon with Noah Telson
  • Stand-Up Comedy on Saturday afternoon with Caroline Clifford

Early bird rates apply to anyone who signs up before January 1st!
Also a great gift idea!

For more information check out
http://www.hiveimprov.com/courses/


We’re giving away 10 free tickets for FRIDAY NIGHT IMPROV with CCB at the MOVIES!
Take them until they’re all gone!
First to act gets them!
CLICK HERE


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A few words on the comedy community.

Since we opened just shy of one year ago, one of our main visions was to create a community of comedy-lovers who share in our mission of spreading laughter. By offering classes through Hive Improv and providing an open stage for them to perform in front of an audience, we’ve seen the devoted community grow like rapid fire and it’s incredibly heartwarming.

This Fall we have over 60 students taking improv, stand-up and sketch courses. This Fall we’ve been able to offer workshops by professionals from arguably the most renowned comedy institutions. And this Fall we have expanded opportunities for everyone:
For improvisers to get on stage by making the CCB Improv Jam a weekly event! For the first sketch group, The Weird Show, formed from a Hive class, who will debut their monthly show this October! And for budding stand-ups this November when we unveil the biggest stand-up open mic night in Berlin!

But it doesn’t end there! We have big plans!

We are throwing a big one year anniversary party October 28th and you are invited!
To celebrate we’re kicking off a second round of crowdfunding at the party!

What are we crowdfunding for?
To expand operations and increase comfort.

More soundproofing: the theater is solidly built. In fact, it’s so solid that we almost qualify for after 10pm shows. All we have to do is improve the floor, get it tested and we’re golden. This means we can do multiple shows in an evening allowing for us to get even more creative and bring in even more acts!

Ventilation: we’ve got a beautiful space that we’re super proud of and when so many people come to enjoy that space with applause and laughter the windows get foggy and the air gets hot. It’s time to fix that! We aim to install a ventilation system that can keep the air in the bar and theater fresh.

Watch this space.

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Full Steam Ahead!

It’s been almost one year since we opened and just over a year since we first announced to the public and launched our Kickstarter campaign, letting everyone know we was a’comin’.

It’s been a year. Holy shit, it’s been a year!

If you’ve been following us you know what’s up. If this is the first you’re hearing about us, WTF?! Catch up!

Like any 1 year anniversary we’re looking back and reflecting on all the things we’ve gone through – remembering the lessons learned, the battles won and lost and HOPEFULLY making the right decisions to keep us going forward and growing. Those decisions, we realize, often mean (to borrow from the startup world) pivoting and boy we’ve done that! Remember pretzels?

So in the spirit of improvement and looking forward, here’s what’s in store:
 

  1. CHAIRS – You won’t believe it but we’re ditching the theater stools (well most of them) and getting foldable chairs that you can all lean back on. They’re ordered and on the way.

  2. BARROOM – We’ve rethought the layout with space and comfort in mind. This means the big square tables are gone! So kick off your shoes and relax your socks. This is still a work in progress and you’re likely to see things continue to change here.

  3. DRINKS – We’re adding some new items to the menu including another tasty keg of Vagabund beer. A DOUBLE IPA KICK IN THE GODDAMN FACE. Get ready.

  4. FOOD – Here’s a doozy buried in the 4th bullet point: We’re closing The CCB Kitchen starting this week. Casper and Rich have decided to move on to other adventures and it’s a good opportunity for us to explore more exciting food options. We thank them for all the efforts they put into their tasty sandwiches! For now CCB is focusing on the drinks, the comfort and as always, the laughs.

  5. THE LAUGHS – Shows continue to kick ass and we will continue to bring in outside acts (see La Carpe Haute this Friday!) as well as cultivate local talent. We’ve already unveiled most of the Fall program which includes solo shows by Paul Salamone (Robot Suit), Chris Davis (The Wandering Barman, this Saturday!) and Josh Telson (Happy F*cking Birthday). And we fully intend to make an improv tournament (like the August Offensive) a regular event. Tickets are already, as always, available online.

  6. CROWDFUNDING – That’s right! One year down the road and we’ll be once again appealing to you lovely supporters to help us finance some of the projects we don’t have the cash flow for just yet i.e. ventilation (y’all know what I’m talking about), further soundproofing (for the theater floor so we can do midnight showssss!) A second round Kickstarter will naturally tie into…

  7. A ONE YEAR BIRTHDAY PARTY – October 28th – Mark your calendars. Details to come soon!

And there you have it! A lot to do!

Thank you all for your continued support and we hope to see you around soon!

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The CCB State of the Union

The CCB State of the Union

In many ways this summer has been very challenging for us at CCB. Weathering the storm of the Ordnungsamt was just the tip of the iceberg, it was immediately followed by beautiful scaffolding engulfing our building (everywhere is a bike rack!) plus stupid EURO2016 distracting our audiences, oh, and it just being summer and hot and nice outside (GAAWD) and YES we get that our air conditioner isn’t most well functioning device for the theater. AND YES, we knowthat the neighbor situation sucks! No one hates the “quiet outdoors after 10pm” situation more than us. The list goes on.

Though we are indeed weathering the storm, they feel at times like pyrrhic victories (victories won at too high a cost — I’ve been watching lots of Jeopardy lately).

BUT all the stress and uncertainty vanish when I see the crowds file in through the door to watch a show. I hate to say I’m proud because I’m part German and pride is a shameful thing — but something inside me ticks and I feel like somehow the struggles and challenges have been and are worth it.

Here’s what I mean:

The past two weeks we’ve held host to some of the world’s finest comedians as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Previews. Amazing! A tip of the hat to all the performers and especially to Damien of the Plague of iDiOTs. And just a week week before that I hosted the monthly CCB Improv Jam, where anyone can sign up to perform improv on stage with other complete strangers. Roughly 50 people attended with 35 signed up to play. On a Sunday. In July. That. Is. Humbling. Period. There were new faces and familiar faces, there were family and friends. It was so great to see, especially after the last 2 months. AND then there was that week prior when 2 improv teams, Hot Box and Guillotine, and The Weird Show a sketch group, all formed from Hive classes, packed the house with their first shows ever. Gosh dangit.

Like a little oasis in the desert.

The CCB State of the Union is strengthening and our resolve is strong. We’ll keep trudging on; providing a stage for this growing scene.

So now what?

We’re back to semi-regular programming with some exciting new SCHTUFF! New shows and new programming and, of course, Berlin’s very first improv cage match tournament, The August Offensive! 8 teams, 3 Saturdays, 1 winner.

We’re excited to see you there, being a part of it all!

– Noah