Watch out for Provo!

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The 30th annual ComedySportz improvisational comedy world championship is all that it is billed to be: fun, fast-paced and family friendly.

But it is also contagious. If you’re in the audience, you can’t help but feel the energy, the wackiness, the goofiness. Before long, you’re shouting out silly ideas to the performers (and later back in the privacy of your home you wonder what provoked that deranged thought to be uttered aloud in public).

Two teams square off against each other and teams accumulate points for being the most daring, creative and hilarious. Sanitized for our protection, each match includes a referee who pushes the comics further, keeps the pace, and awards the scores based on audience response.

In last night’s openers at Hammer Theatre, the San Jose Snarks defeated Quad Cities, who didn’t stand a chance against the host, and Provo prevailed over Dallas. Haven’t seen the other 18 teams from cities throughout the US plus one from Manchester, UK, but that Provo squad will be tough to beat.

The rest will be in action tonight at 7:30 p.m., and Friday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Semifinals are Saturday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and the finals — for the “Meaningless Cup” — are at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10-$20; go to

This is the 30th year of competition. Perfect thing to attend to set the mood for a long holiday weekend.