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Laugh Tracking

If you’ve been to ComedySportz on Mass Ave, you know the drill practiced in 25 cities around the world where CSz has a presence: team improv, a referee in zebra stripes, no foul language, loudest applause wins. And audience members who let an obscenity fly must wear a brown bag on their head.

This year’s battle for world athletic-themed-comedy domination throws down June 6 to 11 on the local troupe’s stage, and because ticket-holders determine each match winner, the host city has a huge advantage (those teams have triumphed all but once). Still, Indy won’t necessarily have the last laugh. Veteran player Claire Wilcher, who roadtripped to all American CSz cities last year in an RV named Large Marge, revisited her travelogue to size up the opponents.

Fernandez began writing for Indianapolis Monthly in 1995 while studying journalism at Indiana University. One of her freelance assignments required her to join a women's full-tackle football team for a season. She joined the staff in 2005 to edit IM's ancillary publications, including Indianapolis Monthly Home. In 2011, she became a senior editor responsible for the Circle City section as well as coverage of shopping, homes, and design-related topics. Now the director of editorial operations, she lives in Garfield Park.