Kids Comedy Workshop at Manchester Literature Festival

We’re delighted to once again be delivering a kids comedy workshop for the Manchester Literature Festival in October! The workshop is a fun introduction to comedy writing and improvisational skills suitable for kids aged 8-11 years.

Kate and Sean will once again be facilitating the workshop at Z Arts in Hulme. They will show kids how to write and perform comedy, using improvisation as a writing tool, and finding comic inspiration from their lives and imaginations.

To avoid cramping your children’s style, we ask parents not to stay in for the workshop. There is a nice café outside the room for adults that want to be close by.  For the last 15 minutes of the workshop, adults will be invited in to watch a mini performance, so the young comics can show what they have been working on.

As this is the Manchester Literature Festival we’ll also have our book available to purchase as well as lots of other lovely bits of merchandise! Our ComedySportz book includes a short introduction to core improv skills as well as some of our favourite games that you can play with friends and family at home. The book is also available to purchase at all ComedySportz shows!

ComedySportz Manchester Book
We wrote a book!

This kids comedy workshop is a ticketed event. Tickets can be purchased here.

Why not make a day of it with the fantastic comic art masterclass with Kev Sutherland (the hands behind hit show Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre) beforehand? Tickets can be purchased here.

And if you think you might get jealous of all the fun the kids are having there are still spaces available on our Foundation in Improv course for adults starting 6th October.

The Way Theatre/Studio – More Shows!

We’re delighted to be returning to the Way Theatre/Studio in Atherton this month for more all ages, all action, all improvised competitive comedy! Tickets are now available online and can also be purchased on the door.

ComedySportz The Way Theatre Atherton

The Way is a really exciting new space and we’re really pleased to be back there  with shows in September and October. We’re also delighted to be bringing our Improvised Panto to the theatre in December which is sure to be a fine alternative festive treat.

Not seen a ComedySportz show before? Two teams compete for your laughs with quick-witted gags, games, sketches and songs inspired by your suggestions. There’s a referee on hand to ensure a good clean match – it’s a family friendly show after all – with penalties for bad behaviour and bad jokes. Who wins? You decide in this family friendly show that adults and kids can enjoy!

Fresh from our run at the Edinburgh Fringe, we’re ready for whatever suggestions Atherton has to throw at us…

ComedySportz The Way Theatre Atherton
Look how ready we are!

You can book tickets for ComedySportz at The Way here and for our Improvised Panto here.

ComedySportz Summer Update and The Year Ahead!

Well, as the dust settles over another busy summer for ComedySportz, we wanted to do a quick round up of our summer and all the shows, workshops and events we’ve got coming up for the rest of the year!

JUNE

Way back in June – it feels like a long time ago to us anyway – a small team of our players took part in the ComedySportz World Championship in Los Angeles. Manchester’s all female team defeated ComedySportz Houston in a hotly contested match of wits and Brainne also reffed the matches between Sacramento, LA, Cincinatti and Austin! Every year the World Championship renews our commitment to the core values of ComedySportz Worldwide: Collaboration, Inspiration, Gratitude and Fun.

Prior to the shows in LA, Brainne and Sean drove across the US to play with ComedySportz Boston (only 3 hours off the plane), Richmond, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Quad Cities and St. Louis. It was an epic road trip and they loved getting to play with such dynamic and brilliantly funny people.

Didn’t know ComedySportz was part of a worldwide family of shows? There are over 25 ComedySportz teams across the world, with more set to join the CSz family in the coming year – hello ComedySportz Las Vegas!

The CSz Worldwide network gives us access to some of the best Improv skills and training which we channel into our own workshops and shows.

ComedySportz Manchester World Championship

JULY

In July, CSzUK produced the play Auntie & Me for the Greater Manchester Fringe. This deliciously dark comedy was well-received by audiences and was an absolute delight to once again bring to the stage.

We were also delighted to have players from ComedySportz join ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ legend Tony Slattery for his new show Crimes Against Improv. It was a wild and unpredictable night and it was an absolute honour to play with him.

Tony Slattery

AUGUST

August saw ComedySportz Manchester return to the Edinburgh Fringe for the 11th year, performing two shows a day to fantastic crowds. We loved our time so much that we went back up at the end of the month with ComedySportz 4 Tots!

We’ve posted plenty about that recently but just want to say a big, heart-felt thank you to all of our audiences for your suggestions and laughter, to all of the staff at both of our venues Fireside and The Three Sisters, and Alex and the team at The Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We can’t wait to see you all again in 2019…

Edinburgh Fringe

STILL TO COME

…But 2018 isn’t over yet and we have lots of exciting shows, workshops and events coming up. First up, don’t miss Improv Mullet featuring special guest Nathan Jansen (Baby Wants Candy, iO, ComedySportz Chicago). Improv Mullet is our adults only show that combines short and longform improv comedy with quick gags and games in the first half and a whole improvised play in the second. We’re absolutely thrilled to have Nathan join us for this show and you really don’t want to miss it! As always, anyone with a genuine Mullet gets in for free.

Improv Mullet. 1st September. 7.30pm. £3 on the door. The Kings Arms, Salford.

Nathan will also be joining us for a one day workshop on Narrative Improv on September 1st and we also have a couple of spaces left on our two-day sketch writing workshop this weekend as well.

Speaking of workshops, spaces are really starting to fill up on our 8 week Foundation in Improv and Beginning Stand Up Comedy courses commencing 6th October 2018. Whether you’re looking to develop new performance skills, improve communication and listening, build confidence or just want to rediscover play and have a laugh with new people then our workshops are for you! Find out more about all of our upcoming workshops and courses on our workshops page.

improv workshops manchester

We have plenty of upcoming ComedySportz shows at the Waterside in Sale and the fantastic new theatre space The Way in Atherton. If you’re looking for big laughs for really little kids be sure to check out ComedySportz 4 Tots at the Waterside as well! We celebrated 10 years at Waterside earlier this year and are really excited to be collaborating with The Way.

We’ll be celebrating our 17th year with our annual return to Chorley Little Theatre in November. Tickets are available now!

We’re also delighted to be continuing our collaboration with the University of Salford as The New Adelphi Comedy Night returns in September.

Finally, to round out the year our Improvised Pantomime returns to the Waterside. We’re thrilled to be bringing back the show as it proved to be a real hit in 2017.

You can find out about all of our upcoming shows here.

Improv Workshops This Autumn With ComedySportz

Our regular improv workshops return in October and places are filling up fast.  Commencing 6th October, we will be running the following eight-week courses: Foundation in Improv, Intermediate Improv and Beginning Stand Up Comedy.

Our courses are fun, friendly and designed to introduce you to the core skills and tenets of performance. Whether you’re looking to test your funny bones, build confidence, improve communication and presentation skills, develop your performance practices or just want to have fun with some like minded people then our workshops are for you!

We honestly believe that improv classes can be hugely beneficial to life offstage as much as they can be for life onstage. Read how improv workshops are helping people with anxiety here.

improv workshops manchester

Can’t wait until October? We still have a few spaces on our two-day Sketch Writing course and our one-day Improv Narrative workshop with Nathan Jansen.

Find out more about all of our upcoming courses and workshops by visiting our workshops page today. You can now pay directly through the website.

All of our workshops are currently held at The Kings Arms in Salford, where we host our monthly Improv Mullet comedy night so do pop along if you want to have a chat to any of us about workshops, classes or shows!

Edinburgh 2018 Highlights

Don’t miss this video with some of the highlights and reviews we received at this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival! As always, we were delighted to be part of the Free Fringe Festival and crowds were an absolute delight. Thanks to the staff and crew at our venues and thanks to all of our audiences – especially our volunteers!

A highlight of our fringe was undoubtedly the musical suggestion of Jamilton that produced a musical about fruit preservatives and American history so wildy inaccurate and wonderfully funny that it went on for 15 minutes and only left the teams time for one more game! Unfortunately we didn’t film it so here are two videos of the teams playing Reunion which quickly became a favourite with players and audiences alike. Singalong if you know the words!

We’re back in Edinburgh 24th-26th with ComedySportz 4 Tots as well as guest slots with our friends at Huggers and Comedy Club 4 Kids.

ComedySportz 4 Tots Family Friendly Edinburgh
An hours free childcare? You don’t want to miss this!

Can’t make it to Edinburgh? Don’t worry, we’re back at the Waterside with ComedySportz and ComedySportz 4 Tots on the 25th August. Tickets are available now! Check out our shows page for more info.