Improv Classes – Last Few Spaces!

There are just a few spaces left on our 2 day intensive workshops coming up in June. Sign up today to secure your space on these exciting short courses and improv classes.

Improv Classes Manchester

Longform Improv 1st-2nd June £75

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Attended a few improv classes and jams and always wondered who those Armando and Harold guys are that everyone talks about? Then this short introduction to longform improv has the answer! This two day course will:

  • Provide an introduction to popular formats inc. Montage, Armando, Harold and La Ronde.
  • Explore ways to effectively use edits within scenes
  • Learn how to find the game of  a scene
  • Discover the power of silence to develop scene and character
  • Find ways to make the most of your scene suggestion

A great way to take a deeper dive into the possibilities of improv performance, be in the moment and create engaging characters and relationships. This course will be run by Braínne Edge, ComedySportz UK founder and manager. Braínne has over 15 years experience teaching Improv performance skills around the world and teaches on the University of Salford’s Comedy Writing and Performance degrees, one of the first degrees of it’s type in the UK.

Whilst some previous improv experience is useful this is a session for all ability levels. Attendees will also receive free entry to Improv Mullet (1st June, 7.30pm) our mixed short and longform improv show.

Musical Improv Workshops Manchester

Musical Improv 15th-16th June £85

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Hate playing musical games in your improv scenes? Terrified of singing in public? ComedySportz players Rachel and Felix will teach you the fundamental skills to create fun, off-the-cuff showstoppers.

  • Learn to understand melody and rhythm
  • Discover quick ways to create improvised rhymes
  • Tell your story through song
  • Explore emotions and relationships through song

This class is a great way to build confidence and learn a challenging but exciting new skill to add to your improv games and scenes. You don’t need to have any singing ability or musical knowledge to attend and this workshop is open to all skill levels.


Both courses will run 12.30-5pm each day and be held in the main theatre space at The Kings Arms, Salford. All our workshops are designed to be a safe, supportive environment for you to play, learn and discover.

To secure your space you can pay in full now or just pay the non-refundable £30 deposit. If you would like to attend but know you won’t be able to cover the costs until the next pay day please don’t hesitate to get in touch so we can make alternative arrangements for you.

There are also two spaces that have just opened up on our Stand Up “Your Next Five Minutes” 1 Day workshop. Find out more here.

These will be our last workshops before the summer so don’t delay and sign up today!

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Star Wars Lessons For Improv

This May 4th we thought we’d share some Star Wars themed Improv insights that can be employed on stage and in workshops… and they’re pretty good for everyday life and communication as well!

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MAKE GOOD EYE CONTACT (THE FORCE AWAKENS)

Poe Dameron clearly understood the value of eye contact in this scene during Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s just a shame that his scene partner Kylo Ren didn’t join him, leading to this unfortunate moment between the two of them.  Eye contact is an important aspect of communication, especially when initiating a scene.

AVOID QUESTIONS (THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK)

If you keep asking questions you don’t have to come up with any answers. This can often result in scene’s grinding to a halt or your scene partner having to do a lot of the hard work. It’s a trap(!) that is easy to fall in too, especially if you’re worried about making a “bad” choice for a scene. However, making clear statements moves scenes along and allows relationships to grow.

That’s not to say all questions are inherently bad, especially if they can reveal something interesting about a character’s thoughts and feelings (or if you’re playing the game “Questions Only”) but if you find your scenes don’t go anywhere think about how many decisions you were – or weren’t! – making.

KEEP FOCUSED (THE PHANTOM MENACE)

Yeah, we know a lot of people didn’t like this scene from the Star Wars: Phantom Menace but Qui-Gon is right here. It’s important to be mindful of your surroundings during your scenes and games; did you just walk through that meticulously mimed landspeeder? Is your scene partner playing a Wookiee or a Kowakian monkey-lizard? Is this a moon or is it a space station?

You never know when you might find a gift or offer for a scene and the improvisers who look slickest are the ones who are completely committed to the here and now, reacting in the moment to actions on – and sometimes off – stage.

Likewise, try not to get stuck in your own head (or an “excessive amount of thinking” as C-3PO might put it) and avoid planning. As Yoda also tells us, “impossible to see, the future is.”

COMMIT TO YOUR PUNS (ATTACK OF THE CLONES)

DON’T BE AFRAID TO FAIL (THE LAST JEDI)

We’re afraid of messing up and feeling embarrassed but if you did something and fully committed to your scene, game or exercise it doesn’t matter if you “failed” at it. Similarly to when Yoda tells Luke, “Do, or do not, there is no try”, we hope you feel encouraged to commit to an idea instead of holding back because of a negative fear of messing up.

You can learn from failure without having to be embarrassed by it – in workshops it’s a shared moment for growth and development, in performance it’s an opportunity to play with something new and unexpected. Failure can be fun too!

THE FORCE IS WITH YOU (ROGUE ONE)

And by force we mean scene partners. Working together as a team and looking out for your scene partner’s means you can walk out on stage knowing that everyone has your back.


Want to know more about the ways of the force? Err, we mean, Improv? Check out our workshops page for all the latest on upcoming classes and courses.

Looking for some laughs this May The Fourth? Check out Improv Mullet tonight at The Kings Arms, Salford. Totally unscripted, totally unpredictable comedy for under a fiver!


From all at ComedySportz UK, May The Fourth Be With You!

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Intensive Workshops – Don’t Miss Out!

There are just a few spaces left on our intensive workshops this May/June so don’t miss out on your chance to sign up to Manchester’s longest running  comedy classes this Summer!

Whether you’re looking to learn new skills, brush up on some old ones or just want to spend a fun weekend rediscovering your playful side there is something for everyone with our fun, friendly and affordable range of courses.

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2 Day Intensive Workshops

Foundation Improv (Full Price Deposit)

Learn the core skills of Improv comedy with ComedySportz including Yes, And, Listening, Objects and Storytelling.

Beginning Stand Up (Full PriceDeposit)

We’ll help you hone your comedic voice with this short course covering everything from material generation to mic technique.

Sketch Writing (Full PriceDeposit)

Craft your sketches in this two day course covering everything from the perfect premise to the killer punchline.

Longform Improv (Full PriceDeposit)

This short introduction to longform improv will explore popular formats and edits. A deeper dive into creating whole improvised worlds and narratives.

Musical Improv (Full PriceDeposit)

Find the key to unlock the skills needed for improvised songs and rhyme. You don’t need a great singing voice to take part just a strong desire to have some fun!

1 Day Intensive Workshops

Character Improv (Full PriceDeposit)

Do all of your improv characters feel a little flat? Explore ways to bring new life to your on stage creations.

Presentation Skills (Full PriceDeposit)

Discover ways to engage your audience by employing performance skills to enliven your work presentations and brush up on your networking with confidence.

Stand Up “Your Next 5 Minutes” (Full PriceDeposit)

Completed one of our courses or looking to hone your new material? Stuck in a rut and want to put a bit of spark back into your jokes? Then this stand up comedy class is for you!

 

All prices include a non-refundable deposit (£30 for 2 Day classes, £10 for 1 Day classes). You can pay in full now or pay your deposit to secure your space and pay the rest later.

If you’ve taken one of our (or similar) improv comedy classes before we will also be running a six week intermediate improv course. This will run at the same time as our intensives so there are discounts for anyone who signs up to multiple courses – get in touch today to find out more.

Our courses and workshops are accredited by CSz Worldwide – one of the world’s largest schools for shows and comedy classes.

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Feedback from our latest 8 week stand up course.

Want to know more about our courses? You can also come along to our Intermediate Workshops Showcase on Sunday 28th April at The Kings Arms (starts 7.30pm) which will be followed by a short improv jam and an opportunity to talk to course facilitators about our comedy classes.

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International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 we wanted to take a moment to highlight all of the very funny women in ComedySportz Manchester! Below you’ll find some of our player’s favourite photos and a little about themselves and their time with ComedySportz.

We’re extremely proud to have had so many talented women be part of our roster throughout the years, delighting audiences around the world, inspiring young people of all genders to take to the stage, and putting an end to those tired old “women aren’t funny though” arguments.

ComedySportz UK was founded in 2001 by Bron Edge and we’ve been going strong ever since…

Bron Edge

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Bron reffing a ComedySportz Match at the ComedySportz World Championships!

I’m so proud of our strong and funny women who are part of ComedySportz Manchester.  I learn with them and from them every week. We often get comments from some of the young girls who come and watch ComedySportz in Sale, about how funny all our women are, and I hope we inspire them to go forward and do whatever they want to do (as we do for each other). Out of the three people that effectively run ComedySportz these days, two of them are women, that’s a pretty sweet ratio. 😀

Rachel Wareing

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Performing as part of the Women in Comedy Festival at The Frog and Bucket!

I enjoy sharing…so hearing an audience laugh or when the penny drops with a workshop attendee, it fills me up with so much joy.

In CSz we are a family, there’s so many different dynamics but all with the same goal, to laugh. To make someone smile. To take people away from stressful life.

We are inclusive, we represent that in the women we have in our group.
We have strong female role models to show the younger generation that everyone can be funny and everyone should be included.

Kate McCabe

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Inspiring future funny females at our Halloween Special.

I love performing and teaching comedy SO much. Improv comedy helps me to stay playful and positive and is real life magic.

Working with CSZ has been an amazing gateway to meeting amazing and funny women from all over the world. When you feel like the problem of representation of women in comedy is too real, it’s a salve to get to take the stage with these gals.

Happy International Women’s Day everyone!

Carly Tarett

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Carly Tarett.

Maggie Nolan

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Backstage at Waterside Arts! (sorry about the mess)

I have been a part of Csz for coming up to 5 years and I love it because I get to say I am in a team. I never got picked for teams at school because I ran the other way when a ball came at me and I was frightened of hockey sticks.

Vicki Mitchem

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Vicki raising the Manchester flag high at ComedySportz World Championship in San Jose! #sassy

 

Laura Brook-Smith

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ComedySportz played an all-female team at the ComedySportz World Championships last year!

There’ve been loads of great moments over the my two years with CSz. But the whole experience of the show in the photo was very surreal going from a regular customer service job at the time to performing in North Hollywood. Sometimes I have stints of feeling “am I even funny though?”, but the uplifting environment and scale of the event helped me make the most of the bizarre yet extremely fun moment.

Josie Throup

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Josie is one of our latest recruits. See her at a show soon!

I’ve just joined Comedy Sportz and am excited to be part of a female-run team that is full of witty women. I’ve been doing improv for five years, and it’s taught me to do so many things that women aren’t taught to do: to unapologetically take up space on stage and refuse to make myself small, to take on the ‘Professor’ role in a scene and cast another woman as the ‘Astronaut’, to not be afraid to be disgusting and monstrous when the scene needs that.

I also think that Improv is one of the most accessible forms of comedy to women and non binary folks and should be celebrated for that. It breaks the macho mould of a lot of stand up with its focus on team work, support, and fun.

This International Women’s Day may we continue to accept and support people of all genders.


Happy International Women’s Day to all of the very talented women in ComedySportz teams worldwide and female improvisers everywhere!

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Want to see our players in action? Check out our shows page!

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Want to give Improv a go yourself and maybe one day join the ranks of funny ComedySportz women? Sign up to our upcoming Intensives today!

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March Madness!

Don’t miss our March Madness Match at Waterside Arts this month! This month you don’t just decide which team wins each game… you decide who the teams are and what games they play!

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That’s right – this month we’re handing you all the power (well, almost, we still have our referee) as we’ll pick two audience volunteers to become team managers. It’ll be their responsibility to pick the teams and give inspirational advice to keep morale high. Our referee will also get you the audience to pick all of the games that are played that night. Who wins? You decide that too!

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Our March Madness Match Managers from 2017!

MARCH SHOWS

Mar 16th, 3pm – ComedySportz 4 Tots, Waterside Arts, Sale. More BIG laughs for little kids with plenty of silly songs and stories. Join us for an afternoon of laughter and fun for kids aged 6 and under. £5/3. Book online or via venue box office.

Mar 16th, 6.30pm – ComedySportz, Waterside Arts, Sale. March Madness Match! This totally unpredictable, totally unscripted competitive comedy show just got even more unpredictable and unscripted. Is that even possible? There’s only one way to find out!  £7/5. Book online or via venue box office.

Mar 30th, 6pm – ComedySportz, The Way Theatre, Atherton. Two teams battle it out for your laughs with quick-witted gags, games, sketches and songs. All inspired by your suggestions! £8/5. Book online or via venue box office.

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