Happy New Year from all of us at ComedySportz UK! It’s only a few weeks until our first shows and workshops of 2018 (and all on one day too) and we hope to see you there!
We finished 2017 with a sold-out Saturday of Improvised pantomimes and can’t wait to bring that show back bigger and better later this year. We were also featured by the Guardian in a great piece about the benefits of Improv Workshops on mental health. We’re delighted that our workshops have had such a positive effect on so many people, whatever their reasons for taking a course.
Workshops have a real benefit on those that take them.
We’re back at Waterside Arts 20th January with our now traditional New Year, New Games special as we try out a few new games as well as playing a few fan favourites. Earlier in the day we also have our first ComedySportz 4 Tots show with more BIG laughs for little kids. The week after we’re back at Ramsbottom Civic Hall for more all ages, all action, all improvised competitive comedy shenanigans!
Anyone with a GENUINE mullet gets in free.
Improv Mullet is moving to The Kings Arms in February to replace Let’s See What Happens. It’s a show that combines the best of our shortform and longform comedy shows and we hope to build the show over the course of the year. To help promote the show, anyone with a GENUINE mullet gets in for free!
Our workshops in Improv, Stand Up and Sketch Writing return this month as well. If you made a new years resolution to laugh more, to play more, to build confidence, learn new skills that can be used both on and off stage, sharpen your comedic voice, brush up on those presentation skills or just to make new friends then we have workshops for you! Spaces are filling up fast so be sure to visit our workshops page for more information today.
Whatever your reason for taking a class with us you’ll receive expert tutelage and have plenty of fun along the way!
We’ve got plenty planned for 2018 and can’t wait to share it all with you!
Whether you’re looking to give the gift of comedy for Christmas or already planning you new year, new you resolutions to try something new it’s not too late to get on our January 2018 courses in Improvisation, Stand Up and Sketch writing.
Spaces on our workshops can be gifted and make a fantastic Christmas present and we can send you a gift certificate to present on the day. Or, if you’re looking to learn new skills, meet new people or just play more in 2018 then it’s the perfect way to make good on those New Years resolutions.
Full details can be found on our workshops page or by dropping us an email.
Join us on Saturday November 25th as we celebrate our 16th Birthday with shows across the North West. As well as our regular ComedySportz and ComedySportz 4 Tots shows at the Waterside Arts Centre in Sale we’re also back where it all began at Chorley Little Theatre for a special Chorley vs. Manchester match!
Starting in 2001, and only intended as a one-off event for Charity, we’re so proud of all of our players past and present as we’ve taken the show across the UK and the US.
“We love coming home to Chorley and it’s always a really special show for us,” says ComedySportz UK founder and performer Brainne Edge. “The crowd are always so much fun and the night is going to be a lot of fun for everyone, even if you’ve never seen a ComedySportz show before.”
This birthday special will see original members of the troupe, some of whom have been part of the group since the very first show, battling it out against newer players from Manchester.
Of course, if Chorley is a little far for you we also have two shows at Waterside Arts Centre, where our regular shows are now based. First up we have ComedySportz 4 Tots, our brand new show for audiences under 6 with plenty of madcap storytelling, songs and silliness that promises plenty of BIG laughs for little kids. Later on we have our regular ComedySportz match and are delighted to be joined by a visiting player from ComedySportz Twin Cities!
We’d like to thank everyone for making the last 16 years such an absolute joy as we have performed and taught across the UK and the US. 2017 has been a fantastic year for ComedySportz and that is, as always, down to our fabulous audiences and workshoppers! We hope you can join us at one of these shows and the next 16 years of shows to come!
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Fed up of the same old Pantomimes every year? Put them behind you with our brand new Improvised Panto at the Waterside Arts Centre in Sale this December. See all your favourite panto characters types in a fabulous new pantomime made up before your eyes using only audience suggestions and a sprinkling of fairy dust.
It’ll be a madcap evening of gags, sketches and songs as they give a new spin on classic panto archetypes and traditions. With a few fan favourite ComedySportz games and songs thrown in for good measure, no two shows are the same with this alternative festive treat that the whole family can enjoy. Don’t miss out – book today!
We’re performing 3 pantomimes this year and details and tickets can be found here or on our shows page.
Join us on Friday 10th November at the Kings Arms for an improvised radio play to raise money for the Royal National Institute for the Blind.
The format, called a BAT, is performed in complete darkness and audience members are also encouraged to close their eyes to get the full experience. Performers will create character and sound effects using only their voices as they improvise a radio play inspired by an audience suggestion. Straddling comedy and drama, the show promises to be like nothing you’ve experienced before where anything could happen.
There will also be cakes available for all and proceeds will go to the Royal National Institute for the Blind which has been providing practical and emotional support for those with sighting loss since 1868.
Entry costs only £3 and donations will also be gratefully accepted.
Comedy, charity and cake. What’s not to love?
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Workshops start up again on October 21st. Whether you’re looking to expand performance skills (that have plenty of real life applications), build confidence, make new friends or just do something a bit different for a couple of hours every Saturday then sign up today!
We still have a couple of spaces on all of our courses (Foundation in Improv, Intermediate Improv, Beginning Stand Up Comedy and a new weekday course in Sketch Writing) and there are always a few last minute places that open up so don’t put off any longer otherwise you’ll have to wait until January to have fun. And who wants to do that?
We’re back from an amazing Edinburgh Festival Fringe! We had full rooms, fantastic suggestions and fabulous audiences. Thanks to everyone that made it such a great time, our players, our crowds and all the staff at The Three Sisters and Laughing Horse Free Festival.
Best of all we had a very special guest one day when Prince Edward and his family (plus fifteen bodyguards and a priest) came to watch the show. Here’s a clip from that match as the Blue Team take on Finishing School.
You can find more video clips from our time in Edinburgh on our facebook page.
Don’t worry if you couldn’t make it to Edinburgh however, we’re back at the Waterside Arts Centre this weekend with ComedySportz and our brand new show ComedySportz 4 Tots!
We’re excited to announce we’ll be running some short courses in Longform Improv, Musical Improv and Sketch Writing in September. Spaces are already filling up so don’t miss out!
2nd & 3rd September (Saturday and Sunday): Longform Improv Workshop.
Limit of 12 spaces. £50 for the two days.
Each day 1-5pm.
Want to work on longer narratives? Deeper characterisations? More interesting relationships? We will look at a number of formats as well as focusing on editing scenes from within.
10th September (Sunday): Sketch Writing
Limit of 8 spaces. £30
Create comedy character monologues and devise sketches using different techniques to generate material. A crash course in writing sketches individually and collaboratively.
No background in Improv necessary.
10th September: Musical Improv
12.30pm – 6pm. £40.
Rachel Wareing will go through the basics of Improvised song, moving into song based games and scene work. Great for anyone wanting to learn a new skill or develop confidence in singing without a script!
No background in music or singing necessary.
All workshops will take place at the Kings Arms Salford.
Anyone who signs up on the Longform course will get free entry to September’s Let’s See What Happens.
Spaces are also filling up for our Foundation in Improv and Beginning Stand Up comedy in October. Check out our workshops page for more information on all of our upcoming courses!
Festival season is nearly upon us and we’re delighted to be involved in some really exciting events this summer! We’ll be appearing at DEERSHED FESTIVAL 8 in June and we’re incredibly excited to be taking part in what promises to be a fantastic weekend of shows and workshops. Deershed is a weekend festival for families featuring comedy, music, arts, science, workshops, film, theatre, poetry and food. We’re really proud to have been asked to take part and hope to see you there! Tickets are on sale now and you can find the whole line-up of events at the Deershed website.
See, we can learn scripts too!
We’re also back at the GREATER MANCHESTER FRINGE FESTIVAL in July with Let’s See What Happens and Bang Bang. We’re also producing Auntie & Me, a darkly comedic play. Tickets are now on sale for all GM Fringe shows here.
Let’s See What Happens at the Greater Manchester Fringe!
Finally, we’ll once again be joining our friends at Laughing Horse Free Festival for the EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL this August. As always ComedySportz @ Edinburgh is a free show so no need to pre-book tickets however you can now pre-order your free Edinburgh Festival Guide here.
We’ll have more info on all the places you can see ComedySportz in Edinburgh in a couple of months.
Wednesday, July 26th 2017
- Friday, July 28th 2017
The Kings Arms