New show coming in September. Shortform in the front, Longform in the back!

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By Royal Appointment!

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!

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One Off Workshops in September!

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!

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Festival Season Is Nearly Upon Us!

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.

Related show

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Charity Show 27th May

We’re delighted to be joining an Evening of Entertainment in Llandudno Junction to raise money for the Ronald McDonald Foundation and the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at St. Mary’s Hospital in Manchester. We’ll be performing a short ComedySportz show and there will be music from I Fight Lions.

The event is the brainchild of our very own Lukas Kirkby who explains, “Both of these causes are very dear to my heart as my niece was born at only 23 weeks in December and is still fighting and getting stronger every day thanks to the amazing staff at St. Mary’s. My sister lives in North Wales and so it’s all thanks to the Ronald McDonald House charity that she could stay with her daughter and always be by her side.”

May 27th, 7.00pm – An Evening of Entertainment, Llandudno Junction Labour Club, Llandudno Junction. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased here or on the door.

Lukas and his niece.

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New Dates For Workshops

We now have dates in place for our next batch of workshops in Improvisation and Stand Up Comedy. The next set of 8 week courses will commence 21st October 2017 and we are taking bookings now – visit our Workshops page for more information.

We’re also planning to put some shorter courses and one day workshops in place covering a variety of skills in September – Watch this space!

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9 Years of Laughs at Waterside Arts Centre

ComedySportz UK celebrates 9 years of off the cuff gags, games, sketches and songs at Waterside Arts Centre on Saturday 20th May!

Carly and Rob at Sale back in 2011!

“The Waterside Arts Centre is a great venue and the team have been really supportive over the years, helping the show grow it’s audience of loyal fans,” says Brainne Edge, CSzUK Manager and Founder who has taken the show across the UK and abroad. “No matter how far we take the show, the Waterside has become our home and we see so many regular faces of all ages.”

“Some of those fans won’t even have been born when we first brought the show to Sale,” adds Brainne. “But we try not to think about that too much.”

Rob, Steven and John in Sale 2017!

ComedySportz’s extremely popular brand of competitive comedy has made it a hit with parties and the audience is encouraged to get as involved as they like, from giving suggestions to volunteering for games.

Booking in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Tickets are £7/£5 and can be purchased online (visit our shows page for links) or via Sale Waterside box office 0161 912 5616. 
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Longform Workshop – April 9th and 10th

Announcing our latest two day workshop in Longform Improv techniques. The course will cover the basic skills such as play, exploring character, longform storytelling and edits culminating in an exploration of key Longform formats and styles.

Typical ComedySportz workshops and shows focus on shortform scenes and games and this workshop will allow you to develop skills in a longer, more intensive fashion.

The course is lead by Brainne Edge, CSzUK Manager and lecturer in performance (main research and practical focus on Improvisation) at Salford University and LIPA (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts).  She is also the founder of CSzUK, and developed CSzUK’s longform show ‘Lets See What Happens’, now in it’s 5th year.

The course will be held at The Kings Arms, Salford in their main theatre. Spaces are limited to only 12 people so that you get as much stage time as possible.

Email to secure your place.  

April 9th and 10th, 12.30-5.30pm each day.  £70.

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ComedySportz @ New Mills School!

CSzUK have just completed an excellent project with New Mills School in Derbyshire.

In 9 weeks a number of students worked on how to devise and write comedy sketches.  We looked at Improvisation and Writing Techniques which culminated in a number of completed sketches written by the students.

Their English teacher, Mr Hill, had this to say: “You have been amazing with them and I feel that they have all benefited in some way, shape or form from the work you have done. They have said many positive things about the sessions which is great.”

It’s been a very rewarding project headed up by Kate Mccabe, Sean Mason and Brainne Edge, with assistance from Rob Hudson, Chris Tavner and John Cooper.  It was extremely exciting to see students who rarely put pen to paper really take on this challenge.

We are told the students now plan to perform some of the sketches they wrote at some point.  The best of luck to them, there is some very funny stuff in there (and a LOT of puns! 😉 )

Get in touch to see how CSzUK’s workshops can benefit your pupils (and staff) as we provide many bespoke workshops to fit many different funding criteria.

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We had a great time in Liverpool last weekend celebrating TWO birthdays!  John, and… John!

Our client had this to say:  “We had a great time on Sunday and that is reflected in the attached photos… My dad particularly had a great time and was the first to volunteer, very unlike him, but you made everyone feel so at ease. ”

DO get in touch if you think ComedySportz is right for your celebration too 🙂

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