Workshops & Courses

ComedySportz run regular workshops and classes in Improv, Stand Up and Sketch Writing. Whether you’re looking to learn new performance skills, develop confidence in public speaking or just want to meet new people and play then our workshops have something for you.

Think you might like to put on a ComedySportz shirt one day? All ComedySportz players are graduates of our courses. If you have any questions about our courses or workshops then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

“Improv… a safe and life enriching addiction!”  Jen Banks.

I let go and had a bit of fun. Bron … gently guiding the class in their techniques, whilst keeping the whole experience a positive one. ”  Manchester Confidential 

“Still one of the scariest things I’ve ever done but the feeling when I came off stage was euphoric up there with some real great times.” Brian MacDiarmada

We were featured in the Guardian!

We recently featured in the Guardian for an article on the benefits of workshops on Mental Health. We’re delighted to have had such a positive affect on so many of workshoppers, whatever their reason for taking a course. You can read the article here.

 

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Payment:

You can pay in full now, or pay a non-refundable £30 deposit and pay the rest on the first day of the course (by cash, cheque or paypal). If you pay in full and have to cancel your place on the course before attending, you will be refunded the total minus the £30 deposit. If you would like to sign up for intermediate improv and stand up at the same time (which is a possility, and gets you a discount) please email us as we do not currently have the site set up for this arrangement.

If you are making a booking on behalf of a third party please drop us an email first so that we can sign them up appropriately.

You will receive a confirmation email to say we have received payment. We’ll then be in touch with all the information you’ll need for the course. Please bear with us as we implement and improve this new payment system. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via our contact page.

(Currently we regret that all our workshops are conducted in a space that is only accessible by a staircase)

One Day Improv Workshop with Nathan Jansen

Improv Narrative – Writing a narrative can be an incredible challenge. Writing one with several other people while simultaneously performing and directing it can seem almost impossible. We’ll use extensively tested concepts and techniques to augment your approach to longer, narrative-based improv. We’ll focus on using simple plot and complex characters to our advantage, adapting ideas from film and literature, and creating satisfying endings that surprise and delight.

Nathan Jansen studied music and acting at Kansas State University before moving to Chicago to pursue comedy. In the 15 years since he has toured internationally with Baby Wants Candy, toured nationally with Mission Improvable, and stayed right at home with Shamilton. He has also taught and performed at iO Chicago and The CSz Theater Chicago, where he also served as Artistic Director for four years. When not performing or educating, he works as a free-lance creative consultant (he writes funny stuff for big companies that aren’t funny).

Only £30 for this workshop.  1st September 1pm-5pm at the Kings Arms.

Get in touch for more information:  info@comedysportz.co.uk or buy yourself a space below!




 

Sketch Writing

£50. Limit of 10 spaces.

A two day sketch writing course that will cover the fundamentals of comedy writing, including generating material, looking at the hook, writing those pesky punchlines and honing jokes to sharpen your comedic skills. We will also facilitate tutor and peer feedback & advice on sketches as the course will explore solo and collaborative writing as well as writing across formats (stage/radio/television).

The course will be held at The Kings Arms, 1st and 2nd September, 12.30-5.30pm each day.




Foundation in Improv.

An eight week course designed to help introduce the basic theories, ideas and skills of improvisation. You don’t need to have any sort of background in performing or comedy to join in, just a willingness to get involved and have a good time.  Not only useful for confidence building, stage presence, and general banter, but also a great course to help you network and generally find new friends.

The course includes sessions on:

  • Accepting offers.
  • Storytelling.
  • Creating characters.
  • “Yes and…” Accepting and building on ideas.
  • Listening skills.
  • Working as a team.
  • Introduction to scene work.

The cost for the full eight weeks is £100 or £95 concession for full time students/DSS payable on the first day.

Our next eight-week course always fill up quickly. If you’re interested then drop us an email for more information or to reserve your place.

Improv workshops run Saturdays 1pm – 3pm for 8 weeks.  The next course starts 6th October 2018.  Email info@comedysportz.co.uk to sign up or for more information.


Full or Concession Price




Beginning Stand Up Comedy

An eight week course designed to give you your first foothold in the otherwise daunting world of Stand Up Comedy. Under expert tutelage you’ll receive all the skills you need to put together your first short stand-up comedy routine as well as fundamental skills like stagecraft, performance and microphone technique. The core of the course is a weekly workshop where the attendees will have a chance to prepare and try out their material in a supportive atmosphere.  This course also includes a Showcase at the end of the 8 weeks for participants.The cost for the full eight weeks is £105 payable on the first day, £95 for Students.

Next stand up workshop starts 6th October 2018. Stand Up Workshops run Saturdays 1pm – 3pm for 8 weeks.

Email info@comedysportz.co.uk to sign up or for more information.

Payment for BEGINNING STAND UP

Full or Concession Price



 

Intermediate Improv

PREREQUISITE – Improv Foundation Course or similar.  An eight week course designed to help develop earlier teachings on the foundation course, basic knowledge and practice of improv is assumed.Some of the topics covered:

  • Advanced Scenework.
  • Use of Space
  • Maintaining Characters
  • Improv Challenges
  • Listening skills.
  • Status
  • Music and Rap

This course can be taken many times as the syllabus is constantly changing.  The cost for the full eight weeks is £75.  Our next eight-week course starts 6th October 2018. Intermediate Improv workshops run Saturdays 3pm – 5pm for 8 weeks.





Longform Improv

NO PREREQUISITE – but Improv Foundation Course is encouraged. This course will look at the techniques of performance associated with creating longer improvisations. We will look at elements of clowning, working with ‘truth’, narrative and you will learn various longform formats (La Ronde, Armando, Harold, montage, tag out etc).  Ideal for actors and improvisers wanting a new challenge.2 DAY COURSE

Our Short Introduction to Longform will return later in 2018 dates TBA. Email info@comedysportz.co.uk to register interest today.

People who’ve taken our courses said this:

“Improv is genuinely the MOST fun you can have on a Saturday afternoon….. learning the basics of impro at a relaxed pace, with fun teachers. It’s a treat… games, scenes, stories, characters, and lots and lots of laughing…it’s the antidote to a boring/routine life. Get out of the house and into the class!”

Claire Westood (Wellness and Coach Trainer)

“Am much more confident and less self conscious”
Mark Baker (Singer)

“Helps you get out of your cosy comfort zone and not care!”
Jeni Howarth-Williams (Actress – Coronation St, Emmerdale)

“If you don’t try it you’ll never realise how much fun it is.”
Declan Feeney (Infrastructure Architect)

“Comedysportz Workshops saved my life… gave me the confidence to face the world.” Sarah Farrell (Graphic Designer)

“Confidence building, exciting, inventing, and ingenious improv for all ages,
letting you take to the stage with ease”
Mark Rawle (Doctor)

Testimonial from Jen Banks (Freelance writer/journalist):  I’m addicted to ComedySportz improv workshops! I spend two hours every week laughing, learning and doing fun, silly stuff that makes other people laugh. Their teachers have decades of improv experience between them and always make learning the art of improvised comedy a joyous thing to do. It boosts your confidence no end. I’ve learned stuff about life too, and I’ve met many fabulous people. Best of all, you get to play and act outrageously without even the slightest whiff of alcohol, which makes it both a safe and life enriching addiction!

Workshops in improv, stand up and more
Workshops in improv, stand up and more
workshops and courses
workshops and courses