We received great feedback for our last Presentation Skills workshop and will be running a new one day session in the New Year. If you have a public speaking engagement in 2020 and you’d like to tighten up your delivery or learn how to face a crowd, this fun and friendly workshop is for you!
Use the skills of a stand-up comic to deliver entertaining and engaging presentations. This short intensive session will cover practical methods and discussion on how to increase engagement, develop better storytelling and learn to ad-lib while staying on topic. Our safe and supportive workshop will help you unlock creative thinking and build authentic confidence in front of an audience.
“I attended John’s Presentation Skills workshop based on techniques used in Improv and Stand-Up Comedy. It was a different and refreshing way of looking at the skills that we use in presenting. I have been to a number of masterclasses on presenting and got little out of them. I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and I would be happy to attend again.”
– Raj Patel MBE
Make public speaking fun again with this interactive one day session which will run Saturday 11th January 2020 12.30-4.30pm. The course will be run by comedian John Cooper.
The workshop will be held at the ThoughtWorks space in Federation House, Balloon St, Manchester. The full cost of the course is £50. You can pay in full now or reserve your space with a £20 deposit (non-refundable) with the rest payable on the day of the course.
You will find a few tips that we shared before our last Presentation Skills workshop here. CSzUK is part of CSz Worldwide and has been delivering effective communication training since 2001.
Our Improvised Panto returns this December for more festive fun the whole family can enjoy! There will be heroes, villains, romance and songs aplenty all inspired by your suggestions. There will be plenty of opportunities to join in the fun – oh yes there will – in this highly interactive show full of gags and games… and every villain is going to need a henchman!
Our improvised pantomimes are a loving pastiche of traditional panto tropes and characters and alternative to the same old stories. Players don’t know which character they’re going to be play or what the story is going to be about as our fairy god-referees take suggestions from the audience. We will have live musical accompaniment for this year’s shows as well which is something we’ve wanted for a while!
We’ll be bringing our improvised panto to The Palace in Longridge for the first time this December. It’ll be a night of laughter and mirth as players craft a pantomime adventure with only your suggestions and a sprinkling of fairy dust to guide them. We can’t wait to bring the show to the Palace (eat your heart out Cinderella) next month.
This is our third year of doing the pantomimes and they’ve been a sell-out success at Waterside Arts in previous years. We’re delighted to be back this year with four more shows so be sure to book your tickets now!
Finally, we’ll also be performing an Adults Only version of the Improvised Pantomime on Saturday 7th December at The Kings Arms, Salford. This will replace our regular Improv Mullet Show. The show will start at 7.30pm!
These are currently our last booked in shows for 2019 so you won’t want to miss them! We’ll then return in January with new workshops and our New Year, New Games special at Waterside Arts!
We don’t know if we’ve mentioned it much lately but we turn 18 years old this month! That means that ComedySportz UK is now legally old enough to drink alcohol, get a tattoo and buy fireworks. You’ll have to come along to the show at Chorley Little Theatre to find out which of those we get up to in the bar afterwards!
Every Birthday show is also an opportunity for us to enjoy some great memories and laughter! Below, some of our players look back at moments that have stayed with us from the last 18 years…
So Many Memories!
John: A few weeks ago at Waterside Arts, a dad pointed me out to his kids and said: “It’s Armitage shanks” – a character I’d played in last years panto. It’s great to have so many loyal fans! Those moments are really special.
Lukas: Yeah! One of my favourite memories is watching an audience volunteer make Darryl repeatedly slap himself in the face during a game of Moving Bodies. Like John said, it’s great to have so many loyal fans! Those moments are really special – especially when they happen to someone else…
Rachel: Kate and Tommo (original Chorley players) racing each other at skydiving in a game of Forward Reverse… That went on for 8 minutes. It was our first match and we didn’t realise maybe games shouldn’t always go on that long!
Darryl: This is from the early days at Chorley. I can’t remember the exact context but I was a sniper and I asked Steven how he knew about a certain characteristic of the person we were targeting. His response was I can see his passport! The target turned out to be a guerilla. Harambe hadn’t been killed yet so you could still make jokes about that sort of thing.
Sean: I love seeing people flourish and come out of themselves during our workshops. There have been so many great moments during workshops and players practice that no audience ever gets to see. It’s fun to perform with friends.
Bron: We do enjoy a good post match curry. There are quite a few of us in the troupe and once about 20 of us went for a meal. Marcus ordered a starter. No one else did, which meant we all had to wait for our main course. Some of us had had a full day of workshops before the show and no time to eat… Several players died from hunger.
Laura: I loved it when Erin from CSz Twin Cities came to visit and performed with us because it was my first look into the “ComedySportz extended universe” and I realised just how big the CSz Worldwide family really is! It’s been great playing with improvisers from all over the world!
Marcus: It was my first show at the Comedy Store and to choose which team went first the referee got members of the audience to draw a moustache on me and Ash. It was a special show raising money for Movember. The child who was chosen to draw a red moustache on my face with a felt tip pen literally tattooed a red goatee beard to my face… I was not sure where the red ink stopped and my crimson blood began. That evening I found out why that particular brand of pen is called Sharpie.
Sean: That’s what you get for ordering a starter when no one else does.
Marcus: I did actually ask for my starter to be sent out with the mains. So I could have a chicken pakora/lamb madras hybrid. It’s not my fault!
Bron: We’ve learned a lot over the years and performed in some fantastic- and not so fantastic places. It’s been great to see audiences grow especially at the Edinburgh Fringe where that audience has included Prince Edward and his family. We were told we were going to have a special visitor but not who it was going to be. We were busy preparing for the show so didn’t know they’d effectively shut down Cowgate so the prince and his family could get to the venue. It was a very surreal experience.
Rob: Starting ComedySportz 4 Tots has been a real highlight for me. Lots of fun and madness every month. Grateful for the opportunity to get very little uns watching our comedy and introducing improv to really young kids who are so imaginative makes the show so much fun to perform!
Kate: It was great to see Manchester play the ComedySportz World Championship final in Philadelphia this year! Finally the UK has been recognised as a world power. It definitely made up for that time Marcus ordered a starter when no one else did.
Marcus: It was… It was six years ago.
Want To Know More?
You can read more about the last 18 years of improvised adventures on our updated History page! If you have memories of shows or workshops that you’d like to share with us you can find us on social media or drop us an email! If you would like to find out about all of the exciting things we have planned for the next 18 years then never miss an update and sign up to our monthly mailing list!
Somehow got this far and still not seen a ComedySportz show? Check our calendar for upcoming shows. Want to take an improv journey of your own? Why not sign up to one of our workshops or classes starting early 2020!
We’re excited to announce our next batch of 8 week courses in Improv and Stand-Up comedy will commence Saturday 25th January 2020. Don’t miss your place and sign up now to our immensely popular comedy workshops. Whether you’re looking to develop new performance skills, meet new people or just trying something new altogether our fun and friendly courses have something for everyone. Our workshops have featured in The Stage, Cosmopolitan UK and The Guardian Online. We’re delighted to confirm that our workshop spaces are also fully wheelchair accessible.
If you’re already thinking about your new year, new you be sure to check out our classes for 2020!
Foundation in Improv
Whether you’re a budding performer or not, the idea of going off script can be intimidating! Learn the core skills of an improviser and rediscover your playful side with our safe and supportive classes. Develop your listening and communication skills to react and be in the moment. Say ‘Yes, And’ to Improv! Click here to find out more.
Beginning Stand-Up Comedy
Ever imagined yourself performing stand-up live but don’t know how to start? Maybe you just want to develop confidence in public speaking or put a few jokes into an upcoming speech you have to make. Even if you are already performing, this course will help you craft jokes, hone your material and develop your comedic voice. Click here to find out more.
Give the gift of laughter this Christmas!
You can also book a place on either or 8 week Improv or Stand-Up Comedy workshops as a Christmas present for a friend, family member or colleague! Write a note when booking or contact us beforehand to make arrangements. We will provide you with a certificate and info sheet to give on the day. If you think you know someone who would benefit from our classes then give them a gift like no other!
Other Comedy Workshops and Classes
We’ll also be continuing to run our improv drop-ins for those looking to learn new skills. We’re currently planning another exciting line up of classes which we’ll be announcing in the coming weeks. Keep checking back for updates!
We will also be running our sketch writing course again early 2020. Watch this space for dates!
Finally, we’re running another Presentation Skills workshops on Saturday January 11th. Our last Presentation Skills intensive proved very popular and we’re delighted to be running this class again. Use the skills of a Stand-Up to deliver engaging, entertaining presentations to wow your colleagues in the new year. Secure your space by paying a small deposit or pay in full today!
Find Out More!
ComedySportz UK has been running workshops in Manchester for fifteen years. Our facilitators are fully accredited by CSz Worldwide and have performed and taught all over the world.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to find out more about our upcoming workshops. Our team will be delighted to answer any questions you might have and help you choose the course that is right for you. Want to see how we put our skills into practice, why not check out a show and members of our team will be happy to answer any questions afterwards.
In 2001 ComedySportz UK started with just two teams, one ref, no script and some jokes! Not much has changed since then (our except our player’s kits) and we’re delighted to be returning to the venue where it all began – Chorley Little Theatre – to celebrate 18 years of fun and laughter on Saturday, 16th of November!
It’s hard to believe since those humble beginnings that we’re still here 18 years later and have performed and taught all over the world! Our journey started when Bron (centre, pic above) came back from America to run the youth theatre at Chorley Little Theatre. She had fallen in love the show in America and asked if we could do a one off show for charity. Players and audience members love it and we’ve been putting the world into CSz Worldwide ever since!
Our birthday shows are always a highlight of our year and great fun for all ages. As always our birthday show will be a Chorley vs. Manchester match with players who have been with us since the beginning versus newer players. ComedySportz UK is now also legally old enough to drink so you’ll be able to find us in the bar after!
We’ll be playing plenty of audience favourite games including ‘Object Tag!’ so be prepared to bring some really imaginative objects to see if we use them in our game! In previous years people have given us everything from a spare tyre to a microwave from which to craft quick-witted jokes and gags.
Video Highlights From Previous Birthday Shows at Chorley Little Theatre!
If you can’t make it to Chorley you can also catch us at Waterside Arts (also on the 16th) as well as ComedySportz 4 Tots. Be sure to follow us on social media as we share memories from the last 18 years and we hope you’ll join us as we celebrate this very special birthday weekend!
These dates are also currently our last regular ComedySportz shows of 2019 as December will see the return of our our Improvised Pantomimes – book your tickets now!
ComedySportz 18th Birthday Show
Venue: Chorley Little Theatre Tickets: £8 Adults £5 Concessions – Book Here Date: 16th November 2019 Time: 19:30 (2hrs inc. interval)