Improv Your Fringe Experience!

This is our 12th year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe so it’s fair to say we’ve picked up a few survival skills along the day. The four core values of ComedySportz are Collaboration, Inspiration, Gratitude and Fun. In this post we’re got to talk about how performers and audiences alike can use those values to make the most of your time at the Fringe!

ComedySportz Edinburgh Fringe

Collaboration

The Fringe is a great time for performers and audiences to meet, laugh and make connections. It’s an opportunity to experiment and try new things. As improvisers we are always on the look out for gifts and offers; opportunities to have fun and find ways to support each other in the improv community. The fringe can be busy, tiring and stressful so it’s important to support each other!

Inspiration

There are thousands of shows to see at the Edinburgh Fringe from names you know and names you don’t!

The core tenet of improvisation is “Yes, And”, the notion that you accept what is being offered to you (in Edinburgh terms this can mean something as simple as taking a flyer from a rain soaked act who hasn’t slept) and then building on it (again, in Edinburgh terms this means coming to a show and having fun). In Improv you’re never sure what is going to happen, you take a risk on something new and find something unexpected and fun! This is a great attitude to take to seeing shows at the festival – The Fringe is the worlds largest all you can eat buffet so don’t just have the chips!

Gratitude

Because there are thousands of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe competing for your time we always say thank you to the audiences that choose to see our shows by putting on the best show we can every time!

We always attend as part of the Free Festival so audiences can see as many shows as they like but anyone who has been to the fringe before knows that free shows ask for donations at the end to help cover costs. We’ll have a few incentives to encourage donations – copies of our new ComedySportz book as well as wearable merch – but there is absolutely no obligation. Just give us a high five and tell someone how much you enjoyed the show …so when they come to see it the next day they can bring money instead.

If you attend a free/pay what you want show and aren’t able to make a donation but really enjoyed the show then consider posting about the show on social media, leaving a good review on the Edinburgh Fringe website or help to spread word of mouth. If you’ve enjoyed one of our matches we’d love to hear from you using the hashtag #CSzED19 and this year’s official fringe hashtag #MakeYourFringe!

Fun

The joy of Improv is getting to play with other people. To start with nothing and end up with a story to tell. The Fringe is an opportunity to do that writ large, to try new things and make new connections on stage and off. It’s our festival. Let’s play!

Other Tips:

  • There are hundreds of great free shows across the city. Paid shows also run cheaper tickets on previews or 2-4-1 days and the half price huts are a great place to snag a bargain.
  • The Fringe can be a loud, intimidating place with big crowds so be sure to look after yourself and find some quiet moments when you can.
  • At ComedySportz we wear nice shoes. In Edinburgh we wear comfortable, sturdy shoes as there is a lot of walking around (and up and down). We always take a couple of pairs.
  • And a coat. The Edinburgh weather can change more frequently than a game of New Choice!

For more fringe insights and stories then check out these interviews with ComedySportz players Vicki and Sean.

We hope to see you at the Edinburgh Fringe this year but don’t worry if you can’t make it as ComedySportz and ComedySportz 4 Tots will be back at Waterside Arts at the end of August.

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ComedySportz World Championships 2019

We had a fantastic time at the ComedySportz World Championship this year! Every year ComedySportz teams from around the World descend on a city for a week of shows and workshops. We’re very proud to say that for the first time ComedySportz Manchester were chosen to play in the Championship final against host city Philadelphia!
Photo by Brainne Edge
We didn’t win but we were absolutely honoured to be nominated by our peers to play in this prestigious show to such a fantastic crowd in the city of brotherly love!

ComedySportz Manchester players also visited ComedySportz teams across the US; Maine, Buffalo, Richmond, New York  and Las Vegas.

This was also a very emotional year as ComedySportz Milwaukee, the team where it all began, celebrated their 35th year and we were honoured to be joined by ComedySportz founder Dick Chudnow.

Every Championship is an opportunity to reinvigorate and remember the four core values of ComedySportz that we bring to everything we do; Collaboration, Inspiration, Gratitude and Fun.
You can find more images from our time at Championship on our social media or search the hashtag #CSzWC2019.
Photo by Katherine Raines
Championship is, above all, an opportunity for ComedySportz players to come together, develop new games and share skills that we can then bring back to our teams and workshops. So when you take a workshop with us you know we are drawing not only from our 18 years of experience but the skills and knowledge of 30 other ComedySportz teams across the globe! You can find out more about all of the ComedySportz teams across the globe by visiting our worldwide page.
We had a fantastic time at Championship but there’s no time to rest as we’re off to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! We hope to see you at a show soon…

A Totally Improvised Show

July 2019 has been a quiet month for us show wise as we take a break before the Edinburgh Fringe where we’ll be doing two shows a day – some of us more! But that doesn’t mean you can’t catch a bit of Improv action featuring our players. ComedySportz will be making a guest appearance at A Totally Improvised Show  this Sunday (14th July) in Liverpool. It’s a cracking line up of improv talent from all over the country and guaranteed to be a great night out!*

*No guarantee the other acts will play family friendly so may be best to leave the kids at home.**

**With a suitable guardian, obviously. Unless they’ve got mad “Home Alone” skills.

Autumn Winter 2019 Workshop Dates

Our regular 8 week classes in Foundation in Improv and Beginning Stand Up Comedy will return in October. Postponed from May, we are delighted that we will once again be running our Presentation Skills one day workshop in September. We’re very close to confirming dates for our next Sketch Writing course and these will be going up on our website soon – sign up to our mailing list today to never miss an update!

New Term – New Classes!

We’re trying something new with our continuing/intermediate improv workshops this time round. We will continue to run a rolling curriculum of workshops that focus on different skills and aspects of improvised performance but instead of having to sign up to a bulk course you can now drop in as often as you like. We’re trialling this new way of running the course for the autumn and will be announcing a schedule of workshops closer to the start date. Each session will cost just £5.

The intermediate workshops will be for people who have attended our Foundation Improv or an equivalent course/background as a certain level of knowledge will be assumed. If you have any questions about the course please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Keep an eye out on our website for a schedule of workshops!

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Courses with ComedySportz

Courses are fun, friendly and affordable. We encourage play in safe and supportive environment and workshops are a great way to learn new skills whilst meeting new people. People from all backgrounds attend our workshops for lots of different reasons – to build confidence, learn performance skills, develop communication and presentation skills for work or just to play and have fun for a couple of hours every weekend!

Most workshops will take place in a new venue – the ThoughtWorks space in Federation House, Balloon St, Manchester. We are delighted that this space is fully wheelchair accessible. This is a new workshop space for us in the heart of the city and we’re very exciting to bring our classes to this new environment.

ComedySportz Manchester (CSzUK) is part of CSz Worldwide, one of the largest improv comedy and performance schools in the world. Facilitators are fully accredited by CSz Worldwide and have over a decade’s teaching experience. Join Manchester’s longest running improv and comedy classes today.

Improv Classes ManchesterBook Now!

You can pay in full now or pay a small non-refundable deposit to secure your place and pay the rest later. If you would like to make alternative payment plans we will try to accommodate you where possible.

Visit our workshops page today to find out more and book a space on one of our courses!

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