Covid Comedy Online – Lockdown Laughs Update

We hope you’re keeping safe and healthy during the ongoing lockdown. At ComedySportz we’ve resolved that, even when venues are closed, the show will go on…line! So far we’re done over 20 online comedy shows with more planned to keep families entertained.

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Our quaran-teams have been going toe to toe (from a safe distance) with quick-witted gags and games and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone that has watched our shows. We also want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has donated so far to help support our players.

We’re changing up our weekly schedule from the first week of May to allow players a bit more breathing space for things like going to the shops but we’ll still be performing 3 shows a week. Our first Wednesday evening show will be a Manchester vs. Chorley match.

There is a certain irony that an event like this pandemic has in many ways brought us closer together with ComedySportz players worldwide. Even though we are apart, we are, in many ways, closer than ever. Our weekend matches have become international shows. Upcoming matches including Los Angeles, Dallas and Las Vegas! Visit our shows page for a full line-up of upcoming events.

Shows stream through our youtube channel – you can subscribe now and never miss a show. Don’t forget to follow us on social media for regular updates.

T-Shirt Campaign

If you’ve been enjoying our lockdown laughs and want to wear some brand new ComedySportz merchandise whilst you’re at it, we’re running a T-Shirt campaign at mercht. We’ve tried to keep costs as low as possible. All proceeds will go to support our players – many of whom are full time performers that are currently out of work.

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It’s a way for us to give back to those who have donated to help support ComedySportz through this difficult time. The artwork was designed and drawn by ComedySportz UK player John Cooper. You can get your shirt here and thank you for continuing to support comedy online.

An Evening With ComedySportz…

At 7pm BST on Friday 1st May, a group of ComedySportz players will be “live” in conversation. It will be your chance to “Meet The Players” for some relaxed laughs. We’ll be talking about ComedySportz UK’s 18 year history, answering any questions you have and letting you judge us for how untidy our living rooms are. Join us for an evening of fun and laughter as we talk about our years performing to audiences across the world. This will be live on our youtube channel so don’t forget to subscribe!

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Online Improv Workshops

We’re continuing to run weekly Digital Drop-Ins. These run Saturdays 3-5pm BST and cost just £5. We update the page Monday/Tuesday every week. We’ve really embraced the challenge of performing and teaching improv comedy online. It’s been a privilege to connect with people across the world to spend a bit of time being  silly together.

…And Finally

Thank you for continuing to support comedy online. We can’t wait to be back in a theatre or workshop space with you all. But until then, stay home, stay safe and keep laughing!

 

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Lockdown Laughs

With families on Lockdown over the Easter break we have posted some fun improv games to play at home! We’ve also included a few handy improv hints and tips too. You can find the full list of games and activities to play online or at home here.

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We’re continuing to livestream matches from players houses to yours. You can find a schedule of upcoming shows here. We also have some exciting matches against ComedySportz teams worldwide lined up in the coming weeks…! Subscribe to our youtube channel to get notifications when shows go live. As well as shows we’re continuing to teach Improv digital drop-ins and we still have spaces left on our 4 week online Stand-Up comedy course.

We can’t wait to see you all again in a theatre or workshop space – but until then stay home, stay safe and keep on laughing!

Online Comedy Course: Stand-Up Comedy

With COVID-19 putting a halt to face-to-face workshops and shows for the foreseeable future, we’ve been looking at ways to keep going online. We are announcing a 4 week online comedy course starting 20th April 2020!

write and perform great stand-up comedy from your home with this online comedy course

There’s absolutely no experience necessary for you to devise your first Stand-Up set whilst sitting down in the comfort of your own home! This exciting online comedy course will look at ways of crafting gags by exploring joke structure and storytelling techniques to hone your comedic voice.

There will be weekly writing exercises as well as regular, friendly feedback on your material and performance. The course is ideal for anyone self-isolating at home and wanting to try their hand at something new.

The classes are limited to just 8 spaces so don’t delay and book today! The full cost of the course is just £75*. We work hard to keep workshops as affordable as possible but don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need to set-up an alternative payment plan.

Group sessions will run Monday evenings 7-8pm with one-to-one feedback on Wednesdays.  Visit our Stand-Up Comedy page to book onto this dynamic new online comedy course today.

If you have any questions about our Beginning Stand-Up Comedy course please don’t hesitate to get in touchOur classes are fully accredited by CSz Worldwide, one of the world’s largest comedy performance schools.

Live-Stream Laughs and Digital Drop-Ins

We hope everyone is keeping safe and helping to slow the spread of Coronavirus by staying home (where possible). We know things are difficult right now, so if anyone is looking for some laughs, or a distraction from working at home, we are running some digital shows and drop-ins this week.

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We are also live-streaming ComedySportz shows from our houses. We’re doing lunchtime shows 12.30-1.30pm on Wednesday 25th and Friday 27th  and an evening show on Saturday 28th at 7pm. If popular we hope to stream more shows in the coming weeks.

We’ll be posting the streaming links into the Facebook events shortly before the shows are scheduled to begin. You can add yourself to the Facebook events or subscribe to our YouTube channel (where the shows will be streamed) to get notifications when we go live. We hope at some point to use the technology to do shows with ComedySportz players worldwide!

Shows are free to watch but donations are welcome – with proceeds used to support our players, many of whom are self-employed and have lost paid work due to Coronavirus. Donations are entirely voluntary and there is no obligation.

Online Workshops

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This week we are running a Digital Drop-In on Joke based/Pun games. Digital drop-ins will cost just £5 and the first will be 3-5pm on Saturday 28th March. You can register for the class here.

We will then send you a link that will go live shortly before the class starts. We’re hosting these classes through zoom so you may want to download their app ahead of time. Its free to set up an account.

We will be adding more in the coming weeks and will continue to review the situation in line with official guidelines. However, it is reasonable to assume that venues will be closed for some time. Of course we hope to be able to host workshops in person soon but these sessions will be a chance to laugh and learn together until then!

If you have any questions about the digital Drop-Ins or shows then please do get in touch. Keep an eye on our social media for regular updates or join our mailing list.

Remember! Keep practicing social distancing. Stay home, save lives, don’t touch people’s stuff and keep laughing.

Spring Intensives – Improv, Stand-Up and Sketch

We’re delighted to announce a programme of short courses in March-April 2020 including Foundation Improv, Beginning Stand-Up Comedy and Sketch Writing. These short intensive courses cover all the content of our longer workshops but are ideal for those unable to commit to an 8 week course.

These workshops are split over two Saturdays with both sessions running 12.30-5pm. Each course costs just £75 (inc. £30 non-refundable deposit). Full details can be found at the links below.

ComedySportz workshops are fun, friendly and affordable. Learn new skills, meet new people and rediscover your playful side. There’s no experience necessary for any of these short courses. ComedySportz Manchester is part of CSz Worldwide, one of the world’s largest comedy schools. Not sure which course is right for you? Get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have!

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Upcoming Short Courses

Sketch Writing [POSTPONED]

Explore ways of developing sketches for stages, screen and audio. From the perfect premise to the killer punchline this intensive course will look at ways of making the most of your comedic ideas.

Beginning Stand-Up Comedy [POSTPONED]

Hone your comedic voice and write your first 5 minute set. Great for anyone looking to take their first steps into the world of Stand-Up or build confidence in public speaking.

Foundation Improv 25th April-2nd May 2020

Learn the core skills of Improvisation with this intensive course. Great for anyone looking to develop listening and communication skills or get more confident going off-script. Book Here.

 

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