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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Our upcoming Beginning Stand-Up Comedy course is currently full. If you’d like to take a course with us please drop us an email and we’ll let you know if we have any drop-out spaces to be filled. Alternatively sign up to our mailing list and we’ll let you know when we have dates for our next course.
We still have a few spaces left on our Foundation Improv course. Learn the core skills of an improvisation with out fun and friendly workshops. Classes are great fun and a fantastic way to meet new people!
Intro to games
Classes are a safe and supportive way to face uncertainty, develop communications and build confidence going off-script. There’s no experience necessary and plenty of transferable skills for life on and off-stage.
Our classes and facilitators are fully accredited by CSz Worldwide, one of the world’s biggest comedy schools. Don’t miss out on Manchester’s longest running improv workshops!
Join us as we go from suggestion to sensation with our Totally Improvised Musical show coming to Manchester this Spring! If you like musicals, this is the show for you. If you like comedy, this is also the show for you!
Every show is opening night as our team of top improvisers compose a brand new musical from your suggestions – hitting all the right notes in any order they like!
Shows will be performed at The Peer Hat (14-16 Faraday Street, M1 1BE Manchester) on 24th March, 28th April and 19th May 2020. Shows start at 7.30pm and will run for 1h15m (approx). Tickets cost just £5 and will be available on the door.
Improvised Musical Workshop in Lancaster
We’re also running a one day Musical Improv workshop in Lancaster on Saturday 29th February! This session will look at techniques for improvising showstopping tunes driven by characters, whilst juggling rhyme, melody and narrative. The workshop is open to all skill levels and singing talents – however some general experience of improv skills is suggested for those taking part. Book a space now or drop us an email if you have any questions about the workshop.
Just a few days into 2020 and we already have plenty lined up for the coming months! We’ve got a full slate of workshops and shows that you won’t want to miss.
We’re back at Waterside Arts in Sale on Saturday 18th January with two great shows. There will be plenty of laughter for all ages. ComedySportz 4 Tots (3pm, £5/£3) is our show for kids aged 6 and under. There will be plenty of games, gigles, silly songs and stories, with plenty of opportunities for kids to get involved in this highly interactive show. Then we have our New Year, New Games ComedySportz Special (6.30pm, £8/£6) with plenty of never before seen games – who knows, we might even make something up on the night… Have our teams gone for comedy gold? Book now to decide who wins!
Take a course with us!
If you’re looking to try your hand at comedy then we have a fantastic programme of workshops coming up. We still have space on our 8 week Foundation in Improv and Beginning Stand-Up Comedy courses. If you’re looking to start the year by embracing uncertainty, finding your voice and rediscovering your playful side might we recommend a comedy course with us? We also have our returning Advanced Improv Drop-Ins (more classes to be announced soon) and our one day Presentation Skills workshop. If you have a public speaking engagement this year, whether its a business presentation or wedding speech, you won’t want to miss this workshop.
…And Much More Still To Come!
For 2020 we’ve taken the decision to rest Improv Mullet at The Kings Arms. We’re hoping to tour ComedySportz and gig more outside of Manchester as the year goes on.
We do however have a brand new show coming to the Peer Hat in March! From suggestion to sensation our players will compose a brand new musical from your suggestions – hitting all the right notes in any order they like! If you like musicals, this is the show for you. If you like comedy, this is also the show for you… More details coming soon.
Never miss an update on our upcoming shows and sign up to our mailing list today. Got questions about our shows and workshops or interested in hiring ComedySportz for your theatre, school or business then get in touch today!