Waterside Arts. 10 Years of Memories!

We’re really looking forward to our 10th Anniversary show at the Waterside this weekend with an Oldies vs Newbies special. Some of our players have been looking back over the past decade and wanted to share some of their favourite memories.

I remember our very humble beginnings at the Waterside,” says ComedySportz Manager Brainne. “Our first few shows we were playing to crowds of maybe 3 people. It’s been amazing to see the audience grow, support new shows and even come to our workshops.”

We’ve also literally watched our audience grow – some of whom weren’t even born when the show came to Sale,” adds Sean before staring into the abyss of his own mortality. “My memories are all audience based. An impromptu game of musical statues lead by the announcer and ref during the interval or the tension in the audience that time we found out one of our volunteer players was responsible for all the roadworks on the M62.”

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The most striking memory I have of our time at Sale is when Mark kicked me in the face,” says Marcus. “Literally the most striking memory.”

For me, it was the guessing game where Rob couldn’t guess Chorizo. He refused to believe that it exists,” says Steven. “We still send him pictures of Chorizo. ComedySportz never forgets.”

I remember doing the children’s workshop and showcase a couple of years ago and the kids did a scene at a bus stop. They were talking and arguing and completely ignored me coming on as the bus driver, waiting, then driving off again,” reminisces Rob who really loves it if you ask him about Chorizo. “Also: winning Annual Improv Championships.”

At one of the open days we asked for the suggestion of ‘what do you want to be when you grow up? A little boy said a good daddy‘, the crowd just melted,adds Rachel. “Also the game of Farting Santa.”

Oh yeah, we’ve had some great Game-O-Matics that will never be played again. Like Silently Hiding Knives,” agrees Darryl who invented the game Silently Hiding Knives.

We’ve had plenty of guest players from ComedySportz teams across the world and they’ve all absolutely loved the crowds at the Waterside,” adds Brainne. “If it weren’t for the audience and their brilliant suggestions and volunteers… we’d have no show.”

“At this years March Madness match, I remember the advice of one of the Audience team managers… You’re doing well but you’re acting could be better,” says Sean who has decided this might well be his epitaph.

Or the audience volunteer who leant me her phone for a game of Texts From Last Night who forgot that she had been sending some not exactly family-friendly pictures to her boyfriend,” says Rachel, who is still blushing.

However the memory that still lives on in the mind of most ComedySportz Manchester players is the fantastic audience volunteer Jonathon who joined us for a game of Waiter Waiter. “We would get audience suggestions and Jonathon would then say whatever he wanted,” remembers John. “We stopped getting suggestions and just rolled with whatever Jonathon said. If there was ever any doubt that we make everything up on stage we proved we could improvise that night!”

Thanks to all of our audiences new and old for your laughter, your suggestions, your heartwarming feedback and all those who have volunteered to join in and games. Thanks as well to all the staff at the Waterside who work tirelessly behind the scenes, from front of house to tech to online and publicity.

We’ve loved every minute of our last 10 years at the Waterside and can’t wait to see what the next 10 years will hold!

Tickets for our 10th Anniversary show can be purchased here.

Tickets for our ComedySportz 4 Tots show can be purchased here.

Want to know more about our players? Check out the players page here.

NEW YEAR! NEW GAMES! NEW WORKSHOPS!

Happy New Year from all of us at ComedySportz UK! It’s only a few weeks until our first shows and workshops of 2018 (and all on one day too) and we hope to see you there!

We finished 2017 with a sold-out Saturday of Improvised pantomimes and can’t wait to bring that show back bigger and better later this year. We were also featured by the Guardian in a great piece about the benefits of Improv Workshops on mental health. We’re delighted that our workshops have had such a positive effect on so many people, whatever their reasons for taking a course.

Workshops have a real benefit on those that take them.

We’re back at Waterside Arts 20th January with our now traditional New Year, New Games special as we try out a few new games as well as playing a few fan favourites. Earlier in the day we also have our first ComedySportz 4 Tots show with more BIG laughs for little kids. The week after we’re back at Ramsbottom Civic Hall for more all ages, all action, all improvised competitive comedy shenanigans!

Anyone with a GENUINE mullet gets in free.

Improv Mullet is moving to The Kings Arms in February to replace Let’s See What Happens. It’s a show that combines the best of our shortform and longform comedy shows and we hope to build the show over the course of the year. To help promote the show, anyone with a GENUINE mullet gets in for free!

Our workshops in Improv, Stand Up and Sketch Writing return this month as well. If you made a new years resolution to laugh more, to play more, to build confidence, learn new skills that can be used both on and off stage, sharpen your comedic voice, brush up on those presentation skills or just to make new friends then we have workshops for you! Spaces are filling up fast so be sure to visit our workshops page for more information today.

Whatever your reason for taking a class with us you’ll receive expert tutelage and have plenty of fun along the way!

We’ve got plenty planned for 2018 and can’t wait to share it all with you!