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!
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.
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…
As today is World Fringe Day we thought it would be a good time to post about where you can catch ComedySportz at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019! This is our 12th year at the fringe and yet again we’re taking part in the Free Festivalbecause we believe audiences – and families in particular – should be able to see as many shows as they like without having to sell a kidney or two to afford all the tickets. Although donations are always gratefully received – of money that is, not kidneys.
We’re also delighted to once again be performing two shows a day due to popular demand – our Edinburgh shows get very busy so be sure to arrive early to avoid disappointment!
We’ll also be joined by ComedySportz players from teams all across America to make this a truly international festival.
Players will also be appearing in a number of shows from stand up to theatre to more improv and we’ve listed them below. You’ll be able to follow our adventures on social media using the hashtag #CSzED19 and let us know if you’re coming along to a show – we always love to hear from our audiences!
ComedySportz @ The Edinburgh Fringe Festival
The Pear Tree – Main Room (Venue 257) 12.20pm
The Free Sisters – Maggie’s Chamber (Venue 272) 4.30pm
This is a free non-ticketed show so there is no need to book, however you can find us on the Fringe guide here and we advise getting there early to guarantee a seat! Shows run 1 hour.
Other shows featuring ComedySportz players:
(Please note not all of these shows are family friendly!)
A play about Douglas Adams, deadlines and rubber ducks. Fans of Adams’ quirky and witty writing won’t want to miss this.
We are excited to once again be joining our friends at Comedy Club 4 Kids at the Fringe. It’s a great show that brings you three great family friendly acts every day of the festival – we very much recommend going to see it if you’re looking for something to take the kids to.
You can catch ComedySportz @ Comedy Club 4 Kids on 2nd, 8th and 15th August!
Be sure to make a date to catch ComedySportz when you #MakeYourFringe this year!
(And if you can’t make it to Edinburgh we’ll have Improv Mullet and our regular ComedySportz and ComedySportz 4 Tots shows at Waterside Arts in August as well!)
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 we wanted to take a moment to highlight all of the very funny women in ComedySportz Manchester! Below you’ll find some of our player’s favourite photos and a little about themselves and their time with ComedySportz.
We’re extremely proud to have had so many talented women be part of our roster throughout the years, delighting audiences around the world, inspiring young people of all genders to take to the stage, and putting an end to those tired old “women aren’t funny though” arguments.
ComedySportz UK was founded in 2001 by Bron Edge and we’ve been going strong ever since…
I’m so proud of our strong and funny women who are part of ComedySportz Manchester. I learn with them and from them every week. We often get comments from some of the young girls who come and watch ComedySportz in Sale, about how funny all our women are, and I hope we inspire them to go forward and do whatever they want to do (as we do for each other). Out of the three people that effectively run ComedySportz these days, two of them are women, that’s a pretty sweet ratio. 😀
I enjoy sharing…so hearing an audience laugh or when the penny drops with a workshop attendee, it fills me up with so much joy.
In CSz we are a family, there’s so many different dynamics but all with the same goal, to laugh. To make someone smile. To take people away from stressful life.
We are inclusive, we represent that in the women we have in our group.
We have strong female role models to show the younger generation that everyone can be funny and everyone should be included.
I love performing and teaching comedy SO much. Improv comedy helps me to stay playful and positive and is real life magic.
Working with CSZ has been an amazing gateway to meeting amazing and funny women from all over the world. When you feel like the problem of representation of women in comedy is too real, it’s a salve to get to take the stage with these gals.
Happy International Women’s Day everyone!
I have been a part of Csz for coming up to 5 years and I love it because I get to say I am in a team. I never got picked for teams at school because I ran the other way when a ball came at me and I was frightened of hockey sticks.
There’ve been loads of great moments over the my two years with CSz. But the whole experience of the show in the photo was very surreal going from a regular customer service job at the time to performing in North Hollywood. Sometimes I have stints of feeling “am I even funny though?”, but the uplifting environment and scale of the event helped me make the most of the bizarre yet extremely fun moment.
I’ve just joined Comedy Sportz and am excited to be part of a female-run team that is full of witty women. I’ve been doing improv for five years, and it’s taught me to do so many things that women aren’t taught to do: to unapologetically take up space on stage and refuse to make myself small, to take on the ‘Professor’ role in a scene and cast another woman as the ‘Astronaut’, to not be afraid to be disgusting and monstrous when the scene needs that.
I also think that Improv is one of the most accessible forms of comedy to women and non binary folks and should be celebrated for that. It breaks the macho mould of a lot of stand up with its focus on team work, support, and fun.
This International Women’s Day may we continue to accept and support people of all genders.
Happy International Women’s Day to all of the very talented women in ComedySportz teams worldwide and female improvisers everywhere!
Want to see our players in action? Check out our shows page!