Improv Double Bill – Tickets On Sale NOW!

We are delighted to announce tickets for our Improv Double Bill with Absolute Onions at Lock 91 are now on Sale!

We can’t wait to be laughing live again and we hope you can join us. We’ll soon be posting all the ways that we’re adapting shows to ensure an as safe as possible time for everyone.

COMEDYSPORTZ UK

Two teams. One ref. No script. Lots of laughs!

ComedySportz sees teams go for gold with quick-witted gags and games in this all action, all improvised competitive comedy show. There’s a referee on hand to ensure a good clean match with penalties for bad behaviour and bad jokes. Join us for an evening of totally unscripted, utterly unpredictable and absolutely unmissable laughs. Who wins? YOU decide! (Find out more)

“…a non-stop stream of gags, sketches and general hilarity.” Lancashire Evening Post

…real winners are the happy audience… hilariously entertaining.”  Buxton Festival Fringe

ABSOLUTE ONIONS: IMPROV KARAOKE!

Absolute Onions take a Karaoke classic chosen by the audience and perform an improvised narrative that will uncover the surprising real story behind that song! So pour the Prosecco, spin your disco balls and get ready to drop the mic! (Find out more)

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The show will start at 7.30pm to ensure finishing before the current 10pm Curfew. If the event needs to be cancelled then tickets will be refunded ASAP. We will be following COVID Secure guidelines to ensure a safe night out.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to their licence Lock 91 is an adults only venue. So, whilst ComedySportz will still be playing it clean, families with children are not able to attend this show.

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Live Shows Return!

We started 2020 with plans for new shows and new venues across Manchester, as well as our biggest Edinburgh Fringe yet! Things… did not go to plan and it hasn’t been the most laugh filled year for live comedy. Luckily our players “Yes, And-ed” the heck out of the situation and we’re now fast approaching 100 online shows! However, since lockdown began the one thing we’ve all been waiting for is the return of live comedy shows…

…So we’re absolutely delighted to announce that on Thursday 29th October we will be performing our first live show since February! We’ll be coming out of lockdown at the aptly named Lock 91, Manchester. Tickets will go on sale via our website in the next few days and we’ll also be adding information to our on how we’re adapting shows to make them COVID safe for audiences and  players.

Never seen a ComedySportz match before? Two teams go for gold with quick-witted gags and games inspired by your suggestions. There’s a referee to ensure a good clean match with fouls for bad behaviour and bad jokes. It’s all action, all improvised competitive comedy fun where YOU get to decide the winner!

 

To make things even more exciting, this show will be an improv double bill with the absolutely brilliant Absolute Onions. They’ll take a Karaoke classic chosen by the audience and perform an improvised narrative that will uncover the surprising real story behind that song!

Please note that due to Lock 91’s licence the venue is strictly 18+ so, whilst we’ll still be playing a good clean match we can’t allow children in the audience.

COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS

UPDATE: UNFORTUNATELY THESE GIGS HAVE NOW BEEN CANCELLED.

However, on Friday 30th October we’re joining our friends at Comedy Club 4 Kids for an afternoon of family friendly fun at Theatr Clwyd, Mold. Comedy Club 4 Kids get the best Stand-Ups, Improvisers and Sketch Acts from the international circuit for fantastic family friendly shows. It’s a doozy of a line-up too as we join compere Silky and master of mischief Martin Mor for an hour of non-stop giggles! There are two chances to catch the show (1.30pm and 4.30pm) and advance booking is required.

ONLINE SHOWS AND WORKSHOPS CONTINUE

We’ll be continuing our online ComedySportz matches every Saturday at 7pm BST. You can watch and subscribe at our youtube channel. Catch our 3rd October show here. Our online ComedySportz matches are family friendly and free to watch (however donations are gratefully received).

We also have two extra shows this month including the return of the New Adelphi Comedy Night in collaboration with Salford University and the second episode of The Improvised Final Frontier, our new sci-fi parody show. Please note neither shows are family friendly.

We still don’t know when we’ll be able to start in person workshops again however we are making tentative plans for how this might happen. In the mean time our improv drop-ins are back with a great line up of fun and friendly workshops. Sessions run Saturdays 2.30-4.30pm BST and cost just £5. They’re a great way to hone your improv skills, have fun and play online!


We’ll still be continuing with our online content for the rest of the year and we’re hoping to announce even more live events (including our improvised pantomimes) in the coming weeks. Join our mailing list for monthly announcements and be sure to follow us on social media for regular updates on all of our shows and workshops. Thank you for continuing to support live and livestream comedy!

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Online Free Fringe Festival!

This year would have been our biggest Edinburgh Festival Fringe yet but sadly it was not to be… Luckily the show will go online with the Online Free Fringe Festival!

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Going online means we’ll have to deep fry our own mars bars but we’ll be doing four shows a week to keep you laughing throughout August. We’ll be doing daytime shows (Mondays and Fridays at 12.30pm BST) and evening shows (Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7pm BST). Going online means we can still be joined by ComedySportz players from around the world.  All of our shows during the online free fringe festival are family friendly and free to watch, however, donations, as always, are gratefully received.

So, if you’re looking for some lockdown laughs or missing the fun of the fringe, you can watch our shows at our youtube channel. Our youtube channel also has plenty of clips from past Edinburgh Fringe runs as well. Visit our shows page for a full schedule of upcoming shows.

We’re delighted to be partnering up with the Free Festival again and there are some brilliant shows (not all family friendly mind) to keep you laughing throughout the month. We’re continuing to look at how we can return to live performance and hope to have some good news in the coming months. Until then we will continue to do shows and workshops online. Stay safe and keep laughing!Missing

ComedySportz Virtual World Championship!

We were saddened when, due to the ongoing pandemic, two of our biggest annual events – CSz World Championship and The Edinburgh Festival Fringe – were cancelled. Luckily the show will go online with the ComedySportz Virtual World Championship!

Starting TODAY, the Virtual World Championship  sees teams from around the world go for gold with quick-witted gags and games. Sadly the CSz Houston Championship was unable to go ahead this year but we’re glad that by going online more of our fans in the UK can take part in the fun – if they don’t mind staying up late that is!

The World Championship is always a big event with teams coming together for a week of workshops and shows. We hope you can join us for what promises to be a very funny week of online entertainment!

Watch ComedySportz World Championship Online

This year’s ComedySportz Virtual World Championship sees Manchester take on Jersey Shore. It’s guaranteed to be a really fun hour of all action, all improvised competitive comedy for all ages you won’t want to miss! The match is scheduled for Saturday 1st August at 3pm BST (10am EDT/7am PDT). You can watch the match here – where you can also set a reminder and subscribe to our youtube channel to never miss a show.

You can also find some of our previous World Championship matches on our videos page.

Whilst many of the virtual matches will be happening during the middle of the night UK time, you can find a full line-up of virtual championship shows here for any nite-owls needing a laugh.

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We also have a new T-Shirt campaign! We always take a limited run T-Shirt to sell at CSz World Championship and this year is no different. Money from these shirts helps to fund future ComedySportz shows and events. There are also UK and US based vendors for the T-Shirts to help cut postage costs.

You can still get our ComedySportz mugs… FOR HOT DRINKS ONLY! Proper use of mugs has been a hot topic in the audience chat on our online shows. These mugs are a great way to support our players whilst keeping your warm beverages in an appropriate receptacle. Get yours by making a donation of £15 or above. For full details on how you can support our players and bag yourself some swag visit our donations page today.

Check back next week to learn more about our Online Free Fringe Festival shows and don’t forget to sign up to our mailing list for monthly updates on workshops and shows.

ComedySportz Lockdown Update July 2020

The world may slowly be re-opening but theatres and venues remain closed to performances. We have started making tentative plans for after the summer but even if we do get to the point where we can perform live again we need to do so responsibly – safety for our players and audience members should always come first. Until then the show will still go online.

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WORKSHOPS

We will continue to provide Digital Drop-Ins throughout July. We have recently conducted feedback on our classes and have been delighted with the response. We’ve taken on your feedback and will be filling the next few weeks with the content you’ve asked for – the schedule will go live later this week.

We’re also delighted to announce that we are finally ready to deliver an online Foundation Improv course! This fun and friendly six week course will commence Thursday 23rd July 2020 and we can’t wait! Whether you’re looking to start performing improv comedy, want to improve your listening and communication skills or just want to meet new people in a fun and friendly online environment then this course is for you. Adapted from our regular courses and tailored to online training, these Foundation Improv online workshops will help you learn new skills that can applied on stage and off.

Also, we’re running another of our increasingly popular online Stand-Up Comedy courses commencing Monday 13th July 2020. This exciting online comedy course will look at ways of crafting great gags, exploring joke structure, and developing storytelling techniques to hone your comedic voice. There will be weekly writing exercises as well as regular, friendly feedback on your material and performance. This course is ideal for anyone stuck at home looking for laughs and wanting to try their hand at something new.

SHOWS

With more people returning to work and more opportunities to get out of the house we are resting our Friday Fun Time Lunch Time shows for July. However we will still be doing our Witty Wednesday and Super Saturday shows every week at 7pm BST. For a full schedule visit our shows page.

This week players would have been making their way to ComedySportz World Championship in Houston, Texas. We’re excited however that there will now be an online championship and we’ll have more details soon!

Beyond July we have some very exciting events lined up. 2020 would have been our biggest Edinburgh Fringe yet and we’re delighted to be teaming up again with Laughing Horse for their online festival in August. Full dates will be online soon.

If you’re reading this and looking for family friendly entertainment for your online festival please don’t hesitate to get in touch today!

VIDEOS

We have a brand new video page on the website with a few favourite clips and even full shows from our rewatch series. Perfect if you’d like a reminder of what things used to be like when we could all laugh in the same room together!

THANK YOU

We’ve been immensely proud of how our players have responded to the ongoing situation and incredibly grateful for your continued support during this time. We’re committed to keeping our online shows free but have been very grateful for your donations so far.

Recently, we asked you to give those donations instead to Black Lives Matter, The Proud Trust and Rainbow Noir as well as making contributions ourselves.  We’re making plans for more shows supporting charitable causes in the coming weeks and months. We already have some in mind but please get in touch if you know of organisations you think we can bring some awareness to and hopefully raise a little money for.

 

We hope it’s not too long until we can all be together again but until then stay safe and keep on laughing!