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!

ComedySportz Rewatch Series

Remember the before times when we could all be in theatres together? Those were good times weren’t they? We’re continuing to livestream online shows every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday but we’re also going to start sharing full versions of older shows filmed  every Monday at 7pm BST.

We’re starting the series with our 2018 Anniversary match filmed at Chorley Little Theatre. You can watch along and join in the chat with some of our players. Check out the video below and hit the button to get a reminder – don’t forget to subscribe to our youtube channel and never miss a show!

Our players and fans have picked a really exciting line-up of memorable shows that we hope you’ll enjoy watching again (or for the very first time).

 

ComedySportz All-Star Weekend

We may still be self-isolating but this weekend ComedySportz teams are more connected than ever with the ComedySportz All-Star Weekend! Don’t miss this international weekend of all action, all star improv fun.

ComedySportz Worldwide

Manchester will be hosting the first show at 7pm BST joined by players from CSz Maine, CSz Indianapolis, CSz Austin and CSz Seattle. Later in the evening (or early in the morning depending where you live) some of our Manchester players will be playing with CSz Buffalo, CSz Richmond and CSz Boston (Times Vary).  For a full line-up of shows visit CSz Worldwide today!

You can watch all of ComedySportz UK’s online matches at our youtube channel but please not different teams are hosting shows in different ways. For a full schedule of upcoming ComedySportz UK online shows visit our shows page.

An Evening With ComedySportz… Meet The Players!

Join us on Friday evening for an evening with ComedySportz UK. Players will be looking back over 18 years of laughs that we’ve shared with audiences all over the world. With the world in isolation we thought this would be a good opportunity to connect with our audience. We will talk about the history of our shows, share some improv knowledge, tell a few stories and answer your questions.

ComedySportz UK entertaining audiences since 2001

This fun and friendly event will stream on our youtube channel from 7pm BST on Friday 1st May. If you miss it you’ll still be able to watch it later – as well as our other livestream shows. So far we’ve done over 20 shows online since lockdown began in the UK. We’ve loved sharing a much needed laugh with people all over the world and hope you can join us for more.

And if 7pm is a little past your bedtime, don’t miss our lunchtime livestream laughs at 12.30pm BST!

We hope you’ll enjoy spending an evening with ComedySportz! If you’d like to read up a little on the history of our shows yourself then check out our history page. Finally, if you’d like to support our players on lockdown check out our brand new T-Shirt campaign and snag some sweet CSz swag.

UPDATE:

You can now watch this event here. It was lots of fun to chat with the audience and share some stories.

 

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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.

Online Comedy Shows

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.

support comedians during covid19 lockdownSupport Online Improv Comedy Please Note: T-Shirts won’t be shipped until after the campaign finishes in just over 2 weeks so don’t panic if you don’t receive yours straight away.

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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