18 Years of Memories!

We don’t know if we’ve mentioned it much lately but we turn 18 years old this month! That means that ComedySportz UK is now legally old enough to drink alcohol, get a tattoo and buy fireworks. You’ll have to come along to the show at Chorley Little Theatre to find out which of those we get up to in the bar afterwards!

Every Birthday show is also an opportunity for us to enjoy some great memories and laughter! Below, some of our players look back at moments that have stayed with us from the last 18 years…

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So Many Memories!

John: A few weeks ago at Waterside Arts, a dad pointed me out to his kids and said: “It’s Armitage shanks” – a character I’d played in last years panto. It’s great to have so many loyal fans! Those moments are really special.

Lukas: Yeah! One of my favourite memories is watching an audience volunteer make Darryl repeatedly slap himself in the face during a game of Moving Bodies. Like John said, it’s great to have so many loyal fans! Those moments are really special – especially when they happen to someone else…

Rachel: Kate and Tommo (original Chorley players) racing each other at skydiving in a game of Forward Reverse… That went on for 8 minutes. It was our first match and we didn’t realise maybe games shouldn’t always go on that long!

Darryl: This is from the early days at Chorley. I can’t remember the exact context but I was a sniper and I asked Steven how he knew about a certain characteristic of the person we were targeting. His response was I can see his passport! The target turned out to be a guerilla. Harambe hadn’t been killed yet so you could still make jokes about that sort of thing.

Sean: I love seeing people flourish and come out of themselves during our workshops. There have been so many great moments during workshops and players practice that no audience ever gets to see. It’s fun to perform with friends.

Bron: We do enjoy a good post match curry. There are quite a few of us in the troupe and once about 20 of us went for a meal. Marcus ordered a starter. No one else did, which meant we all had to wait for our main course. Some of us had had a full day of workshops before the show and no time to eat… Several players died from hunger.

…Oh Marcus.

Laura: I loved it when Erin from CSz Twin Cities came to visit and performed with us because it was my first look into the “ComedySportz extended universe” and I realised just how big the CSz Worldwide family really is! It’s been great playing with improvisers from all over the world!

Marcus: It was my first show at the Comedy Store and to choose which team went first the referee got members of the audience to draw a moustache on me and Ash. It was a special show raising money for Movember. The child who was chosen to draw a red moustache on my face with a felt tip pen literally tattooed a red goatee beard to my face… I was not sure where the red ink stopped and my crimson blood began. That evening I found out why that particular brand of pen is called Sharpie.

Sean: That’s what you get for ordering a starter when no one else does.

Marcus: I did actually ask for my starter to be sent out with the mains. So I could have a chicken pakora/lamb madras hybrid. It’s not my fault!

Bron: We’ve learned a lot over the years and performed in some fantastic- and not so fantastic places. It’s been great to see audiences grow especially at the Edinburgh Fringe where that audience has included Prince Edward and his family. We were told we were going to have a special visitor but not who it was going to be. We were busy preparing for the show so didn’t know they’d effectively shut down Cowgate so the prince and his family could get to the venue. It was a very surreal experience.

Rob: Starting ComedySportz 4 Tots has been a real highlight for me. Lots of fun and madness every month. Grateful for the opportunity to get very little uns watching our comedy and introducing improv to really young kids who are so imaginative makes the show so much fun to perform!

Kate: It was great to see Manchester play the ComedySportz World Championship final in Philadelphia this year! Finally the UK has been recognised as a world power. It definitely made up for that time Marcus ordered a starter when no one else did.

Marcus: It was… It was six years ago.

Want To Know More?

You can read more about the last 18 years of improvised adventures on our updated History page! If you have memories of shows or workshops that you’d like to share with us you can find us on social media or drop us an email! If you would like to find out about all of the exciting things we have planned for the next 18 years then never miss an update and sign up to our monthly mailing list!

Somehow got this far and still not seen a ComedySportz show? Check our calendar for upcoming shows. Want to take an improv journey of your own? Why not sign up to one of our workshops or classes starting early 2020!

A Totally Improvised Show

July 2019 has been a quiet month for us show wise as we take a break before the Edinburgh Fringe where we’ll be doing two shows a day – some of us more! But that doesn’t mean you can’t catch a bit of Improv action featuring our players. ComedySportz will be making a guest appearance at A Totally Improvised Show  this Sunday (14th July) in Liverpool. It’s a cracking line up of improv talent from all over the country and guaranteed to be a great night out!*

*No guarantee the other acts will play family friendly so may be best to leave the kids at home.**

**With a suitable guardian, obviously. Unless they’ve got mad “Home Alone” skills.

Musical Improv Workshop – Last Few Spaces!

Does the thought of improvising songs in your games and scene work fill you with dread? This short course in Musical Improv will help you strike the write note and find the right key to unlock your musical potential!

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Musical Improv – Not As Scary As You Think!

ComedySportz players Rachel and Felix will guide you through all the basics of improvising a song, including structure, rhythm and melody. They’ll also show you how songs fit into a play to create a musical, and how to improvise lyrics that fit the plot, explore your characters wants and needs, and wow audiences.

The workshop is perfect for anyone hoping to expand their skill set or try something new and more importantly being able to sing/ having musical knowledge is NOT necessary to enjoy the workshop. Likewise, some basic improv scene knowledge would be useful for this two day intensive, but not crucial.

Classes are fun, friendly and affordable. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn a challenging new skill in a safe and supportive environment.

Where and When

The two day short course will run 15th-16th June and be held upstairs in the main theatre space of The Kings Arms, Salford. Each workshop will run 12.30pm-5pm.

How To Book

Visit our workshops page today to secure your space on the course. Don’t miss out – there are only a few spaces left!

You can pay in full now (£85) or pay a non-refundable deposit (£30) to secure your space. Want to take part but have to wait until payday? Just drop us an email to make alternative payment arrangements.


This will be our last workshop before the summer as we prepare for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Our regular 8 week courses will return late September/Early October with dates TBA. To make sure you never miss a workshop sign up to our mailing list today.

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Intensive Workshops – Don’t Miss Out!

There are just a few spaces left on our intensive workshops this May/June so don’t miss out on your chance to sign up to Manchester’s longest running  comedy classes this Summer!

Whether you’re looking to learn new skills, brush up on some old ones or just want to spend a fun weekend rediscovering your playful side there is something for everyone with our fun, friendly and affordable range of courses.

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2 Day Intensive Workshops

Foundation Improv (Full Price Deposit)

Learn the core skills of Improv comedy with ComedySportz including Yes, And, Listening, Objects and Storytelling.

Beginning Stand Up (Full PriceDeposit)

We’ll help you hone your comedic voice with this short course covering everything from material generation to mic technique.

Sketch Writing (Full PriceDeposit)

Craft your sketches in this two day course covering everything from the perfect premise to the killer punchline.

Longform Improv (Full PriceDeposit)

This short introduction to longform improv will explore popular formats and edits. A deeper dive into creating whole improvised worlds and narratives.

Musical Improv (Full PriceDeposit)

Find the key to unlock the skills needed for improvised songs and rhyme. You don’t need a great singing voice to take part just a strong desire to have some fun!

1 Day Intensive Workshops

Character Improv (Full PriceDeposit)

Do all of your improv characters feel a little flat? Explore ways to bring new life to your on stage creations.

Presentation Skills (Full PriceDeposit)

Discover ways to engage your audience by employing performance skills to enliven your work presentations and brush up on your networking with confidence.

Stand Up “Your Next 5 Minutes” (Full PriceDeposit)

Completed one of our courses or looking to hone your new material? Stuck in a rut and want to put a bit of spark back into your jokes? Then this stand up comedy class is for you!

 

All prices include a non-refundable deposit (£30 for 2 Day classes, £10 for 1 Day classes). You can pay in full now or pay your deposit to secure your space and pay the rest later.

If you’ve taken one of our (or similar) improv comedy classes before we will also be running a six week intermediate improv course. This will run at the same time as our intensives so there are discounts for anyone who signs up to multiple courses – get in touch today to find out more.

Our courses and workshops are accredited by CSz Worldwide – one of the world’s largest schools for shows and comedy classes.

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Feedback from our latest 8 week stand up course.

Want to know more about our courses? You can also come along to our Intermediate Workshops Showcase on Sunday 28th April at The Kings Arms (starts 7.30pm) which will be followed by a short improv jam and an opportunity to talk to course facilitators about our comedy classes.

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Intensive Workshops

We are delighted to announce a series of intensive workshops and courses that will run throughout May and June in Improv, Stand Up, Sketch and so much more!

As well as short courses that cover more specialised skills we’ll be starting this season of intensive workshops with two day versions of our Foundation in Improv and Beginning Stand Up Comedy courses. These classes are ideal for anyone who has not been able to attend or commit to our longer eight week sessions. Our longer courses will return later in 2019.

You can pay in full now or just pay a small non-refundable deposit (£30 for two Day Intensives, £10 for one day intensives) to secure your space. All courses will run in the theatre spaces of the Kings Arms, Salford.

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Two Day Intensive Workshops

Foundation in Improv

4th-5th May 2019. 12.30-5pm each day. £75 for the whole course.

Learn the core skills and tenets of improvised performance including: Yes, And, Listening, Character, Objects, Storytelling, scene work, and an introduction to games. No previous performance experience required.

Beginning Stand Up Comedy

4th-5th May 2019. 12.30-5pm each day. £75 for the whole course.

Learn the core skills you’ll need to craft your first five minutes of stand up. Covering everything from material generation to mic technique we’ll help you find your comedic voice. No previous performance experience required.

Sketch Writing

18th-19th May 2019. 12.30-5pm each day. £75 for the whole course.

This short course will help you develop written sketch material from the perfect premise to the killer punchline. We’ll look at ways to hone and craft your material as well defeating any writers number one enemy – the blank page! No previous experience required.

Longform Improv

1st-2nd June 2019. 12.30-5pm each day. £75 for the whole course.

This short introduction to longform improv will explore the depth of storytelling and character development possible through longform improv. This course will introduce you to popular longform formats & scene edits. Some previous experience in performance and/or improvisation is recommended. Attendees will also gain free entry to Improv Mullet our combined shortform and longform show on Saturday 1st June.

Musical Improv

15th-16th June 2019. 12.30-5pm each day. £85 for the whole course.

Find the key (geddit?) to unlocking your tuneful side. Covering everything from rhythm to rhyme we’ll introduce you to the core skills to help you improvise songs. We’ll help you find the confidence you need to sing off-script – and it doesn’t matter if you’re off-key either. No previous experience required.

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One Day Intensive Workshops

Character Improv

18th May 2019. 12.30-5pm. £45 for the whole course.

Often find yourself on stage just playing… yourself? This short course will explore ways to create characters that are as fun to watch as they are to perform.  Previous performance experience recommended but not required.

Presentation Skills

19th May 2019. 12.30-5pm. £45 for the whole course.

This intensive session will explore ways of using performance to skills to help you develop more effective presentations for business and events. If you’re the kind of person who dreads speaking in front of crowds then this safe, supportive workshop will help you find the confidence you need! No previous experience required.

Stand Up Comedy – Your Next 5 Minutes

1st June 2019. 12.30-5pm. £45 for the whole course.

Is your set stuck in a rut? Whether you’ve previously attended our Beginning Stand Up Comedy course or on the circuit but going in circles, this intensive workout will help you stretch your creative muscles and hone those funny bones.

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Sign Up Today!

Don’t delay and visit our workshops page today to sign up with Manchester’s longest running comedy performance courses. Got questions about any of our workshops or classes – perhaps you’d like to know more about our workshops for schools and businesses? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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