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UPDATE: Unfortunately Tier 3 restrictions in Manchester mean that Lock 91 is closed for the next few weeks. We hope to book new dates in as soon as possible. In the meantime you can catch our online shows on youtube every Wednesday and Saturday and tickets are on sale now for our 19th Birthday show at Chorley Theatre in November.

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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Lockdown Laughs for LGBTQ+ Charities

This Saturday (13th June 2020) we’re hosting an international all-star show of LGBTQ+ ComedySportz players to raise money for two fantastic organisations: The Proud Trust and Rainbow Noir.

Raising money for the Proud Trust with ComedySportz

Inclusivity is at the heart of what we do and we believe coming together to play and have fun is the best way to build bridges. We’re delighted to be bringing LGBTQ+ ComedySportz players together from Manchester UK to the west coast of America for this very special online show.

“CSz has always been about bringing the fun and making accessible shows for EVERYONE. That’s why I’m proud that we do PRIDE,” says ComedySportz player Kate McCabe.

ComedySportz has been performing shows online since lockdown went into effect and have been relying on audience donations to support players. For this show however the team are urging audiences to donate to support The Proud Trust and Rainbow Noir, a support group for LGBTQ+ people of colour.

As Braínne, ComedySportz player and manager, explains, “We’re keeping the shows free because we believe representation matters and we don’t want people to miss out on the show if they couldn’t afford to watch, however we will be asking audience members to support our chosen charities if they can afford to do so.”

The Proud Trust is a life-saving and life enhancing organisation that helps LGBT+ young people empower themselves, to make a positive change for themselves, and their communities. Donate here.

Rainbow Noir is a volunteer lead social, peer support and community action group, which celebrates and platforms people of colour who identify as LGBTQ+. Donate here.

The stream will go live on our youtube channel on Saturday 13th June from 7pm BST.  Visit our shows page for a full schedule of upcoming online events.

Valentine’s Special 2020!

Quick-witted Improv troupe seeks audience with GSOH for laughter and fun… There will be plenty of love and laughter in the air with our Valentine’s special at Waterside Arts on the 15th February. This year team captains (and real-life couple) Bron and Sean will be going head to head to see who has to pay for their Valentine’s meal this year…

Alternative Date Night Valentine's Comedy

The last time the two went head-to-head like this Bron’s team won …which meant Sean treated her to some (very romantic) chips on the way home. Which team will win this year? You decide!

There will be plenty of funny valentine’s games to get you in the laughing mood. Whether you’re on a first date or just out with mates then this show is guaranteed to get you laughing!

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Upcoming Workshops (Update)

Our upcoming Beginning Stand-Up Comedy course is currently full. If you’d like to take a course with us please drop us an email and we’ll let you know if we have any drop-out spaces to be filled. Alternatively sign up to our mailing list and we’ll let you know when we have dates for our next course.

Improv Classes Manchester

We still have a few spaces left on our Foundation Improv course.  Learn the core skills of an improvisation with out fun and friendly workshops. Classes are great fun and a fantastic way to meet new people!

Workshops cover:

  • Yes, And
  • Listening
  • Characters
  • Storytelling
  • Objects
  • Scenes
  • Intro to games

Classes are a safe and supportive way to face uncertainty, develop communications and build confidence going off-script. There’s no experience necessary and plenty of transferable skills for life on and off-stage.

Our classes and facilitators are fully accredited by CSz Worldwide, one of the world’s biggest comedy schools. Don’t miss out on Manchester’s longest running improv workshops!

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