Musicals, Mullets and More this Month!

We’ve got lots of shows and workshops to get you laughing this October with our Halloween Spooktacular, The Improvised Musical, the return of Improv Mullet and the return of in person comedy courses (last few spaces remaining)!

ComedySportz Online Match!

We understand that not everyone can join us for our live improv shows – especially our international fans who have found us through our virtual shows – and we’ll be continuing our online ComedySportz matches on the first Saturday of every month. Subscribe to our youtube channel now to never miss a match. You can watch our September show at the link above. The stream will go live at 6.45pm BST with the fun kicking off at 7pm BST on Saturday 2nd October. Online shows are family friendly and free to watch.

Halloween Spooktacular

Our monthly Waterside Arts shows may be a bit early for Halloween but join us on Saturday October 23rd for some ghoulish gags and games because, well, we just love a theme! We’re adding a little pumpkin spice to our shows this month as our teams get the audience screaming with laughter, with spooky sketches and songs inspired by their suggestions. Don’t worry, there’s a referee on hand to issue penalties for bad jokes and bad behaviour – like trying to eat your brains!

We have two shows that day with ComedySportz 4 Tots at 3pm and ComedySportz at 6.30pm. Anyone in fancy dress gets a free treat!

Improv Comedy at The Barking Dog

Improv Mullet returns! We’re delighted to be bringing this adults only mixed format improv show to the Barking Dog, Urmston on Thursday 21st October! Why Improv Mullet? Because it’s shortform gags and games in the first half and longform scenes and sketches in the second.

There are two tickets types available – £5 entry or £13 for dinner and a show! We can attest that the food is absolutely fantastic.

Please arrive by 7.30pm to order your dinner upon arrival, showing the bar staff your ticket email. The show will start at 8pm. Dinner options are:

  • Chicken Curry Pie Steak & Ale Pie
  • Chicken & Wild Mushroom Pie
  • Cheese & Onion Pie (v)
  • Spiced Moroccan & Lentil Bake (v, vg, gf)

Each pie served with a choice of 2 sides and a gravy jug!

Book tickets here.

Opening Night!

Improvised Musical

And finally we have our Totally Improvised Musical show. Every night is opening night as we compose a brand new musical every show! We’re ready to tread the boards, tinkle the ivories and tickle your funny bones with this brand new show.

Join us as we go from suggestion to sensation at The Peer Hat, Manchester on October 26th and November 30th 2021. Tickets cost just £6 and you can book tickets here.

Keep an eye out for announcements of even more shows! You can subscribe to our social media channels or join our mailing list to catch regular updates on upcoming events and classes. Thank you for continuing to support live and livestream comedy. We can’t wait to see you at a show soon!

Want to get up on stage some day yourself? Well, if you have to panic buy anything this week make it a space on one of our fun and friendly comedy courses – there are limit spaces remaining on each! We have limited spaces remaining on our Foundation Improv and Beginning Stand-Up courses.

All Upcoming Shows

The Totally Improvised Musical comes to Manchester!

The Totally Improvised Musical is our brand new show! Every night is opening night as our team of top improvisers compose a brand new musical from your suggestions – hitting all the right notes in any order they like. If you like musicals, this is the show for you. If you like comedy, this is also the show for you!

Originally scheduled for April 2020 we’re delighted these shows can now go ahead from next month with more planned for the New Year. So whilst you’d think the delay would have given us time to just write a musical – where would the fun be in that? Our shows are unscripted and unmissable as every note, lyric and plot twist will be inspired by your suggestions!

(Hopefully we can all still fit into those fancy T-Shirts we had made before the pandemic).

Join us as we go from suggestion to sensation at The Peer Hat, Manchester on October 26th and November 30th 2021. Tickets cost just £6 and you can book tickets at the links below.

The Totally Improvised Musical comes to Manchester autumn 2021!

Tickets:

You can book tickets for the Totally Improvised Musical at the links below. Curtains up at 8pm. The show runs for approx. 1hr.

Situated just off Lever Street, The Peer Hat is situated at the heart of Manchester’s bustling Northern Quarter. There are plenty of nearby parking spots. There are also plenty of nearby bus routes and it’s a short walk from Piccadilly Gardens for anyone travelling by tram.

GET TICKETS for Oct 26th.

GET TICKETS for Nov 30th.

All Upcoming Shows

Comedy Workshops Return!

We are delighted to announce the return of in-person workshops from October 2021. We’re running 8 week courses in Foundation Improv, Intermediate Improv and Beginning Stand-Up Comedy. Thank you for your continued interest and patience as we arrange suitable workshop spaces.

An eight week course designed to help introduce the basic theories, ideas and skills of improvisation. You don’t need to have any sort of background in performing or comedy to join in, just a willingness to get involved and have a good time. Not only useful for confidence building, stage presence, and play, but also a great opportunity to network and meet new people. The cost for the full eight weeks is £115 or £100 concessions. You can pay in full now or just pay a non-refundable £30 deposit to secure your space.

The course will commence Sunday 3rd October. Sessions will run Sunday afternoons 1-3pm for eight weeks at Gorse Hill Studios, Stretford. The venue is fully accessible with on street parking. The venue is also close to several bus routes and just a 15 minute walk from Old Trafford tram stop. Find out more.

An eight week course designed to give you your first foothold in the otherwise daunting world of Stand Up Comedy. Under expert tutelage you’ll receive all the skills you need to put together your first short stand-up comedy routine as well as fundamental skills like stagecraft, performance and microphone technique. The core of the course is a weekly workshop where the attendees will have a chance to prepare and try out their material in a supportive atmosphere. This course also includes a Showcase at the end of the 8 weeks for participants. The cost for the full eight weeks is £110 or £100 concessions. You can pay in full now or just pay a non-refundable £30 deposit to secure your space.

The course will commence Saturday 2nd October. Sessions will run Saturday afternoons 12.30-2.30pm for eight weeks at The Barking Dog, Urmston. Find out more.

We’re running things a little differently for our advanced classes this time round. So we can keep things covid-secure for workshoppers and facilitators alike we’re running this as a set eight week course. This allows us to keep a better track of numbers and ensure plenty of space for everyone – however, if you’d only be able to drop-in to some sessions you can drop us an email and we’ll try to squeeze you in at a per-session rate. This course has a rolling syllabus so can be taken multiple times. Some of the topics covered in previous courses and drop-ins:
    • Advanced Scene Work.
    • Use of Space
    • Maintaining Characters
    • Improv Challenges
    • Listening skills.
    • Status
    • Music and Rap
We’ll be announcing a full line-up of sessions on our website in the coming weeks. The course will commence Sunday 3rd October. Sessions will run Sunday afternoons 3-5pm for eight weeks at Gorse Hill Studios, Stretford. The venue is fully accessible with on street parking. The venue is also close to several bus routes and just a 15 minute walk from Old Trafford tram stop. Find out more.
We can’t wait to see you at a workshop or show soon. Want to catch us live? Visit our shows page for more info. Got questions about our workshops? Don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Live Shows Autumn/Winter 2021

We can’t believe we’re two thirds of the way through the year already. As venues continue to re-open, we still have plenty of live improv shows to keep you entertained for the rest of 2021 including our Totally Improvised Musical and our 20th Birthday weekend! Read on for more info…

Virtual Shows

We understand that not everyone can join us for our live improv shows and we’ll be continuing our online ComedySportz matches on the first Saturday of every month. Online shows are free to watch – subscribe to our youtube channel now to never miss a match. You can watch our September show at the link below. The stream will go live at 6.45pm BST with the fun kicking off at 7pm BST on Saturday 4th September.

Comedy Club 4 Kids

We’ve got even more shows lined up with our friends at Comedy Club 4 Kids, including a very busy day on Saturday 4th September with shows in Nottingham and Coventry! We’ll be sure to add more dates in the coming months so keep an eye out on our social media channels for announcements!

Waterside Arts

After a summer hiatus for renovations, we’re back at Waterside Arts from Saturday 11th September with ComedySportz and ComedySportz 4 Tots. We have monthly dates into summer 2022 which are on sale now. We’ll also be doing another Halloween themed special in October – more details coming soon!

Totally Improvised Musical

Over 18 months since we were first meant to do our opening night of The Totally Improvised Musical, we’re pleased to announce the show will finally be coming to The Peer Hat in Manchester this October. Tickets will be going on sale soon – keep an eye on social media for announcements.

Improvised Musical

20th Birthday Weekend

This year marks 20 years of fun and games! To celebrate this milestone year we have a full weekend of shows to keep you laughing. We’re kicking off the weekend at the theatre where it all began, Chorley Theatre, on Friday 19th November for another Chorley vs. Manchester special.  If that’s not enough all action, all improvised competitive comedy for you we then have ComedySportz and ComedySportz 4 Tots at Waterside Arts on Saturday 20th November. Tickets are available now – this is one weekend you won’t want to miss!

Improvised Pantomimes

To finish off the year we are delighted to announce the return of our improvised pantomimes – oh yes we are! There are plenty of opportunities to catch shows at Waterside Arts this December, including a Tots special and a brand new adults only special as well!

…and more!

We’ll be sure to have more live improv shows and events to announce in the coming weeks and months. Subscribe to our mailing list for monthly announcements of upcoming shows, events and workshop.

Workshops

What’s that you say? Workshops? That’s right, we’re pleased to announce that in person workshops will be returning from the first week of October!

We’ll be doing a full announcement later in the week but you can still drop us an email to register interest in our courses and we’ll send you all the details soon!

Safety

We’ll still be operating our COVID safety measures to ensure a fun but safe nights entertainment for audience and players. Our venues may still be operating their own safety protocols.

Book Now

We can’t wait to see you at shows –  thank you for continuing to support live and livestream comedy! You can find more information on all upcoming shows for 2021 on our shows page.