COMEDYSPORTZ: ONE YEAR ONLINE!

Our ComedySportz match this Saturday (20th March) marks one year of online shows since the world first went into Lockdown last spring. We hope you’ll join us for this very special match with a very special guest player!

Never seen a ComedySportz match before? Two teams go for comedy gold with quick-witted gags and games inspired by your suggestions. It’s an all action, all improvised competitive comedy show for all ages with a referee ensuring a good clean match! Who wins? YOU decide! Shows stream every Wednesday and Saturday at 7pm GMT via our youtube channel. Subscribe today and never miss a match!

Last year we had no choice but to “Yes, And” the situation and since then we’ve done nearly 150 online shows and performed to audiences all over the world. Thank you to everyone that has supported us and laughed with us during this time. This past year has seen plenty of challenges but also, hopefully, plenty of laughs as well.

Our players have kept innovating and inspiring with their creativity and commitment to fun and laughter. We asked some of our players and fans to share what a year of laughs in lockdown has meant to them.

Bron refs our very first online show overcoming new and exciting technical problems!

BRON EDGE:

The team really came together to figure out how we could keep connected to our fans. I love this new connectivity we have to the audience, and how our audience can also chat with each other about the show…. or whatever else they are thinking! I’m going to miss that when we are back on a stage, at least I hope people aren’t going to be chatting through the show…

It has been lovely to see the spirit of Yes And seep into the audience as well, one audience member even found out that another desperately wanted a specific jumper knitted… and they knitted it for them!

JOHN COOPER:

Its amazing to see how the online shows have develop in the last year. From the beginnings of figuring out zoom and how well a show could even work, to experimenting and finding great new games that really only work online like Art Critic and Story Draw….where I get to draw…..what’s not to like ??

KATE McCABE:

I think it’s highlighted how important is is to be agile. Not just as an improviser but as a person. One positive is that people have been agile WITH us. Joining us on YouTube and cheering us on while we try new games and keep the good times rolling.

Ben and housemate Harry during a live show!

BEN HODGE:

Starting with ComedySportz online has been such an interesting challenge! Adapting to this new way of performing has been eye-opening and also loads of fun. It has given me the chance to play with so many different people who I may not have had a chance to meet and improvise with otherwise. It’s great for connecting with our international friends and having the opportunity to play with them!

SEAN MASON:

Even though lockdown has kept us apart, going online has kept us connected to our CSz Worldwide family and fans. The last year has shown just how positive a force improvisation can be as it gives us the tools and creative mindset to solve problems and adapt. It has been a real joy to keep doing shows and workshops online – a lifeline really.

Being able to develop new games, new ways of playing and connecting has actually been really fun. I am ready to get back into live shows soon though!

Dalu never fails to surprise with his endless supply of wigs.

DALU THEBE:

From starting Comedysportz Manchester most if not all my matches have been played online. This I have found useful in practices, getting to know new games and particularly in allowing me to use and gather props, something that perhaps wouldn’t have happened in live shows. (EDITOR’S NOTE: We’re not sure if Dalu is going to manage without his trusty Marge Simpson wig. We’re not sure the audience will either).

The technology has allowed the show to continue throughout lockdown and has been a constant source of much needed fun and silliness.

Felix getting his team into trouble for timing Chris Tavner’s refereeing!

FELIX JANEWAY:

Performing online has shown me that improv is liquid. It has the ability to fill whatever space we give it, and virtual space has offered us new nooks to play in; using backgrounds, props, music and video to make multi-layer jokes which aren’t possible in other formats.

I play with Comedysportz for connection and that aspect has not only been unchanged, it has broadened to include connection to anyone anywhere (technology permitting).

The main challenge I have faced is not being able to perform with members of the troupe who are unable to play online, but it has been brilliant to get into the nitty gritty of the structure of the match, the roles which support the match and all the technology we can use to support it.

Even online we’ve still been able to make use of audience volunteers.

LUCY RYAN (FAN):

We started watching the online Comedysportz shows when they started back in March 2020 – and they have been what has kept us going throughout lockdown. In the misery of lockdown the Comedysportz shows have been the one thing that have always been guaranteed to make us all (adults and children alike) laugh. Laugh out loud, real belly laughs., laugh until we are crying. The humour is genuinely warm – never unkind or mean-spirited – and the shows are deliberately accessible to as wide a range of people as possible. But more than just making us laugh, the Comedysportz shows have created a community; you always know you can show up and “join in”. In a year where social interaction had been so lacking THAT is more valuable than I can describe. Thank you everyone at Comedysportz.

JOAN MYERS (FAN):

My husband Jeff and I have been fans of CSz Buffalo in USA since 2006. We had the honor of seeing Manchester perform at the World Championships in Philadelphia in 2019. They are a very talented group. When the pandemic hit and closed everything we started watching Buffalo on ZOOM. We then started to find other ComedySportz cities to watch. Manchester is our go to since it is on at 2 pm our time. We love it because we get to see several games not played in Buffalo. My favorite is Karaoke. We think everyone is very funny and look forward to our Wednesdays and Saturdays. We also love their take on Star Trek. That is totally hilarious!! Although we really haven’t met most of them personally, we love them all and consider them friends. Will miss seeing the shows when live performances start back. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Don’t worry, even when live shows return we’re going to keep doing online shows as well).

Hit the video above to catch this Saturday’s anniversary match. We are delighted to be joined by CSz founder Dick Chudnow. Dick started ComedySportz in the USA in 1984 and we’re very excited to have him join us for this online match.

The stream goes live at 6.45pm GMT and the match kicks off at 7pm GMT. As always our online shows are family friendly and free to watch – however donations are gratefully received and go directly to our players.

All being well, our return to live shows with distanced audiences is now only a couple of months away but we’ll be continuing with our online shows and workshops too. Subscribe to our newsletter for regular updates on all of our upcoming online and live events. Got a favourite memory of our online shows? We’d love to hear from you!

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New Year. New Start.

Hello 2021! Whilst it may yet be some time before we return to live shows we’re still continuing to keep you entertained with our online shows and workshops.

Don’t miss our New Year, New Games match tonight from 7pm GMT. We have online shows every Wednesday and Saturday – subscribe to our YouTube channel today to never miss a match!

Want to try something new for 2021? Sign up to our January courses in Improv and Stand-Up Comedy. A great way to make connections, build confidence and develop communication skills. Courses are fun, friendly and a great way to learn how to play!

The 100 Black Improvisers Partnership is a joint venture among corporate sponsors, improv teachers, and improv schools/theaters around the world which are actively seeking diversity. By pledging to provide a minimum of five scholarships for Black students, each of us contributes to a common goal of getting 100 more Black people into Foundation Improv level workshops by July 2021.

We have pledged to provide five spaces on our next foundation improv course. You can sign up to this scheme by emailing us or via the Black Improv Alliance website.

If you have questions about any of our shows, workshops or getting us involved in a local project then don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Festive Fun with ComedySportz this week!

Looking for laughs this week? Need a show that is going to keep the whole family entertained? We’ve got free shows and jams to keep you entertained with festive fun and games during this Christmas week!

free family friendly festive fun with comedysportz

Family Friendly Improv Shows 23rd & 26th December

Bored of the same old repeats on TV during the holiday season? We have two shows this week to keep you entertained with gags and games aplenty! Subscribe today and never miss a match.

Free Improv Jam 22nd December

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Want to get involved in the festive fun? We’re hosting an evening of free improv and party games open to all levels of experience. Take part as much as you like or just pop along for a laugh. Join the jam here.

If you’re looking for some improv games to play at home with family this Christmas we have pages from our book available for free here. All of our events are free but if you would like to donate or join in our winter merch campaign then follow this link.

Don’t forget it’s still not too late to sign up to our 2021 courses in Improv or Stand-Up comedy. Book now – a space on one of our courses is a great gift for a friend… or for yourself!

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Online Comedy Courses New Dates for 2021

We’re delighted to announce new dates for online comedy courses in the new year. We will be running both Foundation Improv and Beginning Stand-Up comedy courses from January 2021.

Courses are a great way to learn new skills, boost confidence and meet new people. Whether you’re a budding comedy performer or someone who just wants to get more confident giving presentations and networking, these courses are great for life on and off stage.

Not sure if a comedy course is right for you? Here are answers to some commonly asked questions. You can also drop us an email – we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about our workshops and courses.

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GIVE THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER

You can also book a space on one of our online comedy courses as a gift for friends and family. Just let us know you’re booking as a gift when signing up for the course and we’ll get in touch to sort out the details. We can also provide gift certificate to present to them over the holidays. So if you know someone who would enjoy one of our comedy courses but just needs a friendly push get in touch today!

ONLINE FOUNDATION IMPROV

Learn the core skills of improvisation in this fun and friendly online course. Sessions will cover “Yes, And”, Listening, Characters, Objects, Games and Storytelling. Build confidence, get creative and rediscover your playful side. No experience necessary.

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Book a space on the course here. If you’re booking as a gift please include the information of who the course is for (name, email address). We can also email you a gift certificate to present to them. Not sure if an improv course is right for you? Find out more here.

ONLINE BEGINNING STAND-UP COMEDY

Write and deliver your first stand-up comedy routine with this interactive online course! Develop your comedic voice in a supportive environment with regular feedback. Sessions cover everything from writing gags to landing gigs. No experience necessary.

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Book a space on the course here. If you’re booking as a gift please include the information of who the course is for (name, email address). We can also email you a gift certificate to present to them. Not sure if a Stand-Up comedy course is right for you? Find out more here.

IMPROV DROP-INS

In the meantime we’re running a couple more improv drop-ins in December before taking a short winter hiatus. However, we will be running free festive improv jams over the holidays. These jams will be an opportunity to play improv and party games and keep connected over the winter break. Find out more about drop-ins and jams here.

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Our courses and workshop leaders are fully accredited by CSz Worldwide, one of the world’s largest comedy and performance schools.

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Online Stand-Up Comedy Course Returns!

Our online Beginning Stand-Up Comedy course returns this November! Only limited spaces available – receive expert advice with group sessions and one to one feedback in this 4 week course. Visit our workshop page to learn more and book your space today! Not sure if a comedy course is right for you? This handy article should help!