You’re in control with our March Mayhem Match this weekend! For this special show you’ll not just help decide the winners but you’ll also pick the teams and the games they play! It’s interactive, improvised and you won’t want to miss it!
Never seen a ComedySportz match before? Two teams compete for you laughs with improvised gags and games inspired by your suggestions. It’s a battle of quick-wits as our teams go for comedy gold. There’s a referee on hand to ensure a good clean match with penalties for bad behaviour and bad jokes. Shows are family friendly and our online shows are free to watch (donations are gratefully received).
For this special match we’re putting you in control of every aspect of the show from the teams to the games, so if you have a favourite game we haven’t played for a while – or one you just can’t get enough of – make sure you’re in the chat giving suggestions! You can subscribe to our youtube channel today to never miss a match.
The stream goes live approx. 6.45pm GMT and the match will kick off at 7pm GMT on Saturday 13th March. You can watch the show live at the link below:
And don’t miss our first Mother’s Day Match on Sunday that sees ComedySportz players team up with their mums for more improvised gags and games!
We’re excited to announce that our 27th February match is an LGBT History Month special featuring players from across the CSz Worldwide family. UK players will be captaining teams will LGBTQ+ identifying players from CSz Chicago, CSz Indianapolis, CSz Philadelphia and CSz New York.
Never seen a ComedySportz match before? Two teams will be competing for your laughs with improvised gags and games inspired by your suggestions. Who wins? YOU decide!
As with all of our online matches, the show will be free to watch (link below). However, where we would normally ask those who can afford to do so to make a donation to help support our players, for this show will be asking audiences to donate to local charities The Proud Trust and Rainbow Noir.
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.
Rainbow Noir is a volunteer led social, peer support and community action group, which celebrates and platforms people of colour who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and/or Intersex.
We know that the ongoing coronavirus situation means that not everyone is in a position to make a donation. This is why we have kept the show free to watch so that anyone can enjoy the show as we celebrate our LGBTQ+ players.
If you’ve ever taken a class in improv, chances are you’ve heard the phrase “Yes, And” which places acceptance of others at the heart of everything we do. In improvisation we share our ideas to communicate, collaborate and grow our scenes and games – and it’s how we like to approach life offstage as well. Our newest player Ben Hodge wanted to share a little something of his own journey into improv and saying “Yes, And…”
Hi! I’m Ben and I have been a part of CSZ Manchester since summer of 2020. I guess it’s also good to mention for this article that I am a gay, transgender man. I came out as trans when I was 16 and started testosterone at 17. I came out as a gay man at 18 and had my top surgery at 19. There was one thing that got me past the low points and the waiting times and the constant questions around my identity, and that was comedy.
I think that comedy has a lot of power when looking at identity, it has helped me to educate audiences and show them that people like me exist and we can thrive when given a safe and understanding space to do so. Joining ComedySportz, I felt that I had found that space, and that my identity wasn’t up for question or debate, as long as I ‘yes, and…’ then everything would be good!
It’s hard coming into a new space when people don’t necessarily know your past, and when talking to some members about my identity, they have been so respectable and eager to listen to what it means to be me. And I am grateful for them for taking the time to listen and understand who I am, and I think it has probably helped me put more trust into our relationship as improvisors. I even took part in an LGBT match at the online ComedySportz World Championship, where I played with all LGBT-identified players and got to interact with people who had been in this community a lot longer than me and had worked hard to make ComedySportz as inclusive as possible. It was truly a wonderful experience and I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to be a part of something so great!
I think that improvisation offers such a safe space for the LGBT community as people don’t care who you are as long as you make them laugh or create a good scene. There is so much room in improv to explore and express different parts of yourself that you never really have to ‘out’ yourself if that is something you don’t want to do. I’m currently organising an improv session for my LGBT+ support group from back home, as they invited me back as an ex-service user to talk about my identity and how comedy has supported my activism and my growth. Improv has offered me so much in supporting my own exploration of identity and expression that I think it’s something that the LGBT community should embrace and join in!
If you are reading this and you are an LGBT person currently struggling to find where you belong or you’re currently exploring what it means to be you, just know that you are not alone and there are so many safe spaces for you to do that exploration. There are several organisations in the north west as well as around the UK that offer support for LGBT people and they will always welcome you with open arms. Or come and watch one of our shows, and know that you belong and we are always happy to have you involved!
Ben’s documentary about his transition “1 Year” won the 2020 Into Film award for Best Documentary. Despite the COVID venue closures meaning Ben has only ever played online shows with us, he has quickly become an audience favourite and we are delighted to have him be part of the ComedySportz Manchester family.
You can catch Ben in our LGBT special match on Saturday 27th February. The stream will go live at 6.45pm GMT with the fun kicking off at 7pm GMT. Watch live at the link below!
We’re still continuing our online shows every Wednesday and Saturday to keep people laughing during lockdown. While the current restrictions may be keeping us apart right now, we’re using our online shows to stay connected with our CSz Worldwide family and audiences around the world. We have lined up guest refs and players from other ComedySportz teams to join us – with more to be confirmed in the coming weeks!
Subscribe to our youtube channel today to never miss a match. Shows are family friendly and free to watch.
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 YouTubechannel today to never miss a match!
Want to try something new for 2021? Sign up to our January courses in Improvand 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.
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!
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
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!