Improv Your Fringe Experience!

This is our 12th year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe so it’s fair to say we’ve picked up a few survival skills along the day. The four core values of ComedySportz are Collaboration, Inspiration, Gratitude and Fun. In this post we’re got to talk about how performers and audiences alike can use those values to make the most of your time at the Fringe!

ComedySportz Edinburgh Fringe

Collaboration

The Fringe is a great time for performers and audiences to meet, laugh and make connections. It’s an opportunity to experiment and try new things. As improvisers we are always on the look out for gifts and offers; opportunities to have fun and find ways to support each other in the improv community. The fringe can be busy, tiring and stressful so it’s important to support each other!

Inspiration

There are thousands of shows to see at the Edinburgh Fringe from names you know and names you don’t!

The core tenet of improvisation is “Yes, And”, the notion that you accept what is being offered to you (in Edinburgh terms this can mean something as simple as taking a flyer from a rain soaked act who hasn’t slept) and then building on it (again, in Edinburgh terms this means coming to a show and having fun). In Improv you’re never sure what is going to happen, you take a risk on something new and find something unexpected and fun! This is a great attitude to take to seeing shows at the festival – The Fringe is the worlds largest all you can eat buffet so don’t just have the chips!

Gratitude

Because there are thousands of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe competing for your time we always say thank you to the audiences that choose to see our shows by putting on the best show we can every time!

We always attend as part of the Free Festival so audiences can see as many shows as they like but anyone who has been to the fringe before knows that free shows ask for donations at the end to help cover costs. We’ll have a few incentives to encourage donations – copies of our new ComedySportz book as well as wearable merch – but there is absolutely no obligation. Just give us a high five and tell someone how much you enjoyed the show …so when they come to see it the next day they can bring money instead.

If you attend a free/pay what you want show and aren’t able to make a donation but really enjoyed the show then consider posting about the show on social media, leaving a good review on the Edinburgh Fringe website or help to spread word of mouth. If you’ve enjoyed one of our matches we’d love to hear from you using the hashtag #CSzED19 and this year’s official fringe hashtag #MakeYourFringe!

Fun

The joy of Improv is getting to play with other people. To start with nothing and end up with a story to tell. The Fringe is an opportunity to do that writ large, to try new things and make new connections on stage and off. It’s our festival. Let’s play!

Other Tips:

  • There are hundreds of great free shows across the city. Paid shows also run cheaper tickets on previews or 2-4-1 days and the half price huts are a great place to snag a bargain.
  • The Fringe can be a loud, intimidating place with big crowds so be sure to look after yourself and find some quiet moments when you can.
  • At ComedySportz we wear nice shoes. In Edinburgh we wear comfortable, sturdy shoes as there is a lot of walking around (and up and down). We always take a couple of pairs.
  • And a coat. The Edinburgh weather can change more frequently than a game of New Choice!

For more fringe insights and stories then check out these interviews with ComedySportz players Vicki and Sean.

We hope to see you at the Edinburgh Fringe this year but don’t worry if you can’t make it as ComedySportz and ComedySportz 4 Tots will be back at Waterside Arts at the end of August.

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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.

ComedySportz @ Edinburgh Fringe 2019

As today is World Fringe Day we thought it would be a good time to post about where you can catch ComedySportz at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019! This is our 12th year at the fringe and yet again we’re taking part in the Free Festival because we believe audiences – and families in particular – should be able to see as many shows as they like without having to sell a kidney or two to afford all the tickets. Although donations are always gratefully received – of money that is, not kidneys.

We’re also delighted to once again be performing two shows a day due to popular demand – our Edinburgh shows get very busy so be sure to arrive early to avoid disappointment!

We’ll also be joined by ComedySportz players from teams all across America to make this a truly international festival.

Players will also be appearing in a number of shows from stand up to theatre to more improv and we’ve listed them below. You’ll be able to follow our adventures on social media using the hashtag #CSzED19 and let us know if you’re coming along to a show – we always love to hear from our audiences!

ComedySportz Edinburgh Fringe

ComedySportz @ The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The Pear Tree – Main Room (Venue 257) 12.20pm

The Free Sisters – Maggie’s Chamber (Venue 272) 4.30pm

This is a free non-ticketed show so there is no need to book, however you can find us on the Fringe guide here and we advise getting there early to guarantee a seat! Shows run 1 hour.

Other shows featuring ComedySportz players:

(Please note not all of these shows are family friendly!)

Crime of The Hour

This improvised show is definitely for adults only as the content is likely to be very dark – as improvised sketches and scenes will be inspired by true crimes!

Pottervision

Don’t miss this exciting work in progress sequel to the hit wizarding world parody show.

Sh*t Socialist

This solo hour of stand up explores Chris’ life of being a socialist activist. Well, we say activist, that depends on what time he gets up.

Sitcom Stories

Short plays inspired by characters from and the creators behind classic sitcoms. Applied too late for the guide – keep an eye on our twitter for details.

Tom Short’s Wheel of Misfortune

You won’t see another hour like this at the Fringe. Family friendly clowning, games going wrong and shambolic stand up – in the best possible way!

We Apologise For The Inconvenience

A play about Douglas Adams, deadlines and rubber ducks. Fans of Adams’ quirky and witty writing won’t want to miss this.

Guest Appearances:

We are excited to once again be joining our friends at Comedy Club 4 Kids at the Fringe. It’s a great show that brings you three great family friendly acts every day of the festival – we very much recommend going to see it if you’re looking for something to take the kids to.

You can catch ComedySportz @ Comedy Club 4 Kids on 2nd, 8th and 15th August!

Be sure to make a date to catch ComedySportz when you #MakeYourFringe this year!

(And if you can’t make it to Edinburgh we’ll have Improv Mullet and our regular ComedySportz and ComedySportz 4 Tots shows at Waterside Arts in August as well!)

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New Year, New Games!

We hope you had a fantastic festive break and we can’t wait to bring you even more laughter and fun in 2019! We’ve got plenty of shows and workshops coming up in January and the year ahead that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face…

ComedySportz Chorley

Coming up at The Waterside we’ve got our New Year, New Games special in January, followed by our Valentine’s special in February and our March Madness special in, err, March. We’ve also got shows at The Way in Atherton this month and we’ll be back at Ramsbottom Civic Hall in February!

If that’s not enough comedy for you’ve then there’s Improv Mullet and the return of the New Adelphi Comedy Night.

Fancy having a go at this improv malarkey yourself? Workshops return 16th February and we’ve got a couple of spaces left. Head over to our workshops page to learn more.

We’re also planning our 2019 Edinburgh run as well as plenty more surprises for the year to come. We can’t wait to share them with you – never miss an update by following us on social media or signing up to our mailing list today!

JANUARY SHOWS

Jan 19th, 3pm – ComedySportz 4 Tots, Waterside Arts, Sale. More BIG laughs for little kids with plenty of silly songs and stories. Join us for an afternoon of laughter and fun for kids aged 6 and under. £5/3. Book online or via venue box office.

Jan 19th, 6.30pm – ComedySportz, Waterside Arts, Sale. New Year, New Games special! We’ll be road testing some never seen before games (or some never seen again ones) as our teams battle it out for your laughs! Who wins? You decide!  £7/5. Book online or via venue box office.

Jan 26th, 6pm – ComedySportz, The Way Theatre, Atherton. Two teams battle it out for your laughs with quick-witted gags, games, sketches and songs. All inspired by your suggestions! £8/5. Book online or via venue box office.

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Improvised Pantomime Returns!

We’re only a few weeks away from the return of the ComedySportz Improvised Pantomime! OH YES WE ARE!

Each show will be a completely new adventure created from your suggestions and a little sprinkling of fairy dust. There will be heroes, villains and what we lovingly refer to as songs in this fond pastiche of the nation’s favourite Christmas show – we might also throw in a few ComedySportz games for good measure.

There will also be plenty of opportunities to join in to help our heroes win the day… and every good villain needs a henchman!

Our improvised pantomime proved a real hit with audiences at the Waterside in 2017 and we’re delighted to be back with more shows and more venues. With shows across Greater Manchester, there will be plenty of opportunities to catch these fantastically festive shows that are an alternative Christmas treat that the whole family can enjoy!

ComedySportz Improvised Pantomime

Tickets are available online:

Ramsbottom Civic Hall 8th December 4pm

The Way Theatre Studio 8th December 7pm

Waterside Arts 14th-15th December Various Times*

Please note: Fees may apply if booking online. You can also purchase tickets via venue box office.

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*The 3pm show on Saturday 15th December replaces our regular ComedySportz 4 Tots show. However, this show will still be aimed at younger audiences aged 6 and under.