Star Wars Lessons For Improv

This May 4th we thought we’d share some Star Wars themed Improv insights that can be employed on stage and in workshops… and they’re pretty good for everyday life and communication as well!

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MAKE GOOD EYE CONTACT (THE FORCE AWAKENS)

Poe Dameron clearly understood the value of eye contact in this scene during Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s just a shame that his scene partner Kylo Ren didn’t join him, leading to this unfortunate moment between the two of them.  Eye contact is an important aspect of communication, especially when initiating a scene.

AVOID QUESTIONS (THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK)

If you keep asking questions you don’t have to come up with any answers. This can often result in scene’s grinding to a halt or your scene partner having to do a lot of the hard work. It’s a trap(!) that is easy to fall in too, especially if you’re worried about making a “bad” choice for a scene. However, making clear statements moves scenes along and allows relationships to grow.

That’s not to say all questions are inherently bad, especially if they can reveal something interesting about a character’s thoughts and feelings (or if you’re playing the game “Questions Only”) but if you find your scenes don’t go anywhere think about how many decisions you were – or weren’t! – making.

KEEP FOCUSED (THE PHANTOM MENACE)

Yeah, we know a lot of people didn’t like this scene from the Star Wars: Phantom Menace but Qui-Gon is right here. It’s important to be mindful of your surroundings during your scenes and games; did you just walk through that meticulously mimed landspeeder? Is your scene partner playing a Wookiee or a Kowakian monkey-lizard? Is this a moon or is it a space station?

You never know when you might find a gift or offer for a scene and the improvisers who look slickest are the ones who are completely committed to the here and now, reacting in the moment to actions on – and sometimes off – stage.

Likewise, try not to get stuck in your own head (or an “excessive amount of thinking” as C-3PO might put it) and avoid planning. As Yoda also tells us, “impossible to see, the future is.”

COMMIT TO YOUR PUNS (ATTACK OF THE CLONES)

DON’T BE AFRAID TO FAIL (THE LAST JEDI)

We’re afraid of messing up and feeling embarrassed but if you did something and fully committed to your scene, game or exercise it doesn’t matter if you “failed” at it. Similarly to when Yoda tells Luke, “Do, or do not, there is no try”, we hope you feel encouraged to commit to an idea instead of holding back because of a negative fear of messing up.

You can learn from failure without having to be embarrassed by it – in workshops it’s a shared moment for growth and development, in performance it’s an opportunity to play with something new and unexpected. Failure can be fun too!

THE FORCE IS WITH YOU (ROGUE ONE)

And by force we mean scene partners. Working together as a team and looking out for your scene partner’s means you can walk out on stage knowing that everyone has your back.


Want to know more about the ways of the force? Err, we mean, Improv? Check out our workshops page for all the latest on upcoming classes and courses.

Looking for some laughs this May The Fourth? Check out Improv Mullet tonight at The Kings Arms, Salford. Totally unscripted, totally unpredictable comedy for under a fiver!


From all at ComedySportz UK, May The Fourth Be With You!

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March Madness!

Don’t miss our March Madness Match at Waterside Arts this month! This month you don’t just decide which team wins each game… you decide who the teams are and what games they play!

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That’s right – this month we’re handing you all the power (well, almost, we still have our referee) as we’ll pick two audience volunteers to become team managers. It’ll be their responsibility to pick the teams and give inspirational advice to keep morale high. Our referee will also get you the audience to pick all of the games that are played that night. Who wins? You decide that too!

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Our March Madness Match Managers from 2017!

MARCH SHOWS

Mar 16th, 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.

Mar 16th, 6.30pm – ComedySportz, Waterside Arts, Sale. March Madness Match! This totally unpredictable, totally unscripted competitive comedy show just got even more unpredictable and unscripted. Is that even possible? There’s only one way to find out!  £7/5. Book online or via venue box office.

Mar 30th, 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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Shows This February

Fun loving Improv troupe seeks audience with GSOH of humour and long walks in the park this month… If that sounds like you then we’ve got lots going on this month to keep you and your family entertained during the half-term break!

Valentine's Day Show

We’re back at Waterside Arts 16th February with ComedySportz 4 Tots and our ComedySportz Valentine’s Special!

ComedySportz 4 Tots is our show for ages 6 and under with plenty of BIG laughs for little kids. There will be plenty of opportunities for kids and adults alike to get involved with all the silly songs, stories and games.

Then love will be in the air as our teams battle it out for your affections in our Valentine’s Special show with plenty of themed games! Who wins? You decide!

Comedy Ramsbottom

If that wasn’t enough for you then we’re back at Ramsbottom Civic Hall (16th February) and The Way Theatre, Atherton (23rd February) for more all action, all improvised competitive comedy. We’re delighted to be back at these exciting new venues – book your tickets now!

Think you might want to try your hand at Improv or looking for an alternative valentine’s day gift for your special someone – or even as a couple)? There are only a few spaces left on our next 8 week batch of workshops in Improvisation and Stand Up. Visit our workshops page or drop us an email to enquire about booking a space on one of our workshops as a gift.

Tickets:

ComedySportz 4 Tots (Waterside Arts)

ComedySportz Valentine’s Special (Waterside Arts)

ComedySportz (Ramsbottom Civic Hall)

ComedySportz (The Way Atherton)

Please note: Fees may apply if booking online.

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Merry Christmas from ComedySportz!

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year from all the team at ComedySportz Manchester. We hope you have very happy holidays and we can’t wait for what  2019 will bring with even more shows and classes!

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Whether you’re looking for a last minute Christmas gift or already thinking about your New Years Resolutions there is still time to sign up for our 2019 workshops!

Finally, if you’re looking for something to do with the family over Christmas we have two shows at The Piece Hall in Halifax on Saturday 22nd and Thursday 27th December. Book tickets here.

17th Birthday Highlights!

A special thank you to everyone that came to our Birthday shows at Waterside Arts and Chorley Little Theatre. Everyone had lots of fun and we got plenty of weird and wonderful suggestions and very funny audience volunteers.

 

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As you can see in the photo above, it was a closely fought contest over at Chorley Little Theatre but ultimately the Chorley team was victorious yet again… that make 17 years unbeaten! However the highlight of the match was undoubtedly when the Manchester team played Game-A-Matic…

 

We’re approaching the end of 2018 but we still have a few shows left before the year is out. Tickets are going fast for our Improvised Pantomimes in December and we’ll be doing two special ComedySportz shows at The Piece Hall in Halifax.

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