11 years at Waterside Arts!

We’re celebrating our 11th year at Waterside Arts this month! Thanks to all the staff and audiences who have made the last 11 years so much fun.

The Waterside is a fantastic venue that has allowed us to develop new shows (ah, the short lived Wrong! The Musical) and supported us as we’ve grown our audience and we’d like to give a very special thank you to all the team there!

Special thanks also to the audiences that have come to watch shows or attended workshops over the last eleven years!

Be sure to book your tickets for our shows on June 15th (especially as our next ones won’t be until late August!)


Never seen a ComedySportz show before? Two teams compete for your laughs with quick-witted gags, games, sketches and songs inspired by your suggestions with a referee on hand to ensure a good clean match – it’s a family friendly show after all! Who wins? You decide!

Show starts 6.30pm. Tickets are available here or via venue box office. Fees may apply if booking online.

ComedySportz 4 Tots

ComedySportz 4 Tots is jam-packed with silly songs, stories and games guaranteed to make you giggle! There are plenty of opportunities for children and adults alike to get involved in the action with plenty of BIG laughs for little kids.

Show starts 3pm. Tickets are available here or via venue box office. Fees may apply if booking online.

All Upcoming Shows

All Upcoming Workshops

Intensive Workshops – Don’t Miss Out!

There are just a few spaces left on our intensive workshops this May/June so don’t miss out on your chance to sign up to Manchester’s longest running  comedy classes this Summer!

Whether you’re looking to learn new skills, brush up on some old ones or just want to spend a fun weekend rediscovering your playful side there is something for everyone with our fun, friendly and affordable range of courses.

Musical Improv Workshop Manchester

2 Day Intensive Workshops

Foundation Improv (Full Price Deposit)

Learn the core skills of Improv comedy with ComedySportz including Yes, And, Listening, Objects and Storytelling.

Beginning Stand Up (Full PriceDeposit)

We’ll help you hone your comedic voice with this short course covering everything from material generation to mic technique.

Sketch Writing (Full PriceDeposit)

Craft your sketches in this two day course covering everything from the perfect premise to the killer punchline.

Longform Improv (Full PriceDeposit)

This short introduction to longform improv will explore popular formats and edits. A deeper dive into creating whole improvised worlds and narratives.

Musical Improv (Full PriceDeposit)

Find the key to unlock the skills needed for improvised songs and rhyme. You don’t need a great singing voice to take part just a strong desire to have some fun!

1 Day Intensive Workshops

Character Improv (Full PriceDeposit)

Do all of your improv characters feel a little flat? Explore ways to bring new life to your on stage creations.

Presentation Skills (Full PriceDeposit)

Discover ways to engage your audience by employing performance skills to enliven your work presentations and brush up on your networking with confidence.

Stand Up “Your Next 5 Minutes” (Full PriceDeposit)

Completed one of our courses or looking to hone your new material? Stuck in a rut and want to put a bit of spark back into your jokes? Then this stand up comedy class is for you!


All prices include a non-refundable deposit (£30 for 2 Day classes, £10 for 1 Day classes). You can pay in full now or pay your deposit to secure your space and pay the rest later.

If you’ve taken one of our (or similar) improv comedy classes before we will also be running a six week intermediate improv course. This will run at the same time as our intensives so there are discounts for anyone who signs up to multiple courses – get in touch today to find out more.

Our courses and workshops are accredited by CSz Worldwide – one of the world’s largest schools for shows and comedy classes.

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Feedback from our latest 8 week stand up course.

Want to know more about our courses? You can also come along to our Intermediate Workshops Showcase on Sunday 28th April at The Kings Arms (starts 7.30pm) which will be followed by a short improv jam and an opportunity to talk to course facilitators about our comedy classes.

All Upcoming Workshops

All Upcoming Shows

10 Years at Waterside

10 years at Waterside
Celebrate with us!

We’re celebrating 10 years at the Waterside on Saturday 28th April! We’ve had a few homes over the years and absolutely love being at the Waterside. From humble beginnings the audience has steadily grown and the show now has regular fans some of whom we’ve watched grow up whilst some weren’t even born when we moved the show to Sale! We’d incredibly thankful for the support of the venue, it’s fantastic staff and the audiences and volunteers that have given us such brilliant suggestions!

To celebrate 10 years at Waterside we’ll be having an Oldies vs Newbies special as players that have been with us since we started at Sale take on the new bloods! As always there will be a referee on hand to ensure a good clean match, get suggestions and keep the action flowing.

Because of the continued support of our audiences we’ve been able to launch two brand new shows at the Waterside in the last 12 months. The first, ComedySportz 4 Tots has plenty of big laughs for little kids with silly story, songs and games as well as plenty of interactivity for young ones. The show has proven to be very popular, introducing kids under 6 to comedy and performance. We then launched our Improvised Pantomime in December 2017 which proved yet again to be incredibly popular. We’re delighted to have earned the audience’s trust to try new shows and formats and your support has been fantastic.

We’ve made some fantastic memories at the Waterside and we’ll be sharing those here and on our twitter and facebook pages throughout the week.

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Sally gets a brown bag. She still protests her innocence.

Also, if you want a weekend of Improv be sure to check out our friends at Bumper Blyton Improvised Adventure on Friday 27th at Waterside – featuring ComedySportz alum Sally Hodgkiss. It’s a fantastic show and we’re very much looking forward to it. Sally was a third of the audience at our very first show at the Waterside – how times have changed!

Finally, don’t forget to enter our flyer and poster design competition for fans under 16 years old. Information on how to enter can be found on the ComedySportz news page with the winner receiving a framed and signed copy of their design as well as 4 tickets for a future show and a selection of ComedySportz merchandise. The deadline for entries is 5th May 2018. Email entries to info@comedysportz.co.uk

Buy ComedySportz 4 Tots tickets here.

Buy ComedySportz 10 Anniversary tickets here.

Buy Bumper Blyton tickets here. (Recommended Ages 11+)