Comedy Workshops – New Dates for 2022!

Our first face-to-face courses for 2022 are on sale now. Join Manchester’s longest running comedy workshops to get creative, build confidence and make new connections. You can also book a space on one of our comedy courses as a great alternative gift this Christmas. Spaces are limited so book now to avoid disappointment!

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Foundation Improv Course

Learn the core skills of an improviser in this 8 week course. Sessions cover the basics including: “Yes, And”, Listening, Characters, Storytelling, Objects, Scenes and Games. Whether you’re looking to learn new performance skills, get confident in communicating and teamwork or just want to have fun and play, this course is for you! The course returns 6th February 2022 and runs Sundays 2-4pm at Gorse Hill Studios. Ours is the longest running course of it’s kind in Manchester and we’re well equipped to help you rediscover your playful side! Book a space here.

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Intermediate Improv Course

Continue to develop your improv skills with this course looking at more advanced skills including scene work, character development and more. We’ll be announcing a full schedule of sessions in the New Year. The course returns 6th February 2022 and runs Sundays 4-6pm at Gorse Hill Studios. Book a space here.

Kids Improv Course

We’re sharing our skills with the next generation of comedy superstars with this brand new improv comedy course for kids aged 8-12 years. Learn the core skills of improv, get creative, build confidence and get a free T-Shirt! The classes end in a special show for friends and family. Learn how to play your favourite ComedySportz games and hone your comedy talents. The course returns 6th February 2022 and runs Sundays 12-2pm at Gorse Hill Studios. Book a space here.

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Beginning Stand-Up Comedy Course

Learn the core skills to develop and perform your own comedic material. Returning 5th February 2022, sessions will run Saturdays 12.30-2.30pm at The Barking Dog, Urmston. This 8 week course will cover a variety of topics including how to craft jokes, explore personas and discover your voice, develop good mic technique and how to approach venues for gigs. We provide a fun and supportive environment to try out new material with regular feedback. Whether you’re looking to break into Stand-Up comedy, develop writing skills or build confidence in public speaking, this course is for you! Limited spaces – book soon to avoid disappointment! Book a space here.

A Great Christmas Present!

You can give the gift of laughter this Christmas and book a space on one of our 8 week comedy workshops for a friend or loved one! Just let us know when you make a booking that this is a gift (leave a note in the book or drop us an email) and we’ll be in touch with a gift certificate and explainer that you can give to the recipient this festive season. Please note gift bookings must be paid in full. If the recipient is then unable to attend the course we can transfer them to a future date.

Not sure which course is right for you? Don’t hesitate to get in touch. For more information about our workshops – including testimonials – then visit our workshops page today.

Our courses and workshops leaders are all accredited by CSz Worldwide, one of the world’s largest comedy skills schools!

Our workshop leaders are all professional comedians and performers with several years experience teaching to all levels of experience and ability. Want to see us in action? Catch one of our shows!

 

ComedySportz returns to Chorley Youth Theatre

We played our first ComedySportz Match in 2001 as part of Chorley Youth Theatre. Now we’re back at Chorley Theatre on Friday 19th November to celebrate twenty years of laughs. As part of the celebrations, original team founder Brainne Edge and Chorley player Stephen Catterall returned to Chorley Youth Theatre to teach some comedy skills to the next generation of performers.

“It was fantastic to meet the kids who were us over twenty years ago!” says Brainne, who was running the Youth Theatre in 2001. “What a great bunch full of enthusiasm and talent, I’m really hoping some will audition for us in a few years time!”

The team taught the group of young performers some of the skills of comedy improvisation as well as the games we’ve been entertaining audiences with for two decades. Brainne adds, “Improv builds confidence, communication and keeps us playful, even as we get older. These kids had such a natural talent for being in the moment and are very funny. It’s the spirit of play and imagination that has kept us going for so long.”

Want to get involved in the fun? Don’t miss our twentieth anniversary show at Chorley Theatre this Friday! Tickets are available now from the theatre website, box office or Malcolm’s Musicland.

There will also be a raffle with all proceeds going to Children in Need. Prizes will include ComedySportz merchandise, tickets and more!

Venue: Chorley Theatre
Tickets: £8 Adults £5 Concessions (members of Chorley Youth Theatre 2-4-1 on concessionary tickets)
Date: 19th November 2021
Time: Starts 19:30 (2hrs inc. interval)

All Upcoming Shows

Musicals, Mullets and More this Month!

We’ve got lots of shows and workshops to get you laughing this October with our Halloween Spooktacular, The Improvised Musical, the return of Improv Mullet and the return of in person comedy courses (last few spaces remaining)!

ComedySportz Online Match!

We understand that not everyone can join us for our live improv shows – especially our international fans who have found us through our virtual shows – and we’ll be continuing our online ComedySportz matches on the first Saturday of every month. Subscribe to our youtube channel now to never miss a match. You can watch our September show at the link above. The stream will go live at 6.45pm BST with the fun kicking off at 7pm BST on Saturday 2nd October. Online shows are family friendly and free to watch.

Halloween Spooktacular

Our monthly Waterside Arts shows may be a bit early for Halloween but join us on Saturday October 23rd for some ghoulish gags and games because, well, we just love a theme! We’re adding a little pumpkin spice to our shows this month as our teams get the audience screaming with laughter, with spooky sketches and songs inspired by their suggestions. Don’t worry, there’s a referee on hand to issue penalties for bad jokes and bad behaviour – like trying to eat your brains!

We have two shows that day with ComedySportz 4 Tots at 3pm and ComedySportz at 6.30pm. Anyone in fancy dress gets a free treat!

Improv Comedy at The Barking Dog

Improv Mullet returns! We’re delighted to be bringing this adults only mixed format improv show to the Barking Dog, Urmston on Thursday 21st October! Why Improv Mullet? Because it’s shortform gags and games in the first half and longform scenes and sketches in the second.

There are two tickets types available – £5 entry or £13 for dinner and a show! We can attest that the food is absolutely fantastic.

Please arrive by 7.30pm to order your dinner upon arrival, showing the bar staff your ticket email. The show will start at 8pm. Dinner options are:

  • Chicken Curry Pie Steak & Ale Pie
  • Chicken & Wild Mushroom Pie
  • Cheese & Onion Pie (v)
  • Spiced Moroccan & Lentil Bake (v, vg, gf)

Each pie served with a choice of 2 sides and a gravy jug!

Book tickets here.

Opening Night!

Improvised Musical

And finally we have our Totally Improvised Musical show. Every night is opening night as we compose a brand new musical every show! We’re ready to tread the boards, tinkle the ivories and tickle your funny bones with this brand new show.

Join us as we go from suggestion to sensation at The Peer Hat, Manchester on October 26th and November 30th 2021. Tickets cost just £6 and you can book tickets here.

Keep an eye out for announcements of even more shows! You can subscribe to our social media channels or join our mailing list to catch regular updates on upcoming events and classes. Thank you for continuing to support live and livestream comedy. We can’t wait to see you at a show soon!

Want to get up on stage some day yourself? Well, if you have to panic buy anything this week make it a space on one of our fun and friendly comedy courses – there are limit spaces remaining on each! We have limited spaces remaining on our Foundation Improv and Beginning Stand-Up courses.

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Comedy Workshops Return!

We are delighted to announce the return of in-person workshops from October 2021. We’re running 8 week courses in Foundation Improv, Intermediate Improv and Beginning Stand-Up Comedy. Thank you for your continued interest and patience as we arrange suitable workshop spaces.

An eight week course designed to help introduce the basic theories, ideas and skills of improvisation. You don’t need to have any sort of background in performing or comedy to join in, just a willingness to get involved and have a good time. Not only useful for confidence building, stage presence, and play, but also a great opportunity to network and meet new people. The cost for the full eight weeks is £115 or £100 concessions. You can pay in full now or just pay a non-refundable £30 deposit to secure your space.

The course will commence Sunday 3rd October. Sessions will run Sunday afternoons 1-3pm for eight weeks at Gorse Hill Studios, Stretford. The venue is fully accessible with on street parking. The venue is also close to several bus routes and just a 15 minute walk from Old Trafford tram stop. Find out more.

An eight week course designed to give you your first foothold in the otherwise daunting world of Stand Up Comedy. Under expert tutelage you’ll receive all the skills you need to put together your first short stand-up comedy routine as well as fundamental skills like stagecraft, performance and microphone technique. The core of the course is a weekly workshop where the attendees will have a chance to prepare and try out their material in a supportive atmosphere. This course also includes a Showcase at the end of the 8 weeks for participants. The cost for the full eight weeks is £110 or £100 concessions. You can pay in full now or just pay a non-refundable £30 deposit to secure your space.

The course will commence Saturday 2nd October. Sessions will run Saturday afternoons 12.30-2.30pm for eight weeks at The Barking Dog, Urmston. Find out more.

We’re running things a little differently for our advanced classes this time round. So we can keep things covid-secure for workshoppers and facilitators alike we’re running this as a set eight week course. This allows us to keep a better track of numbers and ensure plenty of space for everyone – however, if you’d only be able to drop-in to some sessions you can drop us an email and we’ll try to squeeze you in at a per-session rate. This course has a rolling syllabus so can be taken multiple times. Some of the topics covered in previous courses and drop-ins:
    • Advanced Scene Work.
    • Use of Space
    • Maintaining Characters
    • Improv Challenges
    • Listening skills.
    • Status
    • Music and Rap
We’ll be announcing a full line-up of sessions on our website in the coming weeks. The course will commence Sunday 3rd October. Sessions will run Sunday afternoons 3-5pm for eight weeks at Gorse Hill Studios, Stretford. The venue is fully accessible with on street parking. The venue is also close to several bus routes and just a 15 minute walk from Old Trafford tram stop. Find out more.
We can’t wait to see you at a workshop or show soon. Want to catch us live? Visit our shows page for more info. Got questions about our workshops? Don’t hesitate to get in touch!