Online Free Fringe Festival!

This year would have been our biggest Edinburgh Festival Fringe yet but sadly it was not to be… Luckily the show will go online with the Online Free Fringe Festival!

Watch Free Comedy Online

Going online means we’ll have to deep fry our own mars bars but we’ll be doing four shows a week to keep you laughing throughout August. We’ll be doing daytime shows (Mondays and Fridays at 12.30pm BST) and evening shows (Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7pm BST). Going online means we can still be joined by ComedySportz players from around the world.  All of our shows during the online free fringe festival are family friendly and free to watch, however, donations, as always, are gratefully received.

So, if you’re looking for some lockdown laughs or missing the fun of the fringe, you can watch our shows at our youtube channel. Our youtube channel also has plenty of clips from past Edinburgh Fringe runs as well. Visit our shows page for a full schedule of upcoming shows.

We’re delighted to be partnering up with the Free Festival again and there are some brilliant shows (not all family friendly mind) to keep you laughing throughout the month. We’re continuing to look at how we can return to live performance and hope to have some good news in the coming months. Until then we will continue to do shows and workshops online. Stay safe and keep laughing!Missing

ComedySportz Virtual World Championship!

We were saddened when, due to the ongoing pandemic, two of our biggest annual events – CSz World Championship and The Edinburgh Festival Fringe – were cancelled. Luckily the show will go online with the ComedySportz Virtual World Championship!

Starting TODAY, the Virtual World Championship  sees teams from around the world go for gold with quick-witted gags and games. Sadly the CSz Houston Championship was unable to go ahead this year but we’re glad that by going online more of our fans in the UK can take part in the fun – if they don’t mind staying up late that is!

The World Championship is always a big event with teams coming together for a week of workshops and shows. We hope you can join us for what promises to be a very funny week of online entertainment!

Watch ComedySportz World Championship Online

This year’s ComedySportz Virtual World Championship sees Manchester take on Jersey Shore. It’s guaranteed to be a really fun hour of all action, all improvised competitive comedy for all ages you won’t want to miss! The match is scheduled for Saturday 1st August at 3pm BST (10am EDT/7am PDT). You can watch the match here – where you can also set a reminder and subscribe to our youtube channel to never miss a show.

You can also find some of our previous World Championship matches on our videos page.

Whilst many of the virtual matches will be happening during the middle of the night UK time, you can find a full line-up of virtual championship shows here for any nite-owls needing a laugh.

World Championship Merchandise

Support live comedy

We also have a new T-Shirt campaign! We always take a limited run T-Shirt to sell at CSz World Championship and this year is no different. Money from these shirts helps to fund future ComedySportz shows and events. There are also UK and US based vendors for the T-Shirts to help cut postage costs.

You can still get our ComedySportz mugs… FOR HOT DRINKS ONLY! Proper use of mugs has been a hot topic in the audience chat on our online shows. These mugs are a great way to support our players whilst keeping your warm beverages in an appropriate receptacle. Get yours by making a donation of £15 or above. For full details on how you can support our players and bag yourself some swag visit our donations page today.

Check back next week to learn more about our Online Free Fringe Festival shows and don’t forget to sign up to our mailing list for monthly updates on workshops and shows.

Performing Stand-Up Comedy At Home

With venues closed, comedians have found new ways to reach audiences with online gigs and gags (and saving hundreds in petrol costs). If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at Stand-Up but don’t know where to begin, why not take our fun and inspiring Beginning Stand-Up course online?

Below, workshop leader and Stand-Up comedian Kate McCabe shares a little of what you can expect when you take our four week virtual course.

learn to do stand-up with comedysportz online

Teaching stand-up comedy over Zoom has been much more satisfying than I, perhaps pessimistically, thought it would be. It was crushing to come to the understanding, several months ago, that live performance was not going to be on the docket for the time being. That feeling, of course, has recently been renewed. So, how does one who performs and teaches stand-up keep up with their craft? Moreover, how can you introduce people to the form when it’s unlikely that there will be any ‘physical’ gigs soon. Well, it turns out…you can’t kill comedy.

Even with the current limitations, that human urge to make people laugh lives on. Many of us have had the urge to ‘take something up’ during this lockdown. Whether that’s learning the piano, paying more attention to your Duolingo, or getting more reading done, it still takes discipline and encouragement. For most of us, that discipline can be introduced via workshops. Happily, there are excellent lessons and exercises we can still cultivate via virtual learning. Zoom is also where, for the foreseeable future, open mics, new material, and professional level gigs are going to take place. (Other software and hosting platforms are, of course, available). At CSzUK, we’ve taken steps to ensure effective and fun remote stand-up teaching.

We offer short, dynamic, and inspiring sessions.

In these sessions, we want people to develop important writing and performance habits to jump-start their creativity. Additionally, we want everyone to have the chance to build confidence and afford them the time to be heard and to receive valuable, constructive feedback.

We made the decision that the workshops would only last an hour to deliver a focused, engaging session that would feel like a pleasure not a chore. Secondly, we’ve limited the number of participants for the four week session. Stand-Up classes have a maximum of 5 attendees so that workshoppers are getting the needed attention during that class time. Thirdly, as a free supplement to the 7pm Monday sessions, we offer short, weekly one-on-one sessions to review the regular writing challenges that the participants are working on. Finally, we will be offering our participants a slot at our LIVE showcase which will be scheduled once live performances are safe to put on the calendar again.

So, four weeks of invigorating, silly, compelling practice for both this zoom-based comedy world and the hopeful beyond… that’s what you get on the course. As well as plenty of laughter!

Our next Stand-Up course commences Monday 13th July and costs just £75. Book here. Whether you’re looking to learn new skills, develop your comedic voice or practice your online presentation skills in a supportive environment, there are plenty of reasons to take a course with CSzUK.

You may also be interested in our 6 week Foundation Improv course.

ComedySportz Lockdown Update July 2020

The world may slowly be re-opening but theatres and venues remain closed to performances. We have started making tentative plans for after the summer but even if we do get to the point where we can perform live again we need to do so responsibly – safety for our players and audience members should always come first. Until then the show will still go online.

Watch online comedy and learn improv and stand up with ComedySportz

WORKSHOPS

We will continue to provide Digital Drop-Ins throughout July. We have recently conducted feedback on our classes and have been delighted with the response. We’ve taken on your feedback and will be filling the next few weeks with the content you’ve asked for – the schedule will go live later this week.

We’re also delighted to announce that we are finally ready to deliver an online Foundation Improv course! This fun and friendly six week course will commence Thursday 23rd July 2020 and we can’t wait! Whether you’re looking to start performing improv comedy, want to improve your listening and communication skills or just want to meet new people in a fun and friendly online environment then this course is for you. Adapted from our regular courses and tailored to online training, these Foundation Improv online workshops will help you learn new skills that can applied on stage and off.

Also, we’re running another of our increasingly popular online Stand-Up Comedy courses commencing Monday 13th July 2020. This exciting online comedy course will look at ways of crafting great gags, exploring joke structure, and developing storytelling techniques to hone your comedic voice. There will be weekly writing exercises as well as regular, friendly feedback on your material and performance. This course is ideal for anyone stuck at home looking for laughs and wanting to try their hand at something new.

SHOWS

With more people returning to work and more opportunities to get out of the house we are resting our Friday Fun Time Lunch Time shows for July. However we will still be doing our Witty Wednesday and Super Saturday shows every week at 7pm BST. For a full schedule visit our shows page.

This week players would have been making their way to ComedySportz World Championship in Houston, Texas. We’re excited however that there will now be an online championship and we’ll have more details soon!

Beyond July we have some very exciting events lined up. 2020 would have been our biggest Edinburgh Fringe yet and we’re delighted to be teaming up again with Laughing Horse for their online festival in August. Full dates will be online soon.

If you’re reading this and looking for family friendly entertainment for your online festival please don’t hesitate to get in touch today!

VIDEOS

We have a brand new video page on the website with a few favourite clips and even full shows from our rewatch series. Perfect if you’d like a reminder of what things used to be like when we could all laugh in the same room together!

THANK YOU

We’ve been immensely proud of how our players have responded to the ongoing situation and incredibly grateful for your continued support during this time. We’re committed to keeping our online shows free but have been very grateful for your donations so far.

Recently, we asked you to give those donations instead to Black Lives Matter, The Proud Trust and Rainbow Noir as well as making contributions ourselves.  We’re making plans for more shows supporting charitable causes in the coming weeks and months. We already have some in mind but please get in touch if you know of organisations you think we can bring some awareness to and hopefully raise a little money for.

 

We hope it’s not too long until we can all be together again but until then stay safe and keep on laughing!

MUGS – FOR HOT DRINKS ONLY!

Thanks to everyone who supported our T-Shirt campaign the other month. Your support has continued to help our players, many of whom are self-employed performers and without work whilst venues remain closed.

If you’ve been watching along with our online shows you’ll know that Lukas has been repeatedly misusing mugs by drinking cold drinks out of them. Yep, awful isn’t it? It’s become such a hot topic among our regular online viewers that our latest merch is a brand new mug FOR HOT DRINKS ONLY!

Mugs are for hot drinks only

If you donate £15 or above to support our players we’ll send you one of these limited edition mugs so you can sip a warm brew whilst enjoying one of our online matches. (If ordering from Europe please add £10 or if ordering from the US £20 to cover delivery fees – no we didn’t expect it to be that much either).

Thank you for continuing to support live(stream) comedy and for using mugs properly. Donate here.