International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 we wanted to take a moment to highlight all of the very funny women in ComedySportz Manchester! Below you’ll find some of our player’s favourite photos and a little about themselves and their time with ComedySportz.

We’re extremely proud to have had so many talented women be part of our roster throughout the years, delighting audiences around the world, inspiring young people of all genders to take to the stage, and putting an end to those tired old “women aren’t funny though” arguments.

ComedySportz UK was founded in 2001 by Bron Edge and we’ve been going strong ever since…

Bron Edge

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Bron reffing a ComedySportz Match at the ComedySportz World Championships!

I’m so proud of our strong and funny women who are part of ComedySportz Manchester.  I learn with them and from them every week. We often get comments from some of the young girls who come and watch ComedySportz in Sale, about how funny all our women are, and I hope we inspire them to go forward and do whatever they want to do (as we do for each other). Out of the three people that effectively run ComedySportz these days, two of them are women, that’s a pretty sweet ratio. 😀

Rachel Wareing

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Performing as part of the Women in Comedy Festival at The Frog and Bucket!

I enjoy sharing…so hearing an audience laugh or when the penny drops with a workshop attendee, it fills me up with so much joy.

In CSz we are a family, there’s so many different dynamics but all with the same goal, to laugh. To make someone smile. To take people away from stressful life.

We are inclusive, we represent that in the women we have in our group.
We have strong female role models to show the younger generation that everyone can be funny and everyone should be included.

Kate McCabe

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Inspiring future funny females at our Halloween Special.

I love performing and teaching comedy SO much. Improv comedy helps me to stay playful and positive and is real life magic.

Working with CSZ has been an amazing gateway to meeting amazing and funny women from all over the world. When you feel like the problem of representation of women in comedy is too real, it’s a salve to get to take the stage with these gals.

Happy International Women’s Day everyone!

Carly Tarett

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Carly Tarett.

Maggie Nolan

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Backstage at Waterside Arts! (sorry about the mess)

I have been a part of Csz for coming up to 5 years and I love it because I get to say I am in a team. I never got picked for teams at school because I ran the other way when a ball came at me and I was frightened of hockey sticks.

Vicki Mitchem

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Vicki raising the Manchester flag high at ComedySportz World Championship in San Jose! #sassy

 

Laura Brook-Smith

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ComedySportz played an all-female team at the ComedySportz World Championships last year!

There’ve been loads of great moments over the my two years with CSz. But the whole experience of the show in the photo was very surreal going from a regular customer service job at the time to performing in North Hollywood. Sometimes I have stints of feeling “am I even funny though?”, but the uplifting environment and scale of the event helped me make the most of the bizarre yet extremely fun moment.

Josie Throup

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Josie is one of our latest recruits. See her at a show soon!

I’ve just joined Comedy Sportz and am excited to be part of a female-run team that is full of witty women. I’ve been doing improv for five years, and it’s taught me to do so many things that women aren’t taught to do: to unapologetically take up space on stage and refuse to make myself small, to take on the ‘Professor’ role in a scene and cast another woman as the ‘Astronaut’, to not be afraid to be disgusting and monstrous when the scene needs that.

I also think that Improv is one of the most accessible forms of comedy to women and non binary folks and should be celebrated for that. It breaks the macho mould of a lot of stand up with its focus on team work, support, and fun.

This International Women’s Day may we continue to accept and support people of all genders.


Happy International Women’s Day to all of the very talented women in ComedySportz teams worldwide and female improvisers everywhere!

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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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Intensive Workshops

We are delighted to announce a series of intensive workshops and courses that will run throughout May and June in Improv, Stand Up, Sketch and so much more!

As well as short courses that cover more specialised skills we’ll be starting this season of intensive workshops with two day versions of our Foundation in Improv and Beginning Stand Up Comedy courses. These classes are ideal for anyone who has not been able to attend or commit to our longer eight week sessions. Our longer courses will return later in 2019.

You can pay in full now or just pay a small non-refundable deposit (£30 for two Day Intensives, £10 for one day intensives) to secure your space. All courses will run in the theatre spaces of the Kings Arms, Salford.

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Two Day Intensive Workshops

Foundation in Improv

4th-5th May 2019. 12.30-5pm each day. £75 for the whole course.

Learn the core skills and tenets of improvised performance including: Yes, And, Listening, Character, Objects, Storytelling, scene work, and an introduction to games. No previous performance experience required.

Beginning Stand Up Comedy

4th-5th May 2019. 12.30-5pm each day. £75 for the whole course.

Learn the core skills you’ll need to craft your first five minutes of stand up. Covering everything from material generation to mic technique we’ll help you find your comedic voice. No previous performance experience required.

Sketch Writing

18th-19th May 2019. 12.30-5pm each day. £75 for the whole course.

This short course will help you develop written sketch material from the perfect premise to the killer punchline. We’ll look at ways to hone and craft your material as well defeating any writers number one enemy – the blank page! No previous experience required.

Longform Improv

1st-2nd June 2019. 12.30-5pm each day. £75 for the whole course.

This short introduction to longform improv will explore the depth of storytelling and character development possible through longform improv. This course will introduce you to popular longform formats & scene edits. Some previous experience in performance and/or improvisation is recommended. Attendees will also gain free entry to Improv Mullet our combined shortform and longform show on Saturday 1st June.

Musical Improv

15th-16th June 2019. 12.30-5pm each day. £85 for the whole course.

Find the key (geddit?) to unlocking your tuneful side. Covering everything from rhythm to rhyme we’ll introduce you to the core skills to help you improvise songs. We’ll help you find the confidence you need to sing off-script – and it doesn’t matter if you’re off-key either. No previous experience required.

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One Day Intensive Workshops

Character Improv

18th May 2019. 12.30-5pm. £45 for the whole course.

Often find yourself on stage just playing… yourself? This short course will explore ways to create characters that are as fun to watch as they are to perform.  Previous performance experience recommended but not required.

Presentation Skills

19th May 2019. 12.30-5pm. £45 for the whole course.

This intensive session will explore ways of using performance to skills to help you develop more effective presentations for business and events. If you’re the kind of person who dreads speaking in front of crowds then this safe, supportive workshop will help you find the confidence you need! No previous experience required.

Stand Up Comedy – Your Next 5 Minutes

1st June 2019. 12.30-5pm. £45 for the whole course.

Is your set stuck in a rut? Whether you’ve previously attended our Beginning Stand Up Comedy course or on the circuit but going in circles, this intensive workout will help you stretch your creative muscles and hone those funny bones.

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Don’t delay and visit our workshops page today to sign up with Manchester’s longest running comedy performance courses. Got questions about any of our workshops or classes – perhaps you’d like to know more about our workshops for schools and businesses? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Improv Workshops Last Few Spaces!

There are just a few spaces left on our Foundation in Improv Workshops commencing 16th February! Don’t miss this chance to learn from Manchester’s longest running comedy improv classes and sign up today.

Whether you’re a budding performer or a professional hoping to learn new communication and listening skills or someone who just wants to have a bit of fun for a couple of hours on a Saturday, our workshops have something to suit everyone!

Build confidence, learn the core skills and tenets of Improvised performance and meet new people in a safe and supportive environment. Workshops are fun, friendly and above all, affordable with no stage experience necessary!

Our workshops have featured The Guardian Online, The Stage, Cosmopolitan UK and Manchester Confidential. Our courses and workshops leaders are fully accredited by CSz Worldwide, one of the world’s largest comedy improvisation schools.

Visit our workshops page today to reserve your space. You can pay in full now or pay a non-refundable £30 deposit and pay the rest later!

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During the 8 week course you will learn key skills including:

  • Yes, And
  • Listening
  • Character
  • Storytelling
  • Objects
  • Intro to Scenes
  • Intro to Games

Taking Improv Workshops with ComedySportz can be beneficial in many ways:

  • Improvisation is a great skill in auditions and rehearsal
  • Build confidence in performing off-script
  • Develop listening and communication skills for networking and teamwork
  • Discover a positive, open attitude to communication
  • Find your unique comedic voice
  • Focus on being “in the moment” and seizing opportunities
  • Rediscover your playful side
  • Meet new people

Intermediate Improv

Already have some experience in improvisation? There are a few spaces left on our Intermediate Improv course. This is open to anyone who has recently taken our 8 week Foundation in Improv workshops or an equivalent course/experience. It’s best to be honest with yourself and your skill level as the intermediate course assumes a level of pre-existing knowledge/experience.  Sessions cover everything from deeper character creation to improvised rap on a rolling curriculum. If you feel you may benefit from a refresher it is advised to try our Foundation in Improv workshops first. If you have any queries about our courses please don’t hesitate to get in touch today!

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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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