In 2001 ComedySportz UK started with just two teams, one ref, no script and some jokes! Not much has changed since then (our except our player’s kits) and we’re delighted to be returning to the venue where it all began – Chorley Little Theatre – to celebrate 18 years of fun and laughter on Saturday, 16th of November!
It’s hard to believe since those humble beginnings that we’re still here 18 years later and have performed and taught all over the world! Our journey started when Bron (centre, pic above) came back from America to run the youth theatre at Chorley Little Theatre. She had fallen in love the show in America and asked if we could do a one off show for charity. Players and audience members love it and we’ve been putting the world into CSz Worldwide ever since!
Our birthday shows are always a highlight of our year and great fun for all ages. As always our birthday show will be a Chorley vs. Manchester match with players who have been with us since the beginning versus newer players. ComedySportz UK is now also legally old enough to drink so you’ll be able to find us in the bar after!
We’ll be playing plenty of audience favourite games including ‘Object Tag!’ so be prepared to bring some really imaginative objects to see if we use them in our game! In previous years people have given us everything from a spare tyre to a microwave from which to craft quick-witted jokes and gags.
Video Highlights From Previous Birthday Shows at Chorley Little Theatre!
If you can’t make it to Chorley you can also catch us at Waterside Arts (also on the 16th) as well as ComedySportz 4 Tots. Be sure to follow us on social media as we share memories from the last 18 years and we hope you’ll join us as we celebrate this very special birthday weekend!
These dates are also currently our last regular ComedySportz shows of 2019 as December will see the return of our our Improvised Pantomimes – book your tickets now!
ComedySportz 18th Birthday Show
Venue: Chorley Little Theatre Tickets: £8 Adults £5 Concessions – Book Here Date: 16th November 2019 Time: 19:30 (2hrs inc. interval)
We hope you’ve had plenty of summer fun and are ready to get back to school… No? Don’t worry we’ve shows to keep you laughing at Waterside Arts… find out more below!
We’re just about recovered from the Edinburgh Fringe now and had a little time to reflect on what has been an amazing summer of laughter, jokes and comedy shenanigans.
It kicked off with our time at the ComedySportz World Championship where we were honoured to be chosen to perform in the final against host city Philadelphia!
Just a few days later and we were off to the Edinburgh Fringe to do two shows a day (some of us more) plus guest slots for 17 days! We had a fantastic time with amazing audiences and suggestions plus visiting players from ComedySportz worldwide.
A big thank you, as always, to all the staff at Laughing Horse Free Fringe Festival and the staff at our venues the Pear Tree and The Free Sisters.
You can catch up with all that we got up to over at our instagram.
…But the fun isn’t quite over as ComedySportz and ComedySportz 4 Tots return to Waterside Arts for some more family friendly fun on Saturday 31st August!
Never seen a ComedySportz match before? We have two teams, one ref, no script and lots of jokes as players fight for your laughs with quick-witted gags, games, sketches and songs. There are penalties for bad behaviour and bad jokes as the referee ensures a good clean match – it’s a family friendly show after all. Who wins? You decide!
ComedySportz 4 Tots is a show for kids aged 6 and under with lots of silly stories, songs and games guaranteed to make you giggle. There are plenty of big laughs for little kids and loads of opportunities for children to get involved in the fun. You can find out more about these and all of our upcoming events on our shows page.
Speaking of back to school, our next batch of workshops starts in September. We’re starting with a special one off Presentation Skills workshop and our new intermediate drop ins on Saturday 28th September. New to Improv? Our Foundation in Improv and Beginning Stand Up Comedy courses start a week later on Saturday 5th October and will run for 8 weeks. You can find out more at our workshops pages.
Our regular 8 week classes in Foundation in Improv and Beginning Stand Up Comedy will return in October. Postponed from May, we are delighted that we will once again be running our Presentation Skills one day workshop in September. We’re very close to confirming dates for our next Sketch Writing course and these will be going up on our website soon – sign up to our mailing listtoday to never miss an update!
New Term – New Classes!
We’re trying something new with our continuing/intermediateimprov workshops this time round. We will continue to run a rolling curriculum of workshops that focus on different skills and aspects of improvised performance but instead of having to sign up to a bulk course you can now drop in as often as you like. We’re trialling this new way of running the course for the autumn and will be announcing a schedule of workshops closer to the start date. Each session will cost just £5.
The intermediate workshops will be for people who have attended our Foundation Improv or an equivalent course/background as a certain level of knowledge will be assumed. If you have any questions about the course please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Keep an eye out on our website for a schedule of workshops!
Courses with ComedySportz
Courses are fun, friendly and affordable. We encourage play in safe and supportive environment and workshops are a great way to learn new skills whilst meeting new people. People from all backgrounds attend our workshops for lots of different reasons – to build confidence, learn performance skills, develop communication and presentation skills for work or just to play and have fun for a couple of hours every weekend!
Most workshops will take place in a new venue – the ThoughtWorks space in Federation House, Balloon St, Manchester. We are delighted that this space is fully wheelchair accessible. This is a new workshop space for us in the heart of the city and we’re very exciting to bring our classes to this new environment.
ComedySportz Manchester (CSzUK) is part of CSz Worldwide, one of the largest improv comedy and performance schools in the world. Facilitators are fully accredited by CSz Worldwide and have over a decade’s teaching experience. Join Manchester’s longest running improv and comedy classes today.
You can pay in full now or pay a small non-refundable deposit to secure your place and pay the rest later. If you would like to make alternative payment plans we will try to accommodate you where possible.
Visit our workshops page today to find out more and book a space on one of our courses!
We’ve got one final festive treat lined up for 2018 with two shows in the fabulous Spiegeltent at Piece Hall in Halifax!
Never seen a ComedySportz match before? Two teams will battle it out for your laughter using quick-witted gags, games, sketches and songs inspired by your suggestions. There’s a referee on hand to ensure a good clean match – it’s a family friendly show after all – with penalties for bad behaviour and bad jokes. The show is lots of fun for all ages, from chuckling children to giggling grandparents.
As it’s Christmas time we’ll be sure to throw in a few festive themed games. There will also be plenty of opportunities to get involved in these all action, all improvised comedy shows.
We were delighted to be asked back to the Spiegeltent after appearing at the Comedy for Kids show last year and there is a fantastic line up of events for families across the whole festive period. Piece Hall is wonderful venue packed full of great places to shop and eat – we might even do a little last minute Christmas shopping ourselves…
So if you’re looking for something to do with the family over Christmas you don’t want to miss ComedySportz at The Piece Hall!