18 Years of Memories!

We don’t know if we’ve mentioned it much lately but we turn 18 years old this month! That means that ComedySportz UK is now legally old enough to drink alcohol, get a tattoo and buy fireworks. You’ll have to come along to the show at Chorley Little Theatre to find out which of those we get up to in the bar afterwards!

Every Birthday show is also an opportunity for us to enjoy some great memories and laughter! Below, some of our players look back at moments that have stayed with us from the last 18 years…

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So Many Memories!

John: A few weeks ago at Waterside Arts, a dad pointed me out to his kids and said: “It’s Armitage shanks” – a character I’d played in last years panto. It’s great to have so many loyal fans! Those moments are really special.

Lukas: Yeah! One of my favourite memories is watching an audience volunteer make Darryl repeatedly slap himself in the face during a game of Moving Bodies. Like John said, it’s great to have so many loyal fans! Those moments are really special – especially when they happen to someone else…

Rachel: Kate and Tommo (original Chorley players) racing each other at skydiving in a game of Forward Reverse… That went on for 8 minutes. It was our first match and we didn’t realise maybe games shouldn’t always go on that long!

Darryl: This is from the early days at Chorley. I can’t remember the exact context but I was a sniper and I asked Steven how he knew about a certain characteristic of the person we were targeting. His response was I can see his passport! The target turned out to be a guerilla. Harambe hadn’t been killed yet so you could still make jokes about that sort of thing.

Sean: I love seeing people flourish and come out of themselves during our workshops. There have been so many great moments during workshops and players practice that no audience ever gets to see. It’s fun to perform with friends.

Bron: We do enjoy a good post match curry. There are quite a few of us in the troupe and once about 20 of us went for a meal. Marcus ordered a starter. No one else did, which meant we all had to wait for our main course. Some of us had had a full day of workshops before the show and no time to eat… Several players died from hunger.

…Oh Marcus.

Laura: I loved it when Erin from CSz Twin Cities came to visit and performed with us because it was my first look into the “ComedySportz extended universe” and I realised just how big the CSz Worldwide family really is! It’s been great playing with improvisers from all over the world!

Marcus: It was my first show at the Comedy Store and to choose which team went first the referee got members of the audience to draw a moustache on me and Ash. It was a special show raising money for Movember. The child who was chosen to draw a red moustache on my face with a felt tip pen literally tattooed a red goatee beard to my face… I was not sure where the red ink stopped and my crimson blood began. That evening I found out why that particular brand of pen is called Sharpie.

Sean: That’s what you get for ordering a starter when no one else does.

Marcus: I did actually ask for my starter to be sent out with the mains. So I could have a chicken pakora/lamb madras hybrid. It’s not my fault!

Bron: We’ve learned a lot over the years and performed in some fantastic- and not so fantastic places. It’s been great to see audiences grow especially at the Edinburgh Fringe where that audience has included Prince Edward and his family. We were told we were going to have a special visitor but not who it was going to be. We were busy preparing for the show so didn’t know they’d effectively shut down Cowgate so the prince and his family could get to the venue. It was a very surreal experience.

Rob: Starting ComedySportz 4 Tots has been a real highlight for me. Lots of fun and madness every month. Grateful for the opportunity to get very little uns watching our comedy and introducing improv to really young kids who are so imaginative makes the show so much fun to perform!

Kate: It was great to see Manchester play the ComedySportz World Championship final in Philadelphia this year! Finally the UK has been recognised as a world power. It definitely made up for that time Marcus ordered a starter when no one else did.

Marcus: It was… It was six years ago.

Want To Know More?

You can read more about the last 18 years of improvised adventures on our updated History page! If you have memories of shows or workshops that you’d like to share with us you can find us on social media or drop us an email! If you would like to find out about all of the exciting things we have planned for the next 18 years then never miss an update and sign up to our monthly mailing list!

Somehow got this far and still not seen a ComedySportz show? Check our calendar for upcoming shows. Want to take an improv journey of your own? Why not sign up to one of our workshops or classes starting early 2020!

2020 Workshop Dates Announced!

We’re excited to announce our next batch of 8 week courses in Improv and Stand-Up comedy will commence Saturday 25th January 2020. Don’t miss your place and sign up now to our immensely popular comedy workshops. Whether you’re looking to develop new performance skills, meet new people or just trying something new altogether our fun and friendly courses have something for everyone. Our workshops have featured in The Stage, Cosmopolitan UK and The Guardian Online. We’re delighted to confirm that our workshop spaces are also fully wheelchair accessible.

If you’re already thinking about your new year, new you be sure to check out our classes for 2020!

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Book a workshop for 2020 today!

Foundation in Improv

Whether you’re a budding performer or not, the idea of going off script can be intimidating! Learn the core skills of an improviser and rediscover your playful side with our safe and supportive classes. Develop your listening and communication skills to react and be in the moment. Say ‘Yes, And’ to Improv! Click here to find out more.

Beginning Stand-Up Comedy

Ever imagined yourself performing stand-up live but don’t know how to start? Maybe you just want to develop confidence in public speaking or put a few jokes into an upcoming speech you have to make. Even if you are already performing, this course will help you craft jokes, hone your material and develop your comedic voice. Click here to find out more.

Give the gift of laughter this Christmas!

You can also book a place on either or 8 week Improv or Stand-Up Comedy workshops as a Christmas present for a friend, family member or colleague! Write a note when booking or contact us beforehand to make arrangements. We will provide you with a certificate and info sheet to give on the day. If you think you know someone who would benefit from our classes then give them a gift like no other!

Other Comedy Workshops and Classes

We’ll also be continuing to run our improv drop-ins for those looking to learn new skills. We’re currently planning another exciting line up of classes which we’ll be announcing in the coming weeks. Keep checking back for updates!

We will also be running our sketch writing course again early 2020. Watch this space for dates!

Finally, we’re running another Presentation Skills workshops on Saturday January 11th. Our last Presentation Skills intensive proved very popular and we’re delighted to be running this class again. Use the skills of a Stand-Up to deliver engaging, entertaining presentations to wow your colleagues in the new year. Secure your space by paying a small deposit or pay in full today!

Find Out More!

ComedySportz UK has been running workshops in Manchester for fifteen years. Our facilitators are fully accredited by CSz Worldwide and have performed and taught all over the world.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to find out more about our upcoming workshops. Our team will be delighted to answer any questions you might have and help you choose the course that is right for you. Want to see how we put our skills into practice, why not check out a show and members of our team will be happy to answer any questions afterwards.

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Halloween Spooktacular this October!

Ghoulish gags and games abound in our Halloween special at the end of the month. Players will be adding a little pumpkin spice to our usual family friendly show as teams get you screaming with laughter with spooky sketches and songs inspired by your suggestions.

Screaming with Laughter this Halloween

Instead of the red and blue team this month it’ll be the Dead and Boo teams vying for your laughs with special themed games. Don’t worry though, there’s still a referee on hand to issue penalties for bad jokes and bad behaviour – like trying to eat your brains!

It’ll be great fun for the whole family this Halloween with treats for any audience members in fancy dress. Who wins? You decide!

For families with younger kids there is also ComedySportz 4 Tots at 3pm with plenty of big laughs for little kids.

Our Halloween special is always lots of fun and just the start of a fantastic autumn/winter line up of shows. Don’t miss our 18th Birthday weekend on 16th November with shows at Waterside Arts and Chorley Little Theatre – more details coming soon. Then, in December, our Improvised Pantomimes return with shows at Waterside Arts and The Palace Cinema in Longridge!

ComedySportz Halloween Spooktacular

Venue: Waterside Arts, Waterside Plaza, Sale, M33 7ZF
Tickets: £8 Adults £6 Concessions – Book Here
Date: 26th October 2019
Time: 18:30 (2hrs inc. interval)

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Back To School

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!

Back to school? Don’t worry, we’ve still got some summer fun lined up!

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.

Our last day at the Edinburgh Fringe! Thanks to the team at The Free Sisters!

…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.

Improv Your Fringe Experience!

This is our 12th year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe so it’s fair to say we’ve picked up a few survival skills along the day. The four core values of ComedySportz are Collaboration, Inspiration, Gratitude and Fun. In this post we’re got to talk about how performers and audiences alike can use those values to make the most of your time at the Fringe!

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Collaboration

The Fringe is a great time for performers and audiences to meet, laugh and make connections. It’s an opportunity to experiment and try new things. As improvisers we are always on the look out for gifts and offers; opportunities to have fun and find ways to support each other in the improv community. The fringe can be busy, tiring and stressful so it’s important to support each other!

Inspiration

There are thousands of shows to see at the Edinburgh Fringe from names you know and names you don’t!

The core tenet of improvisation is “Yes, And”, the notion that you accept what is being offered to you (in Edinburgh terms this can mean something as simple as taking a flyer from a rain soaked act who hasn’t slept) and then building on it (again, in Edinburgh terms this means coming to a show and having fun). In Improv you’re never sure what is going to happen, you take a risk on something new and find something unexpected and fun! This is a great attitude to take to seeing shows at the festival – The Fringe is the worlds largest all you can eat buffet so don’t just have the chips!

Gratitude

Because there are thousands of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe competing for your time we always say thank you to the audiences that choose to see our shows by putting on the best show we can every time!

We always attend as part of the Free Festival so audiences can see as many shows as they like but anyone who has been to the fringe before knows that free shows ask for donations at the end to help cover costs. We’ll have a few incentives to encourage donations – copies of our new ComedySportz book as well as wearable merch – but there is absolutely no obligation. Just give us a high five and tell someone how much you enjoyed the show …so when they come to see it the next day they can bring money instead.

If you attend a free/pay what you want show and aren’t able to make a donation but really enjoyed the show then consider posting about the show on social media, leaving a good review on the Edinburgh Fringe website or help to spread word of mouth. If you’ve enjoyed one of our matches we’d love to hear from you using the hashtag #CSzED19 and this year’s official fringe hashtag #MakeYourFringe!

Fun

The joy of Improv is getting to play with other people. To start with nothing and end up with a story to tell. The Fringe is an opportunity to do that writ large, to try new things and make new connections on stage and off. It’s our festival. Let’s play!

Other Tips:

  • There are hundreds of great free shows across the city. Paid shows also run cheaper tickets on previews or 2-4-1 days and the half price huts are a great place to snag a bargain.
  • The Fringe can be a loud, intimidating place with big crowds so be sure to look after yourself and find some quiet moments when you can.
  • At ComedySportz we wear nice shoes. In Edinburgh we wear comfortable, sturdy shoes as there is a lot of walking around (and up and down). We always take a couple of pairs.
  • And a coat. The Edinburgh weather can change more frequently than a game of New Choice!

For more fringe insights and stories then check out these interviews with ComedySportz players Vicki and Sean.

We hope to see you at the Edinburgh Fringe this year but don’t worry if you can’t make it as ComedySportz and ComedySportz 4 Tots will be back at Waterside Arts at the end of August.

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