Improv Double Bill – Tickets On Sale NOW!

UPDATE: Unfortunately Tier 3 restrictions in Manchester mean that Lock 91 is closed for the next few weeks. We hope to book new dates in as soon as possible. In the meantime you can catch our online shows on youtube every Wednesday and Saturday and tickets are on sale now for our 19th Birthday show at Chorley Theatre in November.

We can’t wait to be laughing live again and we hope you can join us. We’ll soon be posting all the ways that we’re adapting shows to ensure an as safe as possible time for everyone.

COMEDYSPORTZ UK

Two teams. One ref. No script. Lots of laughs!

ComedySportz sees teams go for gold with quick-witted gags and games in this all action, all improvised competitive comedy show. There’s a referee on hand to ensure a good clean match with penalties for bad behaviour and bad jokes. Join us for an evening of totally unscripted, utterly unpredictable and absolutely unmissable laughs. Who wins? YOU decide! (Find out more)

“…a non-stop stream of gags, sketches and general hilarity.” Lancashire Evening Post

…real winners are the happy audience… hilariously entertaining.”  Buxton Festival Fringe

ABSOLUTE ONIONS: IMPROV KARAOKE!

Absolute Onions take a Karaoke classic chosen by the audience and perform an improvised narrative that will uncover the surprising real story behind that song! So pour the Prosecco, spin your disco balls and get ready to drop the mic! (Find out more)

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The show will start at 7.30pm to ensure finishing before the current 10pm Curfew. If the event needs to be cancelled then tickets will be refunded ASAP. We will be following COVID Secure guidelines to ensure a safe night out.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to their licence Lock 91 is an adults only venue. So, whilst ComedySportz will still be playing it clean, families with children are not able to attend this show.

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Live Shows Return!

We started 2020 with plans for new shows and new venues across Manchester, as well as our biggest Edinburgh Fringe yet! Things… did not go to plan and it hasn’t been the most laugh filled year for live comedy. Luckily our players “Yes, And-ed” the heck out of the situation and we’re now fast approaching 100 online shows! However, since lockdown began the one thing we’ve all been waiting for is the return of live comedy shows…

…So we’re absolutely delighted to announce that on Thursday 29th October we will be performing our first live show since February! We’ll be coming out of lockdown at the aptly named Lock 91, Manchester. Tickets will go on sale via our website in the next few days and we’ll also be adding information to our on how we’re adapting shows to make them COVID safe for audiences and  players.

Never seen a ComedySportz match before? Two teams go for gold with quick-witted gags and games inspired by your suggestions. There’s a referee to ensure a good clean match with fouls for bad behaviour and bad jokes. It’s all action, all improvised competitive comedy fun where YOU get to decide the winner!

 

To make things even more exciting, this show will be an improv double bill with the absolutely brilliant Absolute Onions. They’ll take a Karaoke classic chosen by the audience and perform an improvised narrative that will uncover the surprising real story behind that song!

Please note that due to Lock 91’s licence the venue is strictly 18+ so, whilst we’ll still be playing a good clean match we can’t allow children in the audience.

COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS

UPDATE: UNFORTUNATELY THESE GIGS HAVE NOW BEEN CANCELLED.

However, on Friday 30th October we’re joining our friends at Comedy Club 4 Kids for an afternoon of family friendly fun at Theatr Clwyd, Mold. Comedy Club 4 Kids get the best Stand-Ups, Improvisers and Sketch Acts from the international circuit for fantastic family friendly shows. It’s a doozy of a line-up too as we join compere Silky and master of mischief Martin Mor for an hour of non-stop giggles! There are two chances to catch the show (1.30pm and 4.30pm) and advance booking is required.

ONLINE SHOWS AND WORKSHOPS CONTINUE

We’ll be continuing our online ComedySportz matches every Saturday at 7pm BST. You can watch and subscribe at our youtube channel. Catch our 3rd October show here. Our online ComedySportz matches are family friendly and free to watch (however donations are gratefully received).

We also have two extra shows this month including the return of the New Adelphi Comedy Night in collaboration with Salford University and the second episode of The Improvised Final Frontier, our new sci-fi parody show. Please note neither shows are family friendly.

We still don’t know when we’ll be able to start in person workshops again however we are making tentative plans for how this might happen. In the mean time our improv drop-ins are back with a great line up of fun and friendly workshops. Sessions run Saturdays 2.30-4.30pm BST and cost just £5. They’re a great way to hone your improv skills, have fun and play online!


We’ll still be continuing with our online content for the rest of the year and we’re hoping to announce even more live events (including our improvised pantomimes) in the coming weeks. Join our mailing list for monthly announcements and be sure to follow us on social media for regular updates on all of our shows and workshops. Thank you for continuing to support live and livestream comedy!

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COVID-19

We have made the decision to postpone all workshops until April 18th 2020, at which point we will reassess the situation in line with current guidelines. This means the upcoming Stand-Up and Sketch Writing intensives have been postponed as well as our next few drop-in classes.

We’re deeply disappointed that we are unable to continue to provide classes during this time but safety of workshop attendees and our players must come first.

If you are interested in taking either the Stand Up or Sketch Writing workshops please drop us an email and we’ll be in touch as soon as new dates are confirmed. In the mean time please continue to book a space for our Foundation intensive at the end of April. Rest assured if we have to make the decision to cancel or postpone the workshop we will issue a full refund.

Due to a fluke of scheduling we have very few shows scheduled between now and the 18th April. However we are not outright cancelling shows as we are looking at ways of making them accessible perhaps through live streaming. We will be issuing an update later on this week.

 

Spring Intensives – Improv, Stand-Up and Sketch

We’re delighted to announce a programme of short courses in March-April 2020 including Foundation Improv, Beginning Stand-Up Comedy and Sketch Writing. These short intensive courses cover all the content of our longer workshops but are ideal for those unable to commit to an 8 week course.

These workshops are split over two Saturdays with both sessions running 12.30-5pm. Each course costs just £75 (inc. £30 non-refundable deposit). Full details can be found at the links below.

ComedySportz workshops are fun, friendly and affordable. Learn new skills, meet new people and rediscover your playful side. There’s no experience necessary for any of these short courses. ComedySportz Manchester is part of CSz Worldwide, one of the world’s largest comedy schools. Not sure which course is right for you? Get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have!

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Upcoming Short Courses

Sketch Writing [POSTPONED]

Explore ways of developing sketches for stages, screen and audio. From the perfect premise to the killer punchline this intensive course will look at ways of making the most of your comedic ideas.

Beginning Stand-Up Comedy [POSTPONED]

Hone your comedic voice and write your first 5 minute set. Great for anyone looking to take their first steps into the world of Stand-Up or build confidence in public speaking.

Foundation Improv 25th April-2nd May 2020

Learn the core skills of Improvisation with this intensive course. Great for anyone looking to develop listening and communication skills or get more confident going off-script. Book Here.

 

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Upcoming Workshops (Update)

Our upcoming Beginning Stand-Up Comedy course is currently full. If you’d like to take a course with us please drop us an email and we’ll let you know if we have any drop-out spaces to be filled. Alternatively sign up to our mailing list and we’ll let you know when we have dates for our next course.

Improv Classes Manchester

We still have a few spaces left on our Foundation Improv course.  Learn the core skills of an improvisation with out fun and friendly workshops. Classes are great fun and a fantastic way to meet new people!

Workshops cover:

  • Yes, And
  • Listening
  • Characters
  • Storytelling
  • Objects
  • Scenes
  • Intro to games

Classes are a safe and supportive way to face uncertainty, develop communications and build confidence going off-script. There’s no experience necessary and plenty of transferable skills for life on and off-stage.

Our classes and facilitators are fully accredited by CSz Worldwide, one of the world’s biggest comedy schools. Don’t miss out on Manchester’s longest running improv workshops!

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