Improvised Pantomimes? Oh yes they are!

Fed up of the same old pantos every year? Then get ready for the return of the ComedySportz Improvised Pantomime! Heroes, villains, songs and silliness are guaranteed as the gang improvise a brand new pantomime using only your suggestions and a sprinkling of fairy dust.

There will be songs, silliness, gags and games in this loving pastiche of panto characters and tropes. You’ll cast the players in their roles and there will be a ref-fairy on hand to get suggestions from the audience. It’s unscripted, unpredictable and unlike any other panto you’ll see this December.

Join us for an alternative festive family treat or leave the kids at home for our Adults Only show on 17th December. All shows will be at our regular venue, Waterside Arts in Sale.

FAMILY SHOW – 10th DEC 7pm 11th DEC 5pm, 7pm

There are three opportunities to catch our family friendly improvised pantomime at Waterside Arts this year. Join us for a show all ages can enjoy – no two shows are the same. Tickets are selling fast – book now!

TOTS SHOW – 11th DEC 3pm

We’ll also have a special version of the show adopted for our ComedySportz 4 Tots crowd. This show is aimed at families with kids aged 6 and under. Please note this show is very nearly sold out so book now to avoid disappointment!

ADULTS ONLY SHOW – 17th DEC 7.30pm

We’ll also have an adults only version of the show so you can leave the kids at home. Raunchier, bawdier and with all the innuendo you can fit into a panto dame’s bra! Tickets are selling fast – book now!

COMEDYSPORTZ ONLINE MATCH

If that’s not enough festive fun for you, don’t miss our online ComedySportz match on Saturday 4th December. Our online matches are family friendly and free to watch.

Looking for an alternative Christmas gift for a friend or family member? Why not book them on one of our 2022 courses in Improv or Stand-Up comedy. We also have Kids Improv workshops starting in February 2022!

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Comedy Workshops Return!

We are delighted to announce the return of in-person workshops from October 2021. We’re running 8 week courses in Foundation Improv, Intermediate Improv and Beginning Stand-Up Comedy. Thank you for your continued interest and patience as we arrange suitable workshop spaces.

An eight week course designed to help introduce the basic theories, ideas and skills of improvisation. You don’t need to have any sort of background in performing or comedy to join in, just a willingness to get involved and have a good time. Not only useful for confidence building, stage presence, and play, but also a great opportunity to network and meet new people. The cost for the full eight weeks is £115 or £100 concessions. You can pay in full now or just pay a non-refundable £30 deposit to secure your space.

The course will commence Sunday 3rd October. Sessions will run Sunday afternoons 1-3pm for eight weeks at Gorse Hill Studios, Stretford. The venue is fully accessible with on street parking. The venue is also close to several bus routes and just a 15 minute walk from Old Trafford tram stop. Find out more.

An eight week course designed to give you your first foothold in the otherwise daunting world of Stand Up Comedy. Under expert tutelage you’ll receive all the skills you need to put together your first short stand-up comedy routine as well as fundamental skills like stagecraft, performance and microphone technique. The core of the course is a weekly workshop where the attendees will have a chance to prepare and try out their material in a supportive atmosphere. This course also includes a Showcase at the end of the 8 weeks for participants. The cost for the full eight weeks is £110 or £100 concessions. You can pay in full now or just pay a non-refundable £30 deposit to secure your space.

The course will commence Saturday 2nd October. Sessions will run Saturday afternoons 12.30-2.30pm for eight weeks at The Barking Dog, Urmston. Find out more.

We’re running things a little differently for our advanced classes this time round. So we can keep things covid-secure for workshoppers and facilitators alike we’re running this as a set eight week course. This allows us to keep a better track of numbers and ensure plenty of space for everyone – however, if you’d only be able to drop-in to some sessions you can drop us an email and we’ll try to squeeze you in at a per-session rate. This course has a rolling syllabus so can be taken multiple times. Some of the topics covered in previous courses and drop-ins:
    • Advanced Scene Work.
    • Use of Space
    • Maintaining Characters
    • Improv Challenges
    • Listening skills.
    • Status
    • Music and Rap
We’ll be announcing a full line-up of sessions on our website in the coming weeks. The course will commence Sunday 3rd October. Sessions will run Sunday afternoons 3-5pm for eight weeks at Gorse Hill Studios, Stretford. The venue is fully accessible with on street parking. The venue is also close to several bus routes and just a 15 minute walk from Old Trafford tram stop. Find out more.
We can’t wait to see you at a workshop or show soon. Want to catch us live? Visit our shows page for more info. Got questions about our workshops? Don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Live Shows Autumn/Winter 2021

We can’t believe we’re two thirds of the way through the year already. As venues continue to re-open, we still have plenty of live improv shows to keep you entertained for the rest of 2021 including our Totally Improvised Musical and our 20th Birthday weekend! Read on for more info…

Virtual Shows

We understand that not everyone can join us for our live improv shows and we’ll be continuing our online ComedySportz matches on the first Saturday of every month. Online shows are free to watch – subscribe to our youtube channel now to never miss a match. You can watch our September show at the link below. The stream will go live at 6.45pm BST with the fun kicking off at 7pm BST on Saturday 4th September.

Comedy Club 4 Kids

We’ve got even more shows lined up with our friends at Comedy Club 4 Kids, including a very busy day on Saturday 4th September with shows in Nottingham and Coventry! We’ll be sure to add more dates in the coming months so keep an eye out on our social media channels for announcements!

Waterside Arts

After a summer hiatus for renovations, we’re back at Waterside Arts from Saturday 11th September with ComedySportz and ComedySportz 4 Tots. We have monthly dates into summer 2022 which are on sale now. We’ll also be doing another Halloween themed special in October – more details coming soon!

Totally Improvised Musical

Over 18 months since we were first meant to do our opening night of The Totally Improvised Musical, we’re pleased to announce the show will finally be coming to The Peer Hat in Manchester this October. Tickets will be going on sale soon – keep an eye on social media for announcements.

Improvised Musical

20th Birthday Weekend

This year marks 20 years of fun and games! To celebrate this milestone year we have a full weekend of shows to keep you laughing. We’re kicking off the weekend at the theatre where it all began, Chorley Theatre, on Friday 19th November for another Chorley vs. Manchester special.  If that’s not enough all action, all improvised competitive comedy for you we then have ComedySportz and ComedySportz 4 Tots at Waterside Arts on Saturday 20th November. Tickets are available now – this is one weekend you won’t want to miss!

Improvised Pantomimes

To finish off the year we are delighted to announce the return of our improvised pantomimes – oh yes we are! There are plenty of opportunities to catch shows at Waterside Arts this December, including a Tots special and a brand new adults only special as well!

…and more!

We’ll be sure to have more live improv shows and events to announce in the coming weeks and months. Subscribe to our mailing list for monthly announcements of upcoming shows, events and workshop.

Workshops

What’s that you say? Workshops? That’s right, we’re pleased to announce that in person workshops will be returning from the first week of October!

We’ll be doing a full announcement later in the week but you can still drop us an email to register interest in our courses and we’ll send you all the details soon!

Safety

We’ll still be operating our COVID safety measures to ensure a fun but safe nights entertainment for audience and players. Our venues may still be operating their own safety protocols.

Book Now

We can’t wait to see you at shows –  thank you for continuing to support live and livestream comedy! You can find more information on all upcoming shows for 2021 on our shows page.

This Is My Improv

If you’ve been watching BBC’s fun new show This Is My House, you might have spotted a familiar face! Dalu joined ComedySportz at the start of 2020 and was about to have his first live show with us when lockdown was announced. Below he reflects on his journey into comedy and shares some of the lessons and advice he has learned over the last two years.

My Journey through comedy has been a great experience within the last 2 years. It initially started with me continually acting like a clown and telling bad jokes at home. My wife having had enough of my poor jokes, decided for Christmas 2019 to get me a place on the Beginning Stand Up course with ComedySportz Manchester.

My tutor was John Cooper a great tutor who gave us insight on the important factors of stand-up both in theory and practical application, it was brilliant meeting new people I still to this day maintain a relationship with. At the end of the course there was a showcase to which we all performed a 5-7 min stand up gig, from there we as a group continued to do stand-up gigs across Manchester and support one another within chasing the dream, which was really nice to do feeling like you’re not alone chasing something, whilst also learning and developing with others.

I have always enjoyed acting from a young age, and for many years left that dream to pursue the corporate ladder, and at 35 the itch returned with full effect. At the time I was taking the stand up course I was also in a play with my church developing acting foundations, skills and experience. And by Spring 2019 I was completely back in love with performance so I requested as a birthday present the Comedysportz Foundation Improv course, which I thoroughly enjoyed as I got to combine the elements of performance I enjoy most, comedy, improv and storytelling.

Comedy Improv has taught me a number of things:

  • Follow your instinct – allow for your natural self to come out.

  • Character development and commitment- focusing on what makes the character unique.

  • Allow your mind to wonder- in adulthood we are taught to constrict thoughts, ideas and dreams. Improv allows you to completely do the opposite of that. It helped me embrace my inner child again 😊

For those who are not sure improv is for them I would say, ‘what have you got to lose’? The course is 6 weeks of fun, frolics and a great chance to make a good bunch of friends with similar interests.

The improv course helped in all aspects of my life; in my day job, in my presentation and communication skills, in team working and developing ideas outside the box. For 6 weeks of fun in a safe workshop environment it certainly will help anyone in need of a confidence booster.

As a performer it really helped me refresh, refine and learn so much more about delivery, timing, engagement with audiences and thinking on the spot. Without ComedySportz Manchester, and of course my wife, I wouldn’t have been complete in the last year.

Whilst everyone’s journey is different these skills have allowed me to pursue my dream career. So far I have said “Yes, And” to:

  • 5 paid web infomercials/commercials.

  • 2 Voice over roles

  • Over 100 online shows – as a member of ComedySportz now

  • Two episodes of BBC One’s new game show This Is My House (where the casting criteria was specifically for ‘Improv Actors’)

  • I’m plotting to write a sitcom, with another new friend I met via ComedySportz courses.

Whatever your reasons for taking an Improv course, do it – it might just change your life!


Inspired by Dalu’s story? We still have a couple of spaces left on our next Online Foundation Improv Course. It’s a great way to build confidence, get creative and make new connections. Whilst we can’t guarantee that everyone who completes the course will get to appear on a prime time BBC One show (we really can’t), we can guarantee lots of fun! And you don’t need a performance background or desire to be on stage or screen, like Dalu says, learning improv skills allows you to develop communication and confidence whatever your background or reason for taking the course. The next course starts Thursday 8th April – book now!

To mark Dalu’s TV appearance we devised a ref challenge inspired by This Is My House. We have online shows every Wednesday and Saturday at 7pm BST. Don’t forget to to subscribe to our youtube channel and never miss a match.

This Is My House airs on BBC One Wednesday’s at 9pm BST. You can catch Dalu’s episodes on BBC iPlayer.

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