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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New Workshop Dates

We are delighted to announce new dates for our next online courses in Improv and Stand-Up. Whether you’re looking to learn new skills or make new connections in a fun and friendly environment, our courses are great fun for everyone!

Beginning Stand-Up Comedy (4 Week Course)

First up is our next Beginning Stand-Up course. Develop your first comedy routine and hone your comedic voice in this safe and supportive workshop environment. You’ll receive feedback and guidance to help you shape your material and delivery. Great fun, whether you’re looking to break into Stand-Up comedy, sharpen your writing, or build confidence in public speaking.

The course starts Monday 8th March 2021. The full cost of the course is £75. Limited to just 5 spaces! Book Here.

Foundation Improv (6 Week Course)

Our next Foundation Improv course starts in April. Learn the core skills and principles that underpin improvised performance in this fun and friendly course. Covering fundamental areas including: “Yes, And”, Listening, Character, Storytelling and more! If you’re looking to build confidence in collaboration, communication and creativity then this is the course for you!

The course starts Thursday 8th April 2021. The full cost of the course is £75. Limited to just 10 spaces! Book Here.

We are also delighted to announce that we are committing to make another 5 spaces available on our Foundation course in collaboration with the Black Improv Alliance. Visit the workshop page to find out more.

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Online Comedy Courses New Dates for 2021

We’re delighted to announce new dates for online comedy courses in the new year. We will be running both Foundation Improv and Beginning Stand-Up comedy courses from January 2021.

Courses are a great way to learn new skills, boost confidence and meet new people. Whether you’re a budding comedy performer or someone who just wants to get more confident giving presentations and networking, these courses are great for life on and off stage.

Not sure if a comedy course is right for you? Here are answers to some commonly asked questions. You can also drop us an email – we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about our workshops and courses.

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GIVE THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER

You can also book a space on one of our online comedy courses as a gift for friends and family. Just let us know you’re booking as a gift when signing up for the course and we’ll get in touch to sort out the details. We can also provide gift certificate to present to them over the holidays. So if you know someone who would enjoy one of our comedy courses but just needs a friendly push get in touch today!

ONLINE FOUNDATION IMPROV

Learn the core skills of improvisation in this fun and friendly online course. Sessions will cover “Yes, And”, Listening, Characters, Objects, Games and Storytelling. Build confidence, get creative and rediscover your playful side. No experience necessary.

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Book a space on the course here. If you’re booking as a gift please include the information of who the course is for (name, email address). We can also email you a gift certificate to present to them. Not sure if an improv course is right for you? Find out more here.

ONLINE BEGINNING STAND-UP COMEDY

Write and deliver your first stand-up comedy routine with this interactive online course! Develop your comedic voice in a supportive environment with regular feedback. Sessions cover everything from writing gags to landing gigs. No experience necessary.

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Book a space on the course here. If you’re booking as a gift please include the information of who the course is for (name, email address). We can also email you a gift certificate to present to them. Not sure if a Stand-Up comedy course is right for you? Find out more here.

IMPROV DROP-INS

In the meantime we’re running a couple more improv drop-ins in December before taking a short winter hiatus. However, we will be running free festive improv jams over the holidays. These jams will be an opportunity to play improv and party games and keep connected over the winter break. Find out more about drop-ins and jams here.

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Covid Comedy Online – Lockdown Laughs Update

We hope you’re keeping safe and healthy during the ongoing lockdown. At ComedySportz we’ve resolved that, even when venues are closed, the show will go on…line! So far we’re done over 20 online comedy shows with more planned to keep families entertained.

Online Comedy Shows

Our quaran-teams have been going toe to toe (from a safe distance) with quick-witted gags and games and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone that has watched our shows. We also want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has donated so far to help support our players.

We’re changing up our weekly schedule from the first week of May to allow players a bit more breathing space for things like going to the shops but we’ll still be performing 3 shows a week. Our first Wednesday evening show will be a Manchester vs. Chorley match.

There is a certain irony that an event like this pandemic has in many ways brought us closer together with ComedySportz players worldwide. Even though we are apart, we are, in many ways, closer than ever. Our weekend matches have become international shows. Upcoming matches including Los Angeles, Dallas and Las Vegas! Visit our shows page for a full line-up of upcoming events.

Shows stream through our youtube channel – you can subscribe now and never miss a show. Don’t forget to follow us on social media for regular updates.

T-Shirt Campaign

If you’ve been enjoying our lockdown laughs and want to wear some brand new ComedySportz merchandise whilst you’re at it, we’re running a T-Shirt campaign at mercht. We’ve tried to keep costs as low as possible. All proceeds will go to support our players – many of whom are full time performers that are currently out of work.

support comedians during covid19 lockdownSupport Online Improv Comedy Please Note: T-Shirts won’t be shipped until after the campaign finishes in just over 2 weeks so don’t panic if you don’t receive yours straight away.

It’s a way for us to give back to those who have donated to help support ComedySportz through this difficult time. The artwork was designed and drawn by ComedySportz UK player John Cooper. You can get your shirt here and thank you for continuing to support comedy online.

An Evening With ComedySportz…

At 7pm BST on Friday 1st May, a group of ComedySportz players will be “live” in conversation. It will be your chance to “Meet The Players” for some relaxed laughs. We’ll be talking about ComedySportz UK’s 18 year history, answering any questions you have and letting you judge us for how untidy our living rooms are. Join us for an evening of fun and laughter as we talk about our years performing to audiences across the world. This will be live on our youtube channel so don’t forget to subscribe!

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Online Improv Workshops

We’re continuing to run weekly Digital Drop-Ins. These run Saturdays 3-5pm BST and cost just £5. We update the page Monday/Tuesday every week. We’ve really embraced the challenge of performing and teaching improv comedy online. It’s been a privilege to connect with people across the world to spend a bit of time being  silly together.

…And Finally

Thank you for continuing to support comedy online. We can’t wait to be back in a theatre or workshop space with you all. But until then, stay home, stay safe and keep laughing!

 

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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.