Workshops & Courses

Learn new skills and meet new people with Manchester’s longest running improv and stand-up workshops. ComedySportz runs regular courses in Improv, Stand Up and Sketch Writing so whether you’re looking to learn new performance skills, develop confidence in public speaking or just want to meet new people then our workshops have something for you.

Think you might like to play with ComedySportz someday and join a worldwide network of shows and performers? All of our players are graduates of our workshops – though taking the course is no guarantee of being added to our roster.

Musical Improv Workshop Manchester
Workshops are fun, friendly, safe and supportive!

All of our workshop facilitators are practicing performers with many years of experience working with all ages and abilities. Our facilitators and workshops are accredited by CSz Worldwide.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with queries about our workshops and courses and drop us an email. Want to receive regular updates on upcoming workshops and courses? Sign up to our mailing list today!

We also run workshops for schools and businesses.

Workshops have a real benefit on those that take them.

With an emphasis on confidence and communication, we believe our workshops and courses have plenty of transferable skills for life onstage… and off! The benefits of our improv workshops were featured in this 2017 Guardian article. We are delighted and proud that our workshops have had such a profound and transformative effect on so many – as well as being lots of fun! You can read the article here.

 

Recent Feedback:

“Signing up to do the Improv course, then actually turning up and completing it was a challenge for me as it was definitely something out of my comfort zone. I hugely enjoyed it and that was partly because of the great group of fellow Improvers, but also the great tutors. [They] were very good at giving feedback in a positive way and pushing us to improve without ever making us feel rubbish, whatever our skill level!” Marie Rolli (Doctor)

“I can’t recommend ComedySportz Manchester enough. I’ve just done an 8 week standup course with them and it was fun, inspirational, challenging and very very worthwhile. I can’t wait to do the improv and further comedy writing courses with them.” Vicky Green

 

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

 

Foundation in Improv.

No previous experience necessary. Workshops cover the core skills and tenets of Improvised performance; Yes And, Listening, Character, Story, Objects, Scene Work and Games. The course has plenty to offer whether you’re looking to learn new performance skills, develop confidence, work on your communication and listening or just want to meet new people in a fun and friendly environment. Each session will focus on a different skill area with a mix of solo and group exercises with a keen emphasis on play.

The course runs Saturdays 12.30-2.30pm for 8 weeks. Next course will run from January 25th 2020.

Workshops are held at the ThoughtWorks space in Federation House, Balloon St, Manchester. The full cost of the course is £110 (£100 concessions). You can pay in full now or pay a non-refundable £30 deposit to secure your space with the rest payable when the course starts.

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Intermediate Improv Drop In

Foundation in Improv or Equivalent Course a pre-requisite.

We’ll continue to run a rolling curriculum of fun tools to add to your skillset – previous workshops have covered everything from advanced scene and character work to improvised songs and rap – but will run the course as a drop in. We hope this more flexible way of running the sessions will allow people to come as often as they like to hang out, play and learn new skills!

We will also be hosting regular showcase evenings open to friends and family (one per term).

The course runs Saturdays 3-5pm until Dec 7th then will start again 18th January and will continue on a weekly basis. Sessions will cost just £5 and you can pay “on the door” cash or card.

Workshops are held at the ThoughtWorks space in Federation House, Balloon St, Manchester.

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*These classes are for people who want to expand their skills and will assume basic improv knowledge. If you’re new to Improv or haven’t done any for a long time we recommend taking our Foundation in Improv course. Not sure what course is right for you? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 


Beginning Stand Up Comedy

No previous experience necessary. Whether you’re looking to start your onstage career, develop presentation skills or build confidence in public speaking in a fun and friendly environment you’ll find plenty to enjoy in this course. You’ll receive regular feedback on your material as we help you find and hone your unique comedic voice. Workshops cover everything from material generation to microphone technique and etiquette in a safe and supportive setting. This course ends with a showcase night for family and friends.

The course runs Saturdays 12.30-2.30pm for 8 weeks. Next dates January 25th 2020.

Workshops are held at the ThoughtWorks space in Federation House, Balloon St, Manchester. The full cost of the course is £115 (£105 concessions). You can pay in full now or pay a non-refundable £30 deposit to secure your space with the rest payable when the course starts.

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Presentation Skills

No previous experience necessary. 

This workshop helps unlock creative thinking and building authentic confidence in front of an audience. This short intensive session will cover some practical methods and discussion on how to increase engagement, better storytelling and ad-libbing while staying on topic. Boost your presentation skills in a safe and supportive environment.

This fun and interactive one day session will run Saturday 11th January 2020 12.30-4.30pm.

The workshop will be held at the ThoughtWorks space in Federation House, Balloon St, Manchester. The full cost of the course is £50. You can pay in full now or pay a non-refundable £20 deposit to secure your space with the rest payable when the course starts.

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Sketch Writing

No previous experience necessary. Ever fancied yourself as the next best thing in comedy writing? This two day course will explore the various techniques needed to craft the finest comedy material for stage, screen and radio. Sessions cover everything from creating memorable characters to finding that killer punchline. Workshoppers also receive a free ComedySportz notebook and pen to jot down all your fantastic gags and ideas!

The course runs Wednesdays 7pm – 9pm for 4 weeks. Next dates TBA.

You can now book your space on this course! Limited to 10 spaces!

Testimonials and Video

“…gently guiding the class in their techniques, whilst keeping the whole experience a positive one.”  Manchester Confidential 

“…still one of the scariest things I’ve ever done but the feeling when I came off stage was euphoric up there with some real great times.” Brian MacDiarmada (Contractor)

“Improv is genuinely the MOST fun you can have on a Saturday afternoon….. learning the basics of impro at a relaxed pace, with fun teachers. It’s a treat… games, scenes, stories, characters, and lots and lots of laughing…it’s the antidote to a boring/routine life. Get out of the house and into the class!” Claire Westood (Wellness and Coach Trainer)

“Am much more confident and less self conscious” Mark Baker (Singer)

“Helps you get out of your cosy comfort zone and not care!” Jeni Howarth-Williams (Actress – Coronation St, Emmerdale)

“If you don’t try it you’ll never realise how much fun it is.” Declan Feeney (Infrastructure Architect)

“Comedysportz Workshops saved my life… gave me the confidence to face the world.” Sarah Farrell (Graphic Designer)

“Confidence building, exciting, inventing, and ingenious improv for all ages, letting you take to the stage with ease”  Mark Rawle (Doctor)

“I’m addicted to ComedySportz improv workshops! I spend two hours every week laughing, learning and doing fun, silly stuff that makes other people laugh. Their teachers have decades of improv experience between them and always make learning the art of improvised comedy a joyous thing to do. It boosts your confidence no end. I’ve learned stuff about life too, and I’ve met many fabulous people. Best of all, you get to play and act outrageously without even the slightest whiff of alcohol, which makes it both a safe and life enriching addiction!” Jen Banks (Freelance writer/journalist)

Sign up to our workshops and courses today!
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