There are some very special shows happening this weekend in Chorley – ComeySportz is celebrating the landmark of 20 years as an improv troupe and you can join in with the celebrations! The shows take place at Chorley Theatre on Friday 19th November at 7.30pm and at Waterside Arts. Saturday 20th November at 6.30pm. I caught up with the team to find out just what it takes to be part of a team for two decades!
Hello tell us all about who you all are and three unknown facts about your troupe!
ComedySportz is a short form improv comedy show that sees two teams go for gold with quick-witted gags and games. It’s family friendly, lots of fun and we’ve been doing it for twenty years! Three facts? Erm… ComedySportz started in the UK as a one of for charity at Chorley Youth Theatre. We’re the only ComedySportz team outside of America. Amongst our players we have more cat owners than dog owners… as most people learned when we were doing our online shows during lockdown!
You are celebrating 20 years as a troupe! Wow! congratulations!
Thanks! We feel excited. Excited and old.
Do you still have any of the original members?
We have a couple of original members. Bron saw ComedySportz in America and loved it. She was running Chorley Youth Theatre at the time and got permission to bring the show over. Of the very first members, Bron and Rachel were in the very first show but we also have Darryl and Steven from Chorley who are are still active members of the troupe.
How has the team been around for so long?
The audience. Their suggestions, enthusiasm. They get really caught up in the competitive aspect of the show. Without them we’d just be stood around playing with ourselves and we can’t do that – it’s a family friendly show!
What have been the most iconic scenes that the team have created over the years?
One Edinburgh Fringe, we abandoned the format of the show because we’d ended up doing a twenty minute improv musical called Jamilton. It was, of course, the one show we didn’t film. We also had Prince Edward come to the show once and we did a whole scene about flatulence. Ultimately though, all of our favourite scenes have involved the audience whether that’s a fantastic suggestion or a volunteer who really through a curve ball at us!
Tell us a little bit about the shows that are happening this week?
We have a whole weekend of shows lined up. We’re back at Chorley Theatre – the venue where it all began – on Friday 19th November for a Chorley vs. The World special as our Chorley originals take on everyone else! Then on Saturday 20th November we’re at our regular venue Waterside Arts in Manchester with an Oldies vs. Newbies match!
What three things are you looking forward to about performing in this show?
We love going back to Chorley. It’s such a warm and friendly theatre and the crowds are always great fun. Three things we’re looking forward to? Making people laugh, brilliant suggestions and getting to play with lifelong mates!
It is the month of November! With December around the corner, What is your advice for Christmas shows?
Don’t worry about it, it’ll all be back to normal soon.
How do you warm up before a show?
We’ll play a few games then do something quick and fun. Generally just mess about and be playful. Even though it’s a “competitive” comedy show, we’re all mates and a playful atmosphere is what makes the show such fun to watch.
How do you wind down?
Go for a curry normally.
What have been some of the best suggestions that you have been given in a show and why?
Any suggestion can lead to something brilliant and unexpected. We do love it when an audience gets involved and starts playing the games with us!
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
You can find us on twitter (@comedysportz_uk), Instagram (@cszmanchester) and facebook (facebook.com/cszmanchesteruk)! Our website is www.comedysportz.co.uk and we also do monthly only shows on youtube (youtube.com/cszuk).
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
It’s very funny.