The Atkinson, Southport. Saturday 24th October 4.30pm £8/6
ComedySportz brings competitive improvised comedy to The Atkison this month in the first of a new monthly show as part of Kids Fest.
The show pits two teams battling it out for laughs as players create quick-witted sketches, scenes and songs from whatever suggestions are thrown at them by the audience. It’s an all ages, all improvised show that’s fast, feel good and always unpredictably funny. There’s a referee on hand to steer the entertainment, call any fouls and help the audience decide the winner.
“It’s comedy as a sport not comedy about sports, and the fans can be just as passionate,” jokes Sean Mason, one of the ComedySportz regular cast. “Audiences want something fresh, funny and unpredictable. More importantly they want a comedy show that the whole family can enjoy.”
The group has a connection with Southport as one of the players held their wedding at the town hall in August. “We performed at the wedding so technically this is our second show in the town!”
“We love bringing the show to audiences across the country and we always get a great mix of suggestions,” says Sean. “We’re excited to see what suggestions the people of Southport throw at us.”
ComedySportz has been bringing it’s unique brand of competitive comedy to audiences for 13 years and the team are excited to be bringing the show to a new audience. The show started in Chorley before moving to Manchester and the group now play to audiences across the country.
The show is also part of Kids Fest and the group are excited to show to young audiences that performing comedy is an achievable aspiration for boys and girls. “Improv is play and something that as adults we forget how to do,” says Sean. “I think that playfulness is something that really excites the audience, young or old.”
“Audience suggestions and volunteers are a big part of the fun but don’t worry if you’re shy, just come along and prepare to laugh!” says Brainne Edge, ComedySportz manager. “ComedySportz is suitable for all ages, little kids and adult kids. That interactivity seems to make us especially popular for birthday parties.”
“The show is completely improvised so we never know what is going to happen. But whoever ‘wins’ it’s the audience that are the real winners. So come on down, the show can’t start without you!”
Tickets are £8/6 and can be purchased via the Atkinson Box Office (01704 533 333) or online www.theatkinson.co.uk.
Fans can find more details about shows and workshops at www.comedysportz.co.uk
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