Welcome to Warwick Comedy!
University of Warwick Comedy Society is a fun, active and creative group to get involved in. We provide all members the opportunity to write and perform comedy, from sketch to stand-up, putting on shows throughout the year and then taking them to the Edinburgh Fringe. But there's no pressure to perform, as we also have tons of opportunities just to watch comedy, and plenty of socials to attend. We welcome all new members, from freshers to fourth years, no matter what your comedic ability!
We have sketch workshops every Friday from 6-8pm where we perform and write sketches, as well as playing a number of comedy games. At the end of each term we put on an hour long sketch show, in addition to taking shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, Leicester Comedy Festival, and to perform with other university societies, such as at the annual Student Comedy Festival. We were even named the 'best student sketch show' by EdFringe Review in 2015! We also film some of our sketches and take them onto the student radio, and plan to do more this year!
(Video - The Deepover)
We have stand-up workshops every Wednesday from 6-7pm, where members can test out new material, as well as playing a number of writing games. We put on frequent stand-up shows per term which give our members the chance to perform, with each gig headlined by a professional comedian. We take our shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, Leicester Comedy Festival and Birmingham Comedy Festival. We also put on shows, such as our Freshers Gig. In recent years we have had headliners such as Joe Lycett, Ed Gamble and Felicity Ward. Each year we also host the Midlands heat of the Chortle Student Comedy Awards, where we have produced 2 finalists and 3 semi-finalists.
(Video - Eric 2016 Chortle Final)
As well as performing comedy, we also watch comedy. There are tons of great comedians who perform every term right on our door step at the Warwick Arts Centre, and we get discounted group deals. We also go further afield to watch comedy in Birmingham, Leicester, London and elsewhere. And we regularly watch stand-up specials and sitcoms on Netflix, and we have a great library of comedy DVDs that any of our members can rent for free!
SOCIALS AND TOURS
Every year in August we go to the Edinburgh Fringe for 3 and a half weeks, and we perform a sketch show and a stand-up show for 2 weeks. It is an amazing opportunity to perform at the greatest arts festival in the world, and to see all the amazing shows! We also perform at the Leicester Comedy Festival every February, where we have been described as 'one of the highlights' by JokesOnUs. In 2018 we also intend to go to the Student Comedy Festival which is held every February in Edinburgh. We are even running a sketch showcase with Edinburgh, Sheffield and Birmingham at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe.
Comedy are one of the most active societies on campus, hosting weekly socials that are anything from Laser Quest to Pub Crawls, Mini Golf to Circling! We also go to the pub after each of our sessions, whether it be the Dirty Duck or Bar Fusion. We also have our own 5 a-side football team, the 'Warwick Mallards', who compete against other societies.