Love’s a funny old game

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They say laughter is the key to love.

And it’s an adage that most certainly applies to one couple, whose love was sparked at a comedy group founded in Chorley.

Brainne Edge, manager of improvisation troupe ComedySportz, and stand-up comedian John Cooper tied the knot on April 21, denying tradition by getting married on the stage of the Manchester Comedy Store.

The pair met at ComedySportz when John joined in 2006, and despite an initial annoyance of one another, soon found themselves falling in love.

Over the past five years, they have been travelling the country and the world with their improvised performances.

Brainne, who used to run Chorley Youth Theatre, and who has directed many productions at Chorley Little Theatre, said: “The Comedy Store means so much to us both.

“The staff were amazing and the venue itself is just gorgeous, it made total sense to us to get married there”.

The guest list for the private event had plenty of comedians in attendance, and instead of signing the register, guests were invited to take photos of the happy couple colouring in a picture of a kitten.

All the legal paperwork was completed a couple of days prior to the wedding.

John said: “We sorted the legal stuff out a few days beforehand, so we could just enjoy our big wedding ceremony day together.

“It meant we could write our ceremony from scratch, and with comedian Jonathan Mayor as our ‘Vicar’, it could only prove to be a fun day.

“It’s great that the Comedy Store let us do it.

“I tried not to put punchlines into my vows.

“But seriously, it was our wedding day, and a day for us to share our love for each other with friends and family.

“We were both really excited.

“Good comedy is all about honesty, truth, and good communication, and I think it is those aspects of our life together that brought us to our day.

“I know I’m a lucky man – it really is the best thing in the world.”

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