Detroit's Go Comedy! to Celebrate 5th Anniversary with Week of Special Events, 11/6-10
Go Comedy!, Michigan's premier improv theater, will celebrate its 5th anniversary November 6-10 with a week full of special shows and events. Tickets ($5-$20) are available now for all Go Comedy! performances online at www.gocomedy.net and beginning at 6:00pm Wednesday - Sunday in person at the Go Comedy! box office.
Go Comedy is the brainchild of Pj Jacokes, Gerald Knight, Chris DiAngelo and Tommy LeRoy. The departure of The Second City from the Detroit area and closure of Ann Arbor's Improv Inferno left a community of talented improvisers without a creative home. Having fallen in love with improv at the Improv Inferno, Knight approached Jacokes, DiAngelo and LeRoy with the opportunity to start their own theater. In 2007 the former Secretary of State office in Ferndale became available and the team began work. A year later, Go Comedy! Improv Theater opened its doors and became a catalyst for hundreds of original shows, a robust improv academy, and an incubator for innovation, inspiration and integrity, three principles that have directed the theater through its first five years and beyond. Today, Go Comedy! is home for hundreds of improvisers, at least 30 improv troupes, and a weekly schedule of hilarious award-winning programming that has garnered local and national recognition, and occasionally someone trying to renew their drivers' license.
"It's really only in the moments that we slow down to look back that I realize just how much we've accomplished in our first 5 years." States founder Pj Jacokes, "I know that none of that would be possible without the awesome support of our fans, performers, students and the City of Ferndale. Anniversary week is our chance to shine a light on what we've done, by bringing back some of the shows that got us here. For some people it'll bring back great memories and for others it'll be a sneak peek into the past. I can't wait."
Go Comedy! 5-year Anniversary Schedule:
Wednesday, November 6
8:00pm Timeless: The Danceical ($10)
Go Comedy!'s anniversary activities begin with a reunion performance of Timeless: The Dancical featuring its original Go Comedy! cast. Timeless made its Go Comedy! debut on Sunday, November 16, 2008 as the first written comedy in the improv theater's weekly line up. Timeless will also appear at Go Comedy! at Midnight on Friday & Saturday, November 15 & 16. Tickets for the Midnight performances are $5.
9:00pm Professor Richard Myron's YouTube Bonanza & Human Amusements ($5)
First appearing in the Go Comedy! weekly schedule in September 2009, Tommy LeRoy presents a collection of the internet's best videos. Following Professor Richard Myron, Human Amusements, one of the highlights of 2013, will bring their unique brand of last-minute, blink-and-you'll-miss it sketch comedy to prime time for one night only.
10:00pm Anniversary Sauce ($5)
Since its beginning, Go Comedy! has hosted Fresh Sauce, a weekly open improv Jam where anyone can sign up to play. This anniversary edition will feature special guests and more.
Thursday, November 7
Go Comedy! Will be closed to the public for a private anniversary celebration.
Friday, November 8
8:00pm & 10:00pm The Best of The Best of Go Comedy! ($20)
This special edition of the Best Of Go Comedy! will feature a collection of the theater's best scenes performed by their original cast members from 2009- 2013.
Saturday, November 9
8:00pm & 10:00pm Go Comedy All Star Showdown Anniversary Edition ($20)
A special presentation of the Go Comedy! All Star Showdown taking Detroit's longest running improv game show back to its original 2008 games, running orders and teams with bigger and better prizes for audience members.
Sunday, November 10
7:00pm Go Comedy! Launch Group Reunion ($10)
A special night featuring all seven of the Go Comedy! Launch Groups from 2008 - 2013 including the improv troupe Generation Gap.
Go Comedy! Improv Theater is located at 261 East Nine Mile Road in Ferndale, MI 48220. For five years, Go Comedy! has offered the finest in improv and sketch comedy, Go U! The Improv Academy training center, road shows, classes and workshops for private parties, corporations and schools. For more information, call (248) 327-0575; visit our website at www.gocomedy.net or e-mail Pj Jacokes at email@example.com.