Go Comedy! Presents FUZZBALLS COMEDY WITH PUPPETS, Now thru 8/22
Go Comedy! will be positively fuzzy as the improv theatre opens Fuzzballs Comedy with Puppets, its first original comedy featuring puppets July 31, and welcomes the original written comedy Hollywood Positive for a limited two-week engagement today, August 14-22.
Tickets to all Go Comedy! shows ($5-$18) are available now online at www.gocomedy.net and beginning at 6:00pm Wednesday - Sunday in person at the Go Comedy! box office. A complete July - August performance schedule follows this release.
Taking inspiration from Jim Henson's Muppet Show and His Son, Brian Henson's stage show Puppet Up, Go Comedy! is bringing the felt to the stage with Fuzzballs Comedy with Puppets. Through improv and vignettes the cast brings the puppet show from the back of the couch to the gleam of the stage. And lets be honest who doesn't like it when puppets say dirty things. Fuzzballs Comedy with Puppets is directed by Tommy LeRoy and features the talents of Dana Arcicovich, Jason DeSousa, Peter Jacokes, Suzie Jacokes, Dylan Koblin, Doug Kolbicz, Michelle LeRoy, Tommy LeRoy, Jeff Mansk, Cari Murphy, Brian Papandrea, Heather Sjnowski, Andrew Seiler, Jeffrey Smyk and Dez Walker. The show runs July 31 - September 11 on Thursday evenings at 8:00 pm with special Midnight performances on August 9 & 23. Thursday tickets are $10, Midnight performances are $5.
Everyone knows the story of the young actress from the Midwest catching a bus to Tinseltown with a suitcase in one hand and dreams of stardom in her eyes. Hollywood Positive takes this story and pulls its pants down in a hilarious 90 minute show playing for a limited two week engagement at Go Comedy! August 14-22. Ally is a beautiful young Michigan State theater graduate who leaves her doubting parents, heads off to Hollywood and quickly finds herself in over her head. Desperate to fit in, she swims through an ocean of talent agents, life coaches, casting directors, acting teachers, producers, and fellow actors who are all trying to take a little piece of her, one self-obsessed nibble at a time. Hollywood Positive received rave reviews during its run in the North Hollywood theater district last summer, and now "The Play Hollywood Doesn't Want You To See" makes its Detroit debut. Written by Alara Ceri and Steven Karageanes, the play features Ceri with Dan Brittain, Genevieve Jona, Charlie Newhart, Brian Papandrea, Maggie O'Reilly, Vince Sabatini and Julia Schroeder. It is directed by Steven Karageanes and will appear at 8:00 pm Thursday & Friday evenings August 14-22 as well as at 8:00 pm Saturday, August 16. Tickets are $15.
Additional Go Comedy! shows include:
The Evening News Period
Join Go Comedy!'s resident news "experts" as they discuss local and national events during the weekly live recording of The Evening News Period podcast, late night Thursdays after Fuzzballs. Tickets are $5 or free for those attending another Thursday evening performance.
BITS, Michigan's largest improv tournament brings its exciting fifth year to a close on Wednesday, August 13. The annual tournament brought 16 of the best improv troops from across the Detroit region to Go Comedy! in a single elimination competition. On August 13 the final two teams will compete for the $1,004 grand prize and a performance slot on the Go Comedy! schedule. Tickets for the final event are $15.
Go Labs Beta Testing
There is a bunker miles beneath the surface of Go Comedy! Improv Theater. Inside that bunker is the the Go Laboratories where Dr. Peter Jacokes and his crack team of scientists are constantly struggling to develop new methods of Improv comedy. After years of classified experiments, the Go Labs products are finally ready to be tested on human subjects the phase known as Beta Testing. New short-form games and long-form shows inspired by suggestions from fans in the audience and fans on the internet will be revealed for the first time on Wednesdays at 9pm. Tickets are $7.
Proving Grounds with StandProv
Three local comedy troops take the stage each Wednesday night at 10pm to try new and unique games, forms and more. Sometimes improv, sometimes sketch, sometimes who-knows? Every week is something new. Each week Proving Grounds ends with Standprov, totally improvised standup comedy. Tickets are $5.
The Go Comedy! All Star Showdown
With a rotating cast of more than 20 of Detroit's best improvisers and a repertoire of hundreds of improv games, Go Comedy!'s signature show, The Go Comedy! All Star Showdown has anchored the theater's weekly schedule since the theater opened in November 2008, making it Detroit's longest running weekend show. Two teams of Detroit's best improvisers go head to head in an improv competition tailored to challenge their abilities, think on their feet and give audiences a roaring good time. The cast also plays for audience members who take home fabulous prizes when their team wins. It's a night of hilarious laughs and great times! Tickets are $18
Name This Show
On select Friday and Saturday nights, Go Comedy! presents FREE late night show. Beginning at Midnight, the cast of the evening's All Star Showdown will return to the stage for a FREE 20-30 minute performance of Name This Show. With a few suggestions from the audience, including the name of the show, Go Comedy! will create a fully improvised show.
During Friday & Saturday late night shows, The Go Bar will also feature drink specials and promotions.
The Sunday Buffet
Sunday nights at Go Comedy! feature the best improv troupes in metro Detroit and you in The Sunday Buffet. The night kicks off every week at 7:00pm with Fresh Sauce, Go Comedy!'s open improv jam where anyone can play. At 8:00pm, Go Comedy!'s newest house troupe Drop the Fist opens the buffet followed by three rotating teams. At the end of the night, A Couple After Ten closes the show with a rotating schedule of Detroit's best two-person improv troops. The Sunday Buffet is pay what you can at the door or $5 in advance
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.
Photo by: SMyers