Go Comedy! Welcomes 2018 with Snow Day Fundraiser
Go Comedy is excited to host the 11th annual Snow Day improv marathon. Snow Day brings together improvisors from across the area to raise money for Gilda's Club of Metro Detroit, The Tim Hayden Scholarship Fund and The Diana George Jacokes Endowment Fund.
The 26 hour event will feature performances by nearly 50 improv groups including a special 2-hour family friendly block from Noon-2pm on Sunday, January 14. Performances will kick off at 8:00pm on Saturday, January 13 and continue through 10:00pm Sunday, January 14. Tickets range from $10 to $20 for several performance blocks with a full 26 hour performance pass available for $100. Tickets are on sale now online at www.gocomedy.net or in person at the Go Comedy! box office. A complete performance schedule follows this release.During the marathon, guests will be able participate in a 50/50 prize raffle. In addition, Detroiters who are unable to attend the event can support Snow Day's fundraising efforts by donating online at http://detroitsnowday.com/donate History
In 2006, a group of improvisors hosted a special improv night where improvisors, home for the holidays, could reconnect with friends perform together. In 2009, the event moved to Go Comedy! and transformed from a fun night of improv into a fundraiser for Gilda's Club of Metro Detroit and the Tim Hayden Scholarship Fund. The event has grown every year and raised thousands of dollars for organizations working towards a cure for cancer. This year the event has added the Diana George Jacokes Endowment Fund to it's beneficiaries Snowday Schedule
Saturday, January 13
8:00pm - Go Comedy! All Star Showdown (Tickets $20)
The theater's signature show continues to be The Go Comedy! All Star Showdown which has played on Friday and Saturday nights continually for eight years. Featuring members of Go Comedy!'s resident company, The All Star Showdown puts two teams of improvisers 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!
10:00pm - Midnight | Performance Block (Tickets $20)
Quitin & Friends
Detroit improv Legend Quintin Hicks and friends perform a character driven set
Based out of Louisville, Kentucky, Damaged Goods has quickly become Derby City's premiere and most sought after improv comedy troupe. Since their inception, they have taken their special and unique brand of high energy short form improv games and managed to become a recognizable name in Louisville's soaring and vibrant arts scene. Voted by LEO Readers as one of the "Best Comedians" and "Best Performing Arts Groups" in Louisville in 2011 and 1st Place in the new Best Improv Troupe category in 2017, Damaged Goods has spent their career thrilling audiences from Chicago, to San Francisco, and even Canada! Often called "The Most Exciting Improv Troupe In The Biz," Damaged Goods' unique style of high energy improv games continues to leave audiences begging for more.
Midnight - 2:00am | Performance Block (Tickets $15)
Cincinnati duo with Charlie Roetting & Sean Dillion
Detroit Sketch & Improv comedy troupe featuring Jen Hansen, Joe Hingelberg, Pj Jacokes, Matt Naas, Travis Pelto, and Chris Petersen.
Pete and James
Detroit duo with Pete Jacokes & James Quesada
Elastic Time Cannon
The Elastic Time Cannon is a completely improvised adventure through time and space. It's an absurd laugh out loud thrill ride of a show!
An open improv jam where anyone can sign up to play short-form improv games.
James Quesada, Gary Lehman and Bob Wieck feeds off of the unique energy of their audience making every show as unique as the people watching.
Planet Ant Farm Team
Jaclynn Cherry, Michelle Studer, Andi Miraz, Kate Holmes, Josh Nouri, Audra Jantz,and Sarah Wilder perform a form know as "A Car Event".
This Cincinnati based Troupe began performing short and long form improv together in 2016 when they met in college. They blend free-spirited play with emotional frankness and unbridled fury to create something very strange.
Detroit duo with Doug Kolbicz & Janelle Soulliere
Hannah Taubitz, Adam Bacigal, Nick Boulahanis, and Geulah Finman perform their variation on a montage
Shawn and Pete
Shawn Golden and Pete Felsman a long-form duo, as organic as possible in structure.They don't know if They're going to take an audience suggestion until we're on stage. The goal is to emphasize and pursue connected play over clever play.
Detroit duo with Doug Kolbicz & Pete Jacokes
Ashley Hughes, Alex Bergmans, Torey Arnold, Marley Gluf, Lola Ahearn, and Adam Finze
Tim Lally and Jeffrey Smyk is a duo who performs one continuous scene usually at a specific large in area location like a mall or music festival etc. which is discovered in the show. Meaning they don't get the location as a suggestion and they don't force finding it. They play multiple characters that all interact and interweave with each other that promises high energy. There is never any sweeping or calling of scene, the show is non-stop fun! The characters are big and the humor is playful. Like two skilled adult children playing "make believe." Nordberg always has tons of fun when they perform and it is very infectious on audiences.
Tracy Turner, John "Edge" Leasia, Dylan Shay ,Ben Niemeier, Chelsea Sturza, Joe Lucido, Austin Millard, Amanda Reynolds, and Adam G. A newly form troupe that just graduated their intro 3 class and are going to do a short form set.
Bob and Shannon
Detroit duo with Bob Wieck & Shannon Coon
Graham Leslie, Will Curry, Dan Tice, Mitch Haba, Robert Hahn,and Vincent Van Tiem
Steve the Ghost
Katie Hoffman, Keenan Mullaney, Paul Weinberg, Emilee W., Justin Angryrancor, Dan Kanter, Adam Brody, Katie Marinelli, and Bobby Bedard perform a version of a Harold that they call a Weird Room
Hunter Dunn, Sonia Khaleel, and Adam Hirzil
Bumble Bee Breeders
Keenan Mullaney, Patty Goule, Katie Hoffman, Jenny Haddo
Dan Zemke, Alex Macksoud, Mitch Haba, Robyn Orlando, and Bob Hahn perform a long form show completely devoid of humans
Moxy by Proxy
Allison Miko, Allen Smock, Kate Holmes, Ryan Westbrook perform a long form stage painting set
Kathryn Gonsior, Alex Bergmans, Mike Maghier, Amy Oprean, Sue Durso, and Sarah Wilder
Matt Townsend, Chris Grimm, Katie Parzych, Allyson Miko, Havah Roussel, Ian McCain, Peter Felsman, Steve Vagts, and Shawn Golden perform a Narrative, relationship driven long form based on the Sleepover form.
Mike Ramey Doug Kolbicz, Annie Hendricks, Nicole Pascaretta, Stefanie Bainter, Andy Cach, J.H. Anderson, and Steve Vagts are a Troupe Specializing in, but not limited to the Harold as our main form, Unicornucopia is an improv troupe of 8 funsters who deliver an engaging energy to all of our performances. Our strong group mind allows us to get on the same page quickly, presenting fantastic, absurd and fun connections through exploration of relationships and characters.
Nicole Pascaretta, Cari Sue Murphy, and Stefanie Bainter are an Improv trio that draws upon their musical background to create a blend of A Capella songs which showcase a variety of genres and talents. These songs create the inspiration for improvised scenes that will make you sing with laughter.
10:00am - 2:00pm | Family Friendly Performance Block
Tickets $10, kids 10 & under FREE
10:00am - Mitten Theater
11:00am - Pointless Theater Little Peeps
Noon - Jr Improv Jam
1:00pm - Unprepared & Confident
2:00pm - 4:00pm | Performance Block (Tickets $10)
Gabber Media presents "Trasmissions from the Darkside"
A podcast reviewing all four seasons, in order, of the iconic 80s horror anthology show Tales from the Darkside. Hosted by Jen Hansen, Matt Rose, and Matt Naas
Cash & Cari
Rj Cach, Cari Murphy, and Jeremy St Martin perform a Musical location
HugSquared is a group of people that truly love each other and you can tell when they hit the stage. Always making it a point to meditate before going on stage.. SHHH that's a troupe secret! Sometimes they will open their show giving special hugs to the audience and end it with a big group hug onstage to get ready. Everyone in the troupe has had years of training and performing all over the Detroit and Chicago area.
Musical the Improv
An improvised show, utilizing song and elements of music, featuring some of Go Comedy's best. Opened by a different troupe each week.
4:00pm - 6:00pm | Performance Block (Tickets $15)
Tim Kay ,Chris DiAngelo, Jeremy Griffin Billy Crawford, and Suzie Jacokes Perform aFast paced, character driven montage.
Trevor Brown, Molly Alampi, Alex Suriano, Mike Maghiar, Scott Lehman
Bob Wieck and Peter Jacokes two best friends perform a duo set after being up for 24 hours
Future Kids were forged deep within the hellfires deep with Mount Vesuvius when a senile wizard lost a bet with a grizzled pauper about who could eat the most ambrosia salad. Since time immemorial, Future Kids have haunted the green rooms of improv theaters the world over, terrorizing audiences with whimsical scene work and delightful repartee.
Natural Born Killaz
NBK is a Detroit-based duo. Jaclynn Cherry and Mike Smith played their first two-person set in 2014 when the rest of the members of their larger troupe couldn't make a show. Sparks flew, emotions ran high, and the rest was history. Contrary to their ridiculous name, the duo focuses on grounded scene-work, playing with honesty and vulnerability.
6:00pm - 8:00pm | Performance Block (Tickets: $15)
Detroit duo with brothers Pj & Pete Jacokes
Nick Bitonti, Jenny Bloomer, Jeffrey Smyk, and Mitch Socia perform an Eventé - form revolves around a single event
Doug Kolbicz, Mitch Socia, Tom Novik, Maggie O'Reilly & Erik Heilner
Dylan Wolff, Lilly Keyes, Will Curry, Sonia Khaleel, Adam Hirzel, Tess Hannah, Nate Hudson, and Patty Gould perform a long form montage, which starts with a shared character monologue.
The League of Pointless Improvisers
Pointless theater and brewery's resident cast
Former Detroiters James Quesada and Julia Schroeder.
8:00pm - 10:00pm | Final Performance Block (Tickets $20)
8:00pm The 24 Hour Sketch Show
A one hour sketch show based on audience suggestions (from 24 hours earlier) that is written, rehearsed and performed within 24 hours.
9:00pm Listen Stupid
Nuverre Naami and Tom Novik have been performing together since 2013. This duo loves to play all kinds of characters, using a montage of scenes to patiently explore and connect everyday relationships and encounters.
A group of improvisers will win a chance to perform in the final troupe block.
26 Hour Players
Anyone who has survived the entire marathon will play an improv set to close out the event.