Improv

Season 9, Episode 10 – Shawn Handlon Part II

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016

Season 9, Episode 10 - Shawn Handlon Part II was originally aired on the After Improv Podcast In Part II of a two-part interview, Planet Ant Artistic Director Shawn Handlon talks about life back on land, how his brother’s cancer led to one of the most satisfying moments of his career, his passion for Detroit and being a tour guide in the city, and his lauded teaching method. All this and more: Land ho! Cancer strikes Cancer! The Musical  Herr director Really Really regretful ExpANTion House beautiful Teaching style Upon further review Formalities Intro 101 Sexy time Sketch stuff Factory worker Onward? The horizon beckons Views on the scene Job updates! Fact of the week Comments or whatever: @tonyaugusty Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)MoreClick to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new...

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Screw It: Doin’ Time on the Line

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016

By Mike Ramey, October 28th, 2016 It’s half past seven when I arrive at the Theater Nova, a small venue tucked away within the Yellow Barn of Ann Arbor. The nearly sold-out crowd is buzzing; Old friends introducing each other to new friends, family members hugging and catching up, all here to see Tim Campos’ one-man-play Screw It: Doin’ Tim on the Line. Tim’s Dad, a retired line worker, proudly dons his expired Ford badge “This was before people could scan-in. See?” further validating the fact that this isn’t just any play. Screw It, chronicles Tim’s time spent working on Ford’s manufacturing lines. Drawing from his real life, the story begins with Tim’s first-day introduction to the Ford Saline plant, circa 1998. He vividly recalls the dreadful walk from the front-office orientation room to The Line, complete with cat-calls and other prison-esque banter shouted from the then-current workers. Stinkbomb, Skeletor, Biscuts n’ Gravy, Old Style, and Druggie, are just some of the characters we come across. Drawn from his real life coworkers, Campos plays them with an honest, unbridled fear, adding a...

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StandUp

Detroit Comedy Underground Produces Flint Benefit

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016

Detroit, Mich.- 21 March 2016- Detroit Comedy Underground, a stand up comedy showcase that brings its audience a diverse line-up of today’s best working comedians at a venue in the city limits of Detroit, will be hosting a benefit to raise money for child victims of the Flint water crisis on April 3, 2016. Detroit Comedy Underground is collaborating with other comedy producers in Metro Detroit under the collective name “Comics for Flint” to promote shows that raise funds for the Flint Child Health & Development Fund. Donations to the Flint Child Health & Development Fund will be used to aid children with interventions that support positive health outcomes for Flint children. All door and raffle proceeds from the April 3 benefit will go to the fund. Comedians donating their time have performed all over the Midwest and for this show include Samantha Rager, Nicki Wright, Carl Johnson, Ken Witzgall, Alex Bozinovic, and Lauren Uchalik. Tickets cost $5 and will be available at the door. Seating may be limited, so audience members are encouraged to arrive earlier than the 8pm show...

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Laugh Louder

Taking the Creative Leap, Moving From Michigan To LA

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016

By Mike Bobbitt, June 10th, 2016 In 2014 I made the leap from being a big fish in the small pond of Detroit to being a nearly invisible fish in one of the largest ponds when I moved to Los Angeles.  It was a move that I started preparing for in 2012 and thought I was planning perfectly.  I wish!  I’m hoping this will help other people who might be contemplating a move of their own.  Five Things I Got Wrong Didn’t get a job.  Los Angeles is incredibly expensive.  It’s more expensive that I planned.  I’m paying twice as much for half the apartment I had in Canton.  Out here you can expect to pay between $1200-1500 per bedroom. It’s not like Michigan where you might add a couple hundred dollars if you want an extra bedroom to split the rent with someone. Moving in itself was more expensive than I anticipated.  U-Haul trucks use a lot more gas than cars, especially when going over mountains.   That zapped about $2500 from my savings before I even got here. There’s always cool...

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Season 9, Episode 10 – Shawn Handlon Part II

Season 9, Episode 10 – Shawn Handlon Part II

Nov 29, 2016

Season 9, Episode 10 - Shawn Handlon Part II was originally aired on the After Improv Podcast In Part II of a two-part interview, Planet Ant Artistic Director Shawn Handlon talks about life back on land, how his brother’s cancer led to one of the most satisfying moments of his career, his passion for Detroit and being a tour guide in the city, and his lauded teaching method. All this and more: Land ho! Cancer strikes Cancer! The Musical  Herr director Really Really regretful ExpANTion House beautiful Teaching style Upon further review Formalities Intro 101 Sexy time Sketch stuff Factory worker Onward? The horizon beckons Views on the scene Job updates! Fact of the week Comments or whatever: @tonyaugusty Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)MoreClick to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new...

Season 9, Episode 9 – Shawn Handlon Part I

Season 9, Episode 9 – Shawn Handlon Part I

Nov 22, 2016

Season 9, Episode 9 - Shawn Handlon Part I was originally aired on the After Improv Podcast This week, Planet Ant Artistic Director, home team member, and former Second City Mainstage cast member Shawn Handlon visits the After Improv Podcast. In Part I of a two-part interview, Shawn talks about his 20 years of improvising, why he changed his last name, growing up with seven siblings, stepping down as vice president of a bank to pursue improv, how “Star Wars” inspired him to write, and what it was like living on a cruise ship for almost three years. All this, and more: 20 years Not his given name The only child A man of business Steve and Stephen The first days of improv Touching moments Funkytown Genital Ben TourCo Bad bank breakup Mad mom, mad dad Mainstage Written in the Star Power battles Novi Cruisin’ Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)MoreClick to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new...

Season 9, Episode 8 – Lauren Bickers

Season 9, Episode 8 – Lauren Bickers

Nov 8, 2016

Season 9, Episode 8 - Lauren Bickers was originally aired on the After Improv Podcast This week, Planet Ant home team member, writer, teacher, director and actor Lauren Bickers visits the After Improv Podcast. Lauren, a recent Wilde Award and ham winner, talks about how an interest in sketch comedy led her to improv. She also recounts traveling the country selling magazines, dislocating her knee trying to be funny, the writing and directing processes and how she develops her memorable characters. All this, and more: Debt update Wilde times Ham fisted Cincinnati kid Fitting in Barely collegiate Acting Mags Dislocated Jam bombing On time Writing Teaching Dicky students Jammin’ Getting direct DCP Character development Little dreams Heather’s plugs  Job updates Tony and Jake review “The Magic Negro and Other Blackness” Fact of the week Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)MoreClick to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new...

Screw It: Doin’ Time on the Line

Screw It: Doin’ Time on the Line

Oct 28, 2016

By Mike Ramey, October 28th, 2016 It’s half past seven when I arrive at the Theater Nova, a small venue tucked away within the Yellow Barn of Ann Arbor. The nearly sold-out crowd is buzzing; Old friends introducing each other to new friends, family members hugging and catching up, all here to see Tim Campos’ one-man-play Screw It: Doin’ Tim on the Line. Tim’s Dad, a retired line worker, proudly dons his expired Ford badge “This was before people could scan-in. See?” further validating the fact that this isn’t just any play. Screw It, chronicles Tim’s time spent working on Ford’s manufacturing lines. Drawing from his real life, the story begins with Tim’s first-day introduction to the Ford Saline plant, circa 1998. He vividly recalls the dreadful walk from the front-office orientation room to The Line, complete with cat-calls and other prison-esque banter shouted from the then-current workers. Stinkbomb, Skeletor, Biscuts n’ Gravy, Old Style, and Druggie, are just some of the characters we come across. Drawn from his real life coworkers, Campos plays them with an honest, unbridled fear, adding a sometimes cringe-worthy, non-p/c, but always realistic and colorful element to the play. As the story progresses, Campos comes to the realization that leaving The Line isn’t as simple as giving his two-weeks. Coworkers become friends, friends become family and the complexities of his daily life dictates his future plans. Clearly written and performed with a thoughtful sense of nostalgia, Screw It is a heartfelt and hilarious, one-man, one hour, play which pays homage to the blue collar men and women he’s had the seemingly genuine pleasure to work along-side. Those of us who have ever worked on a mass production line can easily relate to the play, and anyone who hasn’t will leave, knowing what it’s really like. Screw It: Doin’ Time on the Line plays at the Theater Nova, (410 W. Huron St. Ann Arbor) and has three more performances: • Friday, October 28, contributing musician Ray Smetana will perform an acoustic set after the performance. • Saturday, October 29, Kelly Campos, former mainstage performer for Second City Detroit, will perform an acoustic set featuring guitar and the djembe, an African hand drum,...

Tipping Point Features Fish Dinner in its Entirety

Tipping Point Features Fish Dinner in its Entirety

Oct 26, 2016

October 26th, 2016 By Annelyse Miller When asked who is his favorite character to play from his upcoming show Fish Dinner at Tipping Point Theatre, Quintin Hicks describes Hank Panky, “He’s just your typical old guy that has a lot of opinions.  He’d take the shirt off his back to help someone out.  He’s the old guy eating soup by himself.”  Hicks continues, “to me he represents all of  the male influences I grew up with, a compilation of everything you want to be when you grow older.” In hearing Hicks describe this character, it is evident that each character is real to him.  He truly becomes these different individuals he portrays. Quintin Hicks, if you aren’t familiar with his work has a reputation for amazing characterization.  His ability to assume such complete characters has awed colleges, theatre and radio audiences and improv students for years.  But this show isn’t just about his incredible ability to transform his voice or about wacky costume choices, it is about walking completely in the shoes and the lives of his characters. As I listen to Quintin explain about this character’s first scene, I have a feel for who he is describing.  I can see the character appear before my eyes.  I know how he sits, how he looks, and the sound he makes when he slurps his soup.  This is part of the magic of a Hicks’ performance.  He not only wants to introduce you to these characters but he wants you to understand their stories and how they weave into your own. “The name Fish Dinner is just a play off of family getting together for a meal.  It is a variety of characters.  Maybe they will remind you of someone in your family or someone you know,” Hicks explains.  Since this is the fourth Fish Dinner incarnation both he and his director Dave Davies worked together to see which characters would be present at this “meal.”  If you’ve attended previous Fish Dinners you’ll see some familiar characters and have a chance to check in on their current journey.  Previous attendance is not necessary, Dave Davies assures, “Each Fish Dinner is always a story on to...

Unruly Women

Unruly Women

Oct 15, 2016

By Mike Ramey, October 15th, 2016 It’s the last Friday evening of the month, the collective nervous-energy of the upcoming Matt Naas Variety show permeates the already thick air of Go Comedy’s office space/green room. Frenzied performers bustle through the glass doors, recalling their bits, talking to themselves and double checking their wardrobe. Beer in hand, Jenny Bloomer and Mary Beth Kolbicz sit calmly, seemingly right at home amongst the chaos. From the ladies who brought us a series of sketch shows titled “100% All American Clusterfuck” and “A Very Merry Clusterfuck”, this has become their calling card of sorts. An unintentional trademark, created through their close friendship and honed ever since meeting in the Go! lobby a few years ago. “It’s just dumb. Very dumb.” Mary Beth says, through her laughter. “It’s just the dumbest fucking thing.” Adds Jenny, also laughing. “And we’re making it work.” Mary Beth, concludes, finishing the thought. They’re talking about their upcoming show, Unruly Women, which premiers Thursday October 20th. Half sketch and half improv, Unruly Women, written and directed by the duo, follows the story of two women who are being held in Cedar Point’s multi-purpose room/jail for unrelated ‘crimes against the park’. “The show, overall, showcases a lot of female characters that are outside of what you might normally see women playing.” adds, Jenny. As they await the arrival of the Sandusky police a series of stories from their past, reveal that the two women may actually know each other after all. Dan Brittan, Tom Novik and Janelle Soulliere round out the playful cast, ensuring that this shows short run will quickly become a must-see in Go’s already hilarious, Thursday night line-up. Unruly Women’s four-show run at Go! Comedy starts on Thursday October 20th through Thursday, November 3rd at 8:00pm with an additional showing on Friday, November 11th, also at 8:00 pm Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)MoreClick to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new...