Improv

Check it Out: Go Comedy’s Spring Break Workshops

Posted by on May 15, 2017

Every year, Go Comedy has their own version of Spring Break, offering an entire week of work shops targeting various aspects of improv. These work shops are a great opportunity for improvisers to brush up on some improv specifics, push yourself out of your comfort zone and get to know some of Go’s great instructors. Classes run from May 15th-25th, and they’re selling out quickly! Below are the classes which are still open. If you’d like to see the full schedule of classes, and get tickets, check out Go Comedy’s website here! Just Write Already! | Teacher: Mary Beth Kolbicz Tuesday, May 16 | 7-10PM | In the Go Comedy HQ Do you have a million brilliant ideas floating around your head, but you can’t seem to write them down? Is your hard drive filled with amazing sketches, but none of them have endings yet? Do you have a title for the best show Go will put up this year, but you don’t have the plot yet? Just write them already! This workshop will focus on how to find your own...

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CRISTINA NO h

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017

So you only have three chances this week to see an amazing one-woman show called CRISTINA NO h. It is written by and starring Cristina Orlando. If you don’t know Cristina’s work, you should. She is a delightful human being with a surprising sense of humor. Her humor is surprising because you just can’t pigeonhole it. Although in real life she is a sweet and generous friend, mother, and kindergarten teacher, her humor can be dark, satirical, sarcastic, caustic, and self-depreciating. At other times it is full of physical slapstick fun and whimsy, while also being totally relatable and honest. I imagine we will get a glimpse of many of these elements in her show this weekend. Don’t miss this international talent and her gifted cast this weekend at Planet Ant Theatre. Here is the official info you need to know to make your plans and book your tickets: All The Details: The Planet Ant Theatre in Hamtramck, MI, will feature a three day run of CRISTINA NO h.  The fun and endearing one-woman show follows a determined full-time working married...

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StandUp

You’ll want to be his neighbor: McCaffrey’s Neighborhood Comedy

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017

By Matt Daly, June 6th, 2017 Jon McCaffrey could arguably be described as a local comedy mob boss. He shouldn’t be, but he technically could be. As a divorced father of three and mailman during the day, that title rings a little strange. However, once you get to know what he actually does, it won’t. Basically, he is the ringleader who brings together a colorful group of unique comedians who perform at several different venues in the Metro Detroit area on a (usually) regular basis. A native of Berkley, McCaffrey got his start in comedy several years ago by taking improv classes at Go Comedy in Ferndale. His first taste of what he’s doing now came when a friend of his was looking for performers to do acts at O’Mara’s Pub in Berkley. He then asked him to return weekly, and that’s how McCaffrey’s Neighborhood Comedy was born. McCaffrey ran it himself at O’Mara’s for about six months, and then handed it off to some friends for a while. After being away from the scene for a little bit, he got the...

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Laugh Louder

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017

Schadenfreude – Pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune… enjoy. *no animals were harmed in the making of this video Video Credit: Jim Films by Jim Harper 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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CRISTINA NO h

CRISTINA NO h

Jun 13, 2017

So you only have three chances this week to see an amazing one-woman show called CRISTINA NO h. It is written by and starring Cristina Orlando. If you don’t know Cristina’s work, you should. She is a delightful human being with a surprising sense of humor. Her humor is surprising because you just can’t pigeonhole it. Although in real life she is a sweet and generous friend, mother, and kindergarten teacher, her humor can be dark, satirical, sarcastic, caustic, and self-depreciating. At other times it is full of physical slapstick fun and whimsy, while also being totally relatable and honest. I imagine we will get a glimpse of many of these elements in her show this weekend. Don’t miss this international talent and her gifted cast this weekend at Planet Ant Theatre. Here is the official info you need to know to make your plans and book your tickets: All The Details: The Planet Ant Theatre in Hamtramck, MI, will feature a three day run of CRISTINA NO h.  The fun and endearing one-woman show follows a determined full-time working married mother of two who decides to take a chance to reach her dream of becoming a famous actress.  This true comedic version of Cristina’s story is full of tears, laughter, twists and turns and inspiration to not wait for opportunity but to create it yourself. What: CRISTINA NO h, written by and starring local Windsorite, Cristina Orlando   Who: Written by and Starring Cristina Orlando Directed by Lauren Bickers Guest Starring Quintin Hicks                         Simone Orlando                         Estelle Orlando   When: Thursday June 15, 2017  8 PM  (Doors open at 7:30 pm) Friday June 16, 2017       8 PM  (Doors open at 7:30 pm) Saturday June 17, 2017   8PM  (Doors open at 7:30 pm)   Where: The Planet Ant Theatre (Blackbox) 2357 Caniff St. Hamtramck, Michigan USA www.planetant.com 313-365-4948   About: Cristina Orlando, a 41 year young local Windsorite who, on the verge of giving up on her dream, captures the moment when she took a leap to follow her dreams.  This show will inspire others to dig deep and create opportunities for themselves.  This is the true, fun and endearing story of a...

‘The Legend of Georgia McBride’ Debut’s at Theater Nova

‘The Legend of Georgia McBride’ Debut’s at Theater Nova

Jun 11, 2017

By Brian Titus,  June 11th, 2017 Levity personified and all the heart you can muster radiated from the Theatre Nova in Ann Arbor Friday night as ‘The Legend of Georgia McBride’ made a triumphant return to the stage after a successful run at The Ringwald Theatre.  A poignant story of a young man named Casey (played by Nick Yocum) who finds out his entire world is about to change, transform would be a better word, in the form of a sparkly dress and pumps.  Casey’s love for performance is challenged when his dismal gig as an Elvis impersonator flops and gets replaced with a B-level drag show.  For the love of his pregnant wife Jo (played by Meredith Deighton) and the thought that he needs to make ends meet, Casey decides that performing in drag is the only way to provide financial security and still allow him to express himself musically.  Enter the fabulous Miss Tracy Mills (played by Vince Kelley), the gender-bending Yoda who puts Casey through drag queen boot camp.  To find out what happens I encourage you to go see for yourself, from now until July 2nd. The overall theme of this show is discovery, in the sense that Casey discovers what it is like to be a husband, father, woman, performer, and a success all in one hour and 45 minute event.  This show is wildly entertaining and gets enormous laughs, playwright Matthew Lopez makes that possible with topical humor and larger than life characters.  I won’t play favorites because when you have a cast this good it is very difficult to single anyone out of an ensemble.  Still it must be noted that I rarely see talent as bold and bright as Vince Kelley (Miss Tracy Mills), Nick Yocum (Casey) and Richard Payton (who plays duo roles as Rexy and Jason).  Comedy timing and the suspension of disbelief are two of the most challenging things an actor has to manipulate; all three of these tremendously talented performers demonstrated their star power in ‘The Legend of Georgia McBride.’  Equally talented cast members Joe Bailey (Eddie) and Meredith Deighton (Jo) have an undeniable stage presence and have the difficult job of...

You’ll want to be his neighbor: McCaffrey’s Neighborhood Comedy

You’ll want to be his neighbor: McCaffrey’s Neighborhood Comedy

Jun 6, 2017

By Matt Daly, June 6th, 2017 Jon McCaffrey could arguably be described as a local comedy mob boss. He shouldn’t be, but he technically could be. As a divorced father of three and mailman during the day, that title rings a little strange. However, once you get to know what he actually does, it won’t. Basically, he is the ringleader who brings together a colorful group of unique comedians who perform at several different venues in the Metro Detroit area on a (usually) regular basis. A native of Berkley, McCaffrey got his start in comedy several years ago by taking improv classes at Go Comedy in Ferndale. His first taste of what he’s doing now came when a friend of his was looking for performers to do acts at O’Mara’s Pub in Berkley. He then asked him to return weekly, and that’s how McCaffrey’s Neighborhood Comedy was born. McCaffrey ran it himself at O’Mara’s for about six months, and then handed it off to some friends for a while. After being away from the scene for a little bit, he got the itch to return, but this time he branched out to other venues and not just O’Mara’s. One thing that is immediately apparent from meeting McCaffrey is his passion for comedy in general. He even said it essentially saved his life and he wouldn’t know what he would be doing without it. Keeping his shows accessible to as many people as possible is also a personal mission of McCaffrey’s. He never charges for his shows and he says he never will. He never wants cost to be a barrier that stops people from having a good night. “If you’re having a crappy day, going out and laughing could feasibly save somebody’s life… People need to get out of their heads, and comedy is a great way to do that.” McCaffrey said to me during our interview. McCaffrey’s Neighborhood Comedy brings to life a unique cast of comedians who each bring their own style, flare, and types of jokes. Within the span of the show, I heard jokes about things as mundane as how rednecks park their cars and things as out there as John...

Matt Daly

Matt Daly

Jun 5, 2017

Matt Daly grew up in Macomb Township and graduated from Central Michigan University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Applied Arts in Broadcasting and minors in Political Science and Psychology. He dabbled in the world of youtube for a while and now really has no idea what he’s doing with his life. His therapist says this is ok though. You can catch him binge watching 30 Rock or eating hard-boiled eggs that come precooked in plastic bags because whenever he makes them himself they never quite turn out right. 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...

Brian Titus

Brian Titus

May 22, 2017

Brian Titus has over 13 years of improv and sketch comedy experience, performing with the Metro Detroit troupe ‘Project 2 Improv.’ He recently decided to start training again at Go Comedy in Ferndale to continue his craft and learn long form.  He loves collecting movies and tabletop gaming.  If he could eat dinner with any three dead celebrities it would be Chris Farley, John Candy, and John Belushi 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...

Murder Mystery Dinner Kills in Royal Oak

Murder Mystery Dinner Kills in Royal Oak

May 22, 2017

By Brian Titus, May 22nd, 2017 There are certain rules of comedy that are taught by more seasoned comedians than I, they include no politics, no religion, and no death. That being said, this past Saturday night I witnessed an exception to that rule with the Detroit Actor’s Theatre Company Second Stage production of Death at a Funeral. This interactive murder mystery dinner was hosted at Boo’s Music Bistro next to Mr. B’s restaurant in the beautiful downtown area of Royal Oak. My wife and I were seated with two other guests and given a sheet for notes. As guests filed in to the cozy space with dimmed lighting and a framed photo of a very eccentric man at the front of the room, four formally dressed “members of the family” greeted guests and argued with each other about who was “Daddy’s favorite.” Soon it would be explained to us that we were guests at the wake of Kerri Salinger, where the departed’s attorney would be reading the last will and testament of the deceased. Throughout the buffet dinner service which included meat carving stations, potatoes, and other vegetable options certain audience members were revealed as additional characters in this twisted web of comedy fun. First off, before you pre-judge an event with buffet dinner let me ease your mind and let you know the food was excellent. It had been awhile since I’ve had a slice of beef that literally melted in my mouth and the chocolate cookies for dessert were the perfect sweet treat. The food served was only a small part of the fun, the main course being the show which isn’t your traditional staged performance but more of a strolling opportunity to meet the cast of characters and grab tidbits of information. After the non-traditional reading of Salinger’s last wishes, which included a karaoke sing-a-long to Miley Cyrus’ hit Wrecking Ball and emotionally comedic reactions to getting a fortune or the shaft the evening was tainted by the murder of…oh, you thought I was going to give you all the details?! No sir, the murdered and the murderer will remain a mystery so you can go discover it for yourself....