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Season 9, Episode 1 – DIF 2016

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016

Season 9, Episode 1 - DIF 2016 was originally aired on the After Improv Podcast DIF 2016 is in the books, and the After Improv Podcast provides its annual rundown. We cover it all (except for the sets we missed): The shows, the after parties, the after after parties, the intrigue and our newfound love of Canadian improv. Plus, actor and improvisor Marc Evan Jackson blows our collective minds. All this and more:   Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Marc Evan Jackson blows our minds Workshop reviews Heather’s feelings Job update! 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...

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Parent Trap: Lord of the Twins Trilogy

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016

By Mike Ramey, April 11th, 2o16 Conceived in Go Comedy’s lobby, in what started as an idea for the Matt Naas Variety Show, The Parent Trap is a fast-paced, hilarious performance fueled by non-stop action as told through the eyes of two passionate and exciting women. Five months in the making, the Parent Trap is more than just performers, Nicole Pascaretta and Julia Schroeder, retelling their favorite movie moments on stage. It takes the story line of Lindsay Lohan’s 1998 hit Disney movie, The Parent Trap and melds it with the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) trilogy; the result, an intense, exciting 35 minute piece of performance-art. This is not simply a show, this is an experience born of passion, hard work and a lot of writing, and re-writing, and rehearsing, and re-rehearsing. “This is unlike anything we’ve ever done, even written things that we’ve done.” Noted, Julia, “It’s just so different and so much more exact and meticulous.” Once all three parts were written, and they had performed Part One for the variety Show, Nicole and Julia went back to...

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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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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 1 – DIF 2016

Season 9, Episode 1 – DIF 2016

Aug 23, 2016

Season 9, Episode 1 - DIF 2016 was originally aired on the After Improv Podcast DIF 2016 is in the books, and the After Improv Podcast provides its annual rundown. We cover it all (except for the sets we missed): The shows, the after parties, the after after parties, the intrigue and our newfound love of Canadian improv. Plus, actor and improvisor Marc Evan Jackson blows our collective minds. All this and more:   Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Marc Evan Jackson blows our minds Workshop reviews Heather’s feelings Job update! 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...

Season 8, Episode 8 – Michael Hovitch Part II

Season 8, Episode 8 – Michael Hovitch Part II

Aug 16, 2016

Season 8, Episode 8 - Michael Hovitch Part II was originally aired on the After Improv Podcast In the second part of a two-episode chat with Planet Ant Managing Director and home team member Michael Hovitch, the After Improv Podcast talks with Michael about why his teaching method is unlike any other improv instructor in Detroit, how he feels about getting teased, hearing his name chanted and being the son of a life coach. We also finally answer the question of whether Michael and Tony worked together at Borders 18 years ago without realizing it. All this and more:   Unique teacher Respect Ho-vi! Hovi! Jetting from the Jam Video nights Expanding Planet Planet Ant West Receptive parents The stuff of life Quiet engagement Over the county line All a board Exit head left Is he awkward? Heather’s feelings Fact of the week Job update! 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...

The (In)Complete History of the Planet Ant

The (In)Complete History of the Planet Ant

Aug 10, 2016

By Annelyse Miller, August 10th, 2016 Writing the history of Planet Ant in a brief article is like trying to explain what made a Home Team’s set so hilarious.  No matter how detailed the article may be, very important contributions will be left out.  Such is the nature of the Planet Ant beast or rather insect.  Its history, as well as its Monday Night Shows, are the perfect example of an improvisational ensemble.  The Planet Ant has become the unique theatre that it is because of many intelligent, passionate folks working together.  Countless hands have helped to create each of its incarnations.  As the theatre embarks on its expansion, now is the perfect time to investigate how a little coffee house became a theatre with its own unique improvisational style. Hal Soper, along with the Shelton family, decided to open a coffee shop in 1993.  According to Shelton family lore, even their participation in the start up involved a good deal of collaboration.  As it has been explained to Darren Shelton, who was only three at the time, their participation came down to a family vote.  “My mom and my younger sister said no, my dad and my older sister voted yeah and I guess I was the deciding vote for yes.  Shortly after, my dad and Hal were looking for a name.  My older sister, Alissa Shelton, suggested the name Ant Planet, because she had just gotten an ant farm and I guess that turned into Planet Ant.” So how did they decide to start a coffee shop in Hamtramck well before the coffee house craze hit the nation?  “It was a crazy time for Hamtramck, a magazine wrote an article on the 10 turn-around neighborhoods and Hamtramck was one of them.  We thought we’d capitalize on that wave,” Soper shares.  Although the owners worked together as CPAs downtown and were not musicians themselves, they were motivated to open the coffee shop as a place to hear good Detroit based music.  “We wanted a place where there was no cover entertainment. For the price of a dollar coffee, people could come in for great music,” Soper explains.  They achieved just that and were...

Season 8, Episode 7 – Michael Hovitch Part I

Season 8, Episode 7 – Michael Hovitch Part I

Aug 9, 2016

Season 8, Episode 7 - Michael Hovitch Part I was originally aired on the After Improv Podcast Planet Ant Managing Director and home team member Michael Hovitch visits the After Improv Podcast this week in the first of a two-part talk with one of improv’s most private performers. Michael talks about his renowned social anxiety, why he originally went to school to be an engineer, smashing cans for a living, playing pranks on customers at his various jobs, recording an emo album and the worst job he’s ever had. Plus Michael and Tony formulate a stunning theory about their past. All that and more:  Questions answered Anxiety Great grandpa Family matters Borders Velo parade Posterized Second City The music man Go! Comedy License plate holdup Direct duties Happy days? 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...

Detroit Laughs Louder’s Guide to DIF6

Detroit Laughs Louder’s Guide to DIF6

Aug 8, 2016

By Mike Ramey, August 8th, 2016 It’s that time of year again where Detroit’s improv community unites to bring you the best improv the city has to offer. Following in the foot steps of the previous years, the 6th annual Detroit Improv Festival schedule is packed with local and national talent like Paul F. Tompkins, Susan Messing and The 313, to name a few. If you’re looking at the DIF 6 schedule, realizing that every show is going to be equally hilarious and entertaining, and you can’t decide where to go or what to do, we totally understand, it can be daunting. It is for this exact reason that Detroit Laughs Louder teamed up with Detroit Improv Festival to break down some of the highlights of the festival. Fundraiser to Support the Detroit Creativity Project (DCP), featuring The 313 – Two shows: 7PM & 9PM, Wednesday August 10th @ Boll Family YMCA: If you’re unfamiliar with the DCP, it’s a not-for profit founded by Detroit’s working artists “who believe that arts education provides a critical element of learning for all students, and is not an expendable part of the curriculum. Whether painting, playing music, or taking the stage, the arts allow students to develop skills they need now and in the future.” The fundraiser features the students of the DCP program along with The 313, an ensemble improv troupe consisting of Michigan native actors, writers, comedians and improvisers: Andy Cobb, Marc Evan Jackson, Nyima Funk, Maribeth Monroe, and Jaime Moyer. Musical Improv – 8 PM, Wednesday August 10th @ Go Comedy: Improv’s amazing because it’s (typically) comedy, made up on the spot. Music is amazing because, well, it’s music! Take the two and mash them together and you have Dianasty, one of Detroit’s very few musical improv troupes. As if normal improv’s not challenging enough, this all female troupe will improvise comedy on the-spot, while singing! If you haven’t seen musical improv before, it’s amazingly entertaining and definitely worth checking out. Two Person Troupes – Various Times: Two person troupes are just that; two people performing improv…that’s it…no one else. Two-person troupes don’t tend to last unless the performers share a mutual chemistry and trust, which...

Season 8, Episode 6 – Heather Sejnowski

Season 8, Episode 6 – Heather Sejnowski

Aug 2, 2016

Season 8, Episode 6 - Heather Sejnowski was originally aired on the After Improv Podcast Heather Sejnowski, a member of the Go! Comedy resident cast and the League of Pointless Improvisers, moved from Detroit to Chicago this week. But before she left, Heather visited the After Improv Podcast. Heather opened up in a way no guest, and perhaps she herself, ever has. By the time this episode is over, you might want to give her a hug. She would rather you didn’t. Instead, if you still can, call your mom.  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...