Comedians, Podcasters & Wrestlers: What to See at This Weekend’s Detroit Improv Festival

By: Scott Davis | August 6, 2018

Get ready to laugh, possibly cry, and laugh some more at this year’s Detroit Improv Festival. The annual festival will kick off this Wednesday, August 8 at the Go Comedy! Improv Theater in Ferndale with a performance from a wide range of local improv teams and a free improv jam session afterwards. That will be just the tip of the iceberg as the rest of the week will see up to eight shows a night.

Venues like The Magic Bag, The Ringwald, and Affirmations will be hosting some of the most talented comedians from across the the country. Shows such as SPONTANEANATION with Paul F. Tompkins and Flying Chuck, where comedians and former professional wrestlers collide, promise big laughs in unique and fun ways.

While those big names and other well-known comedians are certainly draws for the festival, producer Michael Smith says that it is the lesser known comedians that make the festival special. They’ve had comedians from the festival go on to be on shows like “Saturday Night Live,” “Key and Peele,” and “Detroiters,” which shows how much talent can be on stage during any show.

“We have talented, big name comedians as headliners, but the undercard performers are just as funny and entertaining. They are lesser known for now, but they will become names in the very near future” Smith said.

One of the big trends coming into this year’s festival is the rise of comedic podcasts, and the Detroit Improv Festival will give you the opportunity to see live recordings of some of the funniest podcasts in the country. Shows like My Neighbors Are Dead, Off Book Improvised Musical, The Nice Guys, and more EarWolf Podcast Network shows will be featured throughout the festival.

The Detroit Improv Festival also allows you to get in on the hilarity. Workshops take place throughout the weekend and are a great way to sharpen your comedic and public speaking skills along with having loads of fun. There are a wide range of workshops available, so be sure to visit the website for more information on how to sign up.

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A full festival pass will get you one ticket per show block and can be purchased through Passage. Tickets for individual shows can be purchased on the official website, or on the Magic Bag website. Check out their Facebook page as well for more information on this year’s performers.

Whether you want to see the Planet Ant Home Team, an improv musical, or a recording of the “History Made Up” podcast, there’s a show for you at this year’s Detroit Improv Festival.