Laugh Till It Hurts at Motor City Comedy Festival

By: Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers | September 18, 2017
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Last month we featured the Detroit Improv Festival and how it was working to bring attention to the improv and comedy community in metro Detroit. This month, comedy fans can consider themselves lucky once more as the first ever Motor City Comedy Festival will be taking place September 22-24.

With more than 50 performers at four different venues across three days, plus special midnight shows at local bars in Detroit, there are tons of ways you can experience the best comedy of metro Detroit. Check out the full schedule to plan out the right show for you.

The venues where you can catch these great performers aren’t the typical stand-alone comedy clubs. Park Bar, El Club, Rusted Crow and Majestic Cafe are the main venues, all of which are bars first and performance locations second. But, that’s one of the goals of Motor City Comedy Festival: to show metro Detroiters that great comedians and comedy shows can be found almost anywhere.


Jay Light and Frank Castillo(seen here on Comedy Central’s “Roast Battle”) will be co-headlining at Elizabeth Theater at the Park Bar on Saturday night. Photo courtesy of Motor City Comedy Festival.

Headlining the Festival will be Sean Patton, Frank Castillo, Jay Light and Dave Landau. Patton hails from New Orleans and has performed at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Just for Laughs Chicago, Just for Laughs Toronto and Just for Laughs Montreal. He’s also been on several TV shows, making appearances on @midnight, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, This Is Not Happening as well as having co-hosted Best Bars in America.

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Winner of Roast Battle 2, Castillo is based in Los Angeles, California and started his career in comedy as a host and sketch writer for Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. Since then, Castillo has worked with the likes of Adam Ray, Bert Kreischer and Dave Chappelle. His claim to fame is his work at the World Famous Comedy Store as a co-producer and roaster on Roast Battle, which he has been a part of since its humble open mic beginnings four years ago.


Robert Jenkins, a Detroit Native, will be a featured comedian performing with Sean Patton (from “Best Bars in America” on Esquire) on Sunday Night at Elizabeth Theater at the Park Bar. Photo courtesy of Motor City Comedy Festival.

Light is from Texas but got his start in comedy in North Carolina. Since then, he has performed at SXSW, the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, the Blue Whale Comedy Festival and the Cannes Film Festival. Like Castillo, Light is a performer and producer on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle.

Landau, a native of the Motor City, got his start in comedy at the Detroit chapter of the Second City Conservatory. He has several Comedy Central credits to his name, including Live At Gotham, Last Comic Standing and This Is Not Happening.

So, find a show in the schedule that piques your interest and give it a shot. Great comedians at great venues — what do you have to lose?