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Schedule announced: Detroit Improv Festival

Posted: Aug. 3, 2012 at 7 a.m.; updated Aug. 6, 2012 at 7:36 p.m.

FERNDALE - For five days in August, improv troupes from around the U.S. and Canada will converge on Ferndale for Michigan's biggest improv festival. The Detroit Improv Collective Inc. and Go Comedy! Improv Theater have announced the performance and workshop schedule for the inaugural Detroit Improv Festival, Aug. 8-12. More than 30 improv troupes will perform and 12 improvisation workshops will be taught by the best professionals in the industry.

The Detroit Improv Festival kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 10:30 p.m. at Go Comedy! Improv Theater. Performances for the festival will take place across three Ferndale venues: The Ringwald Theatre, The Magic Bag, and Go Comedy!

Headlining the festival this year will be superstar improv group The 313. Featuring Keegan Michael Key ("Key & Peele"), Maribeth Monroe ("Workaholics"), Joshua Funk, Nyima Funk, Andy Cobb, Marc Evan Jackson, and Jaime Moyer, The 313 will perform at The Magic Bag Thursday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and Friday, Aug. 10 at 11 p.m. at Go Comedy! Improv Theater. Tickets for The 313 shows ($25) are on sale now at

In addition to performances, The Detroit Improv Festival will feature 12 workshops for improvisers of all skill levels on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11 & 12 at Go Comedy! Improv Theater and Go U! The Improv Academy. A complete list of available workshops follows. Tuition for most workshops is $25. A five-hour intensive workshop with Kevin Patrick Robbins on Saturday afternoon is $40. Registration for all workshops is available at

Tickets ($5-$25) for all festival performances are on sale online at and

Schedule: Detroit Improv Festival
Festival performances take place in Ferndale at:
Go Comedy! Improv Theater, 261 E Nine Mile Rd. (
The Ringwald Theatre, 22742 Woodward Ave. (
The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave. (

Tickets for all performances are on sale now online at or in person at the Go Comedy! box office beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sundays. A Full Festival Pass is currently available for $125 and includes admission to all festival performances.

Wednesday, Aug. 8
Go Comedy! Improv Theater, 261 E Nine Mile Road
8 p.m. - BITS Tournament FINALE: Forever 15 vs. Question Marky Mark
10:30 p.m. - t&a (Kalamazoo), Couch Surfing (Detroit) and an All Star Rock-o-Matic (Detroit, Los Angeles & Chicago) $15

Thursday Aug. 9
Go Comedy! Improv Theater, 261 E Nine Mile Rd.
8 p.m. - Chagory (Ann Arbor), POMP (Toronto) & People's Republic of Funny (Ann Arbor, Detroit & Chicago) $15
10 p.m. - Baby Leroy (Ferndale), Mandolin (Chicago) & Wilhelm Scream (Cincinnati & Chicago) $15

The Ringwald Theatre, 22742 Woodward Ave.
8:30 p.m. - Sophmore Album (Chicago), Simply Coney (Detroit) & Galapagos (Phoenix) $15

The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave.
8 p.m. - Matt Nass & The Sing-A-Long Singers (Ferndale), Bottle of Red (Hamtramck) & The 313 (Los Angeles) $25
10:30 p.m. - Planet Ant Home Team (Hamtramck), The Mighty They (Ferndale) & The 313 (Los Angeles) $25

Friday, Aug. 10
Go Comedy! Improv Theater, 261 E Nine Mile Road
7:30 p.m. - Photobomb (Baltimore), RN & Cawls (Toronto) $20
9:30 p.m. - Home School(Ferndale), Congress (Toronto) & 2-Man No-Show (Toronto) $20
11 p.m. - Forever 15 (Ferndale), Duffy and Messing & The 313 (L.A.) $25
12 a.m. - Special midnight performance of "Robocop The Musical." $15 (Go Comedy Box Office)

The Ringwald Theatre, 22742 Woodward Ave.
7 p.m. - Wolodarski (Chicago), Honey (New York City) & Twinprov (Oklahoma City) $20
9 p.m. - Improv Nerd w/Jimmy Carrane(Chicago) with Special Guest Maribeth Monroe (Los Angeles) $20
10:30 p.m. - Man Hands (Ferndale), Pizza Party (Chicago) & Kristen & Amie (Philadelphia) $20

Saturday, Aug. 11
Go Comedy! Improv Theatre, 261 E Nine Mile Rd.
4:30 p.m. - "Close Quarters" film screening $5
7 p.m. - Half Life: Requiem for the Cold War (Philadelphia), The Dirty Shame (Chicago) & STACKED (Chicago) $20
9 p.m. - Hello Laser (New York City), 2-Man No-Show (Toronto) & TJ and Friends (Chicago & Detroit) $20
10:30 p.m. - Hugs & Pullups (Chicago), Jessica (Chicago) & RN & Cawls (Toronto) $20

The Ringwald Theatre, 22742 Woodward Ave.
10:30 p.m. - Michael Pizza (Chicago), Twinprov (Oklahoma City) & Two People featuring Jet Eveleth (Chicago) $20 (This performance schedule is subject to change.)

Detroit Improv Festival Workshops

Tuition for DIF workshops is $25 per person (except for the Kevin Patrick Robbins intensive workshop, which is $40 per person). Registration is limited; to register or for complete workshop details, log on to Workshops will take place at Go Comedy! Improv Theatre or Go U! The Improv Academy, located in the 200 block of East Nine Mile Road in Ferndale.

Saturday, Aug. 11
10:30 a.m. - Listen Like a Therapist, Instructor: Amie Roe
10:30 a.m. - ZOOM! Physical Comedy and Stage Combat, Instructors Buck & Clint Vrazel
10:30 a.m. - Zen and The Art of Improv, Instructor: Rob Norman
10:30 a.m. - Game Of The Scene, Instructor: Adam Cawley
11 a.m. - Jump-Start Your Scene, Instructor: Kevin Patrick Robbins ($40)
1:45 p.m. - The Art of Slow Comedy, Instructor: Jimmy Carrane
1:45 p.m. - Playing Honest Improv, Instructor: Jet Eveleth
1:45 p.m. - Making Scenes Easier, Instructor: T.J. Jagodowski
1:45 p.m. - Play with All the Things: An Introduction to Theatrical Clowning, Instructor: Kristen Schier

Sunday, Aug. 1212:30 p.m. - Going Bigger and Beyond, Instructors: Ken Hall & Isaac Kessler
12:30 p.m. - Freestyle Rap 101, Instructors: Buck & Clint Vrazel
12:30 p.m. - Strong Initiations, Instructor: Steve Kleinedler

Workshop schedule is subject to change.

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