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Comedy, Storytelling, & Performance Art - Week of November 4, 2019

From standup to improv, and everything in between, comedy is flourishing in the auditoriums and clubs of Ann Arbor. And with the U-M's new Media Union, a growing number of multimedia performances are appearing on The Calendar.





 
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Tuesday


November 2019
 7:30-9 p.m. 

The Moth StorySLAM: Michigan Radio.

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Open mike storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit storytelling organization that also produces a weekly public radio show. Ten storytellers are selected at random from among those who sign up to tell a 3-5 minute story on an assigned topic-judged by a 3-person team recruited from the audience. Monthly winners compete in a semiannual Grand Slam. Seating limited; arrive early.

2019 topics:

Oct. 1: Fraud.

Oct. 15: Ink.

Nov. 5: Gumption.

Nov. 19: Landmarks.

Dec. 3: Traditions.

Dec. 17: Names.
(Doors open and sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.), Greyline, 100 N. Ashley. General admission tickets $15 in advance only at themoth.org beginning a week before each event. 764-5118. [map]


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Wednesday


November 2019
 7 p.m. 

"HERsay 6: Women Gathering": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Storytelling, singing, comedy, and improvisation by several area women. Partial proceeds benefit the local nonprofit Dress for Success.
7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 in advance and (if available) at the door. Pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Stories of Service: An Evening with Veterans": Fisher House Michigan.

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Storytelling by 5 Michigan veterans. Also, performances by the Concordia University Choir and the Detroit Renaissance High School junior ROTC rifle demonstration team. Note: This event usually sells out.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. $15 (veterans, first responders, & students, free) in advance at fisherhousemichigan.org/StoriesOfService. (518) 481-0552. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Thurs. except Nov. 27 Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]


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Thursday


November 2019
 7:30 p.m. 

Nate Fridson: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Nov. 7-9. Smart, sarcastic observational humor by this NYC comic who specializes in probing autobiographical anecdotes. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Thurs., except Nov. 28. Improv by up-and-coming local troupes, including Finance Camp and others.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8. pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


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Friday


November 2019
 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Nate Fridson: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Nov. 7-9. Smart, sarcastic observational humor by this NYC comic who specializes in probing autobiographical anecdotes. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"20th Anniversary Festival": Brass Tacks Ensemble.

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This local company presents a 3-night series of different programs, followed at 8 p.m. on Nov. 9 by a party with past & present Brass Tacks members.

Nov. 1: Staged readings of radio plays written over the past year by members of the Brass Tacks playwriting group, featuring Mary Conley's fantastical adventure Under the Mountain, Dorianne Jentzen's dark drama Never Again, Isaac Ellis's anthropomorphic dramedy Couch, Sanders Hamson's futuristic thriller A New Broom Sweeps Clean, and Brian Trippel's disturbing fantasy The Siren of Tinenford.

Nov. 2: A cast of 11 presents a staged reading, in the style of a radio play, of Christopher Marlowe's seminal Elizabethan tragedy, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus.

Nov. 8: Staged readings of new plays based on the theme "balance" by Brass Tacks members, featuring Mary Conley's compassionate drama Gestate, Brian Trippel's contemporary romance Out of Balance, Isaac Ellis's frenzied luncheon skit Balancing Act, and Dorianne Jentzen's untitled brooding Christmas romance.
Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline. Free; donations welcome. 926-5376. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local groups, including Pointless's resident League of Pointless Improvisers. The Nov. 8 & 22 shows feature sets by This Is a Quiz.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at pointlessbrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]


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Saturday


November 2019
 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Nate Fridson: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Nov. 7-9. Smart, sarcastic observational humor by this NYC comic who specializes in probing autobiographical anecdotes. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8-10 p.m. 

"Mr. Tasty Presents: Flavor of the Month"

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Mr.Tasty Presents: Flavor of the Month is a live, late-night sketch comedy show written and performed by some of Michigan's most talented comedians.
This is the FINAL Flavor of the Month! After a year-long run, this show is coming to an end. Come celebrate with us as we perform some of our favorite sketches from the last year as well as some all new additions.
TWO SHOWS!! 8 pm (doors at 7:30 pm) & 10 pm (doors at 9:45 pm)
Tickets available online at mrtastynovembershow.eventbrite.com or at the door.
Riverside Arts Center - Off Center, 76 N. Huron Street, Ypsilanti. $12. mrtastycomedy@gmail.com www.facebook.com/Mr.TastyComedy [map]



 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local groups, including Pointless's resident League of Pointless Improvisers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at pointlessbrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]


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Sunday


November 2019
 7:30 p.m. 

"8 Pointless Minutes: A Long Form Improv Jam": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All invited to form groups to perform an 8-minute improv sketch. No experience necessary. Spectators welcome.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Pay what you can. pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]





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