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Comedy, Storytelling, & Performance Art - Week of February 17, 2020

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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Thursday


February 2020
 7:30 p.m. 

John Roy: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 20-22. This L.A.-based comic, 2003 winner of CBS Star Search, is a frequent performer on network and cable TV. A self-described "fully-grown man who looks like a 12-year-old dressed for recess," his laid-back but incisive observations on contemporary culture, childhood, racial tolerance, and the media are punctuated by energetic character voices, clever dialogue, and the occasional bit of singing. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (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. Improv by Finance Camp and other up-and-coming local troupes.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8. (989) 455-4484. [map]


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Friday


February 2020
 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comedy Night: Bløm Meadworks.

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Stand-up showcase featuring sets by area comic Andrew Yang & others, with jokes about everything from dating to mortality.
7:30 p.m., Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free, donations suggested. Facebook.com/BlomComedy. [map]


 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

John Roy: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 20-22. This L.A.-based comic, 2003 winner of CBS Star Search, is a frequent performer on network and cable TV. A self-described "fully-grown man who looks like a 12-year-old dressed for recess," his laid-back but incisive observations on contemporary culture, childhood, racial tolerance, and the media are punctuated by energetic character voices, clever dialogue, and the occasional bit of singing. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv with This is a Quiz": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Feb. 7, 14, 21, & 28. Performance by resident group This is a Quiz. Followed by the League of Pointless Improvisers performing "water form," a long-form style of improv developed by Pointless. Show preceded by a guest improv troupe TBA.
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


February 2020
 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Town Square: Stories That Unfold in Public Places": UMMA & Radio Campfire.

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All invited to gather & listen to this curated program of prerecorded audio stories on the theme of "public space."
7-8 p.m., UMMA Taubman Gallery, 525 S. State St. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

John Roy: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 20-22. This L.A.-based comic, 2003 winner of CBS Star Search, is a frequent performer on network and cable TV. A self-described "fully-grown man who looks like a 12-year-old dressed for recess," his laid-back but incisive observations on contemporary culture, childhood, racial tolerance, and the media are punctuated by energetic character voices, clever dialogue, and the occasional bit of singing. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"33rd Annual Storytelling Festival": The Ark.

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Feb. 22 & 23 (different programs). Performances for adults (Sat.) & families (Sun.) by 3 top storytellers from around the country. Headliner is Antonio Rocha, a Brazilian native now living in Maine whose performances blend folktales, mime, and social justice stories based on his experiences as an immigrant. Also, Anne Rutherford & Norm Brecke, a veteran storytelling duo from the Pacific Northwest whose repertoires include a wide assortment of folktales and lots of humor, and Barbara Schutzgruber, an award-winning local storyteller who specializes in folktales, ballads, and personal stories of resilience. Emcee is Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild president Steve Daut.
7:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 (Sat.) & $10 (Sun.) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & TheArk.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Feb. 8, 15, 22, & 29. Comedic improv by experienced local performers, including the resident League of Pointless Improvisers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.). (989) 455-4484. [map]


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Sunday


February 2020
 1 p.m. 

"33rd Annual Storytelling Festival": The Ark.

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Feb. 22 & 23 (different programs). Performances for adults (Sat.) & families (Sun.) by 3 top storytellers from around the country. Headliner is Antonio Rocha, a Brazilian native now living in Maine whose performances blend folktales, mime, and social justice stories based on his experiences as an immigrant. Also, Anne Rutherford & Norm Brecke, a veteran storytelling duo from the Pacific Northwest whose repertoires include a wide assortment of folktales and lots of humor, and Barbara Schutzgruber, an award-winning local storyteller who specializes in folktales, ballads, and personal stories of resilience. Emcee is Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild president Steve Daut.
7:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 (Sat.) & $10 (Sun.) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & TheArk.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Open Stage: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All performers invited to showcase their talents.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Pay what you can. Sign up for an 8-minute spot at PointlessBrew.com. (989) 455-4484. [map]



Canceled and Postponed Events:

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Tuesday


February 2020
 7:30-9 p.m. 

Canceled:The Moth StorySLAM: Michigan Radio.

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Open mic 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.

2020 topics:

Jan. 7: Beg Borrow Steal.

Jan 21: Beauty.

Feb. 5: Revolution.

Fev. 18: Cold.

Mar. 3: Celebration.

Mar. 17: Co-Habitation.

Canceled Apr. 13: Idols.

Canceled Apr. 21: Illusions.

Canceled May. 5: Dedication.

Canceled May. 19: Do-Over.

Jun. 9: Deadlines.

Jun. 23: Enthusiasm.
7:30-9 p.m. (doors open and sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.), The Blind Pig, 208 S. First. Tickets $15 general admission in advance only at TheMoth.org beginning a week before each event. 764-5118. [map]


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Wednesday


February 2020
 7:30 p.m. 

Canceled: "Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 8, 22, & 30. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]






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