We’re just 2 weeks away from the return of the Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival! We have put together a mega-weekend of America’s best comics, appearing live on the stage here in TC from Thursday, February 14 through Sunday, February 17. We’re back with more comedians, more venues, more movies, and the best part of all: This year, you’ll be able to see two comics performing two sets — all in one show, all for one low price!
And we are happy to announce our opening night act: the incredible Colin Quinn! From his years as the anchorman on SNL’s Weekend Update to his hit one-man show on Broadway directed by Jerry Seinfeld, Colin Quinn is one of the country’s top comedians. We are proud to have him with us to kick off this year’s fest on Thursday night, February 14 at the State Theatre.
We are also thrilled to announce a special performance by the legendary Dick Gregory. In addition to his show on Saturday night, we will present Mr. Gregory with this year’s TC Comedy Fest Legends Award. It’s a show you won’t want to miss.
And the same can be said for the rest of the festival, from Robert Wuhl (who played “Arli$$” on HBO) and his hilarious American history lesson show, to “Curb Your Enthusiasm’s” Susie Essman (she plays Jeff’s wife), to comic great Paul Provenza, to the two-set shows featuring Todd Barry, Doug Benson, Neal Brennan, Ian Edwards, John Fugelsang, Allan Havey, Pete Holmes, T.J. Miller, Eddie Pepitone, and Sheng Wang.
Check out the incredible full program online (you can download it, too). And then get ready to buy your reserved seating tickets — they go on sale TOMORROW, Saturday, February 2 at 12 noon, online and in the State Theatre lobby.
— Free on Front St. all weekend: an ice skating rink (we provide the skates, or bring your own), a big sledding hill, a ferris wheel, and a sports arena with Snowblower Races, the Slip and Fall Olympics, Ice Bowling, and Cherry Festival favorites like the Monster Dog Pull and Kid Competitions.
— Family improv by the top (clean) comics from around the US, seriously funny whether you’re 4 or 84.
— A bonfire with free s’mores, two laser light shows sponsored by the Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau, funny family movies, the Soup’r Bowl, a Grand Traverse Pie Co. Make and Bake event, and a pancake breakfast (with cherries!) to benefit the Fresh Food Partnership & local food pantries.
Just in case anyone reading this confuses Las Vegas with Traverse City… Some people have asked if the comedy shows will be appropriate for all ages. The simple answer to that is no. Just about everything is OK for most kids ages 18 and up. Parents will need to make up their own minds about the maturity level of children who are younger. Robert Wuhl’s one-man show can (and should) be attended by mature teenagers. As for the movies, they have ratings on them. We hope that helps.
Ticket prices range from 25 cents to $35, and most of the family fun is free. Look for a printed schedule in today’s Record-Eagle, or download it here.
We could use a few good laughs right now. Please join us for the Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival, Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 17. It will be unlike anything you’ve seen since, well, since the last meeting of the County Road Commission! Those guys are a hoot!