In the lead up to next week’s comedy festival (which, by the way, is selling quite nicely, with tickets available for all shows here), I thought I would explain how Jeff and I select the comedians we bring to Traverse City. Because, you may have noticed something — the “unknowns” we have brought in the past have gone on to be big stars.
Here are just a few who’ve appeared at the Traverse City Comedy Festival:
Patton Oswalt (TC Comedy Fest 2010 and TC Film Fest 2009) — Patton is now one of the biggest comedy stars in the country (and has over a million Twitter followers).
Whitney Cummings (TC Comedy Fest 2010) — A few months after appearing here, Whitney made history by being the first woman to have two prime time series picked up by the networks for the fall season (NBC’s “Whitney,” in which she stars, and CBS’ “Two Broke Girls,” which she created and writes).
Aubrey Plaza (TC Comedy Fest 2011) — Aubrey is one of the funniest stars of NBC’ s “Parks and Recreation.”
Jeffrey Ross (TC Comedy Fest 2011) — Jeffrey now has his first weekly series on Comedy Central, “The Burn.”
Oh, and Lena Dunham! We brought the creator and star of HBO’s new hit comedy “Girls” (winner of this year’s Golden Globe for Best TV Comedy and this year’s SAG award for Best Comedy Actress). In 2010, then a completely unknown 24-year-old film school grad (whose film I happened to find during my annual search for unknown movies for our film fest), Lena Dunham brought her first film, “Tiny Furniture,” to Traverse City. She stood on the stage here and introduced her movie and did a Q and A afterwards. People loved the movie, and they loved her, even though nobody had any idea who she was.
Which brings me to this point: While many of comedians you see on the schedule for this year’s comedy festival are “unknowns,” trust me, many of them won’t be “unknown” in the next year or two. Jeff and I, in selecting the comedians for the Comedy Fest, are bringing you the next “big stars,” the ones we feel are going to go on to do great things.
And you’ll be able say, “I saw them here first” — in Traverse City, of all places!
So don’t hold back on buying a ticket or two to one of the “unknown” comedians at this year’s fest. Jeff and I have spent a year going to shows and clubs and finding the perfect comics to bring to Traverse City. We guarantee — you will not be disappointed. Just the opposite — you will have had that rare chance to experience the future, to sit and laugh and marvel at these up-and-comers who are about to go on to fame and fortune.
We love these comedians, and we know you will, too. Get your tickets today!