Welcome to the day 3 of the TC Winter Comedy Arts Festival! There’s a lot going on down on Front Street today, from a soup showdown and evening International Ice Bar party to comedy greats coming together live stage. Here are some highlights and important information that can help make sure you have an incredible day at the fest.
1. Story Pirates!
Before you hit up the zip line or the Ferris wheel at Free on Front today, at 12:30 pm at the City Opera House bring the whole family down for a musical comedy extravaganza the likes of which Traverse City has never seen. This talented group adapts and performs a imaginative and delightful show based entirely on the stories of elementary students and suggestions from the audience. And get this, tickets are only $7!
2. Kids Joke Contest at the City Opera House
Then at 3:30 the Story Pirates return to host a joke contest just for kids age 14 and under. We’re inviting the next generation of comedians to come ham it up on stage at this fun interactive event. Who knows, someday someone in the audience may grow up to return as a TCWCAF Headliner! All children who participate will receive a prize, so get those knock-knocks ready.
3. Set List at 10:30 pm at the State Theatre!
Were you unable to get tickets to see one of your favorite comedians like Sinbad? Well you’re in luck. Great seats remain to tonight’s show Set List: Standup without a Net that will bring together a whole slew of comedians from the festival for an utterly unique and unpredictable standup showcase. Sinbad, Dave Foley, and more will be handed never-before-seen topics (like “Detroit Tourism Slogans”) as they step up to the mic. Not only does this make for a super entertaining one-of-a-kind event, it’s basically like getting to experience all of our incredible comic line-up for the price of one show (tickets $25). The word-of-mouth hit of last year’s fest.
4. Late Night Combo Platter
While festival co-founder Jeff Garlin was unable to return to the festival this year due to the production schedule on his hit show “The Goldbergs,” Michael Moore has graciously offered to step in as host for this festival favorite and annual tradition. FREE tickets go fast for our late-night talk show held in the basement of Horizon Book’s. You can get a line number at the door at 11 pm to secure your place for the 12 midnight show.
5. Tonight the Role of Jeff Garlin Will be Played by…
With Jeff not in town you may be wondering who will fill his slot in this evening’s InsideOut Gallery show with Kirk Fox and Sarah Tiana at 8:15 pm. But not to fear, we have a few tricks up our sleeve and can promise you an equally if not more entertaining show. At last night’s originally scheduled “Jeff Garlin with Kirk Fox” show, our amazing community of visiting comedians stepped up to the plate big-time to give our guests something to truly laugh about. Sinbad, Sarah Tiana, Tig Notaro, Matt Braunger, and more all graced the stage doing mini sets and tonight’s show promises to be equally as awesome.
6. Party in the International Ice Bar at the Polar Vortex Tent
A wild success last night, bring your comedy show ticket stub to gain free entrance to the International Ice Bar party from 7 – 11 pm ($5 for entrance without ticket or stub). You can purchase potent potables from our Russian, Jamaican, Italian, and German ice bars, munch on free “gourmet” hors d’ oeuvres including Bagel Bites, Pizza Rolls, and Cheese Balls, and dance the night away in the absolute “coolest” setting in TC.
These are just a few of the many exciting events and show going on today. So take a long look at the schedule. You simply can’t go wrong.