Posts Tagged 'comedy'

That’s a Wrap: Day Three of the Comedy Festival

Dan Sultana from Motor City Blog made the trip up to the Traverse City Comedy Festival and got some great photos including the one above. Check out lots more in his Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival slideshow!

Festival blogger Beth Milligan has a nice wrapup of the Comedy Festival, where she notes:

When I was interviewing Jeff (Garlin) on Saturday, he dropped maybe the most exciting news about next year’s festival possible: “We’re going to start on Thursday and end on Saturday,” he announced. At the time, I didn’t actually realize this was exciting news, but by the end of yesterday, I was overjoyed at the prospect.

We’ve got all the blog posts, tweets and photos archived over at the 2010 Traverse City Comedy Festival page on Absolute Michigan. When they post some video, we’ll add that too!

Speaking of video, here’s the winner of the Comedy Shorts Competition, Wolverine’s Claws Suck by Lou & Greg (which beat out Wheelchair Werewolf). It’s rated gory for Wolverine claws and has some swearing (again, Wolverine claws):

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Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival: Day Two

Michael Moore & John Waters at the Traverse City Comedy Arts FestivalMike BurbigliaWhitney Cummings

The second day of the Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival featured some big name comedians: John Waters, Whitney Cummings, Jeff Garlin, Mike Burbiglia, John Waters and Roseanne Barr. Check out the Traverse City Comedy Festival slideshow on Flickr to see them in action.

I got to sit in on an interview with Jeff Garlin and Whitney Cummings. When asked if there would be a year two for the Comedy Fest, Jeff said “All the shows are sold out – of course” and leaked a few details on next year’s festival including a Thursday night opening party and headliner.

Whitney noted that unlike a lot of other comedy festivals, this one seems a lot less geared to agents and their blackberries and more about comedians and comedy.

Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival: Day One

Traverse City Comedy Festival

The festival started with a bang with the Opening Party at the City Opera House. It was well attended (with tasty food) and from there, folks rolled into shows from Mike Toomey (above) Whitney Cummings, Jeff Garlin and others. Get all the details from Beth Milligan on the Official Comedy Fest blog.

Here’s a few photos from yesterday in the Traverse City Comedy Festival slideshow on Flickr.

…and a TV News report on the Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival:

onLocation: Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival

Event dynamo Michael Moore has teamed up with comedian Jeff Garlin to launch the Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival. The inaugural comedy fest takes place this weekend (February 19-21, 2010) and features and impressive roster of established comedians including Roseanne Barr, John Waters, Whitney Cummings, JB Smoove, Mike Birbiglia along with some up-and-coming comedians, films and associated hoopla. View the schedule of comedians and special events & films and order tickets!

The venues that they use for the annual Traverse City Film Festival will be converted to have a nightclub feel and they’ll even be doing free, late night shows in the basement of Horizon Books hosted by Jeff Garlin. They’ll also be having a free, outdoor showing of the comedy classic Groundhog Day with special live features. All in all, it’s shaping up to be a one-of-a-kind experience for Michigan comedy fans!

You can follow blog posts, #comedytc Twitter posts and other media on the TCFF Blog and on Absolute Michigan’s Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival page.

Head over to Absolute Michigan’s Traverse City pages to get lodging, dining and other visitor information.

Traverse City Film Festival: Day 5

Comedian Jeff Garlin and director Larry Charles share a light moment before the Comedy panel discussion on August 1, 2009. photo by Gary L Howe.

One of the coolest things about the festival for me has been talking with people like Jeff and Larry and hearing how much they’re enjoying Traverse City and the state of Michigan. Having truly funny people like these guys introducing films makes it almost like getting a free comedy show thrown in!

This photo is part of the Day 5 set of photos from the TC Film Fest photographers. Check them all out right here.