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Best Upcoming Comedy Shows In Metro Detroit

February 17, 2014 8:00 AM

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Looking for something to do during the winter and spring in Detroit? Check out this list for the best comedy shows that are coming to the area.

Red Green
Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
44575 Garfield Road
Clinton Township, MI 48038
(586) 286-2222
www.macombcenter.com/Red+Green

Date: April 8, 2014 at 7 p.m.

The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts held its first show in 1982 and launched its Page to Stage series in 2009. In April, it plays host to Red Green, Canada’s “foremost handyman,” who is fresh off his “Wit and Wisdom Tour,” which was performed in 139 shows in Canada and the United States. His new show, “How to Do Everything,” expands on this material, showing how he has established himself as a comedian. Tickets for Red Green can be bought online and are priced at $47.50.

The Amazing Johnathan
Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle
310 S. Troy St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 542-9900
www.comedycastle.com

Date: Feb. 20-22, 2014

Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle hosts The Amazing Johnathan this February, an “eccentric comic magician” who has an impressive resume. Johnathan has appeared on numerous TV shows, including his own; has been a Las Vegas headliner, ending his tenure there at Bally’s; and has won The World Magic Award three times. He’s also received the “Best of Las Vegas” and “Best Top 10 Show Award” from The Las Vegas Review-Journal. Johnathan will reside at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle for three nights only, so catch this show while he’s in town. Parking can be found on the street or in structures nearby.

Ben Creed
Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase
314 E. Liberty St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 996-9080
www.aacomedy.com

Date: Feb. 20-22, 2014

The Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase is located in downtown Ann Arbor, below Seva on East Liberty, and plays host to numerous comedians each month. This February, Ben Creed will be performing, a resident of New York City and Arizona. Ben has been featured on HBO, “Showtime Comedy Club Network,” “Comic Strip Live,” “Comedy on the Road” and more shows, and last year was in Showtime’s “Billy Gardell Presents Road Dogs.” Tickets range from $8 to $13 and can be bought online.

Related: Best Comedy Clubs in Detroit

The truTV Impractical Jokers Tour, featuring The Tenderloins
Royal Oak Music Theater
318 W. 4th St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 399-2980
www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

Date: Feb. 21, 2014 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Made famous on truTV, the Impractical Jokers will be live at the Royal Oak Music Theater this February. Improv, “never-before-seen videos” and more will occur, performed by Q, Sal, Joe and Murr. The theater will feature two shows, one at 7 p.m. and one at 10 p.m., and ticket prices range from $37.50 to $87.50; all comedy-goers must be over 18 years old. Parking is available on the street and in structures in downtown Royal Oak.


Wanda Sykes
Andiamo Italia
7096 E. 14 Mile Road
Warren, MI 48092
(586) 268-3200
www.andiamoitalia.com/showroom

Date: April 11, 2014 at 8 p.m.

If you’re looking to enjoy some great food with your comedy, look no further than Andiamo. Andiamo plays host to many shows and comedians at its showroom at its Warren location, and two comediennes are visiting this March (Lisa Lampanelli) and April. Wanda Sykes has been called one of the “funniest stand-up comics in America,” and she’s acted in movies as well. You can also spot her on “Wanda Does It” (Comedy Central), “Wanda at Large” (FOX) and HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Tickets can be purchased for $25, $65 or $75, and this show is for “mature audiences” only.

Related: Best Professional Improv Theaters In Detroit

Liz Parker is a freelance writer and a University of Michigan graduate with a degree in Creative Writing and Literature. Her work can be found at Examiner.com and yesnofilms.com.

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