TRAVERSE CITY – Pioneering comedian and superstar Roseanne Barr and the godfather of independent filmmaking John Waters will lead a stellar group of some of the funniest people in the country during the Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival Feb. 19-21.
Comedy fest co-founder and Traverse City favorite Jeff Garlin, writer/actor/comedian J.B. Smoove, rising stars Whitney Cummings (“Live! Nude! Comedy!”) and Mike Birbiglia (“This American Life”), sketch-comedy duo Teenager of the Year and improv legends TJ & Dave round out the lineup.
All are coming at little or no charge to “give Michiganders a good laugh and give the local economy a much-needed boost,” according to press release from festival organizers.
The brainchild of Oscar-winner Michael Moore (“Capitalism: A Love Story”) and Emmy-winner Jeff Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), the comedy festival is a volunteer-run project of the non-profit Traverse City Film Festival. All proceeds will go toward the TCFF and next year’s comedy arts festival, and to the other good works the TCFF does to help create jobs and improve the quality of life in northern Michigan.
Venues for the comedy festival will include the State Theatre, the City Opera House, the Old Town Playhouse, Horizon Books and the downtown outdoor venue, the Wade Trim parking lot. The comedy fest will be a volunteer-run event, like the film festival, and local donors and sponsors will be asked to help cover expenses. Tickets will range from free to reasonably-priced headliner tickets, so all people, no matter what their income, will be able to participate.
The festival aims to pump some much-needed revenue into the local economy by bringing people downtown and welcoming people from out of town to the snowy “Ann Arbor of the North.”
For more information, including a complete performance schedule, visit http://www.comedyartsfest.org or call 231-392-1134.