From Radio to the Stage: Roy Wood Jr.'s Journey to Stand-Up

Written by Josh Spanninga | Friday, 24 October 2014 14:01 |

Most of the biggest comics out there are used to doing early morning on-air interviews on radio shows every once in a while. Comedian Roy Wood Jr., however, has been on both sides of the mic; not only as the interviewee, but also as radio host.

Comedy Tuesdays at Tip Top Deluxe Provides Platform for Up and Coming Grand Rapids Talent

Written by Josh Spanninga | Wednesday, 24 September 2014 12:49 |

Most comedians who've made it will tell you they all started their careers the same way: with a love for laughter and performances at many, many open mic nights. Josh Courtnay, local comic and creator of Comedy Tuesdays at the Tip Top Deluxe Bar, is no stranger to this concept. He has plenty of time under his belt in the Grand Rapids comedy scene and has spent countless hours curating and performing at open mic nights.

Kalamazoo Improv Fest to Bring the Laughs to Alamo Drafthouse

Written by Josh Spanninga | Monday, 25 August 2014 13:53 |

If you have a conversation with Dann Sytsma, one thing becomes apparent very quickly: the guy loves improv. Like, a lot. So much so he became the sole proprietor of Crawlspace Theatre Productions, a Kalamazoo-based production company focused on the art of improv.

"Sullivan & Son" Goes from the Small Screen to the Stage

Written by Peter Chhum | Wednesday, 30 July 2014 11:03 |

Steve Byrne, Owen Benjamin, Roy Wood Jr. and Ahmed Ahmed have momentarily left the beer steins at the bar to embark on the "Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour."


Steve-O: Certified Clown and World Renowned "Jackass"

Written by Josh Spanninga | Friday, 25 July 2014 15:45 |

Anyone familiar with the "Jackass" empire knows the professionals involved have one philosophy: the more outrageous the stunt, the better. This is a mantra Steve-O swears by, and one that got him noticed by members of the "Jackass"crew while they still worked with the skateboarding magazine, Big Brother.

Gilda's LaughFest Announces 2015 Dates

Written by Carlie Soule | Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:39 |

Brace yourself for the tee-hees, har-de-hars, chuckles and snorts - once again the funniest festival around will be gracing the streets of Grand Rapids. This spring Gilda’s Laughfest celebrates its fifth anniversary March 5-15, 2015. Spectators can expect to see a variety of comedic acts ranging from stand-up and improv to film, music and much more.


Josh Sneed Finds Fame in Ohio

Written by Josh Spanninga | Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:15 |

Josh Sneed is living proof that you can make it big in comedy without having to leave your home and family behind. He grew up in Ohio, and currently lives in the greater Cincinnati area, near the border of Kentucky and Ohio. While life in the Midwest may sound less flashy than New York or L.A. to some, Sneed wouldn't have it any other way.

Class Act Neil Hamburger Brings His Refined Comedy to Grand Rapids

Written by Josh Spanninga | Thursday, 22 May 2014 09:31 |

It would be an understatement to say Neil Hamburger is unlike any other comedian on the circuit today. From his claims of performing 400-plus shows per year to hoarding mixed drinks onstage while delivering obscenity-laced lectures to inattentive audience members, Hamburger has effectively carved out his own strange niche in the comedy world.

Nikki Glaser on Hosting, Touring and Sexism

Written by Josh Spanninga | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:32 |

Nikki Glaser knew two things when she started performing stand up – she got a rush from being onstage, and she wanted to make people laugh. Beyond that, she didn't have many plans.

Joey CoCo Diaz's Journey from Prison to the Limelight

Written by Josh Spanninga | Monday, 24 March 2014 13:44 |

Most comedians will agree that when you're starting out at open mic nights, the crowds can seem intimidating. For Joey Coco Diaz, his first audience consisted of what many would view as an especially rough crowd – his fellow inmates. During the time Diaz served in prison, the inmates were treated to Thursday movie nights, but when the projector stopped working, Diaz followed his natural inclinations and started performing.

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