Joke Jams 2018

Matt Stu Jeremy ShotTraverse City: Starting March 12th, The Traverse City Comedy Collective will be presenting the 2018 TC Charity Joke Jam!: a Stand-Up Comedy Competition and Local Non-Profit fundraising effort that will be held over a six week period at the Kamikaze Comedy and Rotten Cherries Open Mics (aka the “TC Comedy Collective”). The competition is open to local comedians and will be judged by a panel of four Non Profit organizations, who will split all the proceeds raised over the course of the six week series of events.

Schedule of Events: Joke Jam Qualifier Rounds:

Monday 3/12: The Workshop Brewing Co., 8pm (Benefiting Norte)
Tuesday 3/20: Grand Traverse Distillery Tasting Room, 7:30pm (Benefiting Cherryland Humane Society)
Monday 3/26: The Workshop Brewing Co., 8pm (Benefiting Polestar LGBTQ Center)
Tuesday 4/3: Grand Traverse Distillery Tasting Room, 7:30pm (Benefiting FLOW)

Semi-Finals: Monday 4/9: The Workshop Brewing Co., 8pm (Benefiting all four Non-Profits)
Finals: Tuesday 4/17: The Grand Traverse Distillery Tasting Room, 7:30pm (Benefiting all four Non-Profits)

State Theatre Grand Finale Event Headlined by Stewart Huff (Benefiting all four Non-Profits) : Saturday 4/21: The State Theatre, 9pm

Stu HuffThe winner of the competition (AKA: “The Joke Jam Grand Joker”) will go on to perform as the opening act for Headliner Stewart Huff at the TC Charity Joke Jam Grand Finale at the State Theatre in Traverse City on 4/21/18! Tickets are available in advance for the finale event for $15 at State and Bijou

The Traverse City Comedy Collective is made up of the local comedy groups Rotten Cherries Comedy Open Mic, Kamikaze Comedy and Good On Paper Improv. Each group presents comedy and performing arts in the Traverse City Area.  We have joined forces to raise money for community non-profits and bring awareness to the vibrant and growing comedy scene n Northern Michigan.

Traverse City Comedy Collective Members Jeremy West and Matthew Zerilli:

DSC_4051Matt Zerilli:  “We are pretty lucky to have such a supportive and hilarious comedy scene around here.  We are always looking for ways to give back to this community that has been so supportive and accepting of us. These Open Mics have always been, and will always be, free to the public but, be sure to bring a few bucks to donate to your favorite charity and get ready to laugh!”
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Jeremy West: “We have always said that competitive art is sort of silly, but this is a way to bring attention to all the funny people in Northern Michigan that are working hard to make this scene a hilarious place…we are really having a blast and want to share that with the community.”

For More Information (Post Links):  

Rotten Cherries-

Kamikaze Comedy-


Rotten Cherries Open Mic

Rotten Cherries

Rotten Cherries Open Mic Comedy is held at Workshop Brewing Company in Traverse City’s warehouse district right behind Hotel Indigo every first and third Monday starting at 8pm.  Come see some of Northern Michigan’s aspiring comics take the stage for two hours of attempted humor.