Sam Rager & Keith Bergman

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Join us Wednesday, March 14th at the Grand Traverse Distillery tasting room on Front Street, downtown Traverse City for an unforgettable night of comedy. Stopping by in the middle of their comedy tour, the laughs will be provided by Toledo’s Keith Bergman and Detroit’s Sam Rager. With two of the hottest up and coming comedians from the midwest you”re guaranteed a night of top shelf comedy. Doors at 7:30, Show at 8:00, Admission is $10





Joke Jams 2018

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Traverse 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, 9pmStu Huff

The 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:


Matt 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 & How to Enter:
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Kamikaze Comedy

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Kamikaze Comedy is an opportunity for comedians of all skill and experience levels to “take the leap” and try telling their jokes through a microphone to a live audience.

The jokes start flying at 7:30p on the 1st and 3rd (and 5th when possible) Tuesday of every month at the Grand Traverse Distillery Tasting Room. This is a FREE open mic and is hosted by Matthew Zerilli (with the occasional special guest)

Registration is announced the last week of each month for the following month. Submit requests to, time is not guaranteed.


Want to Laugh?

Well we can’t guarantee you’ll laugh but, here are some of the local comedy shows Traverse City has to offer.  Go ahead and check out the wonderful events from Good on Paper, Rotten Cherries Open Mic, Falling Down Stairs Productions, Uncorrect Comedy or Cheap Seats Showcase.  Take a look at all these groups have to offer or just check out the calendar with upcoming dates.

Falling Down Stairs Productions


We are a group who does sketch comedy and puts on stand up comedy shows across Northern Michigan!

Named for an event when one of the members humorously toppled down a set of stairs, Falling Down Stairs Productions is a company founded on friendship and family. The skits they produce demonstrate the good-natured razzing and quick-witted interaction of their real-life selves.

FDSP is proud support the efforts of numerous charities, both local and nationwide. They want to make the world a better place — one laugh at a time!


Good on Paper

Good on Paper

The Traverse City area’s ONLY professional improv comedy troupe, creating comedy scenes based entirely from audience suggestions. Highly energetic, completely interactive.

“Good on Paper” Improv was assembled in 2010 by a group of performers looking to bring “Big City” improvised comedy to the Traverse City area. The show it put together is like the show-off younger sibling of Second City, ImprovOlympic, and The Groundlings. Good on Paper creates improvised comedy experiences for groups of any size all based on audience suggestions. No two shows are ever the same.