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Go Comedy! Encourages Visitors to Drop the Script and Get Ready for Improv

By Elisha Neubauer

"In Ferndale, Michigan, those looking for an outrageous, yet exhilarating night out can find exactly what they're seeking at Go Comedy! -- an improv theater and sketch comedy playhouse.

Go Comedy offers the very best in improv and sketch comedy shows. The unique theater focuses on running improv games and written sketch shows, staying away from the classic theatrical formats. Their flagship show, The All-star Showdown, is a gameshow designed in the fashion of "Whose Line is it Anyway?", and has been an ongoing favorite of fans for their entire eight year stretch.

Other shows offered up regularly by this unique theater include Date Night, an improvised romantic comedy, Pandemonia, a wild improv showcase and The Interviewees, an improvised character-based talk show.

While their focus is on improv, the theater also regularly performs scripted sketch shows and one-act comedic plays.

Because of the attention Go Comedy! has garnered for itself over the years, the theater is currently the home base for the Detroit Improv Festival. Showcasing the very best improvisers the area has to offer, the Detroit Improv Festival has featured such impressive headliners as Keegan Michael-Key and Paul F. Tompkins. The festival takes place the second week of August annually.

When it comes to understanding the practice of improv, Go Comedy! seems to have really figured out what works for their audience. "Improv is all about listening, connecting and helping your partners succeed," explains Pj Jacokes, Producer/Co-Owner. "It's not only a good skill set for comedy, but one that easily translates to the real world." For those looking to get into the practice, Jacokes has some tips. "Find a group of people you like to perform with and practice, practice, practice," he says. "The material will always change, but the skills grow with time." Jacokes states that it is important to push yourself. "Don't fall back on the same old gimmicks," he details. "You have infinite possibilities, explore them."

He also noted that taking a class, which encourages you to practice improve with strangers, is just as helpful as playing with trusted friends and acquaintances.

In addition to the shows and festivals offered by Go Comedy!, there are also courses geared towards those interested in staying off-stage -- the writers. Full improv and script writing programs are available, which have currently taught thousands of aspiring students of all ages to truly find their footing in the improv world.

"We also run GO!Corp, a corporate performance and training program that teaches quick thinking and teamwork," Jacokes affirms. Former clients include Ford, The Detroit Lions, Oakland University, PWC, and many more.

Photos taken by House Manager and Resident Photographer Sam Sage.

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