The Robin Theatre in LSJ!

Check out this cool piece from the Lansing State Journal about our friends Jeana-Dee and Dylan at The Robin Theatre! It even features some quotes from our very own Steph:

The Comedy Coven is a group of three comedians: Stephanie Onderchanin, Tricia Chamberlain and Emily Syrja. They’ve been performing at the Robin Theatre since it opened. They do shows monthly now, “definitely (from) a feminist perspective,” Onderchanin says. Their goal is to create comedy that is not rooted in oppressive language or marginalization.

”The Robin Theatre is very much more people-centric and not just interacting with a place,” said Onderchanin. “You’re interacting with all of these people, all of these creators. We got lots of encouragement from Dylan and Jeana-Dee to develop our comedy in ways that we’ve been wanting to go.”

She calls them “a perfect blend of creative and professional.”

”They encourage creativity but things get done. And we have the conversations that need to happen. It’s a really nice blend of both business and the flexibility and open-ended-ness that artists and creatives crave. I credit so much of our success to what they have done for us and given to us.”

Congratulations to Jeana-Dee and Dylan on the continued success and growth of the venue that has become our performance home!

In case you missed it, check out the LSJ's March feature on Comedy Coven here.

April 2017 Events & Announcements

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Okay, so April showers bring May flowers, another friggin' Mercury retrograde, and the impending apocalypse, probably. But April showers ALSO bring a ton of Comedy Coven shows in weird and intriguing formats that we can't wait to tell you about! Let's get chronological, shall we?

  • On Saturday, April 8, we'll be riffing on one of our favorite movies ever, The Craft, as part of the Destroy All Cinema! event at the Capital City Film Festival. Join us as we laugh, drink beer, and play the verbal equivalent of "light as a feather stiff as a board" (whatever that may be). And don't forget to check out the other movies and events at the fest! You can buy tickets to Destroy All Cinema! here, or just get yourself a pass for the whole shebang right here.
  • Then, on Wednesday, April 12, we'll be reprising our Confidence and Comedy workshop as part of Lansing/MSU Take Back the Night 2017. We're excited to be part of such an important event combating sexual and domestic violence in our community. You can learn more about Take Back the Night and the other activities offered during this all-day event here.
  • Friday, April 14 will bring the twenty-sixth edition of our sketch and standup comedy showcase. Comedy Coven XXVI: Bits and Baubles will be a hodgepodge of one-off sketches you haven't seen from us before, and we can't wait to share it with you. Stay tuned for tickets and information!
  • After that, we get a whole dang week of rest (yeah, right) before performing as part of StoopFest 2017, an all-day event composed of music, comedy, and workshops on Lansing's Eastside. We performed stand-up individually as part of the inaugural StoopFest last year, and we can't wait to bring our special brand of sketch comedy and witchcraft to StoopFest's second coming. You can get your StoopFest tickets here, and follow StoopFest on Facebook as they announce more events and a full comedy lineup!
  • We close out April on Sunday the 23rd with another installment in our Comedy Coven Presents series, this time featuring the hilarious Goodrich Gevaart. Goodrich is an LA-based comic who got his start in Chicago and has worked with the likes of Kumail Nanjiani, Kyle Kinane, Chris Gethard, Rhea Butcher and Kurt Braunohler. Keep following Comedy Coven for more info on how to get tickets to this event you don't want to miss!

Happy April, and be sure to S these D's (Save these Dates, obviously) so that this month's upcoming Mercury retrograde doesn't leave you bereft, alone, and ticketless. See you soon!

Refugee Development Center Fundraiser Thank You

Thank you to those who attended our March showcase, Comedy Coven XXV: Standup for Sanctuary, for helping us raise $1,100 for Lansing's Refugee Development Center! For more information on how you can help, visit their website.

Clockwise from top: Suban Nur Cooley, Kathie Dunbar, Mimi Fisher, and Emily Dievendorf.

Clockwise from top: Suban Nur Cooley, Kathie Dunbar, Mimi Fisher, and Emily Dievendorf.

Thanks again to our performers for making the show so successful. We'll see you next month!

What's New with Comedy Coven?

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Comedy Coven has a ton of shows on the pipeline, and we wanna share them with you! Here are a few upcoming events we don't want you to miss:

  • Comedy Coven XXIV: FAKE AND GAY (February 21 in Lansing, MI): To ring in the two-year anniversary of our live show, we're dedicating our performance to our two favorite things: queerness and artifice. Tickets are $10 via Eventbrite and will sell fast. Get yours now!
  • Comedy Coven's Comedy Skills Showcase (February 23 in Lansing, MI): Participants in our first-ever Comedy Skills Workshop at the Allen Neighborhood Center have been refining their technique and confidence for 6 sessions, and now they are ready to show off their skills! Join us for a free performance in the Allen Market Place, hosted by your favorite comedy witches.
  • Comedy Coven Presents: Approaching Happiness with Krish Mohan (February 27 in Lansing, MI): The second installment of our Comedy Coven Presents series brings Krish Mohan, who will explore the idea of happiness and perceptions of mental illness in today's society. Krish has been an audience favorite since his appearance on our August 2016 show, and we are so excited to have the opportunity to present him in this capacity. Tickets are $10 via BrownPaperTickets.
  • LaughFest Improv/Sketch Showcase (March 15 in Grand Rapids, MI): Comedy Coven is proud to perform as part of Grand Rapids' annual LaughFest for the first time. The Improv/Sketch Showcase will feature your favorite witches as well as a variety of other performers. This performance at the Dog Story Theater is completely free, but you can peruse and purchase tickets to other LaughFest events here.
  • Destroy All Cinema! ft. Comedy Coven (April 8 in Lansing, MI): We are so excited to riff on one of our all-time favorite movies, The Craft, as part of the 2017 Capital City Film Festival. Tickets for this fun Saturday night event are just $5 via Eventbrite, but you can also purchase an all-access pass to the film fest for $50 here.

Want to be sure to keep abreast (tee hee) of Comedy Coven events in the future? You can always subscribe to our events on Facebook. Otherwise, keep checking comedycoven.com/shows!

Love,
Comedy Coven

Comedy Coven in City Pulse

Thanks to Ty at the City Pulse for talking with us about our upcoming shows and comedy skills workshops! You can read the full article on the City Pulse website, or grab a free copy just about anywhere in Lansing.

Also, thanks to Jeana-Dee and Dylan, co-owners of our show's home, The Robin Theatre, for this sweet shout-out in last week's People Issue. Check out their feature on the City Pulse site.

Comedy Skills Workshops at Allen Neighborhood Center

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Comedy Coven, in partnership with the Allen Neighborhood Center, is thrilled to announce that we are now offering a series of six public education workshops on the process and practice of creating comedy!

Since we began producing comedy shows in Lansing nearly two years ago, we've made it a priority to help establish a supportive artistic space for aspiring comedians and creators. The curriculum and structure of these workshops are designed to encourage those who are not traditionally served or acknowledged by the mainstream comedy community.

Comedy Coven has found success because of being surrounded by a giving and supportive community, and these workshops are one of our attempts at reciprocating that gift.

The workshops will take place at the Allen Neighborhood Center (ANC) on Thursday evenings from January 19 to February 23, culminating in a performance by the students in ANC’s Great Room space following the final session.

Topics covered will include confidence, comedy writing fundamentals, comedy genres and mediums, promotional strategies, and web-based comedy formats. Students may register for individual sessions, but students interested in performing after the final session are encouraged to attend four of the six workshops.

No pre-requisite experience is necessary. We request a $5 to $10 donation per session for workshop attendees, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Registration is available at comedycoven.com/classes, and space is limited. For more information, contact us at info@comedycoven.com!