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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!

January 2017 Events and Announcements

Now that the horrors of 2016 have ended (not really, time is a social construct and/or flat circle, everything is awful, nothing matters), Comedy Coven is ready and raring to go in 2017. January will be one of our most exciting months yet, and we can't wait to show you what we've been brewing up!

Pictured: Jamie Loftus

Pictured: Jamie Loftus

First, we are proud to present our first "Comedy Coven Presents" adventure, as we bring Jamie Loftus to Mac's Bar in Lansing on January 15. Jamie is a hilarious and accomplished comic who has performed with comics such as Maria Bamford, Kumail Nanjiani and Chris Hardwick. We can't wait to share the stage with her! Visit our friends at Fusion Shows for tickets and information.

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Next, on January 17, Comedy Coven will return to our cozy comedy home, The Robin Theatre in Lansing, for Comedy Coven XXIII: WITCHDRAWAL. This latest continuation of the Comedy Coven saga, written and directed by comedian Matt Gulley, follows Emily, Tricia, and Steph as they face their past transgressions and try to make a fresh start in "witch rehab." Also gracing the stage will be Detroit comic Mike Stanley and returning audience favorite Sarah Jean Anderson, as well as some surprise guests and familiar faces! Tickets are available for $7 on Eventbrite. These shows sell out, so get your tickets while you can!

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Lastly, beginning January 19, Comedy Coven will be hosting a series of comedy skills workshops at the Allen Neighborhood Center (ANC) on Lansing's Eastside. This has been part of our vision since Comedy Coven's inception, and we are thrilled to be able to make it a reality. We are often asked by aspiring comedians how to get started in comedy, so we have designed a series of workshops on topics such as comedy writing, branding and representation, combating stage fright, and more. Registration is limited; please register here, and view our press release for more information!

2016 was a landmark year for Comedy Coven; the outpouring of support we've received from the community has been overwhelming and only encourages us to keep getting bigger and refining our craft. We're looking forward to showing you everything we have in store in 2017.

Comedy Coven in City Pulse: "Making Room for Comedy"

Comedy Coven was fortunate enough to be featured in an article in City Pulse on the ever-evolving comedy scene in Lansing. Thanks to Eve Kucharski for the fun interview and to our own Tricia Chamberlain for the killer quotables. Full article here.

UPDATE 10/6/16: Quotes from this interview were also used in audio format for a segment on the September 10 edition of CityPulse on the Air. You can listen via Impact 89FM.

Comedy Coven's August Retrospective (With Pics!)

The Coven moved one step closer to world domination with our performances this August, traveling across the state of Michigan and selling out our second consecutive show in our home theatre. We also got to show our ~trUuUuUuUe coOoloOors~ loud and proud at Michigan Pride, which was held in our home base of REO Town this year.

We were honored to be part of the very first Bastards Club comedy show in Southgate, where we got to take selfies with mannequin boobs, partake in a rune reading, and play dress-up backstageThanks to the boys of the Bastards Club for making us feel so welcome.

✨🎀Glamour witch🎀✨

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Self-Portrait with Mannequin Boobs, 2016

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Then it was back to Lansing to sell out The Robin Theatre for the second month in a row. Our eighteenth installment of the Comedy Coven saga, BEAST INFECTION, featured live art by Kimberly Lavon of Kimberly Lavon INK, who really knew how to capture our essences.

Photo credit: Julia Kramer

Photo credit: Julia Kramer

Then we got even gayer than usual by performing in the Michigan Pride comedy show, hosted by our very own Tricia. Here's an adorable pic of Tricia and her little prince, Emily, courtesy of the Lansing State Journal:

Photo credit: Al Goldis, Lansing State Journal

Photo credit: Al Goldis, Lansing State Journal

Finally, we closed out the month in Grand Rapids at Rainbow Variety Nights, an awesome weekly event organized by our friends from Funny Girls. We treated the B.O.B. to standup, musical comedy, and a sneak peek of our new friends, Doff Bentley and Barcus Slocrumb. You just might see more of them in September at Comedy Coven XIX: CONTROVER-SHE. Here they are being interviewed by a long-suffering Syrja:

Photo credit: Sean Francis

Photo credit: Sean Francis

Thanks to our friends in Funny Girls for doing important work for Michigan women in comedy. A special shout goes out to Eirann Betka for taking such good care of us and running a great show.

We can't wait to show you what we've got coming up in September, but for now we'll leave you with this Mad Lib Hex-inspired image made for us by Amber Simmons:

#shirtsorlips forever!

#shirtsorlips forever!