Emergent Arts just keeps on choo-chooing up that hill. We are no longer occupying The Mix Studio Theater, but we are continuing to produce shows. Theatre Nova and Carla Milarch and Dan Walker and the people of The Yellow Barn have been gracious enough to let us bring some of our showcase events to their performance space in Ann Arbor.
Coming on November 15, our All Stars of The UNclub
Funny people are invading Ann Arbor’s The Yellow Barn. Emergent Arts’ Sunday night UNclub comedy show has become an incubator for rising young comics and a magnet for working professionals who come to hone their craft. Catch the best of both worlds at The All Stars of The UNclub Show on November 15. Showtime at 7:00 pm at The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. All seats $10, available at www.emergentarts.com.
Veteran headliner Mark Sweetman hosts an evening of professional comedy with Jeff Horste, Chillian Thomas, Esther Nevarez, Kent Tucker, and guests that will definitely give you something to laugh about at the water cooler on Monday. The best $10 you’ll spend all week.
Mark Sweetman has performed in L.A., New York, Detroit and Las Vegas, and colleges across the country. He has been on A&E’s “An Evening at The Improv”, “Comedy on the Road” (for which he received an Ace Award), and FOX’s “Comic Strip Live” and “Comedy Express”.
Jeff Horste has appeared on the Fox TV show "Laughs”, and in the top comedy clubs in the country. He was a hit at Gilda's Laughfest, and a semi-finalist in the prestigious MidwestFest and the Indiana Comedy Festival. Jeff has shared the stage with top comics John Heffron, Mike Epps, Lynne Koplitz, and Michael Ian Black.
Esther Nevarez performs at comedy clubs across the USA, and festivals including the NYC Laughing Devil Comedy Festival. She's a member of the Detroit branch of the hilarious Laugh Riot Dolls.
Past winner of the Michigan Comic Showdown, Kent Tucker has performed at Laugh Fest and The World Series of Comedy, and was just selected for the Crossroads Comedy Festival in Indianapolis. Blending offbeat one-liners and genre-bending social commentary, Kent’s deviant flair will bring out the little devil in you.
Fresh from his headlining debut at Joey’s Comedy Shop, Chillian Thomas has been engaging audiences for years with his honest, straight forward sense of humor. With a strong background in theatre and improv, he uses both skills to drive his humor home.
And don't forget our regular open mic, most Sundays at The Yellow Barn.
The UNclub Standup Open Mic
Sunday November 15 at 9:00pm
Don't miss The UNclub most Sunday nights at 8 or 9pm, (now in its new home The Yellow Barn!) suggested $5 donation admission. It's THE spot for established and up and coming comics to work out material. It's not just standup, it's the cradle of comedy in Southeast Michigan!
Chili Challis, former staff writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and nationally known comedian, writer and teacher says about The UNclub,
"The ... UNclub IS as close to a pure artist's way of pursuing, grasping and understanding comedy as I have ever known; not to mention it's open and fair to every talent, EVERY talent, even ones right off the street. Comics are allowed to go 'out there' and they're permitted to fail and still be welcomed back. It doesn't get any better than that as far as I'm concerned, and I've been known to be a bit fussy. This special venue is poised for the big wave, it is so ready and worthy of being discovered by an audience...and when they do it will be pure addiction."
at The Yellow Barn
416 W. Huron
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Over the last seven years we have presented Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, Confessions Of The Easter Bunny, The Mousetrap (review), Waiting For Godot (review), Arsenic And Old Lace, A Christmas Carol, The Odd Couple, Yankee Tavern, Waiting For Godot, original works Confessions of The Easter Bunny, Hollywood and Hyde, and Christmasville. At The Mix Studio, we have continued our tradition of offering a wide range of performance, including spoken word, folk music, piano lounge nights, movie afternoons, standup open mics, staged readings, and more plays. Always more plays!
And we have Chili Challis, former staff writer for The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, holding his Comedy Dojo on Sunday afternoons, where he coaches the area's up-and-coming comics in the art of funny. Then, every Sunday night at 8pm, Chili holds an Open Mic at The Mix Studio Theater where his students mix with other more experienced comics to practice their craft.Sign up for the open mic or register for his Comedy Dojo by contacting Chili through his website at ChiliChallis.com.
Look for special discount ticket prices all season. Take advantage of the discounted prices and know that you are directly responsible for bringing more great theatre to the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area.
Please remember that we depend on you to keep us going. Emergent Arts is not a non-profit theatre at this point, which means we don't get grants and we don't typically receive donations. We live or die depending on you, and people like you, who buy tickets to our shows. Please show your support by coming to our shows, and bring your friends! We are in the business of loving theatre, and live performance. There is nothing like it, and you need to be there so we can be there.
Go see a show somewhere this week! Take the kids (but hire a babysitter for the UFO Show). You will talk about the experience for years to come.
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Excerpt from AnnArbor.com's review of The Mousetrap:
" It's a credit to both Agatha Christie's script for "The Mousetrap" and Emergent Arts - the local theater company currently staging the world's longest-running drama - that even though I knew precisely who the murderer was (since I'd seen the show before), I nonetheless enjoyed playing the game once again." -Jenn Mckee
Excerpts from AnnArbor.com's review of Waiting For Godot:
"...'Godot' is a highly ambitious undertaking for an amateur theater group, and Emergent Arts generally does itself proud."
"...(Tom) Underwood and (Peter) Knox, as the show’s secondary duo, perform their roles with sensitivity and physical skill, with Knox delivering a show-stopping version of Lucky's 'think' speech." -Jenn Mckee
"Photos by Tim Henning."