FERNDALE — The world famous comedy ComedySportz announced today it will partner with Michigan Actors Studio and will move to downtown Ferndale. The interactive improv group will operate a training center and feature weekly shows on the Michigan Actors Studio stage. In addition to training and performances the group will also have a touring company and a business focused corporate comedy division for team building, creative training, and customized shows.
ComedySportz is well known for helping establish the careers of such comedians as Wayne Brady (Whose Line Is It Anyway) Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live) Nick Swardson (Saturday Night Live) Frank Caeti (MADtv) and many more.
“ComedySportz is exactly what many Detroiters told me they want; sports and comedy in the same show,” ComedySportz producer Rich Goteri said. The weekly shows begin with the National Anthem and then two teams go head-to-head unscripted and fully interactive with a live audience. While a referee holds it all together, the audience controls much of the action with suggestions for scenes and ultimately chooses the winner.
The training center will provide multiple levels of instructions for students to learn the art of improv. Talented students can eventually graduate to the touring company or main stage.
“We are ecstatic to be partnering with ComedySportz especially because it provides an outlet for live comedy that is truly family friendly,” producer Rachel Bellack said.
Open auditions for ComedySportz Detroit will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 31 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 1. Anyone wishing to tryout can register online at www.comedysportzdetroit.com Live shows will begin in September.
All shows and training will be held at the Michigan Actors Studio Complex, 648 E. NIne Mile Rd.