The final “Tanking It” comedy showcase, featuring two international stand-up comics, the 2010 winner of the “Funniest Person in Grand Rapids” competition and at least ten other area comedians will be held tonight at Louie’s Trophy House Grill.
Tonight’s showcase starts at 10 p.m. (doors open at 9 p.m.) at Louie’s Trophy House Grill located at 440 East North Street. The show is restricted to those who are 18 years of age or older and there will be a $5 cover charge.
“Saturday is our last show at Louie’s, which is sad, but [it] will be a celebration of a venue that opened their doors to up-and-coming southwest Michigan comedians,” said Brett Jones, event organizer. “The history of the current Kalamazoo stand-up scene started at Louie’s.”
Franck Chevier, a Montreal based comedian, will headline tonight’s showcase.
“His style channels a young Doug Stanhope, but he brings his own unique perspective on life,” Jones said.
The showcase will also feature the 2010 winner of the annual “Funniest Person in Grand Rapids” competition, Casey Stoddard.
Louie’s Trophy House Grill began featuring comedy when Eric D. Steward created the “now legendary” Wednesday night open-mic.
“I started to do the showcase shows a few months after the open-mic at Louie’s started,” Jones said. “I wanted to showcase southwest Michigan’s best comedians with an up-and-coming local band that people may not have heard before.”
The primary difference between a “showcase” and an “open-mic” is that at an open-mic, the venue may get many first time comics performing, but with a showcase, there will only be experienced comedians featured.
There are several other Kalamazoo-area comedy open-mic nights, and according to Jones, they all started because of the following built at Louie’s.
“Louie’s has been an integral part of the Kalamazoo comedy scene,” Jones said. “For one, it helped create a close knit community of up-and-coming local comedians that have pride being from Kalamazoo.”
Tonight’s showcase will also feature a musical performance by the local ska band, The Mushmen.
“If you’ve never been to a comedy show or seen some of Michigan’s best kept comedy secrets then come down to Louie’s [tonight] and help us say goodbye,” Jones said.
For more information visit www.louiestrophyhousegrill.com