Beginning Wednesday, April 25 and running through Wednesday August 8, Go Comedy! Improv Theater will host the third annual Bailout Improv Tournament Spectacular (BITS). Sixteen improv teams from across metro Detroit will compete every Wednesday night at 8pm in a single elimination tournament for a $1002 cash prize. Each week, two teams will face off on theGo Comedy! stage with just 22 minutes to impress the audience with their skills. At the end of the hour, the audience will choose by secret ballot the winning team which will continue in the tournament. The audience favorite will be announced each week during the 9pm show that evening.
As in 2011, the BITS Tournament will end with the opening celebration of the 2012 Detroit Improv Festival - Detroit's biggest improv festival August 8-12.
The tournament kicks off Wednesday, April 25 as Forever Fifteen (Joe Hingleberg & Travis Pelto) goes up against The Flaccid Unicorn (Phil Bardaville, Jason DeSousa, Lori Frank, Krystal Janigan, Kevin Lytle, Shari Mocheit, Ashley Reuter and Alex Sanders). The winning team will go on to round two of the tournament beginning on Wednesday, June 20. A complete first round schedule follows.
Wednesday, April 25
Forever Fifteen vs. The Flaccid Unicorn
Wednesday, May 2
Buzzed Aldrin vs. Grandma's Meatballs
Buzzed Aldrin: Chris DiAngelo, Chris Petersen, Jen Bloomer, Jen Hansen, Michelle GiOrlando and Travis Pelto.
Grandma's Meatballs: Jon McCaffrey, Nathan Hughes, Alex Linebrink and Catie Tyzo
Wednesday, May 9
Mobius Strip Mall vs. Planet Voltron
Mobius Strip Mall: Pj Jacokes, Chris Petersen and Matt Naas
Planet Voltron: Jeremy Howe, Sam Nirmalnath, Kelly King, Jacob Russell and Emily Engelhart
Wednesday, May 16
Unknown, LOL vs. Soft Friction
Unknown, LOL: Paul Jonna, Chris Petersen, Genevieve Jona, Erik Heilner and Andrew Seiler
Soft Friction: Lisa Jacokes, Jeremy St. Martin, Amy Purcell, Alison Tomak, John Lewis and RJ Cach
Wednesday, May 23
Bobby Lamas vs. Achye Jay
Bobby Lamas: Stephanie Berner, Lucio Raineri, Julia Delekta, Robert Tscherniwetz and Tanya Sakleh
Achye Jay: Heather Sejnowski and Jeremy Griffin
Wednesday, May 30
Smunk vs. Question Marky Mark
Smunk: Clint Lohman, Dan Brittain, Ryan Parmenter, Andrew Seiler and Chris Petersen
Question Marky Mark: AaRon Johnstone, RJ Cach, Travis Pelto and Amber Hunt
Wednesday, June 6
Folds vs. Home School
Folds: Catie Tyzo, Tracy Allen, Steffie Berner, Amber Hunt, Hailey Zureich
Home School: Bob Wieck, Jen Bloomer, Brian Papandrea, Erik Heilner, Andrew Seiler and Dan Brittain
Wednesday, June 13
Man Hands vs. Clam Jousters
Man Hands: Jen Hansen and Carrie Hall
Clam Jousters: Lucas Villalpando, Chris Bibb, Corene Ford, James Cerini, Mark Onusko and Dick Ward.
Tickets for the BITS Tournament shows are $7 and are available online at www.gocomedy.net or in person beginning at 6pm Wednesday through Sunday.
Go Comedy! Improv Theater is located at 261 East Nine Mile Road in Ferndale, MI 48220. Go Comedy! offers the finest in improv and sketch comedy, Go U! The Improv Academy training center, road shows, classes and workshops for private parties, corporations and schools. For more information, call (248) 327-0575; visit our website at www.gocomedy.net or e-mail Pj Jacokes at firstname.lastname@example.org.