|Posted by Alex Soper on April 22, 2010 at 11:10 PM|
-Laugh it Up!
Comedy can be just a short drive away. (By Bill Chapin)
Ah, the irony. With all the bad economic news, Jackson residents undoubtedly could use a good laugh, but the sour economy has made it even more difficult to see live comdey.
Since the Jackson Comedy Club closed more than a year ago, catching some stand-up has typically involved a drive to surrounding communities.
But there still are opportunities to have some laughs in the Jackson area.
A group of alumni from Lumen Christi High School's improv troupe have been organizing shows ever other month at Bearclaw Coffee Co.
Crowds have responded with enthusiasm to the improv shows at the Bearclaw Coffee Co. organizer Alex Soper said.
Former Lumen Christi drama director Timm Richardson - who in 1996 started the Laugh Company, the school's improv troupe--emcees the festivities.
He employs classic improv games, many of which will be familiar to views of the TV show "Who's Line is it Anyway?" The shows also include lots of audience participation.
Richardson called Soper "The best improv student to come through the program" at Lumen Christi. A 2006 graduate, Soper took over directing the Laugh Company after Richardson resigned.
"Its a step up from high school improv, just because we have a bit more freedom and the cast I'm working with...no matter what you're goin to have a good show," Soper said. "People are going to leave laughing, and want to tell others about our next shows."
While Jackson may no longer have its own comdedy club, being within an hour's drive of professional clubs in Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Battle Creek is nothing to sneeze at.