Broken Pencil Improv Comedy
Oct18

Broken Pencil Improv Comedy

  Was Broken Pencil’s performance at Broadway Street Stroll in July its first? We officially formed in May out of the Fort Wayne Improv Comedy Practices. Our first performance as the Broken Pencil group was in May at a Guerrilla Theater show.   Where are each of you from and when did improv comedy start for you? Jeanne: Nashville! I fell in love with comedy. I’ve always been a fan of Second City. William really taught me about the layers to improv. This was his dream; I was just following along! Will: I’ve been a fan of all forms of comedy for a long time, but improv struck me as one that was particularly magical. Since Fort Wayne was building its own homegrown comedy scene, I thought we should add improv to that mix. The first time we got a large group for a practice and played games like Buckets and Freeze, I saw the sheer joy on someone’s face when they had to shout out “fuzzy nerfherders” or start a scene standing in the Karate Kid flamingo stance, and I knew this was something people needed. Phil: Fort Wayne. After college, I moved to Chicago, and then to Indianapolis. Beyond seeing TV shows like “Whose Line Is It Anyways?”, “Wild-N-Out” and such, my involvement in improv started over a decade ago when I was living in Indianapolis and started taking the adult improv classes at ComedySportz. I took those classes for fun without knowing what to expect, because I was getting to the age where the recreational sports I was playing was requiring too many ice packs. After taking the classes for a while, I was invited to join ComedySportz’s performing group where the fun continued, but entertaining an audience was added to the experience.   Is comedy perspective or commentary? Everyone has their own style. Will: Given that question I’d have to say it’s both. Showing people different, and sometimes imaginary, perspectives on life is a great source of comedy. One’s perspective contains a great deal of intrinsic social commentary.  I’m still finding my voice, but it’s usually about pointing out how absurd life’s twists are and to not take anything for granted or normal.   Is anything in humor sacred or off limits? I know there is always a time and place, but classic moments aren’t always classy. We keep it PG13.   What does improv comedy do for an individual? Jeanne: My background is public speaking, never funny, never quick. Comedy gets you out of your head and helps you play loose, pay attention and be spontaneous. It helps your reactions to new situations and it’s good for...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Aug24

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. 2017 Taste of the Arts August 25 and August 26 It’s that time again! Get out and experience the arts! Dinner and a Movie: Occupy the Farm Friday, August 25 at 7 p.m. Learn how to take direct action and live a healthier, more sustainable and ethical lifestyle. When You Wish Upon A Star: Disney Cabaret Begins Friday, August 25 Three Rivers Music Theatre is celebrating Disney! Doug Stanhope Live in Fort Wayne Saturday, August 26 at 7 p.m. Need a laugh? Stop by CS3 this weekend. Cinema Center Movie Poster Sale August 25 and 26 Grab some cool film posters and merchandise from Cinema Center this weekend! Strides of Hope Saturday, August 26 at 9 a.m. Join the walk for A Hope Center this weekend. It’ll be a great time for a great cause. A Grave Matter in Indiana Saturday, August 26 at 10 a.m. What’s the deal with the different types of headstones? Find out! JK’s Street Soccer Tournament/ Founders KBS Brunch Saturday, August 26 at 12 p.m. Love soccer, love beer? This is for you. Guerrilla Theatre Sunday, August 27 at 6:45 p.m. Perform literally whatever you want this Sunday at Wunderkammer. Doesn’t have to be perfect or anything spectacular. Join the fun! Bravas Presents: Burger Brunch Yummmmmm. Burgers, cocktails from the golden, and coffee from Utopian Coffee. What a fun Sunday! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Fort Wayne Comedy Club
Aug08

Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Fort Wayne Comedy Club

After performing at his first open mic night years ago, Micheal Moses fell in love with comedy. For the past 12 years, he has performed at comedy clubs throughout the U.S. and Canada. Now Moses is back in Fort Wayne with the mission to make the city laugh.   Wanting to challenge the naysayers who constantly say there is nothing to do in Fort Wayne, Moses officially opened the Fort Wayne Comedy Club in June 2017. Located at 2104 South Calhoun Street, shows play every Saturday night. Tickets for the events can be bought in advance for $15 on their website, or $20 at the door. And in case you work up an appetite while laughing, the comedy club also provides southern style dinner options.   Looking down the road, Moses’ goal is to continue to make his business a world class comedy club that brings in headline performers that compete with larger markets.   Moses spoke a little bit about entrepreneurship in Fort Wayne, here’s what he had to say.   What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana? For several years I have utilized several venues around town to promote the brand Mike Moses Presents under labels like Art & Soul of the City, Notes & Words, Link Up!, & Pro Amateur Comedy Showcase.  An opportunity opened up where I could add professional stand-up comedy to this repertoire.   What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community?  The people! Like Randi Lincoln with her networking groups, Allen Helms, Jomare and Elizabeth Mizzell, as well as the folks at Anthony Wayne Medical Associates and Summit pharmacy, just to name a few. They have, and continue to lend their time, talent and knowledge not to mention access to their resources.   What is the biggest challenge you have worked to overcome in starting your business? In a word, the naysayers. What person has helped you the most in your journey?  The owners of 2104 better known as @2104 Fort Wayne   What is some advice you would have for new entrepreneurs? Before Columbus discovered the New World, Leonardo Da Vinci drew up the concept of a flying machine that could carry a person, his contemporaries labeled the idea as crazy. Some 500 years later people are actually flying. My point is this, never let a naysayer tell you it can’t be done, or that’s a crazy idea.   What would be the best thing Fort Wayne could do for entrepreneurs in your opinion? As we as a city move forward with the redevelopment of the downtown area, there needs to be a better...

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LFW Weekly Fun File – Welcome to 2017!
Jan05

LFW Weekly Fun File – Welcome to 2017!

Happy New Year! The holidays are behind us, so take a look at some of the more relaxing things to do around the Fort this week. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. 1. Your Feelings Don’t Matter Thursday, January 5 at 8 p.m. Watch area comics manage kazoo harassment from you–the audience–along with reviews from a surprise group of judges. You get to keep the kazoos. WHAT. 2. Wild Walkers Welcome Friday, January 6 at 8:30 a.m. It’s the first hike of the new year! Don’t let the cold weather keep you down. 3. Opening Reception Postcard Show & Sale, Heather Miller, Kim Vito Friday, January 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lovers of art, check out the latest exhibitions at Artlink, along with the Postcard show and sale. 4. The Worst XXXmas Show Saturday, January 7 at 8 p.m. If you like “Burlesque, Comedy, Horror and low brow humor,” this is the show for you. It’s not family friendly … do not bring your family. 5. Winter Bridal Spectacular Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8 Are you planning a wedding in 2017? I am. It. Is. Stressful. Maybe this Bridal Spectacular can help. 6. Three Rivers: A Brief History Sunday, January 8 at 2 p.m. Don Orbin, Historic Preservation Planner, helps us take a look at our beloved Fort Wayne and the rivers it’s founded on. 7. Educational Series: River Water Quality Monday, January 9 at 6:30 p.m. Find out the issues and important facts about our city’s rivers. January Topic: River Water Quality. 8. Eat, Paint & Be Merry – Winter Trees Drinkware Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. Paint some winter trees on some pottery! There will be refreshments and prizes, not to mention the awesome drinkware you’ll get to take home and show off. Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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Let’s Comedy! Events
Aug11

Let’s Comedy! Events

Looking for a fun night of entertainment? Got to a Let’s Comedy! show right here in Fort Wayne! August 14, 3-6 pm: Let’s Comedy! Open House – Open Mic – Writer’s Room Hokey Pokey August 14, 8 pm: Let’s Comedy! Presents: Dave Waite Live in the Tiger Room August 30, 8-9:30 pm: Kurt Braunohler in Fort Wayne Presented by Let’s Comedy! September 29, 8-10 pm: Jake The Snake Roberts: UnSpOkEn WoRd ToUR...

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