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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Jirk Comedy: We’re Laughing With You
Mar12

Jirk Comedy: We’re Laughing With You

The thing about comedians is that they have a genuine smile, a genuine laugh, and it’s contagious. It’s what draws us in. Here in Fort Wayne, with the help of the four men behind Jirk Comedy, it seems to be catching on. Last year, Living Fort Wayne’s Lynn Altevogt introduced us to Dirk Walker, Ryan Ehle, Jared Busch and Ian Anderson as they embarked on their dream of recreating the comedy scene in Fort Wayne. What began as an outlet for local amateur comedians to do stand-up in a venue other than our long standing Snickerz Comedy Club (which can be a tough place to land a gig), has turned into something much bigger. Although the four seem slightly surprised at their success, the evidence of their hard work makes it not surprising at all. Thanks to the business savvy of Dirk and Ryan, Jirk Comedy is not only bringing rising stars and national acts to our city, but they have made a name for The Fort in the process. Comedians and agents know we’re here now, they know we’re on the map – and they are eager to pay us a visit. I met with Dirk and Ryan and we talked about how business has changed for Jirk and the funny guys that created it all. “We have a good eye for comedy,” they humbly explained. And clearly, they have a good eye for their city as well. “It’s easy to sell Fort Wayne because of our location. We’re in a perfect location between the other bigger cities – like Dayton, Toledo and Chicago – to tag on to another show.” It’s all about smart scheduling. …So, they’re funny and smart. Local venues have been very open to working with Jirk, and as more locations learn about it, their list continues to grow. The local band scene is solid in our city, and it seems that the venues who support local music and the arts are excited to incorporate comedy into their entertainment offerings as well. Jirk makes a habit of appearing at places like CS3, O’Sullivan’s, Pint & Slice, the Cinema Center and even the Embassy. In fact, 2015 kicks off the Embassy Comedy Series, which currently consists of three shows taking place in the Indiana Hotel Lobby. Their first show happens this Wednesday, March 18th featuring DJ Dangler and Mike Bobbitt. Keep an eye on Living Fort Wayne for updates and even a chance to win tickets! Then, mark your calendars. Thursday, May 7th Jirk Comedy presents “Last Comic Standing’s” Doug Benson at IPFW’s International Ballroom. Buy tickets online now and we’ll keep you up to date on ticket giveaways and more....

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