Thursdays | June 9, 16, 23 & 30
6:30–8pm | Katie’s Korner*

The Chelsea District Library is proud to present its 2016 Comedy Showcase.  Our Comedy Showcase features a fresh and hilarious lineup. The Showcase takes place Thursdays in June! Drop-in attendance is free to all and taking place outside at Katie’s Korner. In the event of inclement weather, our rain location is in the McKune Room. Get ready to laugh the month away!
*In the event of rain, performances will be held in the McKune Room.

June 8

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Bill Hildebrandt

Yup, it’s pedal-to-the-metal comedy this week with this good-natured comedian who has a streamlined delivery and an uncanny ability to make the ordinary explode into an unexpected paradox of comedy. A show business veteran since the early 70’s, Bill has appeared on “Dick Clark’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes” and in radio and TV commercials.  Bill Hildebrandt has the diversity required to appeal to a wide range of audiences. He’s shared the stage with many of comedy’s top acts, including Judy Tenuta, Rita Rudner and Rosie O’Donnell. In addition, Bill has opened for Huey Lewis and the News at the DTE Energy Theater in Michigan, and for the Doobie Brothers. Listed as one of the “Funniest People In Detroit” by the Detroit Free Press, Bill is the only comic to headline an entire month solid at a Detroit comedy club. Make no mistake: Bill is a surefire hit.

June 15

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Mark Sweetman

Mark Sweetman, a name you may not recognize, but is one of the comedy gems that has come out of the rich comedy pool of talent from Detroit. Having spent many years in Los Angeles as a writer for many different shows and comedians, and recently on the show “Ann Arbor Tonight”  on cable TV. a few years ago he turned back to the stage to perform – this is what he loves to do.  His super dry wit and delivery has made him a favorite at clubs and colleges all over the country.

June 22

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Mike Lebovitz

Mike began his comedy career at the age of six with clowning classes at the local JCC. He’s been delighting and confounding audiences with his intoxicating brand of wild-eyed humor ever since.  Equal parts lovable and absurd, Mike’s act careens from topic to topic with the force of a runaway freight train with a loose wheel and some questionable couplings. Audiences have described the experience as “spontaneous,” “joyful” and “slightly terrifying.” A burgeoning international star now based in New York, Mike has offended nostrils in Montreal as a “New Face” of the 2013 Just For Laughs, and in Switzerland where he won the international competition at the 2013 “The Montreux Comedy Fest.”  Mike returned to Montreux in 2014 as the “Godfather” of the competition, that year he also recorded his debut album, “Two Slob Household” for Stand-Up Records. It is still possible that it may be released one day. In 2015 he appeared on Season 9 of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.”

June 29

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Tim Cavanagh

Early on, it was Tim’s funny music that got a lot of attention. His song, “I Wanna Kiss Her (But She Won’t Let Me),” was the first of Tim’s pieces to receive national radio exposure, on the legendary “Dr. Demento” show. Other songs followed, including “99 Dead Baboons,” “Get Drunk with Dignity,” and “Really Safe Sex.” His funny tunes have been heard on radio stations everywhere, as well as on Sirius XM and even the BBC.

In 1997, Tim released his first CD, “Sounds Like Fun!” By then he had become a regular guest on “The Bob & Tom Show.” For two years, Tim did a weekly segment on the show called “The One Minute Song,” which spawned two more CDs. Fast Forward to 2016. That’s when Tim’s fourth comedy album, “Love, Fish and Sausages,” was released. This latest CD contains 20 original comedy songs, backed by some great musicians. The 21st song on the album, “Vehicle Man,” is a parody of the 1970 hit “Vehicle.” The parody is not only done with permission, Tim actually sings this funny adaptation with Jim Peterik, the man who wrote the original and sang the lead on the “Ides of March” hit.

The book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Jokes, features a half-page of Tim’s advice on “How Not to Introduce a Joke,” as well as other select Cavanagh jokes. His book, Chicken Soup for the Vegetarian Soul, just went through its sixth printing. Tim firmly believes in printing them “one at a time.”