The Comedy Project hosting grand opening


A new local comedy theater that has been gradually getting its name out there is throwing a grand opening party next week.

The Comedy Project — founded by Second City Conservatory Program alumna Amy Gascon and friends Joe Anderson, Ben Wilke, Eirann Betka-Pope and Stevie Sahutske — will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting 5-7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31, at the theater located at 540 Leonard St. NW, Suite B, in Grand Rapids.

Refreshments will be provided at the theater’s full bar.

The Comedy Project began three years ago with a Kickstarter campaign and is now a full-time improv, sketch comedy and variety show theater and training center, featuring a wide variety of comedy classes that are open to the public, as well as private event hosting.

Its team opened a training center in February 2019, held a soft opening for the theater in March and secured its full liquor license in October.

“The response has already been overwhelming, and we’re just getting started,” said Anderson, artistic director for The Comedy Project.

Wilke, marketing director at the theater, added: “So many people have worked tirelessly to bring this community to life here in Grand Rapids. We are so excited to see everyone at the grand opening and to blow people away with our newest sketch comedy show, ‘The Greatest Bits: Vol. 1.’” 

More information about the theater and its roster of happenings is online.

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