The sets are short but the stakes are high in the Comedy Rumble, a unique competition at a Michigan club where comics only get 90 seconds to get laughs. 

Everyone misses live concerts, but standup comedy is a performance all its own. Remember when we had one of the best comedy clubs in the Midwest? For years, Gary Fields brought the top national and regional acts to Battle Creek for side-splitting shows. Fields filled the basement of Shakespeare's with cavernous laughter for a time too. If you go way back in Kalamazoo, you'll remember that Zanies lived up to its name, and there were some great shows at the Ramada on S Westnedge near I-94.

The first comedy club opened in Michigan was the Comedy Castle, where funnymen and women have been eliciting grins, snickers, snorts and peals of laughter since 1979. Tim Allen and Dave Coulier began their comedy careers on the first Comedy Castle stage. The current location in Royal Oak is the seventh, and owner Mark Ridley has vowed that if he ever had to move again, it will be in a 400-seat mobile home that comes right to your neighborhood.

Not only is Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle still operational after 40+ years, it is vital. Jay Leno and Tim Allen were spotted there in 2017 filming an episode of Jay Leno's Garage. A recent "Detroit to L.A." comedy competition sent a Michigan comedian to the west coast for a shot at fame and fortune. At the upcoming Comedy Rumble, the audience is the winner as 30 comedians will be on stage. Each gets a precious minute and a half, so you know they're going to bring their "A" game and their funniest jokes.

  • Comedy Rumble- 30 comedians | 90 seconds each | 1 winner
  • Wed July 28 | 7:30- 9PM
  • Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle | Royal Oak
  • Tickets: $10

Here's the lineup: you may not recognize any of these names now, but nobody knew who Tim Allen or Dave Coulier when they performed at the Comedy Castle.

  1. Camila Ballario
  2. Alaina Bamfield
  3. Alex Bradley
  4. Zachary Burcar
  5. Andrew Cassidy
  6. Kara Coraci
  7. James Couture
  8. Myles De Leeuw
  9. Andrew Dziobak
  10. Nick Earl
  11. Jake Ford
  12. Diana Graham
  13. Ella H
  14. Dustin Jefferson
  15. Ashley Kehn
  16. Kevin Key
  17. Erich Laux
  18. Amber Maeda
  19. Connor Meade
  20. Johanna Medranda
  21. Nicole Melnyk
  22. Louis Michael
  23. Emily Miller
  24. Johnny Mocny
  25. Luke Nesbitt
  26. Tiffany Perkins
  27. Ellie Snyder
  28. Ellen Stachowicz
  29. Trevor Tress
  30. EJ Watson

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