Fifth Annual Green Bay Improv Festival – Oct. 21/22 & 28/29

improvThe De Pere comedy group ComedyCity will play host to improv comedy troupes from across the country for two weekends in October. Over a dozen different troupes will hit the stage in a showcase of wits and laughs as part of the fifth annual Green Bay Improv Festival on October 21/22, and 28/29.

The 2016 festival adds a second venue – The Broadway Theatre – to expand this year’s lineup. Improv workshops have also been added to the schedule on Saturday, October 22nd, and are open to the general public. Click here for information on the workshops.

A few things to consider…

  • While this is a ComedyCity based event, we cannot guarantee that the other troupes will be family-friendly in their performances. You’ve been warned.
  • Tickets for shows at the two venues must be purchased through those venues websites – so, Green Room Lounge tickets can be purchased at Broadway Theatre show tickets can be purchased via

Broadway Theatre, home of Birder Players and Birder Studio of Performing Arts, is located downtown East De Pere at 123 S. Broadway Ave. Once known as the Majestic Theatre, this building has now been restored and converted into a performing arts venue with seating for 138. This versatile space hosts a range of activities from musical productions, evening cabarets, workshops and concerts. Broadway Theatre maintains an open bar for all performances. For more information or tickets to the event visit

>>Click Here for the complete Schedule of Events<<


Improv Festival Classes

improvIn conjunction with the upcoming 2016 Improv Festival, we will also be hosting two different improvisation workshops which are open to the public. Both are at 10am on Saturday, October 22nd.

“Improv 101”

Cost: $10

Facilitated by: Sean Yahn

Location: Green Room Lounge, 353 Main Avenue, De Pere, WI 54311

Recommended Experience Level: Beginner to Moderate

Workshop Description:

Whether you are a looking to try improv for the first time or looking to advance your craft, Improv 101 is for you. This workshop will reinforce the basics and core values of improvisation in a fun and supportive environment. You will learn the value of “Yes and” and gain valuable communication, listening, teamwork, confidence skills that apply to just about every aspect of your life.

“Pace and Space”

Cost: $15

Facilitated by: Elliot Heinz & Mack Hastings

Location: Broadway Theatre, 121 South Broadway, De Pere, WI 54115

Recommended Experience Level: Moderate to Advanced

Workshop Description: In the Pace and Space workshop, we’ll focus on slowing things down and giving your characters the time and space to make organic, honest, and exciting discoveries in real-time. This workshop is all about freeing yourself from the stress of making the right moves in scenes and focusing on the natural connections that occur in your scenes. Perfect for beginners and intermediates looking to take the next step with their improvising. 

Sean Yahn Bio:  

Sean Yahn has over 14 years of improv experience and has performed in improv festivals and as a guest performer at theatres across the country. He got his start in theatre at a young age and discovered improv late in high school. He continued his development under director Sue Stephens as a member of Michigan Technological University’s improv group The Troupe and with Finlanida University’s Laugh Allowed Comedy. Sean has been a member of ComedyCity for 8 years and is the coordinator of the Green Bay Improv Festival. Sean is a founder of the former ComedyCity staple Late Night Prime Time and one half of Milwaukee Heartbreak. He enjoys teaching the fundamentals of improv and is looking forward to giving you the tools to be successful.

Elliot Heinz Bio:

Elliot Heinz has been improvising around the country for six years. He began at Memorial High School when he was fourteen years old and now tours regularly with his independent group Glassworks (official selection of the Minneapolis, Chicago, Denver, Twin Cities, Big-Little, and San Francisco Improv Festivals). In addition to performing he is a coordinator of the Eau Claire Improv Festival. Elliot has used his improv skills to edit for projects such as the Arco Sessions and the PBS original series, Around the Farm Table. Glassworks paired with Peter Eaton this past summer to shoot and edit a TV pilot which is now available online. Elliot has trained with some of the best improvisers alive including Rick Andrews (NYC), Elana Fishbein (NYC), and his mentor Amber Dernbach (Eau Claire). Improv gives Elliot constant joy and comfort, which he is excited to share with you! 

Mack Hastings Bio:

Mack Hastings has been improvising around the country for six years. He began at Memorial High School when he was fourteen. He tours regularly with his group Glassworks (official selections of the Minneapolis, Chicago, Denver, Twin Cities, Big Little and San Fransisco Festivals) and performs semi-regularly with Shambles. In addition to performing he a coordinator of the Eau Claire Improv Festival. In 2011 he starred in Peter Eaton’s short film, Sugar Mountain. Glassworks paired with Eaton this past summer to shoot a TV pilot which has now been released. Mack has trained with some of the best improvisors alive including, Craig Cackowski (LA), Rick Andrews (NYC), Elana Fishbein (NYC), and his mentor Amber Dernbach (Eau Claire). He very much looks forward to sharing his love of improv with the world.


ComedyCity to Hold Open Auditions On Saturday, September 24th

ComedyCity De PereThe ComedyCity troupe is hoping to add some new members to its funny and talented group. Open auditions will be held on Saturday, September 24th from 4PM to 6PM. The auditions will take place inside The Green Room Lounge at 353 Main Ave in De Pere.

Have you ever seen a ComedyCity show and wondered what it is like to perform improv?

Have your friends ever said that you are entertaining?

Do you enjoy working with other people?

Are you looking to try something new and exciting?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then you should consider stopping by for the auditions. No prior experience is necessary. You could be a seasoned veteran of theater or someone who laughs at their own jokes. It doesn’t matter because everyone can learn improv and everyone is welcome to attend.

Not sure about doing it alone? Bring some friends. The more the merrier.

The auditions will be done in a workshop style in which individuals will take part in various group exercises designed to flex your improvisational muscles. ComedyCity isn’t necessarily looking for “funny” people. If you consider yourself a great team player and a great listener, you are primed for improvisational comedy.

ComedyCity has been providing quality, family-friendly entertainment to Wisconsin audiences for over 25 years. Shows are performed every Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 and 9:30 PM. If you have any questions about the auditions, feel free to give us a call at 920-983-0966 or ask us a question on Facebook or Twitter.

Once again, the auditions are from 4-6 PM on Saturday, September 24th at the Green Room Lounge in De Pere.


ComedyCity Green Bay De Pere Auditions

Sunday Brunch Bloody Mary Bar – 10am-2pm

Sunday Bloody Mary Bar

Our friends Melts With You sammich shop recently opened next door. One of the many delicious things they are doing is Sunday Brunch from 10am-2pm.

Being the wonderful partners we are, we’ve launched a great compliment to eggs, bacon, sausage, and hash browns… a Bloody Mary Bar!

For one low price you get a shot of Vodka in a pint glass and a beer chaser, and then turn you loose to add your own concoction of tomato juices, vegetables, garnishes, spices, and even bacon & mini-grilled cheese sammiches. So, come on out and join us for this tastebud extravaganza!

Sunday Brunch Bloody Mary Bar


New Sketch Comedy Show – debuts Saturday 8/27

awkwardlogoThe funny folks of the Green Room are introducing yet another way to get your comedy entertainment. An all new scripted sketch comedy show called >Awkward (pronounced “Greater Than Awkward”) debuts on the Green Room Lounge stage on Saturday, August 27th following the late ComedyCity improv show (approximately 11pm).

The cast features Joey Prestley, Conrad Kamschulte, Cheyenne Andrus, Ariana  Gibeault, Eric Hassenjager, and Mike Eserkaln.

The show is FREE, and is described by Eserkaln as “dark, twisted, and awkwardly funny.”

Sketch Comedy Show
Saturday, August 27th – 11pm


EastWest Music Series Thursdays at The Green Room

EastWest Music Series

The Green Room Lounge is excited to be part of a great music experience this summer.

Unison Credit Union’s EastWest Music Series brings 100 live, original music performances from local, regional and national troubadours to De Pere for multiple FREE performances every Thursday evening, encompassing venues on both sides of the Fox River. EastWest Music Series begins June 23 and runs through August 25. Set times and locations for the first two weeks are listed below.

>>June 23<<
The Green Room Lounge (West)
Strategic (Appleton) –  5:45-6:30 p.m.
Feed the Dog (Fox Cities) –  6:45-7:30 p.m.

Luna Cafe (West)
Jay Matthes (Milwaukee): 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Maxwell Jones (Appleton) –  7:30-8:15 p.m.

Starry Realty (East)
Kurt Gunn (De Pere) – 6-6:45 p.m.
Adria Ramos (Neenah) –  7-7:45 p.m.

La Vie Boheme (East)
Paul Hanna (Green Bay) –  6:15-7 p.m.
Christopher Gold (Fox Valley): 7:15-8 p.m.

Broadway Theatre (East)
Eric W. Krueger –  7-7:45 p.m.
David McMillin (featured artist from Chicago) –  8-8:45 p.m.

click the headline or logo for the complete schedule through Aug. 25th


24-Hour Theatre Collective returns May 20th & 21st!


Imagine starting with some randomly assigned titles (that’s it) and winding up with a series of short plays being performed in front of an audience 24 hours later.  That, in a nutshell, is the 24-Hour Theatre Collective.

The Green Room Lounge in downtown De Pere, WI is hosting this event on Friday and Saturday, May 20th & 21st.  This unique theatre experience brings together writers, directors, actors and audiences to share in the creative process.

Multiple plays will be written, rehearsed and performed for an audience – all within 24 hours.

We are reaching out to area theatre groups, as well as individuals with an interest in participating – hence the term “Collective.”  The plan is to have all interested creative folks (writers, directors & actors) meet at the Green Room Lounge (353 Main Ave) at 11:30pm on Friday night.

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FREE Hope Event – April 14th

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Following the 8pm Laugh Box stand-up show on Thursday, April 14th, check out HOPE, a FREE event (approximately 9:30pm).

HOPE is a large collaboration between Artists, Performers, Musicians, Leaders, and many others in the quest to explore the concept of ‘Hope’ through as many different mediums as necessary so as to paint a better depiction of what ‘Hope’ means in our language, our culture (and other cultures), and in our personal experiences. This event is FREE to attend, and The Green Room has an amazing FULL BAR!!!

HOPE has been in the making since November of 2015, and is the first Large-Scale project created and orchestrated by Artist, C.J. Guzan. Now in the home-stretch of pre-production, the show is coming together and pushing the envelope at every turn. The entire cast, crew, and creative team would love to see you there, and we know you won’t want to miss it.

Visit the HOPE Facebook event

Visit the HOPE Thoughts website

p.s. The Project will commence directly after Laugh Box Stand-up Comedy, which is only $5, and begins at 8pm. Come to both!

ComedyCity Cares Charity Event April 6-9

ComedyCity Cares Hearts 2Our annual charity event has a new name and a new cause. The event is now called ComedyCity Cares (more on that later) and we are raising money for the family of one of our own ComedyCity performers, Matt Worzala.

The event is coming up on Wednesday April 6th to Saturday April 9th, and will have music, stand-up, improv, and a ton of fun.

Matt’s daughter Jane was born in November with several health complications, and many more to come.

Our long term goal is for ComedyCity Cares to become its own 501c3 non-profit organization raising money for causes here in De Pere and the surrounding area.

Check out the event website at for all the details.

– Pat McCurdy
– Stand-up Comedy
– Online Auction of awesome items
– Themed Improv Shows
– Raising Money for a Great Cause

ComedyCity Cares 2016
Wednesday-Saturday, May 6 – 9