Mystery comedy show to play in Grand Rapids

Don’t Tell Comedy will host a speakeasy type show tomorrow with mystery programming.

A live Don’t Tell Comedy (DTC) show takes place in Grand Rapids at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 3. In keeping with the Don’t Tell Comedy brand, location information, as well as artist lineups, will not be disclosed to entrants. until 12 noon tomorrow.

DTC, self-proclaimed “comedy’s worst-kept secret,” is a traveling comedy experience featuring pop-up shows with mystery comedians across the United States.

The location of the live show remains secret until noon on the day of the show, when ticket holders receive whereabouts information. Additionally, the performers remain unknown until they take the stage, creating a unique show experience for attendees.

Don’t Tell Comedy works with local and national talent to organize surprise lineups for each show. Former comedians featured on the show include Michael Che, Iliza Shlesinger, Ali Wong, and Nikki Glaser. Other talent featured on DTC included Irene Tu, Mark Smalls and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” actor Danny Jolles.

The 2021 special produced by Jolles’ DTC made “best of” lists in Paste Magazine and The New York Times.

DTC celebrates its fifth anniversary this year. The show was founded in 2017 by Kyle Kazanjian-Amory, who held the first performance in a garden with folding chairs in Los Angeles. Comedian Sam Jay performed on this show, and DTC was born with a mission to provide unique and affordable comedy in a community setting.

Since then, DTC has performed to over 100,000 attendees at nearly 2,000 shows in 50 cities across the United States. DTC has popped up in places ranging from candy stores to rooftops, gyms to living rooms and even a steamship.

“We love making stand-up comedy more accessible and affordable and creating opportunities for the best of the next generation of talent across the country,” Kazanjian-Amory said. “Grand Rapids was a great fit for us, and the shows just keep selling out.”

Like most DTC shows, the Grand Rapids show encourages guests to bring their own drinks and snacks and has no two-drink minimum. This show will be indoors and will last approximately 70-90 minutes. Participants must be 21 years or older.

Tickets for the Grand Rapids show start at $25 and are at Don’t tell Grand Rapids. The exact location of the show will be communicated to ticket holders and made available to spectators at noon on the day of the show.

DTC will return to Grand Rapids for a second show on July 29.

Javier E. Swan