This Friday, the city of Caro will become a comedy central.
Caro resident Mitch Gill presents Get A Room! Comedy Club at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at the Brentwood, 178 Park Drive, Caro, featuring himself and six other comedians from the Thumb, southeast Michigan and out of state.
Friday’s show will mark the second season of Gill bringing comedy to the Thumb, and his 10th show at the bowling alley.
Gill’s first show at the bowling alley, in May 2015, had 146 attendees and last year there were two sold out performances. But he said with each show, attendance varies.
Gill said he started the shows last year in late May and continued doing shows about every two months simply because Tuscola County needed to laugh.
“Yes, they wanted it for something to do,” said Gill. “Because like me, you’d have to drive 45 minutes in any direction to find something fun to do. When all you have is high school football, and a movie theater and a bowling alley, a comedy show in your backyard is pretty awesome.”
Gill described himself as a closet comedian after his first encounter with standup comedy in high school.
Gill said pursuing comedy has haunted him for many years. Currently, he is a wedding disc jockey and employee at Lighthouse Rehabilitation Center, 1655 East Caro Road. For years, he said he would carry a notebook and write things down he thought were funny hoping one day to do standup.
After high school, Gill said he was “flaky” and eventually stopped pursuing a career in comedy, admitting to feeling a little shame in not continuing, but feels now is the right time to give it a shot.
Gill, who will do a short set himself, said comics this Friday will include headliner Keith Bergman of Toledo, Ohio, Dan Currie and Nick Leydorf of Lansing, John Kalkman of Bridgeport, Melanie Hearn of Detroit and Sam Patnaude of Cass City.
Gill said he and Hearn both took comedy classes with Bill Bushart – who was named the funniest comedian in Detroit in 2010 by the Metro Times – at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle in Royal Oak, 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak.
“I have six talented comedians, and then there’s me,” chuckled Gill, who said he books showmen by choosing them from the comedy community in Michigan, outside the state and at comedy shows and events like the Oddball, Curiosity and Comedy Festival that stopped at the DTE Energy Music Theatre this year in Clarkston.
Patnaude said Gill approached him about performing in the upcoming show. Usually doing comedy events in Saginaw, the 2008 graduate of Cass City Senior High School said he had always been a fan of comedy and enjoyed theatre when he was younger.
“I was a class clown growing up,” said Patnaude. “I’ve wanted to be like (comedians) Patton Oswalt and Brian Posehn.”
Patnaude said his sets are usually about weird, sad moments from his life. He said his sense of humor is darker so those who come to the show need to prepare themselves for his style.
“I hope you’re not easily offended by anything because there’s some pretty foul language,” said Patnaude. But other than that, come out and support local comedy because a lot of us do it for free. We do it for the love of it rather than the money.”
The show is for a mature crowd of 21 years of age and older because of swearing and alcohol for purchase. Those interested can purchase food from the Brentwood when doors open at 6 p.m. for the show. The cost to enter at the door is $12 but tickets can still be purchased in advance for $10.
Lisa Mosher, an employee at the Brentwood said comedy shows do better in the colder months because the season gives people few options to do anything else.
“Summer time is hard to get people,” said Mosher “People are vacationing, people are camping (and) people are out of the area. There’s less to do in the winter.”
Gill noted the comedy season began in September and will continue through May to avoid warmer months that have smaller crowds. High-attendee turnout will help him finance the next set of shows and allow him to continue to perform standup comedy.
Despite the planning and stress that comes with making the show, he said the ultimate goal is to make others laugh.
“I like to be responsible for the release of endorphins,” said Gill. ”It just makes everything better. To watch people laugh is the best thing.”
To purchase tickets in advance, visit or call the Brentwood at 989-673-2330.
Debanina Seaton is a reporter for The Advertiser and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.