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3/26/11 UPDATE: A new movie trailer starring Michael McDaniel was released yesterday afternoon at 5:00pm.  Later Michael's 9:00pm live performance at the General Motors Theatre located inside Detroit's Charles Wright African American Museum sold out.  McDaniel's 90 minute one-man show tore the house down.  People actually were howling and rolling in the aisles.  Michael's 5th year in Standup Comedy is off to phenomenal start.  The performance was captured on film for a Theatre and DVD release.  Watch the new trailer below and get a taste of his performance in the Detroit International Comedy Festival film.








8/30/10 UPDATE: Featured performer Brett Eastburn along with Dave Landau and Joe Schroeder at Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle in Royal Oak, MI Thu-Sat Sept. 2-4.  This comedy show takes place during the Royal Oak Arts, Beats and Eats Festival which is expected to draw nearly 1 million people over the Labor Day Weekend.  See all three comics frolic together in the film Detroit International Comedy Festival.



7/10/10 UPDATE: Featured performers Alycia Cooper and Ryan Hamilton both made it into the semi finals and were among top 20 comedians on NBC's, "Last Comics Standing" this summer 2010.  See their performances captured at the Detroit International Comedy Festival on Jim Dudek's Detroit Comedy Movie DVD.


“Start the new year with laughs”, “Funny”, “Entertaining”, Observer & Eccentric newspapers

“Truly laugh-out-loud”, “Clever”, “Unique”, REAL DETROIT WEEKLY

"It excels", "Tantalizing", "The film does provide laughs", METROTIMES

"There is talent here", DETROIT FREE PRESS

"Brett Eastburn, a comic born without arms and legs, nevertheless brings down the house ", DETROIT NEWS

"Festival gets the best laughs on film", DAILY TRIBUNE
"Film shows rising talents", OAKLAND PRESS

Feature Film/Comedy Performance, Documentary/Color/USA/77 minutes/Not Rated: Contains Some Language. 

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"The DVD is worth the cost for the performance by Tim Nutt alone", MotorCityBlog


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The Detroit International Comedy Festival took place March 16-21, 2009 at the legendary Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle.  The best 44 standup comics from the U.S., Canada and England were invited to showcase their talents.  Filmmaker Jim Dudek captured the event with a mixed performance and documentary style independent film.  You’ll get to see what the festival was all about, not only for the audience, but also for the comedians.

The film stars Ryan Hamilton (Comedy Central, NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”) recently named one of the “Five Comics to Watch” by Rolling Stone magazine.  Featured in the movie are Alycia Cooper (BET's “Comicview", "BET Live”, NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”) who just signed with Disney, Tim Nutt (“Best Of The Fest” at Montreal’s “Just for Laughs”, Canadian Comedy Award for “Best Live TV Performance”), Mike McDaniel (“Best of Detroit” at The Detroit International Comedy Festival), Brandon Vestal (NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”, “Best of the West” at The Detroit International Comedy Festival) and Brett Eastburn (NBC, CNN, Bob and Tom Radio Show) who was born with NO arms and NO legs but with a HUGE funny bone.  Jonathon Burns who appears in the movie as part of “The Showoff Show” was just on NBC TV’s “Jay Leno Show”.

Emmy Award winner Mark Ridley, owner of one of the country’s top comedy clubs, the Comedy Castle, served as one of the movie’s executive producers along with Dave Moroz of Aspen Talent (Dave Coulier, Kivi Rogers, Ryan Hamilton and more).  Matt Servitto (The Sopranos) appeared as guest host.

The independent film “Detroit International Comedy Festival” celebrates the World Premiere Tue. 8pm, Jan. 5, 2010 at the Emagine Theatre, Novi.  Ryan Hamilton and others will do a live performance before the movie begins.  The film “Detroit International Comedy Festival” opens in Theatres Fri. Jan. 8, 2010 exclusively at the Emagine Novi, Emagine Canton, Emagine Woodhaven and Cinema Hollywood, in Birch Run.  For more information, World Premiere tickets, and to watch the movie “Teaser” visit: 

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Genre: Comedy Performance, Documentary/Color/USA          Running Time: 77 minutes

Not Rated: Contains Some Language.  Must be 16 years old or with an Adult.

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About the Film

The top 44 “Up and Coming” standup comedians from around the US, Canada and England were invited to perform and showcase their talents at the second annual Detroit International Comedy Festival which took place March 16-21, 2009 at the legendary Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle.  The producers of the festival contacted Detroit filmmaker Jim Dudek (P.I. Blues, Star Movie Show, Fox Kids Show) to make a movie about the festival.  The result is a funny captivating performance and documentary mixed style independent film.

The movie was shot over the six days with 5 cameras.  You’ll get to see what the festival was all about, not only for the audience, but also for the comedians.  Performances from the Best of the Best comics will have moviegoers rolling in aisles.  Detroit’s troubles become comic fodder.  Nothing relaxes and frees the spirit like laughter.  Detroit’s ills seem curable and not so bad when put in the comic’s point of view.  Most comedians have overcome hardships in their own life and their comical messages are very uplifting and really instill hope.

The festival starred, Ryan Hamilton, seen on Comedy Central and featured on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”.  Ryan is also a member of the “Cleans Guys Of Comedy” tour.  Rolling Stone magazine named Hamilton one of the top “Five Comics To Watch”.  You’ll see a hilarious performance from Tim Nutt who was named “Best of the Fest” at the world’s top comedy festival, Montreal’s “Just For Laughs”.  Tim also won the Canadian Comedy Award for “Best Live TV Performance”.  Stand-Up Comedienne Alycia Cooper is based in Washington D.C. and was formally from LA, where she wrote the "Top 10's" for the #1 radio show in LA, "The Steve Harvey Morning Show”.  Alycia has performed on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”, BET’s “Live” and “Comicview”.  She recently received the holy grail of comedy, a development deal with Disney.


You’ll be astounded by Brett Eastburn who was born with NO arms and NO legs but with a HUGE funny bone.  He is a full time inspirational speaker and comedian.  Brett lives near South Bend IN and has traveled the world from Asia to Europe assuring us he has NO handicaps.  He is the subject of an upcoming documentary film and book.  He also has a Showtime Comedy Special and an Inspirational National TV Show in development.  Brandon Vestal is quickly establishing himself as one of best young comic talents in the country.  Originally from Oklahoma, he now lives in LA and is a regular in “tinsel town” comedy clubs.  He’s been on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and won “Best of the West” in the Detroit Fest.  The essence of a new Detroit is represented in comedian and impressionist Mike McDaniel.  His impressions range from Dave Chappelle to Barack Obama.  Michael has over 1.5 million views on You Tube without ever being featured.  Born and raised in Detroit, Michael knows the town and how to make it laugh.  He earned the “Best of Detroit” Award.

There’s much more in this film from the Best of the Best stand-up comics, onstage, backstage, offstage.  See it, laugh, feel good.

About the Filmmakers

Executive Producer Mark Ridley

Mark Ridley started his Comedy Castle thirty years ago in the basement of a restaurant in January 1979; Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle hit it off right away.  With open mike talent like Tim Allen and Dave Coulier, all 90 seats were filled most of the time.  As the demand grew Ridley moved the Comedy Castle to several larger venues to meet those demands until its present location, which opened in January 1990.  Throughout the years, comedians on the rise have played the stage of the Comedy Castle.  Tim Allen, Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O’Donnell, Jim Carrey, Drew Carey, Garry Shandling, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Jay Leno are just a few of the established comedians who have performed there since 1979.  Ridley is credited with starting the three comedian show format, which has become the industry standard.  Mark is an Emmy Award winning television producer for a program he produced and hosted in 1992 starring Tim Allen.


Ridley’s influence on the local Detroit entertainment scene cannot be overlooked.  His national connections enable Ridley to help manage and promote local comedians.  Many of them have gone on to perform on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and Comedy Central.  Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle has hosted the Showtime Comedy Club Network, HBO’s Comic Relief, A&E’s Comedy On The Road with John Byner, and the Comcast Comedy Spotlight.  Ridley produces “Laugh-A-Palooza” each year at the Meadowbrook Theater.  This gives rising Detroit talent an opportunity to show off their comedy skills in front of a larger theater crowd.  Mark is now producing the annual “Detroit International Comedy Festival” which brings established national comic stars and the best “up and coming” talent to the Detroit area for a week of laughs.  The 2010 festival is March 21-27 and stars Lewis Black.  The Comedy Castle is consistently rated in the top 10 comedy clubs across America and as high as #2 in some poles.


Executive Producer Dave Moroz

David Moroz created Aspen Talent after spending 20 years in Student Affairs positions in colleges and universities across the country.  He held positions in residence life and student activities at Oakland University (Michigan), The University of California, Davis, The University of Oregon and The Center for Creative Studies, College of Art and Design (Detroit).

Many of the artists on the Aspen Talent roster were regular performers at Oakland University where David created the “Friday Night Live” entertainment series.  All are either well established in the entertainment business or are creating a buzz everywhere that they perform.  Comedians being booked by Dave include Dave Coulier, Kivi Rogers, Ryan Hamilton, Emmy winning comedian Michael Kosta and more.

Producer, Director, Editor Jim Dudek

Jim Dudek has worked in every facet of the entertainment industry during his 40 years in show business, specializing in production and promotion of documentary and feature films, television shows and lives events.

As executive producer and promotion director for FOX KIDS WADL TV38 DETROIT from 1990 thru 1999, Dudek produced, wrote and directed over 2500 episodes of the Star Movie Show, a Monday thru Friday, two hour TV program that showed classic films and promoted new movies.  He also made over 1500 episodes of the, Monday thru Saturday, Fox Kids Show and well over a thousand TV commercials.   Jim’s clients have included Disney, Paramount, MGM/United Artists, Universal Pictures, Warner Brothers Studios, 20th Century Fox, Sony/Tri-Star, Miramax, Shopping Malls, Theatres, Wal-Mart, and more.  During this time, Jim was fortunate enough to work with some of Hollywood's hottest directors, writers and actors, including George Clooney, Quentin Tarrantino, Robert Rodriquez, Kevin Smith, Curtis Hansen, Edward Burns, David O'Russell, Shawn and Marlon Wayans, Stanley Tucci, Cheech Marin, Selma Hayek, Steven Baldwin and many more.  Jim says, "I never missed an opportunity to talk shop with any of these people.  The experience was fantastically rewarding."

In 2000, Dudek turned his attention to film production, promotion, and distribution.  Jim wrote, produced, directed and edited his first feature film "P.I. BLUES", a comedy about a 'wanna-be' private detective.  The film, with a cast and crew of over 70, screened at film festivals and opened at theatres in early 2003 garnering good reviews.  "P.I. Blues" became a Detroit area cult hit and ran at the Roseville Theatre on Metro Detroit's east side for 2 years.  In 2004, after a World Premiere at Montreal’s “Just For Laughs” Comedy Festival, Jim released, through his company Miami Entertainment, “Open Mic”, an award winning feature documentary film on standup comedy with Dave Chappelle, Bobcat Goldthwait, Richard Jeni, Shawn Wayans, Victoria Jackson, Jim Breuer, Charles Fleischer, Dom Irrera, Tony Rock, Jackie Martling, Jeffrey Ross and many more nationally known comics.

Since 2005, Dudek has assisted other filmmakers and luminaries with national distribution and promotion including Chris Gore, founder of Film Threat Magazine, Elliot Mintz, longtime LA publicist for Yoko Ono and Paris Hilton, Fred Newman artistic director of the avant-garde Castillo Theatre on 42nd Street in New York City.