Michael Moore & Jeff Garlin announce lineup for first Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival

The Traverse City Film Festival in Michigan is adding its first comedy component this year, from Feb. 19-21, and organizers Michael Moore and Jeff Garlin have announced an eclectic lineup, saying in a mass email today that they "think you'll agree that we have shot out of the gate with a line-up that any other festival would be lucky to have in their fifth year, not their first!"

The inaugural Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival will include performances by Roseanne Barr, John Waters, co-founder Garlin, J.B. Smoove, Whitney Cummings, Mike Birbiglia, Mike Toomey, Chicago's heralded improv duo TJ & Dave, and Chicago sketch group Teenager of the Year.

They've also planned improv for the kids on the Saturday of the fest via ComedySportzKids, a Saturday-afternoon celebration of Funny or Die videos, and an "after-hours" comedy club show hosted by Garlin with surprise guests at midnight Friday-Saturday. Go here for more info and tickets.

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