Third installment of Michael Moore’s comedy fest canceled due to beer event

Usually, beer and comedy go together like peas and carrots, but apparently not in Traverse City, Michigan. The Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival, founded in 2010, won’t be happening this year due to a scheduling conflict with the Traverse City Winter Microbrew and Music Festival. The beer fest is slated to go down Feb. 10-11, which would have overlapped with the comedy festival.

Founder Michael Moore (yes, that Michael Moore) is not thrilled; he released a written statement critiquing the beer festival because they “purposefully piggybacked themselves onto (a) community-wide event that also included family activities.” But Sam Porter, the honcho at the beer thing, argued that his scheduling options were limited. There’s still a chance the festival will return next year. Earlier this year, the second installment of the fest — co-founded by comedian Jeff Garlin — included the likes of Patton Oswalt, Bob Saget, Caroline Rhea and Jeffrey Ross.

Carrie Andersen

In addition to writing for Laughspin, Carrie is a graduate student in Austin, Texas, where she researches popular culture, new media, music, and social movements. When not reading or writing in any official capacity, she spends her time playing the drums, watching crappy TV, and eating copious amounts of tacos and barbecue. She also blogs sporadically at

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