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The Detroit Improv Festival, a five-day event of improvised comedy, returns with a variety of performances from local and national players, plus troupes from around the country.

Highlights include appearances by former “Saturday Night Live” cast members Horatio Sanz and Tim Meadows, who is also a Highland Park native. Sanz appears as part of the DIF Allstars, which includes members of Detroit’s now-defunct Second City Maribeth Monroe, Jaime Moyer and others.

Purchase tickets or learn more about the improv acting workshops at www.detroitimprovfestival.org.

Melody Baetens

Performance Schedule

Thursday

Rock-o-Matic as part of the Rhythm and Stage Series presented by The Detroit News at Grand Circus Park, 7 p.m. Free. Woodward and Adams, Detroit.

313/Detroit Creativity Project Fundraiser with the 313 cast and special guests JoAnne Purtan and Tim Meadows at Boll YMCA, 8 p.m. $20. 1402 Broadway, Detroit.

OTRimprov (Cincinnati), Calvinball (Toronto) and Deep Sea Swimwear (Chicago) at Go Comedy! Improv Theatre, 8 p.m. $15. 261 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale.

RARRR (Ferndale), Bamboo Kids Club (Toronto) and Switch Committee (Chicago) at Ringwald Theatre, 8 p.m. $15. 22742 Woodward, Ferndale.

One Quarter Bruce (Detroit), Soft Friction (Ferndale), I am the Show (San Diego) and StrongBose (Los Angeles) at Go Comedy! Improv Theatre, 10 p.m. $15. 261 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale.

Shut the Front Door Improv (London, Ontario), The Fun Fun Boys (Chicago), the Offbeats (Ferndale) and Bearded Men — Dungeons & Dragons: the Improvised Campaign (Minneapolis) at Ringwald Theatre, 10 p.m. $15. 22742 Woodward, Ferndale.

Friday

The DIF Allstars with Horatio Sanz, Kevin Dorff, Nyima Funk and Joe Hingelberg, plus Smith & I (Chicago) and Matt Naas & the Singalong Singers (Ferndale) at Local Kitchen & Bar, 8 p.m. $25. 344 W. Nine, Ferndale.

The Brothers Jacokes (Ferndale), Tandem (Rock Island) and 2-Man No-Show (Toronto) at Go Comedy! Improv Theatre, 8 p.m. $20. 261 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale.

Baby Teeth (Chicago), Bottle of Red (Detroit) and Bearded Men — Epic Narrative (Minneapolis) at Ringwald Theatre, 8 p.m. $20. 22742 Woodward, Ferndale.

Melissa?! (Los Angeles), Presto Change-O (Ferndale), DAANG Judy Dench (Chicago) and Mama’s Boy (Los Angeles) at Local Kitchen & Bar, 10 p.m. $25. 344 W. Nine, Ferndale.

The Future (Philadelphia), Standprov (Ferndale), Hugs & Pullups (Chicago) and 3 Insane Rituals (Los Angeles) at Go Comedy! Improv Theatre, 10 p.m. $20. 261 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale.

Fuzzballs (Ferndale), Eleven Marbles (Detroit), Dubalicious (Ferndale) and The Royal We (Toronto) at Ringwald Theatre, 10 p.m. $20. 22742 Woodward, Ferndale.

Saturday

ComedySportz Detroit Family-Friendly Improv Show at Michigan Actors Studio, noon. $5. 648 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale.

The Hooray Show Podcast with Horatio Sanz, Chad Krueger and more at Go Comedy! Improv Theatre, 6 p.m. $20. 261 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale.

Gayle (Brooklyn), Human Amusements (Ferndale) and the 313 (Los Angeles) at Local Kitchen & Bar, 8 p.m. $25. 344 W. Nine, Ferndale.

EbonyEssenceJet (Chicago), Damaged Goods (Louisville), and Kornfield and Andrews (New York) at Ringwald Theatre, 8 p.m. $20. 22742 Woodward, Ferndale.

Darcy & Bingley (Toronto), StrongBose (Los Angeles) and DeFrancisCo (Chicago) at Go Comedy! Improv Theatre, 8 p.m. $20. 261 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale.

Brand New Toys (Chicago), Forever 15 (Ferndale) and Messing with a Friend (Chicago) at Local Kitchen & Bar, 10 p.m. $25. 344 W. Nine, Ferndale.

Javelin (Ferndale), Irony City (Pittsburg), Hayden & Hildreth and Here. (Chicago) at Ringwald Theatre, 10 p.m. $20. 22742 Woodward, Ferndale.

DIF Allstars featuring Horatio Sanz, Tim Meadows, Margaret Edwartowski, Nancy Hayden, Garrett Fuller, Brian O'Connell plus Fake Cops and the Plant Ant Home Team at Go Comedy! Improv Theatre, 10 p.m. Sold out. 261 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale.

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