2013-12-29 / Dining & Entertainment

Third Annual Brew Ha-Ha returns Jan. 17-18

SAGINAW – The Dow Event Center, managed by SMG, has announced the third Annual Michigan Brew Ha-Ha, Supporting Michigan Breweries and Comedians on Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at 5 p.m. in The Dow Heritage Theater and expanding into Unity Hall due to the large response from the 2013 event.

Tickets went on sale Friday, Dec. 6. Admission is $20, which includes logo pint beer glass, five sample drink tickets and admission to the comedy show. Designated Driver and Group Six Pack tickets available for $15 each. Additional samples tickets will be on sale for $1. Sample booths open at 5 p.m. throughout the event, with over 100 styles from more than 30 participating Michigan breweries.

Each night of the event will feature two comedy shows each with a master of ceremonies, opening act and headliner with intermission between.

Meet and Greet Tasting with Rex Halfpenny and six breweries will be on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 4:30 p.m. Admission is $35 and includes early entrance, additional sampling, one-on-one with experts in the craft brewing industry and comedy show.

Comedian Headliners for Jan. 17, 2014

Steve Iott is a very funny man who lives in Michigan. In addition to being a professional comedian, he writes an award-winning column posted on the Internet. He also lies frequently about receiving awards for his writing. No stranger to either television or the concert stage, Iott has appeared on A&E, Comedy Central, and has opened shows for Steven Wright, Chicago, and Bill Maher.

Dean Austin has a rapid-fire comedy style, which leaves audiences on the floor. He’s always said, “Without laughter...there’s no happiness.” Before becoming a comedian, Austin worked in the medical field for several years and attended Hayward State University in the Bay Area, where he was biology major.

Once asked by a newspaper reporter how he got into comedy, he replied, “I didn’t get into comedy, comedy got into me.” After a high school friend dared him to get on stage, he drifted away from medicine and ended up working in another field of medicine, laughter. The same passion he puts into working out shows in his performances. He has appeared on several TV shows and performs colleges, cruise ships and clubs all over. Austin started performing comedy in 1990 at a local comedy club. Since then he’s performed throughout the United States and overseas for the troops in Japan, England, Iceland, Germany, Korea, several other countries. He just returned from a tour in Iraq.

Austin has been seen on BET “Comic View,” Showtime at the Apollo, Uptown Comedy Club, Latino Laugh Festival, Loco Comedy Jam and has made several other TV appearances. He can be heard on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Austin’s hit comedy CD “Funny Worldwide” is now released.

Comedian Headliners for Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014

David Dyer’s career in comedy had to begin at a very early age. Being the youngest, least athletic, and third smartest of four boys born to his parents in Grand Rapids, Dyer grew up in a household where The Golden Rule read, “Do unto others before they do unto you.” Desperately needing some sort of adaptation to survive in such an environment, Dyer developed a talent for exploiting his brothers’ flaws verbally and physically.

After high school, David took his talents to Michigan State University where he found a home in the Theatre Department. He studied acting and directing and aspired to be one of the great Broadway directors of his time. However, after realizing the amount of work such a ridiculous dream required, he chose the easier and more stable route of standup comedy. He wrote five minutes of material, attended an open mic night in Lansing, and headed down a path his parents and wife were expecting would have taken him a lot further by now.

Dyer has been performing stand up for 13 years. He’s headlined at clubs and colleges all over the country and for businesses and organizations of all sizes. He’s worked with some of the best performers in the industry including Drew Carey, Lewis Black, Kathleen Madigan, and Bob Zany, just to name a few. He has contributed material to ABC’s “Politically Incorrect” and “The Zany Report” performed by Bob Zany on The Bob and Tom Show. In the past, he won The Grand Rapids Magazine Comedy Joke Off, a competition that put him up against several other comedians as well as the top radio talent in West Michigan. Dyer’s energy, writing, and powerful delivery make him an exciting performer who is in increasingly high demand.

Bryan McCree’s comedic act will astound the audience with his astute observations on life which are on the edge and simply hilarious. McCree’s life is the epitome of diversity. Caught between two worlds, one black, one white, the two worlds collide in a hilarious romp of attempting to decipher black slang, and trying to fit in with white family members and neighbors.

Born into a show family business, performing is in his genes – his father a jazz virtuoso, his great aunt a Broadway legend, his mother a cosmetology instructor. Legend has it that she was responsible for giving her son the first jherri curl in American history, but that’s a whole other story.

McCree is a nationally-known comedian, seen on Mad TV, Comedy Central and most recently Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen. In 2006, McCree earned honors as a best of NBC’s Stand UP For Diversity finals (One of 10 handpicked comedians from all over the country). He has shared the stage with the likes of Sinbad, George Wallace, and the Isley Brothers. He has a natural charm on stage, and his infectious giggle often incites laughter among the masses. His natural acting talent shows through in his act, as he plays his funniest character – himself.

Tickets are available at The Dow Box Office, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets including Wal-mart, and Chargeby Phone (800)745-3000.

Return to top

Copyright © 2009-2018 Tri-County Citizen, All Rights Reserved