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arlier this spring Keith Faigin
noticed that some people in
his Go Comedy! audience were
talking about the end of Passover, and
that's all it took to put his sense of
humor in motion.
He added Passover customs into
an improv segment presented at the
Ferndale club, his performance base
on Fridays and Saturdays two-three
times a month.
Although Passover was a new sub-
ject, the audience topic fit right in as
the standard starting point for improv Keith Faigin
humor, particularly as Faigin takes
part in the All-Star Showdown.
oncology nurse, and the father of two
"We consider our comedy a team
daughters. Cindy encouraged me to get
sport, and the cast of 25 rotates:' says
back into comedy.
Faigin, 41, whose day job is chief
"I started taking classes at Second
information officer for Employee
City in Novi and graduated from the
Health Insurance Management, based
conservatory program. After Second
in Southfield. "We call the things we
City closed, I joined Go Comedy!"
do on stage 'games, and performers
Faigin took more classes and started
appear in two competing teams of
performing. He formed a team to corn-
three members.
pete in improv tournaments, entered
"Each cast member plays for a
the resident cast and moved on to the
member of the audience. We try to
All-Star Showdown.
give the audience a vested interest in
Faigin, a producer of the Detroit
terms of giving suggestions and root-
Improv Festival, which comes to Go
ing for a team. When the show's over,
Comedy! Aug. 8-12, is grateful to
anyone represented by the winning
Cindy and daughters Eliza and Anabel
team gets a slightly better prize than
for cheering him on and encouraging
someone represented by the losing
a more serious interest: being a board
team:'
member of the Detroit Institute for
One team can perform a 4-minute
Children, which provides specialized
scene based on a fan's suggestion. The
diagnostic, medical and rehabilitative
other team performs a variation of the care to children with disabilities.
same scene. It's up to the audience to
"What I love about improv is that
decide which was better.
it's so much fun:' says Faigin, active in
"There's a host who assigns points,"
Temple Israel, where Anabel recently
Faigin explains. "Prizes can be free
had her bat mitzvah. "I did some
tickets or tokens of appreciation from
standup, and there's enjoyment there
Ferndale shops."
as well. Still, you're on your own.
Faigin, who lives in West Bloomfield,
"Improv is not about being the best
was introduced to improv while
performer. It's more about creating the
attending Williams College in
best show possible. That means mak-
Massachusetts, where he joined a
ing the other performers look good.
campus comedy group. While pursu-
Sometimes being the straight man is
ing his doctorate degree in computer
respected the most." I
science at the University of Illinois at
Champagne, he did standup at a com-
edy club and was hired for parties.
The owner of the Improv in Chicago
Keith Faigin performs in the next
invited him to perform there, and for
All-Star Showdown at 8 and 10
a time, he considered becoming a full-
p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Go
time comedian. The draw of a more
Comedy!, 261 E. Nine Mile Road,
practical life won out.
Ferndale. $15. (248) 327-0575;
"I moved to Michigan seven years
www.gocomedy.net .
ago:' says Faigin, married to Cindy, an

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