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Today in Lansing: Touring comics perform at the Salsa Parlor


Live comedy at the Salsa Parlor

9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Donations accepted

Salsa Parlor

1101 Burcham Dr., East Lansing

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Created by comic Louis Michael and his roommate, the Salsa Parlor comedy show is the latest evolution of home made comedy shows in East Lansing. Between two sconces and a shelf of hot sauce, these comics will never have to deal with a middleman venue leeching their proceeds.

“Lansing lost its only comedy club in 2012, and we decided when the club shut down to have weekend showcases out of our houses,” Michael said.

The event will see touring comics from Pittsburgh, Lansing, Detroit and Grand Rapids perform sets.

“People come out and the expectation when you first come is that it might suck, but I really know working comedians throughout the state and country,” Michael said.

There is a comedy scene in Lansing and popular demand to see comedy, despite not having a dedicated club. “If we had a club again it would do well. It just has to be marketed the right way,” Michael said.

As a comedian himself, Michael tours throughout Michigan. “It’s a grind, so most of those shows are open mics and showcases. It’s it own kind of grind,” he said.

Though donations are accepted, the proceeds really just go to give these comics gas money.

“This is meaningful and fulfilling to my life. People say do what makes you happy. There are days that make me happy, but most times it's just fulfilling.”

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9 a.m. to 3 p.m., $85, College Fields Golf Club, 3800 Hagadorn Road, Okemos

Howl at the Moon: Guided Night Walk

8:30 to 9:30 p.m., $3, Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road, Okemos

Short Track Racing Championship Night at Corrigan Oil Speedway

5 p.m., $13, Spartan Speedway, 779 N. College Road, Mason


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