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Laughing Out Loud!

Saturday, April 30, 2022.  Doors open at 6pm, show at 7pm.

Stand up comedy by Jason Schommer and Jodie Maruska!  Live music by Kelly Cordes!

No physical tickets will be sent. 

Straight Outta Quarantine with Schommer & Shynes!

Straight Outta Quarantine with Schommer & Shynes! 

Friday, Oct 1 at 7:30PM
General Admission Tickets: $20

An Evening with Jason Schommer and Michael Shynes.

One night only! Great River Arts, Thursday, July 21, 7pm Showtime, 6pm Doors. Tickets: $20 General Admission. An amazing evening of comedy, storytelling and music as these two accomplished performers share tales of their adventures on the road, a peek behind the scenes, and the ups and downs of this great adventure we call “life”! It really isn’t about the destination…but rather the wild journey to get there! 
Jason Schommer is a standup comedian and storyteller who spent two years as the opening act for comedy legend Louie Anderson in Las Vegas and toured with Louie regularly. Comedy icon Louie Anderson said “Jason is funny, clever, smart, and on his way to the big time!”.  As a stand up comic, Jason has performed all over the USA as well as Canada and for the US Military in Japan.  In addition to touring with Louie Anderson, Jason has shared the stage with such comedy icons as Chris Kattan and Tim Meadows from Saturday Night Live.  A regular performer at The Moth, Jason has won numerous Story Slam competitions and was invited to perform at the GrandSlam at The Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul in 2016 and in 2018 at The Guthrie Theater and in 2022 at the Pantages Theater.  Jason has been heard nationally on The Moth Radio Hour as well as featured on the podcast.  Jason has worked in New York City for The Rosie O’Donnell Show and has worked behind the scenes in Hollywood as a stand in for Louie Anderson on the FX television series Baskets.   In 2017 Jason released his first live comedy album “Confessions of a Local Celebrity”.  Most recently Jason went viral on TikTok by starring in a video with Dave Ryan from KDWB and hitting over 5.3 million views. 


Michael Shynes is a Midwest born singer songwriter with a Platinum Record in Poland.  Being a self-taught musician from Little Falls, MN, Michael chased an unlikely dream and built a career out of nothing more than pure hustle and soulful songwriting.  While Michael’s music may be difficult to define (often oscillating from Folk to Pop to R&B to Country and then back again), the intent behind it is the unifying ingredient; the unmistakable truth that it never strives to be anything less than genuine and authentic.  Blending shades of multiple genres over an acoustic and full band landscape, his songs are ripe with lyrical depth rarely paired with such mainstream appeal. The thing that seems to separate Michael is unquestionably his vocal stylings. With a range and falsetto that is nothing short of captivating, his acoustic finger picking style acts as the perfect bed of warmth on which his soulful lyrics can rest.  Michael would often get noticed as a strong local candidate to open up for National acts as they came through town, and even ended up on a tour with Platinum Recording Artist Howie Day. From humble beginnings, he has worked to become one of the most sought after performers in the Midwest and now plays to standing room only crowds.  Michael Shynes recently released his fourth full length album “Cinematic Love” to rave reviews. 

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