About Minnesota Fringe

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Showtimes

Shows start and end on time at Fringe. With 850 performances of 167 shows in just 11 days, we have to run a tight schedule to avoid descending into chaos. Performances are no more than 60 minutes long with a half hour between each show.

On weekdays shows begin at 5:30pm, 7pm, 8:30pm and 10pm. On weekends there are additional shows at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm.

Late seating: There is NO LATE SEATING at Minnesota Fringe. In addition to keeping our schedule, late seating is a safety issue for artists and audiences.

Safety for artists: Some of our theaters require that patrons walk across parts of the stage to reach the seating area, and many of our production companies’ stage work encompasses entrances and exits from the house.

Safety for audiences: Entering a darkened theater, possibly for the first time, and trying to find open seats puts patrons and volunteers at unnecessary risk.

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Fringe Central

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What to Wear

Shorts and a t-shirt. Seriously. Also, a pair of comfy shoes will serve you well in case you have to wait in line. Pro tip: Most Fringe shows take place indoors in air-conditioned venues, so having a layer to throw on in case you get chilly is also advisable.

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Choosing a Show

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Search by genre: You can filter for genres when trying to decide what to see.

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Create: Applications for the 2018 festival will go live mid-November on this website. Fringe is open to everyone, all shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

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Box Office Info

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Reservations

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Intermediate Physical Comedy for Advanced Beginners

By Comedy Suitcase
Created by Joshua Scrimshaw & Levi Weinhagen

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Thrust

Two fake professors demonstrate the key elements of physical comedy. After the lecture, students will be able to 1) identify a pratfall 2) evaluate where Joshua needs ice; and 3) staunch Levi's bleeding.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 7-11 and up

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 2:30pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/13 @ 1:00pm
 

* Reservations not required, but a Day Pass is. Find out more below.

Ticket Options

Day Passes are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends. Day Passes serve as entry to any show in the festival on a given day. Optional reservations to guarantee a seat for a particular performance are available by clicking the "reserve" button above. Day Passes can be purchased in advance with a reservation or at any venue box office during the festival.

Weekdays 1pm-3pm and Weekends 11am-1pm we'll also open an Alternative Box Office at Fringe Central so you can grab a Day Pass and skip the lines at the venue before the show.

Day Passes for kids 12 and under are available at any box office during the festival just $5 every day.

A 2017 Fringe button isn't required for entry, but it does get you access! Wearing it not only identifies you as a part of a fabulous Fringe community, it also entitles you to special deals at local bars and restaurants and access to reduced ticket prices at various theaters throughout the year. Get your 2017 Fringe button for only $4 at any Fringe preview event or Fringe venue during the festival.

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Read the reviews

Show #56 - perfect way to end Fringe!

by Mark Webb on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Honestly, I could watch Josh do his shtick all day long. Between his facial expressions and physical contortions, it's so reminiscent of Dick Van Dyke or Red Skelton. Paring his talents with Levi Weinhagen was perfect. It was the perfect way to end my Fringe!


Encore!

by Kevin Bowen on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Great way to round out my 2017 MN Fringe Festival at this Encore show last night. This show was excellent with gusts up to brilliant. Congrats on winning the Encore show - you all deserved it!


Words we don't need ant stinking words

by Jim Johnson on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

The show was awesome. I really hope Josh doesn't hurt himself.


Any show with a Scrimshaw brother

by Eric Meininger on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 31 shows

So worth it. See the encore or you'll be sorry!


Must see comedy!

by Kim Chase-Kozak on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

This show was great use of a Fringe hour. Non-stop fun and laughs. The mom in me was concerned for the safety of the actors - there is some wild stuff in this show!


Harkens Back To Silent Film Comedians

by Edwin Strout on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

Not a word is uttered in this show. You will find it utterly hilarious. These two seasoned, comedic actors embody the silent film era comedians, such as Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd. Great slapstick as well as pathos. A Must See.


I laughed so hard I actually cried.

by Cali Mastny on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

This show was full of laughs. Physical humor can be really hit or miss for me. But they really made it work. They started with some fairly standard premises, but then took them in really unexpected directions! Their facial expressions were what really sold it. I loved the creativity and audience interaction. Great musical accompaniment too!


Good, but...

by Eric Cohen on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 19 shows

Some of the bits ran a bit long, and on occasion they seem a bit too impressed by their own ideas. Still, I laughed, so no real complaints.


Cartoons!

by Bailey H. on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 29 shows

This show was so much fun, like watching old cartoons. I seriously felt like I was witnessing Goofy and Donald in human form. The best part was the kids giggling in the front row. If children think it's good, it's gotta be!


So much fun!

by Jessica Solinsky on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

You know you enjoyed a show when someone behind you double checks to see if you enjoyed it because you're laughing so hard! My sides and face hurt after seeing this performance. If you want a good laugh based only on physical comedy, this show is a must!


Non-stop fun!

by Hannah Mahr on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Outstanding physical comedy and family-friendly humor. The integration of the music with the movement was brilliant, and there was hardly a moment when I wasn't laughing out loud. This trio of performers is sure to keep you on your toes. If you're looking for an hour full of laughs and surprises, then this show is for you!


Funny and Family Friendly!

by Vicki Joan Keck on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

I have long been a fan of Comedy Suitcase and this did not disappoint! Great musical accompaniment too! The audience was so into it that many of the kids in it were very vocal which was a little distracting, but what can ya do?? Favorite parts were the romantic picnic with a very unexpected consort (no spoiler here, just see it) and Levi's hilarious solo dance piece.
IF you are going to use audience volunteers, however, give them something to do rather than stand there. The kids were SO excited to be up there with you and I could see how let down they were when they were not utilized. All in all though, really great stuff!


Wow

by Richelle Amundson on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 39 shows

Amazing talent! I kept thinking about Chaplin and the other comedic greats of silent film era work. These guys have it and it was a joy to be part of it.

1 person found this review helpful


Family friendly fun

by IKW Queen on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I'm 11 years old and I think this is a great show from a child's perspective I loved the show and was laughing the whole time so much energy it makes you feel happy just watching it.

1 person found this review helpful


Absolutely Wonderful

by Amanda Oporto on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

It was great to see classic, silly slapstick. I loved that there was no spoken dialogue; it's absence made the physical comedy much more effective. The cast was endearingly goofy. Loved it!


Just plain fun

by Ari Hoptman on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

If I could do it all over again, I might be Levi and Joshua. Here, in a completely silent opus, they channel early silent comedy, Laurel and Hardy, and, in at least one instance, Bug Bunny. It's just plain f-u-n. (I just hope they have good insurance.)

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Cute Show!!

by Mickey Anderson on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Very cute and kid appropriate. It's a fun show just for laughs, but that's the point of it. Some of the skits lasted a little bit long, but if you're looking for a good laugh, this is the show for you!


Classic

by Larry Ripp on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Bill Erwin used to do this stuff on Broadway! This is nearly as good. My favorite fringe show so far from the you can't go wrong dept. when one sees an entertainment like this you say "take this thing on the road! Everybody's got to see it!" Two professional entertainers who are local treasures. And I do mean treasure. This show is a pot of gold. Silent but priceless.


Great break

by Cate Jackson on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

See this show if you're having a bad day or need a Fringe break. Be ready to giggle for an hour.


Engaging

by Janis Emily Peabody on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 48 shows

This show started for me as a five star. Totally captivating. Then it got gradually tiresome. Still, it was one of my favorite shows.


Met high expectations

by Derek Reise on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

If you have seen Levi Weinhagen and Joshua English Scrimshaw before, you know they are capable of original, zany, high energy comedy. This show does not let you down. It was a roller coaster of emotions from the stage. I recommend sitting close enough to see their facial expressions, which are heavily utilized for comedic effect.

If you love physical comedy, you'll love this show. If you don't care for physical comedy, you'll still probably enjoy this show because it is that well done.


Channels Chaplin, Keaton

by David Trudeau on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

So funny. Masterful physical comedy and not a word spoken in forty minutes of side split.


Pratfalls R Us

by Chet Taylor on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Just brilliant.


Dance Levi Dance

by Jennifer de Fiebre on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

This was a fun show with lots of pratfalls, silliness, stupidity and zaniness. The fact that the entire show is in silence is masterful.


So Good!

by Jesse Swanson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

I thought this show was masterful. Well done!


Silence is Golden

by Cetius d'Raven on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

A non-stop laugh riot and must see event.


Hilarious!

by Mariellen Jacobson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 38 shows

Nonstop side-splitting hilarity. A constant stream of fresh ideas, bodies that can “take a licking and keep on ticking” - how do these guys do it? The "Romantic Picnic for Two" took it to a whole new level! A must see!


Lesson #1 - Don't Miss This Show!

by Kayla Hambek on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Inventive, engaging, and absolutely hysterical, the actors make sure this show is fun for all ages. Special kudos to the fantastic accompanist! Do yourself a favor and add this show to your list NOW - you won't regret a second of this 50-minute delight.


Perfectomundo

by Sulia Altenberg on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

These guys sure know what they're doing! I loved every moment. You can just imagine how they got to these perfect moments of comedy and it makes you giggle, but watching it happen in real time makes your stomach hurt from all the laughing. I haven't seen a show like this in a long time and it truly felt like I was watching a full technicolor version of modern Marx brothers.


Don't miss this show

by hawk eye on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Must watch show. Everything is special & funny in this show.
Kudos to 3 Musketeers!!!


So funny

by Mary Hancy on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

What a fun time. Well executed and performed show. I had not seen them before and definitely was worth seeing.


Won't Let You Down

by Afton Benson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Joshua Scrimshaw & Levi Weinhagen are two wonderfully talented individuals and together unite to make an extremely hilarious duo, along with some fun piano work! This show will make you laugh so hard your face hurts, and for those of you with youth, bring them knowing you'll all have a fantastic time.


Local treasures to be cherished!

by Florence Brammer on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 41 shows

I mean, who really gets to see, in person, this quality of physical comedy and sight gags anymore? I can think of a couple of troupes in town who integrate these almost-lost arts into their shows, but this duo is just all in with their devotion to them. I loved and appreciated this SO MUCH. So smart, so fun, and just perfection.


Perfection

by Brendan Philip on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

Phenomenal physical comedy, and inventive from beginning to end. Loved it. When I left the theatre my face hurt from smiling and laughing.


Excellent physical comedy

by Ed Burke on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Very well designed physical comedy that seemed more creative and less physically violent than previous Comedy Suitcase shows. All the sketches were at least amusing and most were extremely funny.


every comedic gem is mined

by John Jansen on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

From the chalkboard to one of the last props used, every bit of comedy was exploited and the result is a very smart, very fast moving, hysterically funny show. Don't miss it.


Wonderful slap stick

by Chris Gennaula on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

These two have never failed to entertain and with this show they keep their records clean. The same cannot be said for the stage.


A must see!

by Christy Kirk on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A fantastic performance! The musical composition of Marc Doty paired well with the comedy genius of Josh and Levi. I had never before seen a comedy show quite like this one. Their comedic timing was impeccable.


top-notch physical comedy

by Naomi Kritzer on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I've been a fan of Comedy Suitcase for years, and this show did not disappoint me. What I personally found most interesting were the risks taken in some of the sketches -- not physical risks, but stuff that most people would NOT in fact be able to make hilarious, but Levi and Joshua knew they could pull off.


All the laughs

by Nadra Wass on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Give yourself a break from all that thinking and dialogue; laugh out loud to these delightful physical antics.


Laugh out loud funny.

by Jonathan Zucker on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

I am not an easy laugh as an audience member and these guys had me in the first moments.

Extremely creative and very well executed.


A Must Watch!

by Avani Gosalia on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Hilarious is an understatement. They were absolutely brilliant!!! GO watch this!!


Laugh out loud!

by Kya Fischer on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I don't think I could stop laughing at any moment. Each scene/lesson was beautiful! The story telling by only physical actions and no words was stellar! If you like to laugh you need to see this show!


Tom and Jerry meets Charlie Chaplin!

by Divya Maiya on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

How does one come up with a show like this? I was in splits the whole time!! The drone caressing the back of the guy.. the timing OMG!
Joshua and Levi were ON POINT with the expressions and physicality. The greatest chair ever was my favorite lesson.. Oh wait..I think it was the fancy dinner... Or the awkward silence? Oh well, can't decide. Go watch this show!!!!


LOLz

by Thomas Rupp on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Busted a guy laughing. Silent work was really great. A good mixup after an intense drama


Local Punch Brothers

by Jeff Luoma on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I love sketch comedy where you don't know where they're going, but you're delighted where they land. Original, creative, absurd and smart at the same time. Great show!


Cute way to fill a slot

by Sofia Lindgren Galloway on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

As others have said, they don't incorporate the professor theme they advertised. But each bit is really solid. Probably lands better with families than this cynical 20-something. Still, glad it was my surprise pick to fill an hour!


Delightful!

by Liz Capouch on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

If you hate to laugh, this is not the show for you. Great, original fun for all ages!


Hilarious and Clever

by Rebecca Flynn on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Not your typical comedy show. So many clever twists and creative use of props, music and awkward silence! Definitely worth seeing.


Great start to Fringe!

by Randa Schollmeyer on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

This show does just what it tells you it's going to do, but so much better than other shows of its kind. The physical comedy didn't rely on worn out gags for laughs. The skits were original, and they were performed wonderfully. Be sure to sit where you can read the chalkboard. Great show for kids - the youngsters in the audience loved it.


Great fun for all ages!

by Nanette Stearns on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 25 shows

This was my first show of the 2017 Fringe and a great way to start. Physical comedy which looks painful but (hopefully) isn't. Listening to the responses from the children in the audience made this extra entertaining. Music plus physical comedy equals laugh out loud funny!


Fun!

by Q Nyguyen on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I loved this show and couldnt stop laughing!


OUCH!

by Captain Heck on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This is exactly what you would expect from the always reliable yet inventive Comedy Suitcase. Josh and Levi are incredible physical comedians who crafted a show where you never know where the laugh or fall is gonna land. Scrimshaw and Weinhagen pull lots of surprises but not the punches in this slapstick free for all so I highly suggest sitting in the front and raising your hand when they ask for volunteers in order to get the best view of their various hilarious agonies and well earned bruises.


Hazardous

by Jenny Sautter on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I'm terrified of all the schemes my kids are undoubtedly hatching after this one; they were talking about it all morning. They both told me, about 60 seconds before showtime, that they desperately needed to go to the bathroom - and that was before they started laughing. But they refused to leave. Even at (enormous) risk of an accident. Even when the squirting water bottle came out. Final lesson: persistence?


Now mY faCe hUrts!!

by Mary Weinhagen on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

You know that feeling of smiling so hard it turns into a laugh... and feels really good at first but then you can'tstopanditstartstoscareyouintothinkingyouwillgrinwildly FOREVER?!?!!? Yeah. These guys. So. Worth. It. Bring the whole family. We should all laugh together more!


Inventive

by Justin Merriweather on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Creating laughter without using words isn't easy, but Comedy Suitcase makes it look effortless. Highly recommended, especially if you're looking for something a little different.


Consistently funny throughout

by Sara Robinson-Coolidge on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 49 shows

With not a word spoken, Levi and Josh kept me laughing for their whole show. Family friendly and fun!

1 person found this review helpful


Brilliant

by Eric Webster on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Nobody is better then Levi and Joshua. The shows title is appropriate because It's a tutorial on comedy, physical comedy, and silent sketch. Watching these two should be required curriculum for all theater students.


Standard Comedy Suitcase

by Bert Kritzer on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Entertaining and worth seeing, but also rather predictable if you've seen this crew in past fringes.


Physical Comedy 101 - Hilarious

by Austin Robinson-Coolidge on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 37 shows

Excellent physical clowning. Joshua and Levi excel at this sort of humor, and this is a great showcase for their talents. Very much family friendly, too; the kids in the audience had a blast.

1 person found this review helpful


Clever!

by Rachel Horner on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Didn't know what I was in for! Its a humorous show without much speaking. And its clever and witty! You'll have a good time! Great for kids. Great for adults!


Physical Comedy Success

by Marie Cooney on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

Physical comedy, at it's best, is when performers heighten the possibility of insult and injury, while simultaneously transcending the reality of any hurt, mixed with genuine silliness, and the added spice of audience participation. It's all fun and games, unless anyone actually gets hurt. This is why I do NOT watch America's Funniest Home Videos. Real people get hurt so it is not funny to me. This performance on the other hand was an evening of of great delight, fun, silliness, and laughter. One tall guy, one short guy, one musician, no talking, and lots of physical comedy in seven escalating lessons present entertainment for audience members of all ages as well as a silly mess! Well done! Great action. Phenomenal props!


Physical physical comedy

by Walter Furtney on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 35 shows

Joshua Scrimshaw makes me laugh just by walking on stage. Levi Weinhagen matched him pratfall for pratfall I'm not sure how either of them can walk after the show. All the sketches were over the top, low brow and of course extremely amusing.


Very enjoyable, even through the anxiety

by Heather Rand on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This show was different than I expected. Joshua and Levi really put a lot into it. It's thoughtful and intentional and realistic enough that it actually gave me a measure of anxiety at times. The audience got to participate at times, and the musical accompaniment was fantastic. I laughed out loud often, and I'm glad I sat at the front--so much is delivered just in minute facial expressions.


Sucker for physical comedy

by Will Weisert on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

It's hard to find two more gift (and perhaps ever so slightly bruised) practitioners of the physical comedy arts. Clever but at times uneven but all-in-all a thoroughly enjoyable show.


Stage Manager on verge of a breakdown

by Christine Malcom on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

I always watch comedy suitcase with heart in mouth, and the danger factor here goes to 11. Sketches are VERY funny individually, but they might've used the "academy" premise more fully and the musuc could have played a larger supporting role. Still, these guys are always a must see, and this show is a testament to why.

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Slapstick fun

by Amy Bonifas on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

Always delightful to watch this company showcase physical comedy. Very kid friendly.

1 person found this review helpful


Nonstop Laughter

by Bradley Johnson on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

As always the guys deliver a slapstick show that's bound to make anyone laugh!


Beautiful! Funny! See it!

by Shanan Custer on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Levi and Joshua and accompanist Mark create a world of pratfalls, funny bits and danger all in the pursuit of a laugh! Comedy Suitcase is at their very best here--see it before they explode something or their knees give out!


Cast and crew

Marc Doty

Live Musician

Marc Doty started writing music at the age of 9. Shortly after that, he decided he was to be a synthesizer player. After getting his first synthesizer at 17 (a Roland Juno-106), he played in a lot of high school bands. He majored in both music education and composition in college. In 2003, after playing in a number of bands, Marc Doty started Automatic Gainsay in a school band room. Marc recorded a number of songs that wound up being used in 2004 when Automatic Gainsay became the house band for The Scrimshaw Show. In 2005, Automatic Gainsay started performing frequently in Spokane, Washington. After a half-joking application to play in a bar in Bath, England, Automatic Gainsay was invited to play in a bar in Bath, England. This bar welcomed Marc back three more times after that. Due to Marc's avid interest in vintage synthesizers, he became an outspoken vintage synthesizer enthusiast and historian on a variety of internet forums. Today, Marc Doty is largely associated with synthesizer demonstration, and the name "Automatic Gainsay" is synonymous with analog synths.


Levi Weinhagen

Creator/Performer


Levi Weinhagen is a writer, producer, performer, podcaster and educator. He co-founded the all-ages theater company Comedy Suitcase and has created multiple original shows that were in the top 10 of ticket sales at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. In 2012 Levi was named an Artist of the Year by City Pages. He created and hosted the award winning Pratfalls of Parenting podcast. He was the first ever Artist in Residence for the Walker Art Center’s Education and Family programs department in 2014-2015. Levi presents comedy workshops and interactive experiences with his Knight Arts grant award winning project the Mobile Comedy Suitcase. He’s also a teaching artist on the COMPAS roster. In late fall of 2016 Levi launched a new podcast called ‘Not About You’ that is a serious yet entertaining look at social justice issues in America. He’s also a communications and media specialist at the Minnesota Council on Foundations.
Twitter = @ThatLevi


Joshua English Scrimshaw

Creator/Performer

Joshua English Scrimshaw is the other co-founder of Comedy Suitcase, as well as the dance and physical comedy troupe English Scrimshaw Theatrical Novelties. Joshua has been called "a clever and inventive voice in Twin Cities comedy theater" by The Star Tribune, "a modern day Buster Keaton" by mnartists.org and was named an Artist of the Year by City Pages in 2002 - A WHOLE DECADE BEFORE LEVI! Joshua has performed with a wide variety of local theater groups including (but not limited to) Bedlam Theater, Ben Sandell Presents, Maximum Verbosity, Actor’s Theater of Minnesota, Off Leash Area and Ghoulish Delights. Speaking of Ghoulish Delights, Joshua can also be seen in their 2017 Fringe Festival offering, The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society.

More information

Course Description: Two fake professors lecture on the topic of physical comedy... WITHOUT USING WORDS. After the lecture, students will be able to 1) recognize the comic potential of the human body 2) evaluate where Joshua needs ice; and 3) staunch Levi’s bleeding. No prerequisites.


INTERMEDIATE PHYSICAL COMEDY FOR ADVANCED BEGINNERS earned a "Must-See" from Cherry and Spoon and City Pages recommends the show as an excellent use of your day pass! Max Sparber writing for The American Jewish World News endorses the show too, calling Joshua and Levi "undeniably hilarious" and veteran Fringe reviewer Matthew A. Everett included the show on his returning favorites list.


Comedy Suitcase is a Twin Cities based theatrical comedy company dedicated to creating live comedy for all-ages. Founded in 2010 by Joshua English Scrimshaw and Levi Weinhagen, Comedy Suitcase strives to bridge the gap between imaginative theater for children and sophisticated comedy for adults. In the words of Groucho Marx: “A child of five could understand this... Fetch me a child of five!”

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