Comedian Lynne Koplitz coming to the Ramsdell Theatre

Comedian Lynne Koplitz is coming to the Ramsdell Theatre on Saturday, March 24. Also appearing with her that evening is the big band sounds of the 17-piece General Assembly. (Courtesy photo)

One of America’s most sought after female comics, Lynne Koplitz, will headline The Ramsdell Presents performance at The Ramsdell Theatre, Saturday, March 24 at 8 p.m.

Western Michigan’s 17-piece General Assembly will bring their big band sounds to open the show.

Regularly headlining at major comedy clubs and colleges nationally, Lynne can be seen in the hit comedy “Z Rock” as Dina, the band’s manager, on IFC. Recently, Lynne was also featured on Tru TV’s “The World’s Dumbest Criminals,” TBS’s “Bitcoms,” and in a national commercial campaign for Midol. Lynne has had her own “Comedy Central Presents. . .” half-hour special,

and co-hosted the syndicated TV talk show Life & Style (with Kimora Lee Simmons and Jules Asner). She has also performed at HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and was the host of the popular TV dating show “Change of Heart” and the cooking show “How to Boil Water” on The Food Network. Among her other many television appearances are CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and “Tough Crowd” with Colin Quinn, and “The Greatest Joke Ever Told (with Lewis Black)” for The History Channel.

One of a series of new events presented by the City of Manistee designed to showcase the 1903 theatre and its long history as “Manistee’s Community Arts Center,” The Ramsdell Presents has recently brought the Four Bitchin’ Babes to the Ramsdell stage as well as a Family Spook-tacular featuring magicians and “creepy critters” for kids and their parents.

The General Assembly was formed in the fall of 1971 by a group of musicians from the Ludington, area. The players enjoyed the sounds of the big bands and wanted to regularly play the music long associated with such names as Basie, Kenton, Herman, Miller,

the Dorseys, and others. Since that time the band has performed throughout Michigan, from the Detroit area to Traverse City, while receiving requests for appearances from as far away as San Francisco. Audiences have responded with “The best in the Midwest,” “Great performance,” “We should have had a dance floor,” and “Our audience insists you come back next year.”

Tickets for the show are available at TREATickets.com or call (800) 836-0717. A limited number of box seats next to the stage are available Further information is available at (231)398-9770 or www.ramsdelltheatre.org. The Ramsdell box office will open for sales and ticket pick-up at noon on Saturday, March 24. A $1 Historic Preservation fee is added to each ticket purchased for the Ramsdell Preservation Fund at the Manistee County Community Foundation.

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