As REO Town flourishes, the talent flourishes with it. Artists, comedians and bands are all being built up along with the central area of Lansing.
Among the talent are Lansing’s leading ladies in comedy: Stephanie Onderchanin, Tricia Chamberlain and Emily Syrja.
The three started in Syrja’s house and are now performing in front of packed crowds at The Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington Ave.
The Comedy Coven shows include much more than stand-up comedy. According to Chamberlain the show includes comedy, sketches, improv, art and music.
Chamberlain said the Coven is about providing a space to feel comfortable.
“Comedy is such a difficult arena as a beginner, but especially as a women in comedy because you’re so outnumbered,” Chamberlain said. “Having a place for women and marginalized voices to feel safe is why we made the Coven.”
Onderchanin said the Coven stands out because it is different than most comedy shows.
“I think we are finding ways to reach an audience that hasn’t necessarily been reached by comedy yet,” Onderchanin said.
“It’s not just your stereotypical host and comic-type feel,” Chamberlain added. “We want our show to not just be comedy, but a whole experience.”
Chamberlain said the Comedy Coven debuted on Aug. 25 and was successful. They look forward to the next show on Tuesday, Sept. 29.
“There was great attendance and hopefully we just grow from there,” Chamberlain said. “REO Town is a growing area so hopefully we can grow with it.”
Onderchanin said she hopes people attending will walk away with a smile.
“I am so excited for the next show,” Onderchanin said. “At the end of each Coven show I am always so giddy. Putting on the show is stressful but afterwards it’s like flying through clouds.”
“I want people’s stomachs to hurt from laughing so hard,” Onderchanin said. “I want people to walk away saying “Oh, there is comedy for me.”
Syrja said she is happy to be apart of the Coven and loves spending time with Chamberlain and Onderchanin.
“After the show is when the party starts,” Syrja said. “We want to be accessible and meet people at places like REO Town Pub before the show starts. To create community we need to be apart of it.”
Tickets for the next Comedy Coven show on Tuesday, Sept. 29 are $7 presale and $10 at the door. For more information head to www.facebook.com/events/719513491525825/