Slapdash Panic: Comedy Suitcase ended up in the Fringe Festival with 3 weeks notice and no show!

Joshua English Scrimshaw and Levi Weinhagen are the creators of Fringe Festival hits “The Harty Boys and the Case of the Limping Platypus,” “The Gentlemen’s Pratfall Club,” “Smothers Brothers Grimm,” and “Intermediate Physical Comedy For Advanced Beginners.” They entered their names in the 2018 Fringe Festival lottery only to find themselves trapped on the dreaded waiting list. Resigned, they moved on with their summers, Fringeless and forlorn. But on July 10th, a last minute spot opened up. Suddenly Comedy Suitcase was in the Fringe! Now, Levi and Joshua give audiences a peak behind the curtain and show them how they build a show from nothing to finished product live on stage. Broad physical comedy, silent scenes, improvised bits, audiences suggestions and random props they found in their garages all combine to create a comedic delight… or a complete disaster. Come find out!

Show dates, times & ticket options here!


Minnesota’s Mightiest Heroes Return!
Comedy Suitcase presents: THE AVERAGERS

Comedy Suitcase presents:


Minneapolis, MN, September 24 — Comedy Suitcase presents a holiday sequel to their smash Fringe Festival hit, The Averagers!

“The brilliant comedic minds of Comedy Suitcase”( transform your favorite big screen comic book characters into distinctly Minnesotan superheroes: Captain Average, Iron Range Man, Passive-Aggressive Bulk, Black Wood Tick, Paul Bunyan God of Lumber!  Alone they are underwhelming but together they are… THE AVERAGERS!

But when sculptures mysteriously come to life and attack Black Friday shoppers, the Averagers are forced to destroy the city’s beloved Spoonbridge and Cherry! Fearing for the safety of other cherished landmarks, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board issues an ultimatum: either give Parks and Rec complete control of the Averagers, or give up crime fighting for good! The choice divides the team, pitting hero against hero in an all-out CHRISTMAS WAR!


Friday Nov 25th, Saturday Nov 26th, Sunday Nov 27th @7pm

Friday Dec 2nd and Sunday Dec 4th @7pm

Friday Dec 9th and Saturday Dec 10th @7pm

Sunday Dec 11th @ 3pm AND 7pm

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater – 810 West Lake Street in Minneapolis

Tickets: $15 general/$12 with a Fringe button, $6 kids 12 and under

For reservations call (612)825-8949 or visit


Comedy Suitcase brings their 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival hit to the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater! Coming March 2016.

Averagers photo taken mid-show at the 2015 MN Fringe Festival

Averagers photo taken mid-show at the 2015 MN Fringe Festival

2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival

Comedy Suitcase presents: The Averagers!

The Averagers

Minnesota’s mightiest heroes: Captain Average, Iron Range Man, Passive-Aggressive Hulk, Black Wood Tick and Paul Bunyan God of Lumber. Alone, they’re underwhelming, together they’re the Averagers!

Part of the 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival. For more information or tickets go HERE

Theatre in the Round – 245 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454

  • Thursday, July 30, 7:00pm
  • Sunday, August 2, 2:30pm
  • Thursday, August 6, 5:30pm
  • Saturday, August 8, 5:30pm
  • Sunday, August 9, 2:30pm

For 2015, Comedy Suitcase brings you a season of critically acclaimed shows inspired by classic comedy and comedians! February also sees the debut of a companion podcast that examines the work of our favorite 20th century comedians.


6231597February 20th – March 8th at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater in Minneapolis – Written and performed by Joshua English Scrimshaw and Levi Weinhagen
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A struggling actor battles a cruel French clown for the most coveted role in children’s television: Captain Clumsy.  The mysterious Gentlemen’s Pratfall Club holds the key to victory.  Membership is free… but what are the hidden costs?  One man will discover standing up for what you believe in is easy; falling down for it is hard.

“Comedy hurts. Well, physical comedy of the slapstick stripe, anyway. Joshua Scrimshaw
and Levi Weinhagen prove it in this clever, colorfully written comedy about a desperate-for-work actor trying to fill the slippery shoes of the recently deceased Captain Clumsy and keep his kid-targeted TV show alive.” –Pioneer Press

“Boatloads of laughs… a show that appeals to the children in all of us.” –

“Scrimshaw is fearless in his antics; he is both the Acme steamroller and Wile E. Coyote.” –Twin Cities Daily Planet


6374983April 17th – May 3rd at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater in Minneapolis 
Written and performed by Joshua Scrimshaw, Levi Weinhagen, Shanan Custer and Eric Webster.
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Comedy, death and fairy tales.  But mostly death.  Ten year-old Milton is a full-fledged comedy geek. His grandfather raised him on the greats; Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, Lucille Ball, Bob Newhart, The Smothers Brothers. Now Grandpa is dead. Tomorrow is his funeral. As Milton gets ready for bed, his family tries to comfort him with platitudes and cheery bedtime stories. Determined to honor his Grandpa’s memory, Milton takes these stories in a decidedly different direction…  Join Comedy Suitcase as they rewrite Grimm’s original folktales in the signature style of 20th Century comedy masters. Finally, a dark comedy for the whole family!

“Subtly built and markedly free of schmaltz, the production deftly balances irreverently layered humor with a genuine affection for comedy as a coping mechanism. Such skillfully evoked emotional resonance elevates The Smothers Brothers Grimm into a triumph of heartfelt humor.” –

“A Valentine to those who make us laugh” – Twin Cities Daily Planet

“Scrimshaw’s impersonation of Stan Laurel is worth the price of admission.” – Pioneer Press


7249274Coming Fall 2015 to the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater in Minneapolis 
Written and directed by Joshua English Scrimshaw and Levi Weinhagen
For ticket information visit

Somebody has been telling lies about Zeppo K. and it’s up to those crazy cut ups Flywheel and Woozer to prove his innocence! The anarchistic misfits of 1930s film comedy turn the bureaucratic nightmare of The Trial into a screwball comedy of Kafkaesque proportions!  Inspired by the Marx Brothers, Wheeler and Woolsey and Classic Warner Brothers Cartoons!

Previous Praise for THE KAFKA NUTS:
“Combining slapstick, puns, physical comedy, musical comedy, and more all centered around a genuinely spectacular cast, this is one of the shows you can’t miss! (And as a bonus, if you know the source material, you will be rewarded with an accurate parody courtesy of English Scrimshaw and Weinhagen’s zingy script.)” –

“A Best Bet” – City Pages


2352484Coming in February 2015!

A companion podcast to our 2015 season!  According to Groucho Marx, “Humor is reason gone mad.”  Comedy Suitcase puts that quote to the test as Joshua and Levi along with special guests examine the work and influence of classic 20th century comedians. Our first episode focuses on comedy legend Lucille Ball and her groundbreaking work in I Love Lucy! 

More information coming soon!