2019 Specialty Acts & Theatre



Thank you to our 2019 New Year's Fest Theatre & Specialty Acts, Kalamazoo loved you!

As we begin to select our 2020 performers we will update our schedule! 

Thank you for your patience.

Click the artists' names to learn more!

Location: First Baptist Church 

Times: 7:00 | 9:00 | 11:00 p.m.

Back by popular demand, this improv and sketch comedy group will give you a laugh. They have been entertaining the Kalamazoo area since 2003 and if you’ve got a funny bone, they will find a way to aggravate it in all the right ways!

Location: First United Methodist Church

Times: 5:30 | 7:15 | 9:00 | 10:45 p.m.

Don't blink, or you'll miss it. Combining brand-new magic and nonstop, ridiculous comedy, Magician Alan Smola's fast-paced show will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Location: First Congregational UCC

Times: 5:30 | 7:15 | 9:00 | 10:45 p.m.

Get ready to laugh, giggle, chortle, guffaw! Join  Kenny in a  hilarious world of playful pandemonium, where the audience happily becomes partners in play with his lovable, eccentric character. In his performance, 'To Laugh is to Live!' Kenny pairs extraordinary artistry with delightfully daring antics in a heartwarming performance few can resist.



Location: First United Methodist Social Hall 

Times: 6:00 | 7:15 | 8:30 | 9:45 p.m.

Zeemo does it all! With over 200 different yo-yo tricks in his  repertoire, Yo-Master Zeemo performs a fast-paced one man circus act filled with tricks, classic juggling, precarious balancing stunts, and dazzling magic. Zeemo's zany personality and flare for excitement entices every audience.

Location: First Presbyterian Church

Times: 5:45 | 7:15 |8:45 | 10:15 p.m.

Clark the Juggler presents an action-packed show set to a dynamic rock soundtrack. Watch in awe as he juggles, balances, performs flow art and daring stunts and all things beyond the ordinary.

Location: First Presbyterian Social Hall

Times: 7:00 | 9:00 | 11:00 p.m.

The mission of MI Hiryu Daiko (MI Flying Dragon Drummers) is to educate and entertain children and adults in Michigan by introducing them to the 2000 year old authentic art of Taiko, from Japan. Performances are dynamic and exciting, with great audience appeal.

Location: Farmers Alley Theatre

Times: 6:00 | 8:00 | 10:00 p.m.


 If you love Broadway musicals, you will love hearing them sung by award-winning actor and singer, Jeremy Koch! Enjoy songs from Les Miserables, Jersey Boys, The Bridges of Madison County, a Disney Medley and more! 

Jeremy is a co-founder, producer, Artistic Director and performer at Farmers Alley Theatre, a professional theatre in downtown Kalamazoo.  Jeremy has performed numerous roles at Farmers Alley including Robert in The Bridges of Madison County. Jeremy also played Jean Valjean in Les Miserables at the Kalamazoo Civic.

Location: Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 

Times: 5:45 | 7:45 | 9:45 p.m.

Would you care to dance? Bring a partner, or find one here! This is a lot like the dancing you've seen in Civil War or Jane Austen movies -- but friendlier, and more fun! Wear removable layers and comfy shoes and join Karen Dunnam as she leads traditional country dancing to live music by the Askin' for Trouble string band.

Location: Radisson Kalamazoo Room

Times: 8:00 | 9:15 | 11:00 p.m.

 Preston's witty banter, comedic timing, and audience engagement are sure to pull you in. His relentless pursuit of illusions, both close up and on stage, will leave you wondering “How’d he do that?” 

Location: First Presbyterian Church

Times: 6:30 | 8:00 | 11:15 p.m.

Born of the question, How's that comedy thing going? Chris Karpinski's Comedy Thing could be stand-up, storytelling, improv or mediocre magic. It's all about getting the audience to laugh. Watch for a special appearance of Marvin the Moose.

Location: Radisson Kalamazoo Room

Times: 5:45 | 7:15 | 9:30 p.m.

 Greg Lester specializes in live puppet shows featuring Jack and the Beanstalk. Adventure with Jack this New Year's Eve and join him on his magical journey up the beanstalk

Location: First Congregational UCC Social Hall 

Times: 6:00 | 8:00 | 10:00 p.m.

 Samuel Nalangira is a folk/world musician, dancer and choreographer who has been performing since his childhood. He is a multi-instrumentalist and a master at many traditional instruments. Get ready to dance and most importantly, have fun as Samuel leads the way.

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New Year's Fest of Kalamazoo

1417 S. Burdick St.

Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Tel: (269) 388-2830

Fax: (269) 388-3083