Erik Koconis is a veteran Milwaukee stand-up who not only practices comedy, he exchanges it.

Catch Erik along with Christy Hall Watson, Ryan Lowe and others at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 26. It’s a variety show fundraiser for WriteCamp. They’ll be at the Stonefly Brewery, 735 E. Center St., in Milwaukee’s radical Riverwest neighborhood. Admission is $8, or $5 if you wear something writing-related – like, I don’t know, a postal carrier’s pouch or a quill in your cap.

Then, on Sunday, April 29join Erik as he hosts the Comedy Conclave. As reported here, the Comedy Conclave is a monthly symposium on comedy for comedians, conceived and mediated by Erik. It’s held at 6 p.m. on the last Sunday of each month, just before the Kick Me Comedy open mic at Rounding Third, on 63rd and Bluemound. That’s free.

Even more, learn from Erik, as begins a five-week workshop on the art of joke writing and how to stand up to a comedy audience. The classes are from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Tuesday in May at Be Spectacled optometry, 7605 Harwood Ave., Wauwatosa.  It’s $5 a class, and participation is mandatory. Reach Erik via email to register for the class. 
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