As part of its mission of upholding the Milwaukee comedy community, the Milwaukee Comedy Festival not only showcases local talent but offers classes and workshops.

The seventh annual festival, Aug. 3-11, brings together laugh makers from near and far to entertain Milwaukee comedygoers. It also offers comedy practitioners opportunities to work together and learn from one another.

Check out the comedy workshops listed below, each costing $15, each taking place at the Next Act Theatre space, 255 S. Water St. For more information and to reserve a spot, please email festival co-producer Patrick Schmitz.

  • Saturday, Aug. 4, 2-5 p.m.Comedy Story Building Workshop taught by Chicago funny group: The Nerdologues
  • Monday, Aug. 6, 7-9:30 p.m.Stand Up Comedy Workshop taught by local comedian/founder of the Comedy Conclave: Erik Koconis
  • Tuesday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m.Open Improv Jam (Come to play or watch.) There is no fee for this one, but donations are greatly appreciated to offset rent for the space.
  • Saturday, Aug. 11, 2-5 p.m.Improv Workshops taught by both Alex Grindeland (focusing on being in the moment and approaching improv with boldness and playfulness) and Beth Lewinski (focusing on character relationships and developing an honest connection with your scene partners)
Of course, all these workshop leaders will be among the performers at the Milwaukee Comedy Festival. Advance tickets are on sale now. Bookmark for frequent updates and live blogging of the festival – as well as the latest dope on what’s funny in Milwaukee.

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