The longstanding Sunday evening open mic at Rounding Third Bar & Grill is enhanced at the end of each month by the Comedy Conclave.

That’s when standup veteran and comedy guru Erik Koconis (right) hosts a roundtable discussion of what makes audiences laugh and how comics can make the most of their time on stage. It’s inside baseball for comedy practitioners. It’s like chatting in the dugout before the game.
Stick around afterward, as conclave participants strut their stuff in the open mic. It’s all free. Not only that, but there’s a tradition of door prizes.

The next Comedy Conclave starts at 7 p.m., Sunday, July 29, at 6317 W. Bluemound Road.
For more information, check out the Comedy Conclave website for audio recordings of previous discussions and even a comedy glossary. And here’s more background on the conclave from Christy Watson.
Plus, Erik Koconis performs as part of the seventh annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival, Aug. 3-11 at the Next Act Theatre space, 255 S. Water St. He’ll be opening the 10 p.m. set on Friday, Aug. 3, followed by the Sunset Kangaroos and Tape Deck Grade. Please click here for the schedule and tickets, which cost $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

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