Once in a while, someone sees something lacking, and does everything in their power to fill that gap with creativity and love of their craft. Byron Beck was one of those people that not only created comedy for himself, but helped anyone and everyone that shared that passion. The cancer that Byron fought so diligently for two years, finally took hold on August 27th, 2012.
Byron will be laid to rest Sept 9, Sunday, in Morris Illinois, at the United Methodist Church. Visitation will begin at 1pm, the funeral is at 2pm and a luncheon will follow. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society.
A memorial for comics and friends will take place this Sunday, Sept 2nd at Rounding Third, 6317 W Bluemound, Milwaukee, Wisconsin at 7pm.
Milwaukee Comedy spoke to Byron back in April of 2011. “Beck himself had been performing comedy and variety work – juggling, stilt-walking, character work – before moving to Milwaukee from Chicago. He started Kick Me Comedy in 2005 to continue entertaining and include other artists.”
via Christy Hall Watson:
Byron Beck February 2 at 9:23am
“My original intention when starting this open mic night was to have a place for local comedians to perform on a regular basis. I also wanted to have a relaxed and supportive environment for comics to showcase their material whether it was their first time on stage or their 101st time. In the past two years I believe those things have been accomplished. I have no intention of changing a very simple formula….Make people feel welcome and encourage them as comedians and they will make you laugh and entertain you!
To those who have doubted what can be accomplished in the Milwaukee comedy scene…..look around you ….This room is full of talented, funny people that have made this scene what it is today!!!!
These people have a passion and love for comedy. That is why the scene is as vibrant as it is right now!!!!
This night is for every comic who has graced this stage in the past two years!!!”
We will mis you Byron Beck!