A favorite open mic venue for Milwaukee standup comedians and comedian wannabes is the Killer Open Mic at the Art Bar Riverwest. It’s eclectic. It’s free-wheeling. It’s free.

It’s called Killer because it’s run by those folk at Milwaukee’s Caste of Killers Comedy Collective.

It’s happening the second and fourth Thursdays of every month, and in case you weren’t paying attention, Thursday, June 13, is the second Thursday.


The show starts at 9 p.m. at 722 E. Burleigh Ave. If you want to perform for three- to five-minutes, sign in at 8:30. And, just to repeat, it’s free.

A few years ago, before the indoor smoking ban, I had to bail on an appointment at the Art Bar because I was overcome by all the smoke at that place. That’s the only time I recall being so affected by second-hand smoke. But I mention it only as a segue.

Because also free on Thursday, June 13, Shaker’s Cigar Bar, at 8 p.m., at 422 S. 2nd St., is presenting the comedy stylings of

  • Andy Bolton
  • Marcos Lara
  • Stacy Pawlowski
  • and the headliner, the Rev. Ron Swanson.

Jason Evans will be your emcee.

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