T.I.M. has a second

If you knew of a very special occasion approaching, I’d want you to tell me. So I could check my calendar and save the date. That’s why.

And just to be nice, I’m telling you that The Improvised Musical is celebrating its second anniversary at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 18, at ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st St.

In case you’re new to Milwaukee or just out of the loop, T.I.M., as it’s abbreviated, is an instantaneous song-and-dance Broadway-style show created and performed on the spot based on a suggestion from the audience.

Readers of the Shepherd Express voted T.I.M. as one of the top theater companies in Milwaukee. Its fan base is swelling, and more attendees have been reserving their $5 tickets out of fear that the shows will be sold out.

So all the more reason to give you fair warning: It’s T.I.M.’s birthday show.

To call ahead, dial (414) 272-8888.

You’re welcome.

Tall Boys Ride Again

If you are a fan of improvisational comedy, here’s your chance to be wowed by masters. If you are not a fan, here’s how to become one.

The Tall Boys are an ensemble of experienced, avid, elongated Milwaukee comedians who began joking together in earnest earlier this year. By name, they are Lee Rowley, James Boland, Robby McGhee and Erik Koconis.

Their next show is at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 12, at the Riverwest Public House Cooperative, 815 E. Locust St. Admission is $5.

I’m not making this up. That’s what they do.

Less than a Day

For years, Patrick Schmitz has made a reputation for himself in Milwaukee teaching improvisational comedy at such venues as ComedySportz and First Stage children’s theater. Now, he’s making a living for himself teaching drama at Brown Deer High School, which he discusses in the YouTube video above.

But, as most teachers, Patrick Schmitz is more than a teacher. He’s a performer. He’s a mentor. And he’s a presenter.

Because at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, Patrick Schmitz presents the 11th edition of his Sketch 22 show.

That’s the one where Milwaukee’s top comedy and theater talent get together and within a 22-hour period create a show featuring 10 genuinely original comedy sketches. Do the math. That’s less than a day.

Sketch 22 unfolds at ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st St. Bring $10 (or a friend with $20) so you can join in the fun. Don’t bring children younger than 14.

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