Free beer?

Summer may be a blur, but as Labor Day approaches reflect on all the comedy that Milwaukee has hosted since Memorial Day. “More than ever” is the right answer.

Not only are there more open mics and original productions around town than there were a year ago, but regular monthly shows such as the Variety Hour Happy Hour and the Comedy Arcade Show have joined the mix.

The last Comedy Arcade Show of the summer is at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 29, at 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level. The show features standup comedy from Steve Breese,
Nick Ledesma and Dave Labedz.

You’ll also witness the improvised humor of Lee Rowley and Vince Figueroa performing as Busy Bar.

Click here to order discount tickets in advance or pay $10 at the door. If you’re of age and thirsty, ask for a free beer. It’s also BYOB.

Support Standup

It’s the last Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for the open mic contest at Milwaukee’s Comedy Café.

That’s where eight standup comedians perform five-minute sets, and the audience votes on its favorite. The winner goes home with a $25 prize, a guest spot at an upcoming regular Thursday night show, plus a berth in the Milwaukee’s Funniest Open Mic comedian competition in December. Click here for all the details.

The August contest begins at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 615 E. Brady St. There’s a two-drink minimum. Anyway, you should be keeping yourself hydrated in this heat.

Speaking of contests, stay tuned to for details of a Milwaukee-wide competition sponsored by our friends at the Caste of Killers Comedy Collective that starts in September.

Also, on Thursday, Aug. 29, catch Jake Kornely and friends showcasing more Milwaukee comedy talent at the fifth Comedy Show Comedy Show.

That starts at 9:30 p.m. at Linneman’s River West Inn, 1001 E. Locust St. Admission is $6, and the lineup includes Ryan Mason, Gary Zajackowski and Tom Grimm.

From Facebook: “Seating fills up fast, so make sure you get there early!”

The Comedy Show Comedy Show open mic is at 8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 2, at the Bremen Café, 901 E. Clarke St. That’s free.


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