Making it up as they go

Most comedy goers know about open mics. That’s where someone puts a microphone on a bare stage in a club or a bar and stand-up comedians of various proficiency practice their craft. It gives veterans a chance to work on new material and wannabes a chance to just try it out.

Well, Milwaukee also has an open improv, where performers of various proficiency can check and develop their improvisational comedy skills.

It every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level. It costs $3 to participate, even less to watch. But why watch when you can join in?

This Wednesday, Sept. 4, the session will be guided by Jared Stepp, who recently directed Robby McGhee‘s original puppet musical “The Burden of Being.” Jared also coaches the Milwaukee improv troupe Tall Boys, and he honchoed MIlwaukee’s 48-hour film project.

Do tell!

It isn’t always comedy, per se, but the local storytelling fostered by Ex Fabula generates its share of laughs and is a growing force in the Milwaukee performing arts community.

On Thursday, Sept. 5, Ex Fabula kicks off its fifth season with food, beverages, raffles, auctions and – of course – stories.

Cocktails start at 6 p.m. at Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery, 901 W. Wisconsin Ave. It’s partly a fundraiser, but it’s also a launchpad for Ex Fabula’s coming year.

From Facebook: “Storytellers will take the stage at 7 p.m. to share Ex Fabula Classics – five of our favorite true, personal stories from the past years, retold in an intimate setting. In between stories, we’ll feature UltraShorts submitted during the cocktail hour and introduce our new season memberships, which offer the opportunity to have reserved seating at our popular events.”

The $25 tickets include a drink get them and more information by clicking here.

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