Embarrassing sketch comedy

Of the chief forms of comedy, the rarest in Milwaukee is sketch.

We’ve got plenty of standup and improv. But sketch shows have been less frequent. There’s been Sketch 22 twice a year, and Broadminded comedy with their latest production, “Jerks!” scheduled for the last two weekends of November.

Of course, sketch comedy is featured in the Milwaukee Comedy Festival and the Variety Hour Happy Hour and Retro Comedy Night.

More recently, Crouch Comedy has emerged, with a debut performance at a Comedy Arcade Show to kick off the 2013 Comedy Fest. Crouch has another show in the works for December.

Earlier this year, Scott Heaton, of Homegrown Electric Circus, better known for its improv, did a sketch show. Now, Sally Arenberg has tapped Scott and his Circus mates Josh Barto and Evan Koepnick as well as broadminded’s Megan McGee to present a whole new show, which Sally is directing, called “It Was Embarrassing, So Don’t Ask.”

From Facebook: “Are they laughing with you? Or at you? Sometimes it’s hard to tell. You’ll have to find out at an evening of sketch comedy among the talented cast.”

Weeks away from her bachelor’s degree in acting at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Sally acknowledges that her show fills a bit of a void for sketch comedy. It also is a change of pace, she says from the acting program’s focus on classical theater.

“Comedy is also a big challenge for actors. I think it takes a really talented actor to have the ability to make an audience laugh,” Sally says, and adds, “It’s way different directing comedy. But it’s cool to have this opportunity for other actors too.”

Those actors include:

  • Alissa Kluever
  • Derrion Brown
  • Courtney Howe
  • Erika Kirkstein-Zastrow
  • Kris Anton
  • Keiandra Honeysucker and
  • Jeremy Berson

The performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7 through Saturday, Nov. 9, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1925 E. Kenilworth Place. 

Allison Mcmahon is the assistant director, and the other writers are Dan Perlstein and Joey Sullivan.

General admission is $10. Click here for tickets.

Time for comedy

We chuckled recently at a Facebook post by Milwaukee comedian Mario Robinson, in which he asked his father what he would do with a time machine and was answered: I would miss you.

While not exactly a time machine, you’ll get a bonus hour this weekend. Because Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 3, and you have to set your clocks back one hour. That’s why.

So sometime this weekend use that extra 60 minutes like the precious gift it is.

Here’s a suggestion: The Milwaukee Comedy Standup Showcase.

It’s at 8:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, at the Karma Bar & Lounge, 600 E. Ogden Ave., and is a production of the Milwaukee-based Caste of Killers Comedy Collective

From Facebook: “This comedian-run, independently-produced comedy show that started with a couple of funny guys and a microphone has grown into a full-fledged professional comedy extravaganza. The Caste of Killers showcase only the freshest and brightest comedy acts.”

Among the talent on display will be:

  • Tom Grimm
  • Liza Marie
  • Chastity Washington

Click here for half-price early-bird tickets. Or pay $10 at the door. 

It’s time well spent.

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