Big words and turds

On the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, some of Milwaukee's more thoughtful comedians get together to discuss some of the finer points of their craft. They even use words like "colloquium."

From Facebook:

"The colloquium is a formal, disciplined approach to development as a comedian. It is geared toward those of us who are serious about getting funny.

Comedy seems to be one of the only disciplines that has almost no course of formal study. People who do master it do so through lots of trial and error. 

We will sort of zero in, as a scene, on becoming masters of the art and science of comedy."

But they also use words like "turds," as in "Bring anything that you think needs work and lets polish those turds together!"

So it's part colloquium, part turd-polishing. 

They call it The Writers Block, and they gather at 7 p.m. at the Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.

They are led by one of Milwaukee's favorite comedians, Ryan Lowe.

Free Comedy Monday in Riverwest

Tonight, Monday, Feb. 10, you have not one but two free comedy shows in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood.

At 7:30 p.m., James Boland dazzles the audience with his improvisational comedy skills and his experience in fantasy role-playing games with his "No Dice" show at the Riverwest Public House Cooperative, 815 E.Locust St.

Come join me in an improvised Dungeons and Dragons adventure where I take audience suggestions and invite audience participants to help me create an epic tale. Plus, it's at an awesome bar. Double plus, it's free admission! Triple plus, Brian Beyer will be twinkling the ivories all the night long as our bard! It's a night of epic laughs! Did I mention it is FREE!

And at 8 p.m.the Comedy Show Comedy Show Open Mic is back for its free weekly open mic at Bremen Cafe, 901 E. Clarke St.

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