10 hours of improv

If you don't know it already, you will: This is the 30th anniversary of Milwaukee-based ComedySportz.

The influence of the innovator of short-form competitive comedy improv spans the globe and includes the Atlas Improv Co., in Madison.

Atlas just celebrated its 10th anniversary, and it's marking the occasion with a 10-hour improv marathon. It's called PhatCamp.

And here's the deal, Atlas is looking for improv groups to help fill the hours and join in the phun at PhatCamp. 

From an email from Kristina, at Atlas:

"We'll have slots available from 4 pm, March 29th to 2 am, March 30th. We're looking to fill at least eight 25 minute sets throughout the 10 hours with improv (strictly improv)."

The deadline for submitting an application is 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 12. Click here for the application.

And even if you don't perform, the shows are free (Although, they wouldn't mind a $5 donation). Learn more about it here. 

Nostalgic relief

I don't know about you, but I'm tired of hearing people saying they're tired of winter. 

Quit complaining, I say. If you don't like the weather, do something about it.

Like enjoying a live comedy event. Especially a nostalgic comedy. What could be more comforting?

That's the whole idea behind Retro Comedy Night. Some of Milwaukee's funniest performers stage an episode of one of the TV sitcoms you watched while you were growing up. Word for word. We can't tell you which nostalgic TV show it's going to be. It's a surprise to the audience. But you can warm yourself in the assurance that it's going to be hilarious. And the nostalgic factor will help you remember winters that were much more severe – when you had to walk to school amid drifting mountains snow uphill both ways.

The next Retro show is at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 8, in the Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.  

From Facebook: 

"An all new Retro Comedy Night will feature not only a classic retro sitcom performed live on stage, but also live stand up from Patrick Tomlinson! 

Presale is $10 online and $15 at the door. 

Shows do sell out. Get your tickets now before it's too late!"

Click here for online tickets.

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