If it's madness you're seeking, you needn't follow the bouncing ball of the perennial basketball tournaments. 

Because our friends at the Caste of Killers Comedy Collective are causing another form of insanity through a bracket-style comedy competition at Milwaukee's Karma Bar and Grill. That's why. 

March Comedy Madnesss starts at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 19, at Karma, 600 E. Ogden Ave.

That's all you need to know if you want to be in the audience. That, and $2 admission.

But if you want to compete in Milwaukee's comedy equivalent of the Big Dance, here are the rules, via Facebook:

1. You can sign up by posting that you want a spot right here in the event page, or showing up the night of the show, but you have to have your submission in before 7:00 that night. We only have 32 spots so I would suggest signing up early.

2. The match ups will be drawn out of a hat, and 2 comics will match up round by round. The winners will be judged by a combination of audience participation and 3 panel judges.

Here is a breakdown of how much time a each comedian will have:

Round of 32- 90 seconds
Round of 16- 3 minutes
Round of 8- 4 minutes
"Final Four" – 5 minutes
FINALS: 10 minutes


4. The losing 2 in the final four will win a hosting spot in an upcoming "Milwaukee Stand-Up Comedy Showcase" show at Karma Bar and Grill on Friday nights. The loser of the finals will win a guest spot in the show, and the winner of the entire competition will get a 15 minute feature spot!

If we had the brackets ahead of time, we'd post a copy here so you could make your March Comedy Madness picks. Our money's on Cinderella.

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