Giving Mom an Edge

Plans for Mother's Day Eve? Didn't think so.

Well, here's something you didn't get your mom (or the mother of your children) last year. It's one-size-fits-all. And you can enjoy it too.

Allen Edge is a nationally featured comedian based in Milwaukee, a recognizable performer in films, TV and on stage. And he's delivering his 90-minute comedy special "The Edge of Sanity with Allen D. Edge" at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 10, at the Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.

From Facebook:

"Allen has performed his special brand of humor at Zanies in Chicago, Barrel of Laughs, All Jokes Aside, Jokes & Notes in Chicago, U Got Jokes Chicago, Comedy Central's "Comic Justice", The Comedy Café in Milwaukee, The Apollo Theatre in New York, and as the opening act for Pattie La Belle, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, and The O'Jays. Allen's stand-up is always clean and fresh."

So the night before your siblings trot out their sorry old greeting cards or wilting floral bouquets, treat your mother to an evening of laughter with a Milwaukee treasure. Tickets are $15 – but only $10 if you have an AARP card. Click here for more information.

Hurry now to take an acting workshop with Allen Edge on developing character: 2-6 p.m., Sunday, May 4. Click here.

Comedy Fest applications due May 15

Funny people! We know how you are with deadlines. That's why it's worth reminding you that time is running out to apply to perform in the 2014 Milwaukee Comedy Festival, which runs Aug. 7-10, at the Next Act Theatre space.

The festival features standup, improv and sketch comedy acts from all over the country (including Canada, which might as well be the 51st state) and showcases some of the best homegrown Milwaukee comedy performers as well. The fest provides a big stage for local talent and lets them rub elbows and swap notes with fellow travelers. But you have to pipe up and signal that you're interested.

Milwaukee Comedy Fest Applications are online. It couldn't be easier. You just have to answer some questions, provide a link to video of you performing and pony up the entry fee – $25 for standups, $30 for sketch or improv groups.

Comedy Fest applications have been streaming in since February. The last ones are allowed May 15. That bears repeating:

Milwaukee Comedy Fest applications Due May 15.


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