This time last year, pretty much the only sketch comedy in Milwaukee were two tried-and-true favorites: The all-female broadminded Comedy, begun in 2006; and Patrick Schmitz’s semi-annual crowdsourced Sketch 22, which celebrated a birthday this week and is gearing up for its 13th show July 19.

The Comedy Hour Happy Hour was just starting up back a year ago. So was Crouch Comedy.

Since then, we’ve had the additions of the Good Night Milwaukee Show with Jake Kornely and Tyler Menz, which had another raucous performance this past weekend.

The latest addition to the Milwaukee sketch comedy continuum is Sketch Marks. Conceived by veteran comedy performers volunteering at the Milwaukee Comedy Festival last summer and encouraged by fest founder Matt Kemple, Sketch Marks had such a successful sold-out debut in March that they have created an all-new one-time show they’re performing this Thursday, May 22.

Including individuals you’d recognize from ComedySportz, The Improvised Musical (T.I.M.), Bye Bye Liver, The Dinner Detective, Tall Boys and Racine’s Over Our Heads Players, members of the Sketch Marks even played roles in recent productions from Comedy Hour, the Retro Comedy Night and Goodnight Milwaukee.

The new Sketch Marks show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Arcade Theatre, 161 Wisconsin Ave., lower level. Tickets are $10 at the door but just $7 online. (click here)


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