You’re familiar with the formula, Tragedy + Time = Comedy.

Well, Patrick Schmitz waited more than four centuries to follow up a Shakespeare classic with a parody that only Patrick Schmitz could do. So, really, it was “Romeo and Juliet” that waited 400 years for Patrick Schmitz.

Either way, we’ve got the Tragedy and the Time. Now, Patrick Schmitz is combining them for the Comedy. “The Comedy of Romeo & Juliet…Kinda Sorta” runs Aug. 21-23 at Milwaukee’s Next Act Theatre.

It includes a dream cast of Milwaukee comedy talent. But it also needs some financial support. Therefore, Patrick Schmitz has organized a Milwaukee comedy fundraiser for 7 p.m., Saturday, May 31, at ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st St.

The show is pay-what-you-can, aimed at audiences 13 and older and hosts a plethora of Milwaukee comedy performers donating their funniness for the occasion, including:

  • Sketch comedy from broadminded and Sketch Marks
  • Improv from Tall Boys, Busy Bar and Lights, Cameras, Improv
  • Stand-up from Erik Koconis and Rich Laguna
  • Raffles
  • Readings from the parody
  • And an open improv jam at the end

Going back to that formula, it would be a Tragedy for you if you don’t take the Time to attend this Comedy fundraiser.


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