Mary Zee has an endearing, self-reflective approach to standup comedy. She boasts about resembling former SNL comedian Molly Shannon and has a huge following on LinkedIn.

Her Twitter profile (@Zemidas_Touch) describes the resident of Chicago’s Logan Square as a comedian, writer and time thief. A recent tweet gives us a peek at the thoughtfulness and wit of Mary Zee (pronounced Zed in her European tour):

“No trash cans on this stretch of road so I am holding a banana peel as I walk to a comedy open mic. In the biz, we call that brainstorming.”

We’re grateful she didn’t drop that peel and slip on it (funny as that might be). Because we’re looking forward to seeing Mary Zee at the 9th Annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival. That’s why.

Catch Mary Zee in the 8 p.m. show on Friday, Aug. 8, along with

  • Sketch Marks, sketch comedy, Milwaukee, including Kristin Althoff, Joel Dresang, Amanda Eaton, Scott Heaton, Lee Rowley*, Becca Segal and Lindsey Walcott
  • and our good friends Tall Boys improv, also from Milwaukee, including James Boland, Erik Koconis, Robbie McGhee, and Lee Rowley*, and coached by Jared Stepp

Tickets are $15 in advance by clicking here or $20 at the door. For $50, you can get an All-Access Pass admitting you to each and every one of the nine Milwaukee Comedy Festival shows, Aug. 7-10, at Next Act Theatre, 255 S. Water St.

*You can also see Lee Rowley in the 6 p.m. show, Saturday, Aug. 9, with Vince Figueroa and James Boland in Busy Bar improv.