Matt Griffo loves cookie dough, apparently. But decidedly, Milwaukee Comedy Festival goers love Matt Griffo.

The nerdy, endearing musical comedian originally from Rochester, N.Y., has a knack of taking uncomfortable subjects, such as his grandfather’s racism, and putting them to clever lyrics in catchy tunes.

Son of a musician, Matt initially taught himself to play piano. He migrated to Chicago, where he pursued comedy through Second City and eventually combined his musical ear with his funny bone. From his website:

Matt Griffo is an up and coming Chicago based musician, actor, and comedian. He’s been performing at festivals across the country since 2008, has opened for Reggie Watts and is the composer for the Chicago smash hit: Jersey Shore The Musical. He has songs about the environment, racism, love, and zombies. He’s joined on stage by his piano, ukulele, and unique brand of witty and off the wall comedy.

See Matt Griffo in the 8 p.m. show, Thursday, Aug. 7 along with:

  • Geofrey Asmus, standup, from Madison
  • and our good friends broadminded, sketch comedy, Milwaukee, who have been in every fest since it started in 2006

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.