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Milwaukee’s getting ready to grab a beer and toss back some laughs with Austrailian Jim Jefferies! Jefferies current tour, ‘Day Streaming’, will make its way to The Pabst Theater on March 22 (Tickets here ). Milwaukee Comedy got the chance to speak with Jefferies about his experiences in our town, his current tour, and offer a bit of suggestion for aspiring comedians. Jim Jefferies has a loyal fan base dedicated to his unique and engaging style of storytelling.
“The audiences in Milwaukee have always provided me with solid shows” Jefferies’ said, “I have never had to kick anyone out or manage any disturbances during a gig in Milwaukee. They have always been very memorable and sold out shows.”
Milwaukeeans often have shared information about great brewery selections and restaurants with Jefferies to enjoy some of Milwaukee’s exceptional food and beverage culture.
“I don’t usually get much of a chance to experience the cities I’ve perform in since usually I‘m only there for one day.” Jefferies said, ”I have visited the iconic ‘Bronze Fonz’ since it has a meaningful tie to men my age.”
When asked what audiences can expect out of this tour, Jefferies’ mentioned-Day Streaming-is loosely based off the idea of “wanking it in the middle of the day” to porn on the internet. Although, this performance is not a long series of crude and outlandish masturbation material—rather Jefferies will maintain his prolific style of storytelling comedy on this tour with topics including the second amendment, religion, and material based around his television show ‘LEGIT’ as he prepares to tape his next comedy special.
Jefferies’ comedy appeals to audiences because he offers an honest scrutiny without restriction towards any subject matter he may be tackling in a particular joke. Jefferies pointed out that his comedy is often “labeled as a ‘dirty’ or ‘dark’ humored comedian”. However, he doesn’t agree with this label since his storytelling approach to comedy comes directly from his personal point of view and sensitivity towards his environment.
Milwaukee Comedy asked Jefferies about getting his start in comedy and if he could share some advice for young comedians.
“It’s a but of a crap shoot; when you get good enough, head out to New York or LA. I’ve noticed American comedians often work on their ‘tight 5’ to work towards getting a late night spot for television.”
This directly corresponds with the general identity and function of many open mic scenes. Open mics usually provide short amounts of stage time for aspiring comedians to work on material for 3-5 minutes nightly.
Jefferies had a rare opportunity when starting comedy.
“In Australia”, He said, “I started doing 40 minute sets in mining towns, so I really learned how to stretch my jokes and work on telling stories.”
He then added a tip on keeping fresh material:
“Try to write at least one new minute of material a week and that’ll give you about one new hour a year. More than half of it may be crap, but at least your giving the audiences something new to hear and a reason to come back to see you’
You can see Jim Jefferies on Saturday, March 22 at The Pabst Theater! Tickets are available now on The Pabst website. You can keep up with Jim on Facebook and Twitter. Also you can catch Jim Jefferies’ new television series ‘LEGIT’ Wednesday nights on FXX.
It’s the Holidays if you haven’t noticed! Since December is all about giving, Milwaukee Comedy is giving away prizes, give-a-ways and free stuff at every show this month! You could win some awesome swag like t-shirts, buttons, candy, even a beer or FREE tickets and more! Yippee! Free Stuff! All you have to do is see a comedy show this month at our venue, The UC!
Every show will have chances for free tickets to upcoming comedy shows or fun stuff like buttons and candy. Here is your complete guide to Free Stuff December:
Friday, Dec. 13th
7:30pm – Crouch Comedy
Candy, buttons and free tickets to comedy shows, don’t miss this show!
Saturday, Dec. 14th – Double Feature!
7:30pm – Retro Comedy Night
ANCHORMAN 2 Super special giveaway! We will have tickets to see the movie and lots of fun Anchorman 2 swag to give away!
9:00pm – Goodnight Milwaukee
Free Beer with ticket purchase OR see the show for free if you go to Retro Comedy Night!
Friday, Dec. 20th
7:30pm – Comedy Arcade Show
Get a FREE beer with each ticket purchased 21+. And who we kidding? We’ll give out some tickets too!
Friday, Dec. 27th
7:30pm – Variety Hour Happy Hour
What ever is left from this month of give-a-ways could be yours! And don’t worry, we will have some other fun stuff too like tickets to comedy shows and maybe some t-shirts.
Get tickets to any and all of our shows here: http://milwaukeecomedy.com/see-comedy/tickets/
All shows at The Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave.,
Lower Level below TJ Maxx in the Grand Ave Mall!
Milwaukee Comedy Festival
ONE DAY SALE!
All single tickets July 10th only $10!
Tickets are $18 at the door, you save $8 but still get all the laughs!
Limited VIP Passes only $45!
The Variety Hour Half Hour is a funny show with a funny name. It’s an all new live show featuring a late-night talk show format including live music, sketch comedy, interviews and videos – and it’s about an hour if you see it live. The first one was a big hit on May 24th, and now, to make the name more understandable, about 30 minutes of the show is available online!
Check out the clips below and enjoy a few laughs before the next Variety Hour Half Hour, which will be a part of the Milwaukee Comedy Festival Kick Off Week the last week of July!
Variety Hour Half Hour! Episode 1
Friday, May 24, 2013
- Eric Thorson, the emcee
- Kristen Toomey
- Tyler Menz
- Ryan Holman
- Choa Feng
- Sarah Connor
- Damon Millard
The showcase is at 8:30 p.m., Friday, May 17, at the Karma Bar & Grill, 600 E. Ogden Ave. Admission is $10 at the door or $5 in advance by clicking here.
- Damon Millard
- Tom Grimm
- Greg Bach
- Tim Higgins
- Jake Kornely
- Ryan Holman
- Sammy Arechar, the emcee
Tickets are $7.
- Chastity Washington
- Jason Hillman
- Dave Labedz
- Lara Beitz
- Nate Seek
The price of admission there is $5. Bowling not included.
“You’ll be sure to do a spit take once you see the special effect achievement that is these four gentlemen (Evan Koepnick, Josh Barto, Mike Walker and Scott Heaton) performing right in front of you. So close it will feel like you can touch them (please don’t).”
“Audiences heard these stellar storytellers at Ex Fabula’s StorySlams at the Times Cinema in Washington Heights, at Stonefly in Riverwest and Club Garibaldi in Bay View and now these crowd favorites will return to the stage to share a brand new story on a brand new theme – ‘Lost In Translation!!!’ “
- Carl Fuerst
- Becca Segal
- Jennifer Evenson
- Rich Christensen
- Molly Snyder
- Linda Cieslik and
- Dave Hendrickson
Story time is 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 16, at Turner Hall Ballroom, 1034 N. 4th St.
“No Dice will take you on an improvised adventure. Game master James Boland will lead a group of adventurers, selected from the audience, through an epic tale of monster slaying.”
- Tim Higgins
- Chris Lay
- and Erik Koconis (above right)
“Main Stage cast member Jordan Gwiazdowski is moving to New York at the end of this month! Please come wish him the best farewell ever with us!”
Because of its burgeoning popularity, you might want to make reservations for T.I.M. by calling (414) 272-8888. Otherwise, don’t show up too close to show time (7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 16) or you might not get a seat.
You might miss the chance to join in and say bye-bye, Jordan.
It’s Mother’s Day Weekend! Check out some comedy and bring your Mom!
Retro Comedy Night, Saturday, May 11 features a ton of laughs including stand up from Sarah Connor, sketch comedy with Broadminded Comedy, and of course the Retro Comedy Show – a classic sitcom performed live on stage!
The show starts at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 11 (Mother’s Day Eve!) at The Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level. (Click here for directions!) Only $10 in advance (Order here.) or $15 at the door, if it hasn’t sold out by the time you get there!
Tickets are $7 ($12 if you want to lounge on a couch and walk away with a lovely parting gift.) Get them in advance by clicking here.
If your looking for some Family Friendly comedy this weekend, take mom and the whole family to
Comedy Sportz Milwaukee! 3pm Matinee, 7:30pm and 10:00pm shows. ComedySportz is an all Improv, all suggestion based comedy show, fun for all ages. Two teams of “Actletes” get suggestions from the audience, create scenes onstage, and compete for your laughs! You decide what each scene is about, you decide who you think is funnier, and you decide who wins! If you haven’t guessed yet– the most important part of the show is YOU!
Bring your kids, bring your grandma, bring your friends, hey!