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Milwaukee has quickly become the go-to place for big name performers and comedy acts the last few years. But it’s not too often that one of these top notch names comes to town for a big show AND offers a FREE hands-on workshop at The UC as well. Comedy legend Frank Ferrante will present an hour long interactive workshop, Creating a One-Person Show for free Thursday, April 25th at 6pm in The Underground Collaborative.
From the web…
Frank Ferrante shares his experience developing his two solo shows “An Evening With Groucho” and “By George” – based on the life of legendary director/playwright George S. Kaufman (“The Man Who Came to Dinner,” “You Can’t Take It With You,” etc.) Mr. Ferrante offers approaches and tools to theater students interested in pursuing acting careers emphasizing the importance of research, observation and character development.
South Milwaukee PAC in partnership with the Milwaukee Comedy Fest present Frank Ferrante’s workshop:
Creating a One-Person Show
Thursday, April 25 at 6 to 7 p.m.
at The Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Lower Level (check out this super informative video with directions!)
FREE* – (open to 20 registrants) Students must register in advance to ensure a spot!
Click here to register for free: http://bpt.me/373949
*fine print on FREE: registrants are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets to Frank’s one-man show, “An Evening with Groucho” on Friday, April 26 at the South Milwaukee PAC – more info. at www.southmilwaukeepac.org
Saturday’s Retro Comedy Night is usually packed with a lot of entertainment for the buck, but for some reason, we just keep upping the stakes. Movie and television star Mark Metcalf will be featured in the retro sitcom portion of the show. Mark has over 70 professional credits to his name including Animal House, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the more recent Mad Men.
Check out Mark in this classic Twisted Sister video!
Finally a comedy show you can look up too - Tall Boys improv brings you an all new comedy show at The UC April 12th with a stand up Special Guest!
Tall Boys features some of the funniest – and tallest members of the Milwaukee comedy scene in one hilarious improv show: Erik Koconis, Lee Rowley, James Boland and Robby McGee! Add some stand up from Beth Lewinski and you have one heck of a night of comedy!
So what could be better than an all-star Milwaukee line up? How about a free foamy beverage to each responsible – and 21+ ticket holder! That’s right, you get a FREE Schlitz Tall Boy with ticket!*
Get your tickets right here!
The show is happening at Milwaukee’s newest comedy venue, The Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave. Lower Level of the Plankinton Building of the Grand Ave. Mall.
$10 in advance or $15 at the door day of show and FREE Schlitz Tall Boy with ticket!*
Another session of our popular Long Form improv workshop returns to The UC downtown! Learn skills like increasing your confidence, overcoming stage-fright, and of course have lot’s of fun meeting new people!
The Long-Form Improv Workshop will be offered for improvisational students of all levels and starts Monday, April 8th. The 6-week workshop will focus on saying “Yes” rather than “No,” playing to the top of your intelligence, making and trusting your choices, supporting your fellow players and most importantly having fun on stage! Students will have the opportunity to use these tools in front of their friends and family with a final performance. The workshop and performance will take place in The Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin. Ave., Lower Level.
Milwaukee Comedy’s Long-Form Improv Class introduces the basics of performing long-form improvisation as well as skills for intermediate players. Classes will take place over six weeks beginning Monday, April 8th at 7pm and run approximately 2 hours one night a week. The class is only $75 per student, a real bargain!
Sign up right here!
And if you just want to brush up on your improv skills, Open Improv is offered every Wednesday from 7-9pm! It’s only $3 to participate, or FREE to watch!
According to my parents, I bounded down the stairs one Sunday morning at age 11 and asked them, “Have you ever heard of this show ‘Saturday Night Live’?” I remember being entranced with the show the night before. As I watched it, I thought to myself, “I wish I could write like that.” And that is the moment I fell in love with comedy.
Over the years, I never did much to pursue that love, but I have always remained a fan. Last year, I discovered a new way to keep up my love of comedy. You know how they say, “Those who can’t do, teach?” Well, I don’t do comedy, but nothing is stopping me from writing about it.
For a journalism class assignment last year, I profiled one of the presidents of Marquette’s improv comedy group, the Studio 013 Refugees. I sat in on hours worth of practices and shows to complete my project. I got the opportunity to watch hours of improv comedy and learned how the process works. I was completely immersed in comedy. I loved it – so much so that I came back the next semester to do another project on the group. Over the past year, I was around the Refugees so much that people were asking me if I was a member of the group.
A few days after I finished my most recent project with the group, I was sitting in a coffee shop, feeling bummed that I was done with all my work with comedy. A member of the improv group walked into the coffee shop and told me that some of the Studio 013 Refugees had taken the initiative to form Marquette’s first sketch comedy group – 33rd and State.
This brings me to my main point. Naturally, I completely forgot about whatever I was doing at that time and brainstormed potential journalism stories profiling the beginning of this group. I settled on a blog series.
The group officially launched in January, so I am going to be along for the ride. I’m writing for people like me – those who love comedy but aren’t directly involved in the creation of it.
Between now and 33rd and State’s first show in April, I will be writing about specific topics pertaining to the creation of a sketch comedy show. From scouting filming locations, to the process of acquiring props and costumes, to the finals days before the show – I’m going to cover everything I can.
I have been watching hours on end of “30 Rock” to prep for my official immersion into sketch comedy next week. Yes, that is the excuse I’ve been telling myself. But really, as I officially start these blogs next week, please send kind thoughts to this group because some of its members have been dealing with me for a year now.
Brynne Ramella, a journalism student at Marquette University, is a guest blogger for MilwaukeeComedy.com, documenting the start-up of Marquette’s sketch comedy troupe, 33rd and State. This is the first in her series of reports.
The all new Long-Form Improv Workshop will be offered for improvisational students of all levels and starts Monday, Feb. 4th. The 6-week workshop will focus on saying “Yes” rather than “No,” playing to the top of your intelligence, making and trusting your choices, supporting your fellow players and most importantly having fun on stage! Students will have the opportunity to use these tools in front of their friends and family with a final performance. The workshop and performance will take place in The Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin. Ave., Lower Level.
Milwaukee Comedy’s Long-Form Improv Class introduces the basics of performing long-form improvisation as well as skills for intermediate players. Classes will take place over six weeks beginning
Monday, Feb. 4th Extended to Feb. 11th! at 7pm and run approximately 2 hours one night a week. $75 per student.
Sign up right here!
Long-form Improv Workshop
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dating back almost 10 years, Open Improv has taken on many different forms over the ages, but one thing has stayed true: it’s a way for comedians to flex their improv muscles and work with different levels of talent.
This round will offer a little something different: participants are asked to donate $3 to the cause for each session attended, but will receive ticket discounts and possible FREE TICKETS to local comedy shows at The UC in return. Think of it like paying it forward and supporting local comedy at the same time!
All are invited to attend the newest secession of Open Improv, which starts Wednesday, February 6th at The Underground Collaborative and will be offered weekly.
Flex your improv muscles, grow your talent, play with new people, have fun! Every Wednesday starting at 7pm, only $3!
What do you get when you combine stand-up, improv and sketch comedy, centered around ideas from the 70′s and 80′s? It’s Retro Comedy Night: A night of new comedy based on old ideas!
Tickets are available online for $10.00 or $15 at the door. They will also have Limited VIP tables $20.00 – VIP table seating and one free Lakefront beer* with ticket purchase!
Retro Comedy NightFriday, January 18th at 8pm
at The Underground Collaborative
*Must be 21+, Limit one free beer per ticket holder.
‘Funny, Son of Story’ is an all new original two man improv team featuring former Homegrown Electric Circus member Jazmin Marie Vollmar and current HEC member Mike Walker. Although Funny, Son of Story has roots with the five man team, Mike and Jazmin wanted to branch out and see what they could create together.
Widely regarded as one of the best teachers of Scenic and Comedic Improvisation in America today, Joe Bill teaches, performs and does corporate training at iO Chicago, is an Artistic Associate for The Chicago Improv Festival, and acts as an Artistic Adviser for a number of Improvisation and Comedy Theaters all over the world.
“The focus of this workshop will be bringing the power of emotional depth and point of view to your improvised Characters and Scenes. We’ll work with understanding the vital differences in playing for Truth and playing for Funny, Short Form/Games & Long Form, and I’ll include personal feedback with things to work on going forward. I’ll also spend some time troubleshooting issues that YOU the improvisers bring to workshop, in order to get to clarity or just recognize patterns to be broken. This workshop will perfectly augment ongoing study of Characters and Scene, Long Form Improvisation and Harold, as well as benefit the Improviser that is currently performing or aspiring to perform with a team or group.”
Joe and a number of his very talented friends, under the Artistic Direction of Mick Napier, co-founded The Annoyance Theater in Chicago in 1990. His passion for teaching Improvisation soon kicked into high gear as a unique approach to Improvised Scene and Character began to be articulated by a number of teachers at Annoyance, including Mick Napier, Mark Sutton, Joe, David Razowsky, Bob Fisher and Susan Messing that focused on Improvisers “Taking care of themselves, in order to take care of others in a scene”.
Joe and Mark Sutton, his partner in the Nationally Touring Improvised Production BASSPROV, have evolved the Annoyance approach into POWER IMPROV, which they both have been teaching all over the world at Festivals, Theaters and Universities since 2000.