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30 Minutes or Less

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

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Choice Comedy

You’ve got a variety of standup comedy to choose from this weekend. 
comedy showcase
First, there’s the Milwaukee Standup Comedy Showcase, which pretty much speaks for itself. It’s presented by the Caste of Killers Comedy Collective and features some of the best talent gathered from months of open mics and other venues. Scheduled performers include:
  • 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.

Cactus Club May
Also Friday, at 9:30 p.m., is the Cactus Club Comedy & Music Show. That’s at 2496 S. Wentworth Ave.,and includes live music fromFiltharmonic (which was the house band for the 2012Milwaukee Comedy Festival) as well as Mortgage Freeman (recently featured in theMilwaukee Journal Sentinel ; guitarist/vocalist also is a member of the Homegrown Electric Circus improv group – see below).
Comedy Show May 18
The comedy lineup is:
  • Damon Millard
  • Tom Grimm
  • Greg Bach
  • Tim Higgins
  • Jake Kornely
  • Ryan Holman 
  • Sammy Arechar, the emcee

Tickets are $7.

If you’re paying attention, you’ll see that Ryan Holman and Damon Millard expect to play both the showcase and the Cactus Club.
You can also see Sammy Arechar and Jake Kornely twice this weekend if you go to the Cactus Club and the Comedy Show Comedy Show at 9 p.m., Saturday, May 18, at Landmark Lanes, 2020 N. Farwell Ave. Also appearing will be:
  • Chastity Washington
  • Jason Hillman
  • Dave Labedz
  • Lara Beitz 
  • Nate Seek

The price of admission there is $5. Bowling not included.

Homegrown: Another View

Not to be outdone by the ocular gimmickry of recently released blockbusters “Iron Man 3” and “The Great Gatsby,” Milwaukee’s improv troupe Homegrown Electric Circus is coming out in 3D this week.
“Homegrown Electric Circus’ 3D Spectacular” is what you’ll see at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 18, at ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st St.
From Facebook:
“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).”
Homegrown May
Homegrown notes that it’s not charging a premium for the 3D show. Just $5 cash, as usual. And this: “3D glasses not included. Or needed.”

Starry Telling

OK, so while storytelling isn’t always necessarily comedy, we know of enough Milwaukee comedy talent involved with Ex Fabula to suspect that the season finale All Stars event will be one of many places for laughter Thursday.
From Facebook: 
“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!!!’ “
The All Stars include:
  • 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.

Admission is $12, and you can procure tickets by clicking here.
For more about Ex Fabula, please click here.

Game for Comedy Thursday?

Comedy Arcade MayMilwaukee had better be in the mood for a whole lot of comedy Thursday night, not the least of which is the Comedy Arcade.
The monthly show – 7:30 p.m., at the Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level – features genuine Milwaukee stand-up comedy and a brand-new improv act called No Dice.
From the website:
“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.”
Plus, the inestimable stand-up comedy talents of
  • Tim Higgins
  • Chris Lay
  • and Erik Koconis (above right)
Tickets are $10 in advance by clicking here, or $15 at the door.
(Click here for directions to the Arcade Theatre.)

Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu


Musicals tend to be emotional affairs anyway. Expect it to be all the more so at the May show of The Improvised Musical.

Because T.I.M. will be saying so long to one of its ensemble, that’s why.
From Facebook:
“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!”
I know, right? Moving to New York from Milwaukee!
As they’ve done every third Thursday of the month for nearly two years, the cast, crew and band of T.I.M. will spontaneously create and perform an hour-long musical based on audience suggestions. It’s moving. It’s $5. And it’s at 420 S. 1st St.

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.

The Mother-load Breakdown!

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!

And then on Sunday, consider taking your mother to Killers, Caste of Killers that is! Your Mother’s Day Comedy Jamboree begins at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 12, at Karma Bar. We do know that a mother needs a break. A break full of laughter and good food, good drink, good people. Killers provide.

The lineup includes Brian Aldridge and Jason Hillman, and the emcee is Nathan Seek.

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!

Let's Be Frank, By George!

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:

*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

Frank’s Bio:

We're Gonna Take It!

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!

Crack Open A Funny One!

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!*

*Limit one per ticket holder. 21+ only. While supplies last, first come, first served.
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