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Having over 50 years of experience on a stage is impressive for any comedy team. When it’s that much funny experience – and only 2 people – you take notice.
Improv guru Joe Bill and Chicago comedy icon Ed Furman have been improvising together for 25 years. Their show JED offers a chance to see two improv veterans explore, ravage, and mutilate a single suggestion in real time. JED creates a one-act play before your very eyes; no edits, no safety nets, no foolin’.
Ed Furman, who recently taught an improv class at The UC say’s the show is “Sometimes edgy, sometimes poignant, sometimes almost uncomfortably too intense, JED always delivers on the laughs as it takes you on a journey.”
Speaking of workshops, Mr. Joe Bill himself will be teaching an advanced improv class: Your Power Improv Toolkit on Saturday, Dec. 8th from Noon – 3pm also at The UC. The class is open to intermediate and advanced improv students for $50.
Need some more convincing? Check out these credentials:
Joe Bill is one of the co-founders of Annoyance Theater and currently performs with the improv supergroup Weasilicious and co-stars with fellow Annoyance co-founder Mark Sutton, in the nationally touring production “Bassprov”, which has toured the United States since 2002, and also was named one of the top 10 comedy shows in Toronto in that same year. Bill teaches improvisation for iO, the Second City Conservatory and Training Center, the Annoyance, the Playground and around the U.S., Canada, UK and Netherlands. He started doing improv in 1977.
A one-day comedy workshop is coming to the Underground Collaborative, and the qualifications of the instructor, Ed Furman could stretch from his former home in Chicago all the way to Milwaukee where he now resides.
It’s a 3 hour workshop, and that’s just a taste of the action. Ed will return to teach a multi-week advanced improv class after the holidays. And stay tuned for info on an upcoming improv show with Ed Furman and the incredibly funny Joe Bill from Chicago coming to The UC this December!
To sign up for the workshop, click the “Buy Now” button and follow the directions! The workshop is $10 per student.
Gallery Night this Friday features the funny! The Covart Gallery presents The Metal Mask Exhibition & Ball at The Underground Collaborative, its first annual juried exhibition of paintings, drawings, and mixed media collage this Friday, October 19th.
The evening will feature art, music, dance and COMEDY! Milwaukee funny folks Damon Millard and Shawn Shelnutt will be performing Stand Up comedy, so come on out and get cultured!
THIS FRIDAY Oct. 19th starting at 8pm
A brand new comedy workshop is coming to Milwaukee’s brand new creative center, The Underground Collaborative!
Sign up at the bottom of this post.
Milwaukee Comedy is offering a new series of workshops, and it all starts with the Improv Workshop 101! It will introduce the basics of performing long-form improvisation, focusing on saying “Yes” rather than “No” and playing to the top of your intelligence. There will be a specific emphasis on making choices and trusting your instincts, supporting your fellow players and most importantly having fun on stage!
The workshop will be offered two different days a week. Students can choose Mondays or Wednesdays 7-9pm Starting Monday, October 1st or Wednesday October 3 for an 8 week course on long form improv taught by two of Milwaukee’s funniest people: Lee Rowley and Vince Figueroa!
Students will also have the opportunity to use their newly found improv muscles in front of their friends and family with a final performance the week of November 26th.
Workshops are $75 for the 8 weeks and will be held at The Underground Collaborative.
The 2012 Milwaukee Film Festival returns for 15 days worth of films from around the globe, September 27 – October 11. This year, Milwaukee Comedy is proud to sponsor one of these fantastic films, Klown.
IFC called it “the funniest movie of the year”, which is definitely something Milwaukee Comedy can get behind. You can check the film out at the Oriental Theatre on Saturday, October 6 at 11:59pm or Tuesday, October 9 at 9:45pm.
Klown follows two wildly inappropriate friends as they run amok through the Danish countryside. Rampaging through exclusive brothels, hospitalizations, armed robberies and even prison, they paddle downstream from one chaotic misadventure to the next, all culminating in a surprisingly sentimental portrait of friendship and a final shocking reveal that you’ll never be able to unsee.
Sat, October 6, 2012: 11:59pm at Oriental Theatre
Tue, October 9, 2012: 9:45pm at Oriental Theatre
Learn more! http://drafthousefilms.com/film/klown
There is a new comedy venue in town, and what better way to start things off than with some laughs?
The Underground Collaborative, or simply “The UC” is Milwaukee’s newest performance and art space and is the new home of Milwaukee Comedy. We’re looking to host our first of many improv jams there this Sunday, September 2nd at 3pm with a recommended donation of $5 to help go towards buying new equipment for future comedy events. Address and directions are all here: http://www.ucmke.org/
Located in the lower Level of the Plankinton building, part of the Shops of Grand Ave downtown, the building hosts several creative businesses like Art Milwaukee, Sprinkler and others. In addition to Milwaukee Comedy, The UC is also home to Pink Banana Theatre and Studio Kristelle.
Once in a while, someone sees something lacking, and does everything in their power to fill that gap with creativity and love of their craft. Byron Beck was one of those people that not only created comedy for himself, but helped anyone and everyone that shared that passion. The cancer that Byron fought so diligently for two years, finally took hold on August 27th, 2012.
Byron will be laid to rest Sept 9, Sunday, in Morris Illinois, at the United Methodist Church. Visitation will begin at 1pm, the funeral is at 2pm and a luncheon will follow. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society.
A memorial for comics and friends will take place this Sunday, Sept 2nd at Rounding Third, 6317 W Bluemound, Milwaukee, Wisconsin at 7pm.
Milwaukee Comedy spoke to Byron back in April of 2011. ”Beck himself had been performing comedy and variety work – juggling, stilt-walking, character work – before moving to Milwaukee from Chicago. He started Kick Me Comedy in 2005 to continue entertaining and include other artists.”
via Christy Hall Watson:
Byron Beck February 2 at 9:23am
“My original intention when starting this open mic night was to have a place for local comedians to perform on a regular basis. I also wanted to have a relaxed and supportive environment for comics to showcase their material whether it was their first time on stage or their 101st time. In the past two years I believe those things have been accomplished. I have no intention of changing a very simple formula….Make people feel welcome and encourage them as comedians and they will make you laugh and entertain you!
To those who have doubted what can be accomplished in the Milwaukee comedy scene…..look around you ….This room is full of talented, funny people that have made this scene what it is today!!!!
These people have a passion and love for comedy. That is why the scene is as vibrant as it is right now!!!!
This night is for every comic who has graced this stage in the past two years!!!”
We will mis you Byron Beck!
This Friday Robby McGhee (The Improvised Musical, Greendale Community Theater, Starbucks) and Jacob Bach (The Improvised Musical, ComedySportz, Stack’d Bar) join together in a night of variety and comedy.
The chemistry and playfulness that these two exude on stage together will be showcased in all of it’s two-man glory! Anything goes in the improv, and the guys will talk about their unique experiences of growing up and living gay and funny lives.
August 24 at midnight (18+ show)
Attention improvisers! A casting call from a major New York City production company is seeking off-beat, quirky characters for a brand new unscripted series!
Here is the info direct from the source:
Are you and your friends living the real “Big Bang Theory?” Are you the kings of “geek chic?” Are you on the cutting edge of inventing the next best scientific phenomenon? Are you and your friends intellectually light-years ahead of the rest, but still able to knock back a couple of beers?
If so, we want to hear from you!
A major cable network is currently seeking unique individuals with a passion for technology, science, and inventions. From fascinating discoveries to hanging with like-minded friends, we want to see it all.
If you or someone you know is right for this, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
For more information and to speak with a casting producer, please email BraniacCasting@gmail.com.
The group consists of Joe Fernandez, Megan Gailey, Lane Pieschel, Matt Riggs and Jeff Steinbrunner. Joining YFF will be Chicago comedian Dan Drees and Marquette alum Charlie Bury.
Tickets are only $5 and can be paid at the door or ahead of time through yourfunniestfriends.com