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The Art Of Comedy

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

at the COVART GALLERY, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., 
Grand Avenue, LL 414.313.3166 or visit

Improv Learning Underground

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.

Sign Up right here!
It’s safe and secure using Paypal.  All major credit cards are accepted (you do not need a paypal account to sign up).

Choose Day

Questions? Check out for directions and parking info!

Klown-ing Around the MKE Film Festival

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.

Screening Dates
Sat, October 6, 2012: 11:59pm at Oriental Theatre
Tue, October 9, 2012: 9:45pm at Oriental Theatre

Learn more!

Open With Improv

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:
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. 

We Will Miss You Byron Beck

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. 

If you knew Byron, they it was no secret he loved laughter, and supported his fellow comics weather it was there first show or 50th show.

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!

Two Men One Stage

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. 

From music to monologues to improv in song, this Two Tan Show explores the theater and Improv world, expression, and self through the eyes of two dudes… that like dudes. It’s the Two Man Show Starring Robby McGhee and Jacob Bach!

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)

Tickets only $5.00, Call 414-272-8888 for reservations or find more info at

Now Casting: Fun & Quirky Braniacs!

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

Your Funniest Friends at Sugar Maple

The comedians of Your Funniest Friends are a collection of the most likable and friendly idiots in the city of Chicago. And they are heading up to Milwaukee August 23rd to tell some jokes at Sugar Maple! 

Your Funniest Friends get away with some of the most abrasive, absurd and off-beat material imaginable. Their goal has been building shows where the audience is treated like a room full of friends. They have worked tirelessly since 2010 to integrate stand-up and sketch comedy into an innovative fun format that keeps audiences returning week after week.  Matt Byrne from The Onion AV Club said that YFF is “A twisted, intelligent take on a standard format.” 
Members of YFF have been seen on/in: Aspen Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, the Andy Kaufman awards and Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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 

Your Funniest Friends
August 23rd, 2012 at 9pm
Sugar Maple, 441 E. Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee

Clucky Says Comedy!

Who doesn’t love a good rubber chicken joke?  And if that’s the case, then what about jokes from a rubber chicken? Lucky for you, we have filled the void with some short promo videos for the 2012 Milwaukee Comedy Festival! 

For your viewing pleasure, a collection of shorts staring “Clucky” the Comedy Fest rubber chicken. Take a look at some of the videos below, and stay tuned to the Milwaukee Comedy YouTube page for more funny videos, interviews and more!

Funny Friday

It’s only a week until the biggest comedy event in the state, the Milwaukee Comedy Festival. But there are plenty of laughs to be found in town before then.  Take Friday, July 27th, for example: if you play your cards right, you can fit these three shows into one hilarious night!

The Caffeinated Comedy Hour


It’s a comedy show you will be sure to like a “latte”. The last Friday of every month at the Sherman Perk Coffee shop 4924 W Roosevelt Drive. If you’ve never seen comedy performed in a gas station turned coffee shop, now’s your chance. $3 admission and a raffle for cool stuff at the end. And it’s BYOB if you want to have a few cold ones.  Featuring Ryan Lowe and ”The Original” Darryl Hill. Hosted by Shawn Shellnut!

Homegrown Electric Circus
With Special Guest Robby McGhee!

Call them opportunists or marketing geniuses, but the folks at Homegrown know how to create funny stories from thin air. Having Robby on stage with them certainly won’t hurt their show. We’re not sure how much admission is. It’s usually $5 at the door. Maybe they’ll try charging extra to cash in on Robby. At ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st St., Milwaukee


Crappy Dracula will be playing at 9pm at the Riverwest Public House, 815 E Locust St., Milwaukee in celebration of Riverwest 24. You get 2 sets of Crappy Dracula sandwiched around the Mysterious Suggest-Tron Improv! Who doesn’t like Oreo based comedy?

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