Comedy Fest profile: Tall Boys

Milwaukee’s premier long-form improvisational comedy quartet has a special treat for its monthly first-Friday show. Instead of performing, as usual, at the Farina Arena of ComedySportz, Tall Boys is making a second consecutive appearance at the Milwaukee Comedy Festival. Tall Boys – 8 p.m. show, Friday, Aug. 7 “The Tall Boys are really happy to […]

Comedy Fest profile: Dynamo Kickstand

(photo by Darin Dubinsky) Known better for their individual accomplishments as stand-up comedians, Greg Bach, Ryan Lowe and Stacy Pawlowski got a chance to work together writing an overnight comedy sketch for the semi-annual Sketch 22 show. They so enjoyed the experience that they formed their own sketch group and called it Dynamo Kickstand. The […]

Comedy Fest profile: Chris Schmidt

Chris Schmidt studied creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and – to the delight of Milwaukee comedy audiences – he has channeled it through stand-up. “I’ve always been drawn to the writing process,” Chris says. “Sculpting ideas into effective word shapes is a pastime that has never failed to quiet my demons. I wanted […]

Comedy Fest profile: Sketch Marks

Sketch Marks formed from talk among a few volunteers at the 8th Milwaukee Comedy Festival, in 2013. The volunteers were comedians – improvisers mostly – who enjoyed participating in the semiannual Sketch 22 show and were fans of the longstanding broadminded comedy sketch group. They agreed that Milwaukee could use more sketch comedy. They decided […]

Comedy Fest profile: broadminded

As old as Milwaukee’s comedy festival itself, broadminded comedy is the longest-running sketch comedy group around. As the name suggests, broadminded is all-female and eclectic, delivering clever, high-energy, multi-talented performances. As they sometimes refer to themselves, “the broads” include Stacy Babl, Anne Graff LaDisa, Melissa Kingston, and Megan McGee. Broadminded – 8 p.m. show, Thursday, […]

Sketch 22 – July 11

Twice a year, it’s Milwaukee’s sketch comedy equivalent of the World Cup, the Olympics and Summerfest. It’s an event that’s an occasion. Some of Milwaukee’s most talented writers, directors and actors come together for 22 hours to create, cast, rehearse and present 10 original comedy sketches. Sketch 22 – 7 p.m., Sat. July 11, ComedySportz […]

Throwback Thursday – Allison Dunne

Go to the intersection of storytelling and comedy, and you’ll find a monthly show called “Throwback Thursday – Truths in Comedy,” showcasing the revelations of regional comedians. This month, Throwback Thursday features Allison Dunne, a young comedian who stepped into the Milwaukee comedy scene just a couple of years ago and quickly became a widely popular, prolific […]

Chastity Washington wins again

Congratulations to Milwaukee’s own Chastity Washington for winning win the 2015 American Black Film Festival’s Comedy Wings Competition, sponsored by HBO. Chastity is a dynamic, energetic standup who tours nationally and just happens to call Milwaukee home. From the competition site: Chastity is a former teacher and coach turned comedian and actress. Her stand-up career highlights include HBO […]

Comedy Café to go

We saw the signs outside the building. Now it’s in the news media. So it must be true. Milwaukee’s Comedy Café is moving. The club, formerly known as JD’s Comedy Café , has scheduled a June 20 finale for its venue at 615 E. Brady St. After 27 years, the Comedy Café is moving to […]

Even more pride

Officially, Pridefest Milwaukee is just June 5-6, but we know that beyond Milwaukee, June is Pride Month, and heck, it’s just something we should be celebrating all year. And, of course, the aforementioned comedy shows contributing to Pridefest weekend are just a tip of the iceberg. We already reported on performances by The Midnite Show […]