Retro Comedy Night – a new season!

We adore this time of year: The crisp evenings, the dewy mornings, the blazing leaves. There’s football, if you’re into that; and pumpkin-spiced everything; and, of course, all the potential of a new TV season. Now, Milwaukee Comedy is presenting one more spectacle to anticipate: The return of Retro Comedy Night. Retro Comedy Night – 8 […]

Truth be told, they’re funny

One of our favorite maxims from Homer (the Simpson, not the poet) is “It’s funny ‘cause it’s true.” (See below.) There’s the classic manual of improvisation, “Truth in Comedy.” There’s even university research revealing that we learn truths about ourselves in what we find funny. So it’s altogether appropriate that the geographically diverse MadChiBrew Presents […]

Neil Hamburger @ Club Garibaldi

Sandwiched between appearances in Madison and Chicago, the “hardest working comedian in existence,” Neil Hamburger is coming to Milwaukee’s Club Garibaldi this week. AKA Gregg Turkington, the brilliant parody of an overworked, underrated, greasy, middle-aged standup is returning to Milwaukee after a 2012 show at Shank Hall and a 2010 performance at the Pabst Theater as part […]

Karma Showcase – Breese swan songs

Our friends at the Caste of Killers Comedy Collective is a comedy show dynamo in Milwaukee, and it is not missing a beat this long Labor Day weekend. Showcase – 8:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, Karma In addition to this being the first Friday of the Caste’s first and third Friday showcases at Karma Bar […]

Mojo Dojo Comedy

Over the course of three decades, Milwaukee has been Ground Zero for competitive short-form improvisational comedy through the world headquarters of ComedySportz. Those who wanted to practice long-form improv have, well, improvised their own comedy scenes. The weekly Midnite Show, an uncensored Saturday night performance at ComedySportz, has been going since 2001. Groups such as […]

T.I.M. Alumni (Aug. 20)

Fresh from their performance at the 10th Milwaukee Comedy Festival, T.I.M. (The Improvised Musical) resumes its regular third Thursday show at ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st St. Each T.I.M. show is improvised, of course, so the time and place are the only things that are regular in this monthly musical. But this month’s show is extra […]

The Comedy of Hamlet (Aug. 20-22)

From the plumed quill of Patrick Schmitz and the barbed wit of the Shakesparody Players comes another comedic take on one of theatre’s great tragedies. The Comedy of Hamlet…kinda sorta – Aug. 20-22 Just as they made us laugh at Romeo & Juliet last summer, Patrick and his cast are creating humor from the Fresh […]

I Should Know This (Aug. 14)

From the inscrutable imagination of Kristoffer Puddicombe comes a spanking new Milwaukee show that includes comedy, music and quizzes involving live audience participation. I Should Know This – 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 14 Inspired in part by NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” and the one-two punch of music and comedy performed way back when by Willy […]

Comedy Fest profile: Ryan Mason

Ryan Mason is one of those local success stories that contradicts the belief that nice guys finish last. An industrious newcomer to the Milwaukee comedy scene four short years ago, he swiftly emerged as a favorite among audiences and comedians alike. An interview with Ryan outside the Milwaukee Comedy Festival three years ago is one […]

Comedy Fest profile: Variety Hour Happy Hour

Nick Firer and Brian Bayer were in one of the original acts to perform in the first Milwaukee Comedy Festival, when it was known as the Sketch and Improv Comedy Festival. Firer and Bayer performed in the 9th Milwaukee Comedy Fest as Variety Hour Happy Hour. They’re back again, along with Rob Maass, Jessie Mahne, Tess Rutkowski, Nick […]