Variety Hour: Labor of Laughs

Variety Hour Happy Hour is one of the hardest-working comedy shows you’ll see on a regular basis in Milwaukee. That’s not to say a lot of preparation and practice does not go into most improv or standup, but this sketch show is scripted and rehearsed ensemble, and it includes live music, thanks to the talents […]

Be part of comedy history Saturday

Comedy history is being recorded again in Milwaukee, and you can be there. Milwaukee Comedy is hanging new curtains in the Arcade Theatre just in time to accommodate the third iteration of the Comedic Release Show. That’s when eight of the funniest standup comedians in the area perform and their show is recorded to be released […]

DIY Improvisational Comedy – FREE

Whether to stretch improvisational comedy muscles you’ve already flexed before or to first discover the magic of yes-and in relationships, come to the Free Open Improv Wednesday. Every other week, members of Sketch Marks comedy lead all comers in a friendly, exhilarating session of making up brief scenes live on stage, based on time-tested techniques and the […]

Quick Bits with a Rubber Chicken

The 9th annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival has crossed the road. It is hysterical history. However, we have collected spontaneous exhibitions of comedy from some of the dozens of performers and comedian volunteers who participated in Wisconsin’s largest comedy event. Because it has become our tradition. That’s why. At the 2013 festival, we asked for knock-knock jokes. And […]

(Not the) Same old song and dance

It’s the same only different. Each third Thursday of the month (as it has been for three years), The Improvised Musical (T.I.M.) performs at 7:30 p.m. at ComedySportz for $5 admission. But every month, the one-hour Broadway-style musical they perform is different. Because they’re improvised. That’s why. Each musical is launched by a suggestion yelled […]

Godfrey brings comedy to Milwaukee Wednesday

Godfrey has made you laugh in such TV shows as “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “30 Rock” and “Louie” and in such movies as Zoolander, Soul Plane and Phat Girlz. He was raised by immigrant parents in Chicago where he was the class clown and went on to play football at the University of Illinois. He was […]

4 Guys, 1 Exit

If you caught them in their previous engagements, including the conclusion to the 9th annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival, then you won’t want to miss the talented teenagers in 4 Guys, 1 Mic. The cast includes four recent Milwaukee high school graduates (and one who’s going to be a junior) who are about to part ways […]

Romeo & Juliet, for giggles

After his smash-hit spoof of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Milwaukee comedy yoda Patrick Schmitz chose a lesser-known work to parody: Romeo and Juliet. As he notes in the video interview above (shot at the Milwaukee Comedy Festival), Patrick pays homage to the Shakespeare tragedy while making it a comedy. The cast is a Milwaukee comedy […]

Free Open Improv Wednesday

Fresh off of the fabulous 9th annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival, Milwaukee Comedy is offering its Free Open Improv Wednesday at Milwaukee Comedy's Arcade Theatre. The first two Free Open Improv sessions attracted an amazing  mix of veteran and novice improvisers who collaborated in free-flowing impromptu acting. With your participation, the third bi-weekly session, Wednesday, Aug. 13, could be […]

T.I.M. – The Improvised Moneyraiser

Congratulations to Milwaukee’s T.I.M. (The Improvised Musical) for being selected to perform in The New York Musical Improv Festival (T.N.Y.M.I.F). How does T.I.M. get there, you ask? Well, it’s going to take more than practice. That’s why T.I.M. has started a fundraising campaign to send its cast and band and instruments to the 6th annual […]