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Variety Happy Goodnight

How about a long night of comedy to end the shortest month of the year!

The Arcade Theatre, in the Underground Collaborative, the home of Milwaukee Comedy, has two stellar end-of-the-month shows back-to-back on Friday, Feb. 28.

Variety Hour Happy Hour

Just as it sounds, this 60-minute show has a little bit of everything. As we learn on Facebook, this

"…extravaganza features plenty of laughs, bringing Milwaukee's best talent together in one show. Live music from house band Brian Bayer, special guest interviews, game-shows with fabulous prizes, and sketch comedy…"

It all starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, and to secure $10 tickets ($15 at the door), please click here.  

Goodnight Milwaukee

At 9:30 p.m., Jake Kornely and Tyler Menz perform as competing late-night talk show hosts collaborating on a combined program – telling jokes, playing games and interviewing guests. And if that seems like a similar description to the Variety Hour Happy Hour, then you haven't seen both to know the difference.

Seating begins at 9 p.m., so if you go to the Variety Hour, don't go far. Arrange your $10 tickets in advance by clicking here. Or pay $12 at the door – and take a chance it's not already sold out. 

COK around the Clock

The Caste of Killers Comedy Collective, aka COK, that Milwaukee-based standup comedy dynamo, has the talent and wherewithal to stage three consecutive nights of comedy this weekend.

Milwaukee Stand Up Comedy Showcase

That's at 8:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21, at the Karma Bar & Grill, 600 E. Ogden Ave. This month's performers include:

  • Nick Ledesma
  • Liza Marie
  • Ramie Makhlouf
  • Nate Seek
  • Sammy Arechar

Click here for $5 tickets – only $10 for VIP treatment.

Paulie's Beer Hall Open Mic

Open mics are where COK locates and helps develop talent. If you're a performer or a wannabe, it's opportunity calling. If you're a comedy aficionado, it's a chance to see new and upcoming acts for the price of a beverage. Admission is free. The show begins at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22. Paulie's Field Trip is at 1430 S. 81st St., which is West Allis.

Comedy at Vino on Main

This is a new one. Chastity Washington (pictured) will headline this debut show at 422 Main St., in Racine.

It starts at 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 23. Admission is $12, which includes a glass of wine.

Also, Sammy Arechar will be performing. Mario Robinson will be the host.




Cask of Killers

The Caste of Killers Comedy Collective, Milwaukee’s developer and promoter of standup comedy performers, is presenting another Vino 100 Comedy Showcase.

It’s at 219 E. Erie St., in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, at 8:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21.

Taking the stage will be:

  • Mario Robinson
  • Sidney Burayidi
  • Shawn Shelnutt
  • Stefan Davis, the headliner, from Seattle
  • And Ryan Mason, the host

Tickets are $10 at the door. But they’re half off ($5, do the math!) if you click here.

Cult of Dusty

Talk about humor with a higher purpose! Dusty Smith, the atheistic pot activist, is coming to Milwaukee’s Arcade Theatre for an evening of rational discourse.

Dusty’s buzzing up to Milwaukee from Mississippi on his hell-bent “Atheist Apocalypse Tour,” which will give some of the 100,000 subscribers to the “The Cult of Dusty” YouTube show a chance to see this actor/writer/comedian/musician/model perform live.

Advance notices of the tour call Dusty “the most controversial comedian on planet earth,” and more:

Banned in 47 countries, marked for death by Muslim extremists, and hated by billions of Christians all over the world. He must be doing something right. 

You can catch the tour at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 1, at the Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.

Tickets are $35 and available by clicking here.

T.I.M. again

It's that Time In the Month (T.I.M.), another Thursday In Milwaukee (T.I.M.), for The Improvised Musical (also T.I.M.).

Theatrically Inspired Musicians (T.I.M.) create a Broadway-style musical at the drop of a suggestion from the audience.

They Impressed Many (T.I.M.), last month as they performed to a full house with additional performers in the band and cast. Yes, They're Increasing Members (T.I.M.).

Don't miss the next T.I.M., 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, at ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st St.

Call ahead at (414) 277-8888 to reserve tickets. They're $5  

Try It Milwaukee, (T.I.M.)!


Kornely Show Kornely Show

Don't just take our word for it. Pick up the latest Shepherd Express and read how Jake Kornely is making an impact on Milwaukee comedy.

And don't believe everything you read. Check out Kornely as he hosts the Comedy Show Comedy Show at Landmark Lanes, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15. As Kornely tells the Shepherd's Nick Olig:

For me, hosting this show feels like hosting a party. I control the atmosphere and the mood of the show, and I break the ice by performing first. This show will feature comedians Alex Anderson and Allison Dunne, who are both relatively new to the local comedy scene, but I have seen them both working hard at open mics and I'm excited to have them on. It will also feature Greg Bach. His stand-up focuses on stories from his personal life and his observations. Also he has a pretty impressive beard.

So, yeah. Check out Greg Bach's beard, too. The address is 2220 N. Farwell Ave. And Kornely says it fills up fast, so click here for $6 tickets

That's not all. Kornely also hosts the Comedy Show Comedy Show Open Mic, at 8:30 p.m. every Monday at Bremen Cafe, 901 E. Clarke St.

Besides doing a lot of standup elsewhere, Kornely also is co-host with Tyler Menz of the Goodnight Milwaukee Show, next scheduled for 9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.

Big words and turds

On the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, some of Milwaukee's more thoughtful comedians get together to discuss some of the finer points of their craft. They even use words like "colloquium."

From Facebook:

"The colloquium is a formal, disciplined approach to development as a comedian. It is geared toward those of us who are serious about getting funny.

Comedy seems to be one of the only disciplines that has almost no course of formal study. People who do master it do so through lots of trial and error. 

We will sort of zero in, as a scene, on becoming masters of the art and science of comedy."

But they also use words like "turds," as in "Bring anything that you think needs work and lets polish those turds together!"

So it's part colloquium, part turd-polishing. 

They call it The Writers Block, and they gather at 7 p.m. at the Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.

They are led by one of Milwaukee's favorite comedians, Ryan Lowe.

Free Comedy Monday in Riverwest

Tonight, Monday, Feb. 10, you have not one but two free comedy shows in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood.

At 7:30 p.m., James Boland dazzles the audience with his improvisational comedy skills and his experience in fantasy role-playing games with his "No Dice" show at the Riverwest Public House Cooperative, 815 E.Locust St.

Come join me in an improvised Dungeons and Dragons adventure where I take audience suggestions and invite audience participants to help me create an epic tale. Plus, it's at an awesome bar. Double plus, it's free admission! Triple plus, Brian Beyer will be twinkling the ivories all the night long as our bard! It's a night of epic laughs! Did I mention it is FREE!

And at 8 p.m.the Comedy Show Comedy Show Open Mic is back for its free weekly open mic at Bremen Cafe, 901 E. Clarke St.

Comedy Arcade

Another Comedy Arcade Show is set for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Arcade Theatre, in downtown Milwaukee.

The Comedy Arcade is a monthly collaborative variety show featuring standup, improvisational and sometimes sketch comedy. The next show is hosted by Milwaukee standup Steve Breese. The lineup includes a Milwaukee favorite, Ryan Mason, as well as Chicago's Ali Clayton.

Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.

The Arcade Theatre is part of the Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.


Mastering comedy

If you missed him last week at MIlwaukee Comedy's The Comedic Release Show, or if you've never been to the Tuesday night Down and Over Open Mic in Bay View, you still have a chance to see Christopher Schmidt emcee a comedy show tonight, Friday, Feb. 7.

Because at 8:30 p.m., Christopher is hosting the Milwaukee Standup Comedy Showcase. That's a regular presentation by the Caste of Killers Comedy Collective featuring local – and sometimes out-of-town – talent well worth the $5 advance price of admission. (You pay more at the door.) This particular showcase includes:

  • Chris Lay
  • Nick Hart
  • Frandu Smith
  • Pushy Muldowney
  • Marcos
  • Jake Kornely

And as the host, Christopher is the pun-loving, quick-witted standup who's the smooth and savory spread holding this comedy sandwich together. See and hear for yourself how the emcee is mastering comedy. 

It all happens at Milwaukee's Karma Bar & Grill, 600 E. Ogden Ave.

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