Ragtime Variety Hour Friday

The Ragtime Variety Hour is an all-new show that showcases standup comedy and sketch comedy and sprinkles it with music in between. It’s presented by Lisan Wood and Liza Marie and “features comedians and musicians from Milwaukee and beyond” as they say. Among the comedians: Sammy Arechar Frankie JM Stacy Pawlowski Allison Dunne  Powering the […]

Wednesday: Free Open Improv returns

You know it’s a special week when in the middle of it you’ve got something fun and free and creative to enjoy. That’s the case this week. Because this Wednesday – Wednesday, Sept. 24 – is the next Free Open Improv. That’s why. Members of Sketch Marks take on all comers – from novice to pro – and gently guide […]

Improvised Musical and a Raffle

We’ve reported before that Milwaukee’s T.I.M. (The Improvised Musical) will be performing in the New York Musical Improv Festival. We also told you that T.I.M. was trying to raise money to help fund the trip. Well, that campaign closed Sept. 13 and appears a little short of the goal. But you know what they say: The […]

Theatre/Schmeatre comedy in Racine

Our friends to the south, the Over Our Head Players, in Racine, begin a series of original sketch comedies covering the last two weekends in September and the first two weekends in October. Theatre/Schmeatre, as it’s called, is described on the Players’ website as: Short, unrelated original comedies – plus some of the area’s finest […]

Hotdogs and Hamburgers needs bread

Hotdogs and Hamburgers is a 10-city, six-state, 11-day, four-man comedy tour that hits the road next month from Milwaukee. Tyler Maas recently wrote about it for the Milwaukee Record, in which he did a Q&A with Sammy Arechar, one of the four comedians on the tour. We also posted about it here. Sammy, Steve Breese, […]

Jarecki and Powell write again

m4s0n501 Every January and July, year in, year out, some of the brightest original comedy sketches in Milwaukee are the collaborations of Jason Powell and Doug Jarecki at the Sketch 22 shows produced by Patrick Schmitz. Well, now Jason and Doug have collected some of those one-night standouts and put together an evening of one-act comedies […]

Standup every night

Every night has something funny for you this week in Milwaukee. For instance: The Duck and Cover Comedy Hour, 9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Frank’s Power Plant This one’s hosted by the very talented Chris Schmidt, and it’s an open mic, so you’ll be seeing a range of rookies and veterans perform. It’s free. […]

Big Bamboo showcase

Coinciding with the aforementioned every-other-Wednesday Free Open Improv, an every-other-Wednesday standup comedy showcase has been happening at the Bamboo Lounge Milwaukee. The next one is Wednesday, Sept. 10. There’s live music, no cover charge (but a two-drink minimum), and here’s who’s scheduled to perform: Jonathan Long Loveable MRjj Shawn Shelnutt  Matt Werner Steve Breese Patrick […]

It’s Free. It’s Open. It’s Improv.

Open your mind this Hump Day with a free session of improvisation. Almost two weeks have passed already since Milwaukee Comedy opened its Arcade Theatre for a free improv workshop and jam. And that means it’s time for another Free Open Improv, hosted by our friends from Sketch Marks, in The Underground Collaborative. Newbies, pros […]

Rivers runs through us

In newsrooms, it’s known as the “dreaded local angle.” When a celebrity dies, you have to note some nearby connection, no matter how remote, that ties the deceased to the local reader. The thinking is that local folks don’t really relate to or care about some Nobel Peace Prize recipient who passed away unless they […]