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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.
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.
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.)!
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.
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."
"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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
Depending on what part of Milwaukee you happen to find yourself and what night it is, you have a pretty good chance at catching some live comedy for free. That's how comedians become better. That's why. They work at their craft and gain command of their material and their audiences by giving away laughter at free shows and open mics. Even the ones who are good enough to get paid for their performances often develop new material at free shows.
We can help you find those free events.
For instance, tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 4, you could go to the Down and Over Open Mic, hosted by Christopher Schmidt, at 9 p.m. in Bay View, 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. This one's a free weekly open mic, so whether you want to be dazzled or perform, mark it on your calendar.
Also tonight, at 9:30 p.m., in Riverwest, there's the Riverwest Filling Station Comedy Showcase. That's not an open mic but a free bi-weekly show featuring more established Milwaukee stand-up talent. This week includes Steve Breese, Nate Seek and Mario Robinson and it's hosted by Sam Barone. The location is 701 E. Keefe Ave.
At 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 6, the Caste of Killers Comedy Collective is launching a free comedy show called Brew Ha Ha! in Wauwatosa at the Big Head Brewing Company, 6204 W. State St. It will be hosted by Eric Thorson and features Jake Kornely, Gary Zajackowski, Jason Hillman and Chastity Washington.
On Saturday, Feb. 8, the Caste of Killers runs a free open mic in West Allis at 8 p.m., at Paulie's Field Trip, 1430 S. 81st St. That's a weekly show too.
Another free weekly open mic is the Comedy Show Comedy Show Open Mic, at 8 p.m. every Monday, in Riverwest at Bremen Cafe, 901 E. Clarke St.
Milwaukee Comedy has announced a series of $10 workshops aimed at introducing improv wannabes to long-form improvisational comedy.
The first classes are scheduled at 6:30 p.m. for the second Monday of February, March and April and will be held at Milwaukee's Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level. (Think Grand Avenue shopping mall, downstairs from T.J. Maxx.)
The Intro to Long-Form Improv schedule includes:
- Monday, Feb. 10, Improv Character Building
- Monday, March 10, The Harold
- Monday, April 14, Long-Form Variations
The long-form improv instructor is Amanda Eaton. You may have seen her in the weekly Bye Bye Liver, The Drinking Play; or the monthly The Improvised Musical (T.I.M.); or the Sketch Marks comedy sketch troupe. Amanda is education manager at Skylight Music Theatre in Milwaukee and a graduate of the Improv and Music Improv conservatory at Second City Training Center. She also has performed as a member of impov and sketch troupes in Chicago and Rochester, N.Y. So, yeah, she's been around the long-form block.
Class spots are limited and filling up. To reserve yours, click here.
Milwaukee Comedy supports and promotes the Milwaukee comedy community through workshops, shows, social media and events such as the annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival.