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Just as every Monday night there’s a free comedy open mic in the Milwaukee Riverwest neighborhood at Bremen Cafe, every Tuesday night, the Down and Over Pub, in Milwaukee’s Bay View area, has a free comedy open mic.
From Facebook: “Come out for Bay View’s only comedy open-mic! Every Tuesday Milwaukee’s best and bravest comics gather at the Down and Over Pub to try out their new material and polish the old. Joke tellers of all experience levels are welcome and will receive a free drink ticket upon signing up. Don’t miss your chance to say, ‘I laughed at that joke before it was cool.’”
Whatever your role in generating laughs, show up at 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. by 9 p.m. Say hi to Christopher Schmidt, who’s hosting the event.
It’s such a big deal, it needs repeating.
They don’t call it Comedy Show Comedy Show because they stutter.
It’s a free open mic in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood, every Monday night.
From Facebook: “Comedy Show Comedy Show Open Mic is a FREE COMEDY SHOW at Bremen Cafe! You can see veteran comedians, as well as first-timers get up on stage and make strangers laugh. Anyone sign up and try out their jokes. New material is encouraged! Bring your friends!”
Stand-up performers should sign up at 8 p.m., at 901 E. Clarke St. The show begins at 8:30.
ComedySportz Recreational League crowned champions for its fall season Sunday.
The team Waiting in Punchline emerged the best of eight amateur comedy improv teams after three months of play and two Sundays of playoff matches.
The team includes Bradley Colmerauer, Carly Malison, Laura Bialek, Jon Waldbauer and Jacob Hansen and will, as their prize, play against a professional ComedySportz team in a prime time match at a regular ComedySportz show.
The Rec League is an offshoot of Milwaukee-based ComedySportz and allows trained improv actors a chance to perform free public shows under the supervision of ComedySportz instructors.
Bradley, Carly, Laura and Jon also are part of Crouch Comedy, a new sketch comedy troupe in Milwaukee, which performed its first full-length show two days before the Rec League finals. Crouch also includes Moe Tremper and Pam Zorko.
Not only did Crouch sell out the show at Milwaukee Comedy’s Arcade Theatre, but seats were added, some patrons had to stand and others were turned away.
Milwaukee-based improviser James Boland returns with another night of monster-slaying comedy this Thursday, Dec. 19.
In his No Dice show, James acts as game master, leading several audience volunteers members through an improv Dungeons & Dragons style story. No experience playing DnD is needed, but if you’re a fan, you’ll appreciate the improv all the more.
Admission is free, and there are drink specials.
Plan to be at the Riverwest Public House Cooperative, 815 E. Locust St. at 7:30 p.m.
We’ve been hearing for weeks that Milwaukeeans are clamoring for tickets for the holiday edition of T.I.M. – The Improvised Musical.
The popularity of the monthly impromptu song-and-dance extravaganza has been building throughout its 2½ years. Plus, duh, it’s the holiday show. And, it’s the T.I.M. swan song for Alan Piotrowicz, who has been improvising lighting and sound effects in concert with the T.I.M. cast and The Improvised Band.
If you haven’t seen T.I.M. lately, it’s added instruments to its in-house band and a couple of members to its multi-dimensional cast.
T.I.M. also has become more in-demand, so call today to reserve your $5 tickets – if it’s not already too late. Call during business hours at 414-272-8888.
T.I.M. happens at 7:30 p.m., every third Thursday of the month – which includes Dec. 19, at ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st. St.
Ands the comedy will come from:
- Matty Field (the emcee)
- Tony Tudor (reportedly, his last appearance before moving to New York City*)
- Nate Seek
- Mike Kobin
- Jessie Mahne
- Ryan Holman and
- Damon Millard (who has been performing in New York City*)
The Cactus Club Comedy & Music Night starts at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14. It costs all of $7 at the door – $6 if you wear an ugly sweater.
(*Maybe there’s some sort of trade involving Tony and Damon. We don’t know if there’s any cash or draft picks involved.)
The producers of the Milwaukee Comedy Festival and Sketch 22 are very creative gentlemen. But they’re no gods. Maybe they’re working on it, but they can’t take a lump of clay or a rib or whatever to create talent. Besides, the talent they’re looking for already exists. They just need to meet it – or be reminded of it.
With that in mind, Matt Kemple and Patrick Schmitz and the producers of Bye Bye Liver: The Milwaukee Drinking Play, are inviting interested comedy performers – stand-ups, sketch actors and improvisers – to audition. They’re welcoming both individuals and groups.
Here are the details:
- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15
- Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level
- Fill out this form to secure a time slot.
- Bring a relevant resume and a photo.
- Be prepared to provide a sample of one or more of your abilities: Up to 5 minutes performing a comedy sketch; Up to 5 minutes of original standup material; Up to 5 minutes of improv.
The producers are forming a talent pool to be considered for a variety of Milwaukee-based comedy productions, including such ongoing shows as Retro Comedy Night, Variety Hour Happy Hour, Stand Up Showcase, Sketch 22 and the Milwaukee Comedy Festival.
“We are looking for talented comedy and improv groups as well as individual actors, improvisers, comedians of all kinds and people that are looking to be a part of something fun and exciting!” says a Facebook post on the auditions.
Initial response to a similar post last month was so impressive that the producers added this Dec. 15 date.
A little-known – or maybe just ignored – free comedy event in Milwaukee is the weekly ComedySportz Recreational League. It’s one of the offshoots of Milwaukee-grown ComedySportz, the international improvisational comedy franchise that turns 30 next year.
The Rec League features amateur improvisers – meaning they don’t get paid and they do it for the love of it. They have teams and “compete” in matches with games from the ComedySportz repertoire that are based on suggestions from the audience. Each match is officiated by a professional ComedySportz comedian, usually Dave Bogan or Dave Nelsen.
This Sunday, Dec. 8, the Rec League playoffs begin with matches every hour from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The audience decides which teams win and advance to the semi-final rounds on Sunday, Dec. 15.
The playoffs are free and open to the public at 420 S. 1st St.
OK, so the Retro Comedy Night starts at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 14. Let’s say it ends about 9 p.m. What are you going to do?
You’re all giddy from laughing at Damon Millard‘s stand-up comedy, and you’re all goofy from watching a live spoof of a secret nostalgic TV sitcom. And it’s only 9 o’clock on a Saturday night. Where you gonna go?
Tyler Menz and Jake Kornely have the solution: Stay right where you are, at the Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.
Because immediately following the Retro show, Tyler and Jake, two stand-up standouts in their own right, will inaugurate “The Goodnight Milwaukee Show!” That’s why.
From Facebook: “Ever wonder what would happen if the competing late night TV hosts were forced to come together and host a show together? Of course you have! Join Tyler and Jake as they interview crazy guests, play super-fun games, and tell jokes, lots of jokes!”
And there’s more. “If you go to the Retro Show, you will be able get in to the Goodnight Milwaukee Show for FREE, but making a donation will get a free beer!”
That’s right, you just read “FREE” and “free beer” in the same sentence. Now that’s an invitation to late-night comedy.
You may know him from his prolific standup performances around the Milwaukee area. Or maybe you know that he’s a co-founder of Milwaukee’s Caste of Killers Comedy Collective.
But at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, you’ll be seeing Damon Millard – fresh from New York – as the headliner stand-up for the last Retro Comedy Night of 2013.
So there will be something a little retro in the standup portion of the show. Because Damon will be coming back to the city that launched him to various nether regions of the United States in the past year. That’s why.
The retro show itself, if you haven’t been to one yet, re-enacts a classic TV sitcom live on stage with some of Milwaukee’s funniest performers. It’s a secret which show they’ll pay homage to (A year ago, it was Charlie Brown’s Christmas special, with Robbie McGhee as Snoopy, dressed in white with a pair of black socks for ears.).
It’s all at the Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level. Click here for $10 tickets. Or pay $15 at the door.