Jarecki and Powell write again

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 called […]

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 […]

Sock it, Sake, NOT sucky

One of our favorite names for a restaurant is hosting some of our favorite names in standup comedy. And you can join them. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6, the Sockitumi Comedy Hour launches at the Sake Tumi sushi restaurant, 714 N. Milwaukee St. The featured comedians include: Nick Hart Sammy Arechar JJ Harris and […]

Nick Thune up close Oct. 1

Nick Thune is on fire. If you caught him in July on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon (above), you know how hilarious and absurd and downhome Nick Thune is. The success of his Netflix/iTunes/Vinyl comedy special “Folk Hero” attests to his popularity. Nick Thune is a treat to watchers of late-night variety shows, including The […]

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

m4s0n501 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 […]