Keg Stand Up started as the MCF Kick Off event at Lakefront Brewery in 2015 to a standing room capacity crowd of more than 200 people. In a short time, Keg Stand Up has quickly become the top comedy showcase event in Milwaukee with top regional comics performing to sold out crowds every month! The official Kick Off event at Lakefront Brewery will feature some of the top stand up comics around.
Host is Joe Riley with Seth Davis, Erin Grotheer and headliner Mat Alano-Martin
Official Comedy Fest Kick Off
Keg Stand Up
Wednesday Aug 2
7pm at Lakefront Brewery *Special Event*
Milwaukee Comedy Festival – Friday Aug 4
7:30pm at Underground Collaborative
Friday offers up two different shows and this first one really packs a punch! Check out this awesome mix of stand up styles from Milwaukee, Chicago and Kentucky in this unique line up.
Host is Vik Pandya, Josh Ballew, Christopher Schmidt and headliner Keith McGill
Vik Pandya (Host)
Vik is a national touring comic based in Chicago. He’s opened for both Roy Wood Jr. & Michelle Wolf of The Daily Show, and performs regularly at Zanies Comedy Club & the Laugh Factory in Chicago. He’s done a number of festivals all over the country, most notably: Laughing Devil in NYC (2017), Gilda’s LaughFest in Grand Rapids (2017), San Diego Comedy festival (2017 semi finalist), & Cleveland Comedy festival (2016 finalist). He’s a co-producer of one of the largest independent comedy shows in Chicago (Laugh Near Minimalist Furniture) and founding member of Team Us Comedy who produce unique shows all over Chicago.
Joshua Ballew is a comedian based in Milwaukee, WI who has been writing and performing since 2013. A mix of personal experiences and social criticism, Ballew’s comedy has been called “humorous” and ranges from observations on racial identity to why Girl Scout cookies taste so good.
Christopher Schmidt is a Milwaukee based comedian who grew up too obsessed with cartoons and professional wrestling to have any hope of a smooth transition into adulthood. In college he chose to major in creative writing and doing standup is his way of pursuing that mistake to its bitterest end. Crafting his passions for wordplay and storytelling into controversial diatribes about cover bands and tales of being comedically one-upped by a 6th grader, Chris lives to bask in the moment between the establishment of the set up and the delivery of the punch line.
Keith McGill (Headliner)
Keith McGill is clever, insightful, and a little bit eye-opening. His comedy is truth with a twist. Indianapolis’ NUVO said, “Keith McGill has a style that is smooth and temperate, and lacks any gaudy gimmicks or catch phrases, making him one of the best stand-up acts within earshot… His material is positive and PG-13, yet still intelligently critical of the comical absurdities [of life]…he’s impossible not to like.” Keith is on SIRIUS XM, and his latest CD, PROFESSIONAL BROKE PERSON, is available on iTunes. In addition to doing cruises, Keith has appeared on BET, CMT, LAUGHS on FOX and is a Bob and Tom Show favorite, as well as a much sought-after entertainer for corporate events. Most recently, Keith was a finalist in the STAND-UP NBC competition.
Milwaukee Comedy Festival is proud to announce 2017 festival headliner Michael Ian Black at Turner Hall Ballroom on Sunday, August 6th.
Most known for his iconic work on MTV’s The State, Wet Hot American Summer, Stella, Comedy Central’s Another Period, commentator on the popular I Love the (80’s, 90’s, etc) series and many more, Michael Ian Black is an actor, producer, comedian, writer and director and will headline the 2017 Milwaukee Comedy Festival.
About Michael Ian Black…
Michael Ian Black is a multi-media talent who’s starred in numerous films and TV series, written and/or directed two films, is a prolific author and commentator, and regularly tours the country performing his ribald brand of jokes and observations. He most recently starred in TVLand’s “The Gaffigan Show” and Comedy Central’s “Another Period.” He’s reprising one of his iconic film roles in the upcoming second season of the Netflix “Wet Hot American Summer” series. His third standup comedy special, “Noted Expert,” was released on Epix.
Black’s authored 11 books, including the recently released best seller, “A Child’s First Book of Trump.” He’s written two well-received memoirs: “Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but also my mom’s, which I know sounds weird)”, and “You’re Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death and Other Humiliations.” In 2012, he collaborated with conservative Meghan McCain on “America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom.” He’s the author of “My Custom Van (and 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face),” and seven children’s books, including “Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Boop!,”
Previously, Black released two stand-up specials, “Very Famous” and “I Am A Wonderful Man.” He and Tom Cavanagh host the popular podcast, “Mike and Tom Eat Snacks.” He also writes and hosts a podcast with Michael Showalter, “Topics,” and his own interview podcast, “How To Be Amazing.” He hosts “Debate Wars” on SeeSo, and he recently hosted “Easiest Game Show Ever” on Pop TV.
Sketch comedy fans know Black’s work on “The State,” “Viva Variety,” “Stella” and “Michael and Michael Have Issues,” all of which he co-created, wrote and starred in. Other TV credits include quirky bowling alley manager ‘Phil’ on the NBC series “Ed,” and his hilarious commentary on cable’s “I Love the…” series. He recently starred in two hit web series that migrated to cable TV: “Burning Love” on E! and “You’re Whole” on Adult Swim.
Black’s movie roles include “Slash,” “Smosh: The Movie,” “They Came Together,” “Hell Baby,” “This is 40,” “Wet Hot American Summer,” “Take Me Home Tonight,” “Reno 911!: Miami,” “The Ten” and “The Baxter.”
Black wrote and directed the film “Wedding Daze,” starring Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher. He also co-wrote the comedy “Run, Fatboy, Run,” directed by David Schwimmer and starring Simon Pegg, Hank Azaria and Thandie Newton.
Comedy on the Bus:
The bus stops here…for laughs! Enjoy some quick wit and fast funny at the NEWaukee Night Market on an MCTS bus! A bus-load of talented comedians will perform a series of quick stand up sets. Shows at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm and totally FREE!
The bus will not be in motion, it will be parked at the Newaukee Night Market on Wednesday, August 16th! Located on Wisconsin Ave. between 2nd and 4th St. Downtown, Milwaukee.
The hilarious and smart comedy of Hari Kondabolu comes to Milwaukee for One Night and 2 Shows on Friday September 15th, 2017 at 7:30p and 9:30p. Hari has performed on Comedy Central, the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Live at Gotham, John Oliver’s New York Standup Show and at many comedy festivals around the country. He was also a writer and correspondent for the Chris Rock-produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX.
Don’t miss this awesome night of comedy! Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door for each show.
Live In Milwaukee!
September 15th at 7:30p & 9:30p
at The Underground Collaborative
Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based, Queens-raised comic who the NY Times has called “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” In March 2014, he released his debut standup album “Waiting for 2042” on indie-label Kill Rock Stars. He is currently NYU’s APA Institute’s “Artist in Residence” for the 2014-2015 Academic Year.
Hari has done standup on the Late Show with David Letterman , Conan , Jimmy Kimmel Live, Live at Gotham and John Oliver’s New York Standup Show. His Comedy Central Presents half-hour television special debuted on the network in February 2011. He was also a writer and correspondent for the Chris Rock-produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX.
In 2014, he was interviewed on Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR. A regular on the public radio circuit, he has also appeared on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Studio 360, Bullseye and Soundcheck. He has also appeared on popular podcasts like WTF with Marc Maron, You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes and Too Beautiful to Live with Luke Burbank.
In the UK, Hari has established himself with appearances on BBC 3’s Russell Howard’s Good News, Live at the Electric and Channel 4’s 8 out 10 Cats. He also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011.
He has also performed at such notable festivals as the HBO Comedy Festival, South by Southwest, Bumbershoot, Sasquatch, the Aspen Ideas Festival and Just for Laughs in Montreal and Chicago.
When in New York City, he co-hosts the mostly improvised talk show The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Project with his younger brother Ashok (“Dap” from hip hop group Das Racist) and their podcast The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Podcast. He also wrote the cover story for Spin Magazine about Das Racist in November 2011.
He was also a former video blogger for WORLD COMPASS, a joint initiative between WGBH Boston, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Hari was born and raised in Queens, NY. He went to Townsend Harris High School and the school’s mascot, “Hari the Hawk,” was named after him during his senior year. (He sometimes fears that his greatest achievement was accomplished at 17.)
He attended both Bowdoin College and Wesleyan University, graduating from the former institution with a B.A. in Comparative Politics in 2004. A former immigrant rights organizer in Seattle, Hari also earned a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics in 2008, writing a merit- earning dissertation entitled “Mexican Returnees as Internally Displaced People: An Argument for the Protection of Economic Migrants Under the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.” This is, by far, the least funny thing he’s ever written…including this bio.
You’ve seen him on Conan, @midnight Inside Amy Schumer, and now, you can see him right here in Milwaukee! Sean Patton! One night only! Club Garibaldi! Do not miss this show!
“I’ve seen him perform more than a dozen sets, and he’s killed every time. He’s dynamite, even with ordinary material, turning standard Brooklyn hipster jokes into a stomping, roaring tour de force, and elevating a bit about sex-performance anxiety into high-stakes comedy. […] He’s the rare comic who goes over as well in a comedy club as in a bar basement.” ~New York Times
Tuesday, 9/26 at 7:30. This show is 21+
Advanced online tickets are only $8, $10 at the door.
Sean Patton is a comedian based in Los Angeles and New York, by way of New Orleans. He began doing stand-up in the Crescent City and have since performed in comedy clubs across the US and Canada, as well as The Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2011), Just for Laughs Chicago (2013), Just for Laughs Toronto (2013), and Just for Laughs Montreal (2008, 2010, 2012). He’s performed on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham (2009), Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2010), and Conan (2011, 2013). 2013 also marked the release of his Comedy Central Half Hour. More recently, He’s been on @midnight (2014, 2015) and will be on the second seasons of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail (2015) and This Is Not Happening (2015, 2017), Showtime’s Live from SXSW (2017) and TruTv’s Comedy Knockout (2016, 2017) As for acting, He’s appeared on IFC’S Maron, Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer and TruTV’s Those who can’t.
Milwaukee Comedy is proud to present Jordan Carlos for One Night on Tuesday October 3rd 2017 at 7:30p. Jordan has been on Comedy Central, TBS, Showtime, as well as the Golden Globe winning “The Affair”. His presidential impressions have garnered him over a million views on YouTube. Jordan will share his political and personal comedy with all of us, so come on out and enjoy!
Don’t miss this awesome night of comedy! Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Live In Milwaukee!
October 3rd at 7:30p
at The Underground Collaborative
Jordan Carlos is a stand-up comic and television personality who is best known for his work as a writer and on-air contributor for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, The Colbert Report, MTV’s Guy Code, Girl Code and Guy Court. He has also appeared on hit series such as HBO’sGirls, Showtime’s The Affair, and Comedy Central’s Broad City. Jordan lives in Brooklyn, NY and continues to perform his insightful and hilarious stand-up comedy in venues across the country.
Two Comics, One Stage, All Funny! Insult and Battery – a laugh filled battle of wits where stand up comics joke bash each other on stage for your amusement! 8 comics will roast one another in 4 different rounds to emerge as the winner and perform a headlining spot to defend their title.
Special guest judges and more surprises makes this an unique night of fun.
Tickets are only $7 presale/ $10 at the door.
Gary Zajackowski vs Ricky Madeja
Nick Davis vs Mike Berg
Chris Schmidt vs Ton Johnson
Drew Flagge vs Raf Oner
The show will end with a stand up set from the nights winners! Guest judge this month is Elijah Holbrook – funny guy and previous battler.
Brew city’s favorite comedy show! Milwaukee Comedy and Lakefront Brewery present fresh laughs and fresh beer, it’s Keg Stand Up – a hilarious night of comedy at Lakefront Brewery! The show will feature delicious beer, top regional stand up comics and table served food from a special show menu. Seating for this show is reserved.
Tickets are $7 online or $10 at the door. Doors open at 6:30PM, show at 7PM.
This show is reserved seating. We’ll always attempt to accommodate but seating is limited and shows do sell out. Any seats that don’t sell online will be offered as walk-up tickets prior to the show. Bring your ID! This show is 21+ unless accompanied by legal guardian. This show has adult themes. Ticket buyer must be over 21 and have a valid ID. All attendees must be present to receive a ticket.
Please Note: Standing room as well as seats outside of our table service sections will be available as needed for a discounted price at the door. If arriving early, a small tasting room will be open while you wait for seating to begin.
Comedians On Display this month:
Curated and hosted by Kaitlin McCarthy
$5 w/ valid Student ID
About the show:
Comedic and artistic tastes are subjective. Some people like Louis CK and Picasso. Others prefer Maria Bamford and Andy Warhol. SUBJECTIVE, exclusively at Var Gallery and Studios, is a showcase where the comedians are the artists and their sets, the work of art. Each comic on display will prepare an artist statement and at the close of the show, we’ll take questions and critiques from the audience. By the end of the night, our hope is that there is no question in the audience’s minds: comedy is art.
Presented by: Milwaukee Comedy