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All Access Comedy Festival Passes Go!

You can finally go out side without a jacket (at least most of this week), Summerfest is in full swing and the smell of beer is in the air! That can mean only one thing, Milwaukee Comedy Festival All Access Passes are now available!

Milwaukee All Access PassWisconsin’s largest comedy event has offered crowds hundreds of hours of laughs over the years. Everything from stand up, improv and sketch comedy from across the country. Seasoned comedy festival goers know the best way to see all that funny is with an All Access Pass! Good for entry to all shows, Kick Off and Special Events, an All Access Pass is the best value, and the best way to experience the Milwaukee Comedy Festival, August 7-10th, 2014.

Each All Access Pass is $50 and includes a cool lanyard that gains you admission to all shows in the 2014 MCF, some fun festival swag, priority seating at shows, and of course all the laughs you can, well, laugh.

And word on the street is (and by street, we mean our office), a limited number of All Access Passes are available, so hurry before they disappear like nice weather in Wisconsin!

You can find you’re All Access Pass right here on the official website.

Comedy Festival

T.I.M. waits for no one

Milwaukee’s ComedySportz arena is still humming from the World Championship and 30th anniversary festivities there last weekend.

On Thursday, June 26, The Improvised Musical (T.I.M.) channels that momentum into a full-blown song-and-dance story that’s never been sung or danced before.

Yeah. We know. T.I.M. always performs on the third Thursday of the month. Well, never say always. Because the ComedySportz World Championship and 30th anniversary festivities occupied the arena last Thursday. That’s why.

Anyway, the show goes on – just a week later – at 7 p.m. Thursday at ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st St.

Admission is a cheap $5, for which you get a one-hour improvised musical with intermission and all the fine food and refreshing beverage you can pay for.

Yes, it’s NBA draft night, and the Milwaukee Bucks have the No. 2 pick. OK, it’s Summerfest, and Lady Gaga is playing. You can read about all that after the fact. T.I.M. is one-and-done live musical theater, made up on the spot and never shown again. And it has sold out in the past. To reserve tickets, call 414-272-8888.

 

Stand-Up Cinema and the Laugh Crusade

You, the audience, are allowed to be seated for Stand-Up Cinema. The standups are the Milwaukee comedians who enhance your movie-going experience.

At 10 pm., Friday, June 20, Stand-Up Cinema presents “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” the 1981 Steven Spielberg (director) – George Lucas (writer) film starring the pride and joy of Ripon College, Harrison Ford.

But the real action is the hilarious interjections of Milwaukee comedy performers. From the Interweb:

What is Stand-Up Cinema? Ryan Lowe and his team of stand-up and improv comedians take your favorite movies and show them to you in a way they were never meant to be seen, “enhancing” a classic movie that was perfectly fine to begin with. Expect the unexpected as they provide live commentary during the film, replace movie scenes with live-action substitutes, and even insert pre-taped segments into the film itself!

Join the fun at the Times Cinema, 5906 W. Vliet St.

Tickets are $10 at the door, or you could click here.

 

Milwaukee Comedy Podcast - Ep. 3 with Johnny Beehner

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On the third episode of the Milwaukee Comedy Podcast, Greg sits down with local and national comedian Johnny Beehner, talking comedy, an amazing family charity and the perils in working for a company that destroyed America. If you’re an up and coming standup, Johnny gives some tips and talks about his experience with bookers.

Thanks for listening and enjoy!!

We gotta say thanks to the brains and brawn of the podcast: comedian Greg Bach! Check out gregbach.com for his upcoming comedy shenanigans!

ComedySportz: 30 Rocks

Out-of-town participants are landing and anticipation is taking off for the 30th anniversary celebration of ComedySportz, which involves the ComedySportz World Championships, Thursday, June 19, through Saturday, June 21. The extravaganza includes about ComedySportz improvisers from some of the 24 ComedySportz franchises across the country and Europe. Matches begin at 7 p.m. Thursday and culminate in the championship at 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

From Facebook:

In 1984 Dick Chudnow, Bob Orvis, Brian Green, and many more talented comedians formed the phenomenon that is ComedySportz. This week, over 200 players from across the Earth are coming home for the World Championships to celebrate.

From Jim Higgins, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Under its earlier name, TheaterSportz, the group began performing here in 1984 in the reception room of the old Kalt’s Restaurant on the east side. Now, in a true sign of Milwaukee success, ComedySportz has its own parking lot — and the building that goes with it — at 420 S. 1st St.

ComedySportz is the mother lode of Milwaukee comedy, not only providing family-friendly entertainment several times a week for all these decades, but also inspiring, training and facilitating a couple generations of comedians who have gone on to perform in Milwaukee and beyond – in sketch, stand-up and improv. But that’s just the backdrop. The proof of the pudding is in the shows.

Click here for more information on the schedule and how to get tickets, which range from $8.50 (for the Saturday matinee) to $17 (the championship).

Except for the championship, each show includes two matches.

CHUDNOW

 

Milwaukee Comedy Podcast - Episode 2b with Ryan Lowe

podcastMoving right along into the second recorded podcast for Milwaukee Comedy with host Greg Bach! This one is chock full of fun – so fun it available to you in two parts!

Greg Interviews the Lone Wolf of comedy – Ryan Lowe (Part 2)

 

We gotta say thanks to the brains and brawn of the podcast: comedian Greg Bach! Check out gregbach.com for his upcoming comedy shenanigans!

Two improvisers one-manning it

As birthdays go, No. 30 is up there as a monumental occasion. And with ComedySportz turning 30 this year, the anticipated events are forming a sort of family reunion for comedy improvisers.

For instance, Alex Grindeland, who practically grew up at Milwaukee-based ComedySportz, moved to Seattle a couple of years ago to start and manage the ComedySportz franchise there. Now, Alex is back home, and while he’s here, he’s reviving Al and Jim’s One-Man Show, with fellow improviser James Boland (pictured).

From Facebook:

“Witness as Alex Grindeland and James Boland attempt the impossible (or rather…very very difficult). These two improv virtuosos will use audience suggestions to create completely improvised scenes. Alex and James will individually compose separate worlds in which they play every character. Then the men will work together to combine the dual narratives, creating one hilarious, epic tale.”

The show is getting bigger by the day. Because not only can you see Al and Jim’s One-Man Show, but also standup comedians Erik Koconis and Jessie Mahne will perform as well as the other two-man improv team, Busy Bar, featuring Lee Rowley and Vince Figueroa. (And don’t be surprised if you see James Boland appear in Busy Bar too.)

All this is yours for the low price of $10. Just be at ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st St., at 8 p.m., Friday, June 13.

Speaking again of ComedySportz, learn more about the world championships at the franchises’ mother ship June19-21.

A Summer Comedy Tour

Summer Boys Do It! Comedy Tour!

After 6 months of winter, it sure does sond like a good idea to start the summer.  What better way than with two of the hottest rising stars in the comedy scene today? Josh Fadem and Johnny Pemberton are making their way into the Cream City on June 21st at The Underground Collaborative for there Summer Boys Do It! Comedy Tour!

Check it out June 21st, show starts at 8pm (Doors at 730pm).
You can buy tickets right here for $10 online or get them for $12 at the door.  But if the level of laughs are any indication, this show will sell out!  So get those tickets while you still can.

These Comedians have been seen on “Just For Laughs” comedy festival stages and they have toured with comedians such as Matt Braunger and member’s of The Whitest Kids U’ Know! YOU may recognize these fella’s from popular television shows like ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’, ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’, ’30 Rock’ and various Adult Swim shows. Josh was also named one of Daily Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch”!
Johnny has been in “21 Jump Street”, “The Watch”, “This is 40″, “Aim High” and Armando Ianucci’s Oscar nominated film “In The Loop”.

And you’ve seen Josh in these feature films: Miss March, Small Pond, I Am Comic, “Awful Nice”, “Dear Sidewalk”, and “The Guest.”
Summer Boys Do It! Comedy Tour!
June 21st, show at 8pm, doors at 7:30p
at the Arcade Theatre, in The Underground Collaborative
161 W Wisconsin Ave (inside Grand Ave Mall; lower level under TJMaxx). Parking is available in the structure attached to Grand Ave Mall (corner of Plankinton and Wisconsin)
Free Parking after 6pm on street.  Tickets right here for $10!

Milwaukee Comedy Podcast - Episode 2a with Ryan Lowe

podcastMoving right along into the second recorded podcast for Milwaukee Comedy with host Greg Bach! This one is chock full of fun – so fun it available to you in two parts!

Greg Interviews the Lone Wolf of comedy – Ryan Lowe (Part 1)

 

We gotta say thanks to the brains and brawn of the podcast: comedian Greg Bach! Check out gregbach.com for his upcoming comedy shenanigans!

Tall Boys in, School's out

Just seven months after raising funds for a high school initiative for Milwaukee’s Tamarack Waldorf School, Milwaukee’s vertical virtuosos of comedic improv are staging a celebration.

Tall Boys

The improv troupe aka James Boland, Erik Koconis, Robby McGhee and Lee Rowley is performing at the Tamarack Grant Celebration Party.

And get this: It’s free!

The show starts at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 7, at the Redstar Cocktail Club, 1758 N. Water St.

It features standout Milwaukee standups Tyler Menz and Sammy Arechar.

From Facebook:

“Join us for an evening of comedy with The Tall Boys! Enjoy a cocktail. Bust a gut. Fete the end of the school year… And kick up your heels because we got the grant and we’re celebrating!”

And in case you were dozing off there, this shindig is free.

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