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You like to laugh, and we have all the laughs you need (plus a few extra just to be safe). There is plenty of info out there (like this post from Milwaukee Record) on the comedy taking the stage in the 9th Milwaukee Comedy Festival. So to give you some info on all the little stuff, here is your official Guide to the 2014 Milwaukee Comedy Festival! We tackle the BIG questions like: is there parking? (yes, and FREE!) and is there a bar? (yes, but not free). Keep reading if you want more info than that. We’ll start this out nice and easy: The 2014 Milwaukee Comedy Festival will take place at Next Act Theatre (255 S. Water St. in Walker’s Point).
What are the shows like?
Every show is different and features a variety of live comedy including stand up, improv and sketch comedy. There are nine different shows featuring dozens of the best comedy acts from across the continent! Expect to see some of the best comedians around, many of them appearing on television and touring across the country. Shows are for those 18+ (except the Teen Comedy Show!). Seating is General Admission for all shows. Each show requires a separate ticket or an All Access Pass to enter. We suggest purchasing tickets ahead of time as shows often sell out (Ticket info is below). The official Kick Off Event is Wednesday, August 6th starting at 7pm. Then we jump right into another 8 shows Thursday, August 7th at 6pm and end with the Teen Comedy Show on Sunday, Aug. 10th at 2pm. You can see the complete line up right here.
Food and Drinks
Food will be provided by some fantastic food vendors this year: American Euros, Hard Wood Cafe and Pete’s Pops! Yum! There is full bar service at Next Act Theatre. This years comedy festival is fortunate to partner with Sprecher Brewery and Great Lakes Distillery! We will feature delicious beer and soda from Sprecher, and mixing cocktails with GLD spirits.
If you plan indulge in comedy like you do for Thanksgiving dinner, be sure to grab an All Access Pass. There is less indigestion, and there are some great perks (like a cool lanyard and picking your seat before anyone else!). It saves you a few bucks too, $50 to get into 9 different shows: that’s les than $6 a show! Word on the street is there is a limited number, so grab one while you can. If your interested in seeing shows ala carte, Single Tickets are only $15 if you buy them now, or you can wait and pay $20 day of the show. You can also buy tickets by calling the Next Act Theatre box office at 414-278-0765 or visiting them at 255 S. Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53204.
Next Act Theatre is located in Historic Walkers Point, right by the new 88.9 Radio Milwaukee studio. The Milwaukee Comedy Festival offers Free Parking available via the adjacent parking lot next to Next Act Theatre, 255 S. Water St., as well as plenty of street parking that is free! Don’t forget about the great restaurants, bars and coffee shops in the area. Here is a map!
Looking for even more info? Check out the official Milwaukee Comedy Website: http://festival.milwaukeecomedy.com
Those folks at Greendale Community Theatre are at it again with another ambitious musical with an overachieving cast.
The latest production: Legally Blonde – The Musical.
From the website:
“Watch Harvard Law’s beloved blonde take the stage by sparkling pink storm in this fun, upbeat show starring some of Southeast Wisconsin’s most talented vocalists and dancers. This much fun shouldn’t be legal! (See what we did there?)
Based on the movie, this award-winning musical stays true to form with a playful score and clever script. But it’s not all silver stilettos, perfectly coordinated skirt suits, Fendi bags and false eyelashes, as the story is rich in clever wit and a message of self-discovery.”
Legally Blonde begins Thursday, July 24 and runs through the next two weekends. That includes July 25, 26, 27 and 31 as well as Aug. 1 and 2.
All performances are at 7:30 p.m., except for the July 27 Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.
Legally Blonde is appearing at Greendale High School, 6801 Southway, Greendale.
If you have had the misfortune of missing the Goodnight Milwaukee Show with Jake Kornely and Tyler Menz, we pity you. Because you have missed out on jokes and jokey bits and amusing interviews and Milwaukee roulette and Chris the Intern and original music and cooking demonstrations and videos, including this number by Ryan Lowe and Robby McGhee.
Lucky for you, like the Postman, the opportunity to see Goodnight Milwaukee rings more than once. Follow this innovative late-night live-theater comedy show on Twitter (@GoodnightMilwaukee), friend it on Facebook and check back on MilwaukeeComedy.com for updates. The next Goodnight Milwaukee show is part of the kickoff of the 9th annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival. Catch them in the Milwaukee Comedy Showcase at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Next Act Theatre space, 255 S. Water St. Also in the kickoff: The whole kickoff is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Get tickets here.
Milwaukee Comedy Fest – Wisconsin’s biggest comedy event – Aug. 7-10!
Lucky for you, like the Postman, the opportunity to see Goodnight Milwaukee rings more than once. Follow this innovative late-night live-theater comedy show on Twitter (@GoodnightMilwaukee), friend it on Facebook and check back on MilwaukeeComedy.com for updates.
The next Goodnight Milwaukee show is part of the kickoff of the 9th annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival. Catch them in the Milwaukee Comedy Showcase at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Next Act Theatre space, 255 S. Water St. Also in the kickoff:
The whole kickoff is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Get tickets here.
Earlier, we informed you of the Saturday, July 19, Sketch 22 show, where you can see 10 original Milwaukee comedy sketches for $10 – which amounts to $1 apiece.
Coincidentally, on Friday, July 18, you can watch seven original stand-up comedians perform for $7 – also $1 apiece.
Because Milwaukee’s Caste of Killers Comedy Collective is presenting its Stand-Up Comedy Showcase at 8:30 p.m. at Karma Bar & Grill, 600 E. Ogden Ave.
The lineup this month includes:
- Eric Thorson
- Mario Robinson
- Jason Hillman
- Damon Millard
- Timmy Brochu
- John Eide
- and Suze Bischoff as emcee
“This comedian-run, independently-produced comedy show that started with a couple of funny guys and a microphone has grown into a full-fledged professional comedy extravaganza.”
(How do you like that? We don’t have even one vaganza, and they have an extra.)
This isn’t to suggest you’ll be observing cheap tricks this weekend. But you are going to be laughing all the way to the bank for the bargains you’ll be getting.
Besides the $7 tickets (excluding fees), you can get a $12 VIP admission that lets you watch from the Karma’s couch. Now that’s a cushy deal. Click here for details.
The MKE Follies is a one-night-only show catering to Milwaukee artists. It’s been going on for two years, and the next one is set for The Box, 628 N. Broadway St.
From the Dance Revolution Milwaukee publicity release:
“DRM is seeking local artists to perform their work in the show… We are currently looking for actors, dancers, musicians, comedians, and more! In total, we will take 6-8 acts per show that encompass as much variety as possible.
To participate, artists, and their casts (if applicable), must be available the evening of the Follies show, as well as the Thursday evening prior to the show for a dress rehearsal.”
Ticket sales proceeds are split among the participating artists.
The selection process is first-come, first-served, so interested artists should not hesitate to contact Katie and Karen at email@example.com with information such as:
- your name
- form of art you would present
- your contact information
On the occasion of T.I.M. turning 3, let’s remember way back to the summer of 2011:
- Gasoline prices were plunging toward $3.50 a gallon after topping off near the $4 mark in May.
- The Milwaukee Brewers were ascending from fifth place in their division to eventually win their first division title in 29 years.
- Partisan bickering over the U.S. debt ceiling resulted in the first downgrade of America’s credit quality since World War I.
Meanwhile, after years of dreaming and months of planning, a plucky group of performers and administrators affiliated with Milwaukee-based ComedySportz kicked off what they hoped would be a monthly improvised musical called T.I.M. (The Improvised Musical).
Three years later, gas costs about the same, the Brewers are barely in first, Congress is still dysfunctional and T.I.M. is stronger than ever.
T.I.M.’s one-hour on-the-spot improvised musicals, inspired by audience suggestions, continues to evolve. Among the cast, only co-founder Jacob Bach and Mary Kelly remain from the first show in July 2011 – although Mary is leaving for Chicago. Patricio Amerena moved to the cast from the original T.I.B., The Improvised Band, which has doubled in size in three years. Steven Baird has continued as T.I.B.’s guitarist since the beginning, and co-founder Mary Baird remains the show’s producer.
After three years, T.I.M. maintains its third-Thursday-of-the-month performance schedule, meaning that its third anniversary show will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 17, at ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st St. Tickets still cost only $5 cash at the door.
But for all that hasn’t changed for T.I.M. since 2011, its popularity has. Consider reserving tickets by calling ahead on weekdays at (414) 272-8888.
Newcomer Umbrella Group Milwaukee has successfully opened with its production of the dark comedy “God of Carnage.”
Under the direction of Milwaukee theater veteran Bo Johnson, the cast featuring Anna Figenshtaler, Matt Wickey, Libby Amato and Jason Will is presenting Milwaukee’s premier of the Tony Award-winning play through Sunday, July 20.
OnMilwaukee.Com calls the work “an impressive debut for Umbrella Group.”
A review by Mike Fischer in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel calls the 70-minute play “short, extremely funny and – best of all – adept at tracing how easily alliances can shift once the rules by which we’ve lived get trashed.”
At its website, Umbrella Group describes itself as:
“a theatrical production company aiming to challenge and inspire its audiences through a broad spectrum of creative talents and performance styles.
The company provides a framework of artistic, technical, and fundraising support to performance projects in the Milwaukee area that might otherwise go unrealized.
We strive to provide a creative environment for artists to learn, develop, broaden, and practice their craft, by establishing and maintaining a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the production of high quality performance experiences for both artists and audience.”
See “God of Carnage” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, July 17-19, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 20, at Tenth Street Theatre, 628 N. 10th St. Click here for tickets at $20 each, with discounts for groups of 10 or more.
Free Open Improv happens every other Wednesday night, beginning July 16.
Milwaukee Comedy is opening the Arcade Theatre, in the Underground Collaborative, for free sessions of open improvised comedy. Members of Sketch Marks will run the 7 p.m. open improv free-for-alls in the lower level of the Plankinton Building, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Wednesday, July 16th Sketch Marks will be hosting Open Improv at 7:00 at the Underground Collaborative….and get this, it’s free! We look forward to playing with newbies and veterans alike! Come on down (literally the basement) and join us for some fun!!
Free Open Improv tip:
Street parking in downtown Milwaukee usually runs until 6 p.m. So if you can find a place near the Plankinton Building (Try Michigan Street between Plankinton Avenue and 2nd Street.), you don’t have to pay for parking.
Free Open Improv and free parking. Can’t beat that.
One of our favorite Milwaukee comedy community collaborations happens Saturday, July 19. It’s the 13th installment of the semi-annual Sketch 22 extravaganza, masterminded by Patrick Schmitz.
Beginning at 7 p.m., in the garage theater of ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st St., 40 Milwaukee comedy actors will present 10 original comedy sketches created only the night before by 10 teams of Milwaukee comedy writers.
There’s a lot of serendipity involved, with 10 directors randomly selecting the scripts and actors they’re working with at noon on Saturday. Most of the collaborators have never performed together before, which helps build camaraderie and chemistry in the Milwaukee comedy community.
And it all happens in 22 hours – thus the name, Sketch 22 – from the time the 10 writing teams get their assignments until the show goes on. So what the audience sees is about the freshest version of sketch comedy they could experience without the show being improvised.
Seating is limited, but the ComedySportz bar and Howie’s Cafe are open, so it pays to get there early and get your $10 ticket at the door. Do the math. That’s $1 for each fresh, original Milwaukee comedy sketch.
And there’s more
Right after Sketch 22, you can catch the hilarious Goodnight Milwaukee Show with Jake Kornely and Tyler Menz. Seating begins right after the Sketch 22 audience clears out, and the show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are merely $5.
If you haven’t seen it yet, Goodnight Milwaukee is a smartly written variety show modeled after late-night television.
Ever wonder what would happen if the competing late night talk show hosts were forced to come together and host a show together? Of course you have! The Goodnight Milwaukee Show is a Milwaukee centric variety show that mixes local humor with the traditional talk show template. Join Jake and Tyler as they interview crazy guests, play super-fun games, and tell jokes, lots of jokes!
It’s always exciting to see what kind of line up the annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival puts together. This year doesn’t disappoint, with plenty of talent from all over including Milwaukee, Chicago, L.A. and Canada. Wisconsin’s largest comedy event celebrates nine years this year, August 7-10, 2014. The annual event will offer audiences a variety of comedy stylings including professional stand up, improvisation and sketch comedy. You can grab tickets for only $15 right here before it’s too late, or try your luck for $20 day of the show.
Can’t get enough comedy? You can grab an All Access Pass and gain access to every show and Kick Off event in the 2014 Milwaukee Comedy Festival. And if that wasn’t good enough, an All Access Pass also snags you a limited edition lanyard, first-choice seating for the shows, and a button or sticker.
All events in the 2014 Milwaukee Comedy Festival will take place at Next Act Theatre, 255 S. Water St., Milwaukee, and things will kick off with a Milwaukee Comedy Showcase on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 7:00pm. The evening will feature a Meet & Greet with Performers and Festival Staff and then great Stand up and Sketch Comedy from some of Milwaukee’s top performers with Crouch Comedy and The Goodnight Milwaukee Show.
Here is the complete Milwaukee Comedy Festival Show Line Up:
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Variety Hour Happy Hour
Geoffrey Asmus – Stand Up, Madison, WI
Matt Griffo – Musical Comedy, Chicago, IL
Broadminded – Sketch, Milwaukee, WI
Dan Friesen – Stand Up, Chicago, IL
Jack and the Wolf – Improv, Chicago, IL
That Just Happened – Sketch, Chicago, IL
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Mario Robinson – Stand Up, Milwaukee, WI
Busy Bar – Improv, Milwaukee, WI
Divorced Siblings – Sketch
Rob Christensen – Stand Up, Los Angeles, CA
Chairs – Improv, Chicago, IL
Cash Grab – Sketch, Toronto, Canada
Eric Koconis – Stand Up, Milwaukee, WI
Last Action Movie – Improv, Minneapolis, MN
Three to Turn the Stool– Improv, Chicago, IL
Sunday, August 10, 2014
2pm Teen Comedy Show!
Organized Chaos – Improv, Milwaukee, WI
Brown Deer H.S. – Improv, Milwaukee, WI
4 Guys, 1 Mic – Improv, Milwaukee, WI