The Comedy of Hamlet (Aug. 20-22)

From the plumed quill of Patrick Schmitz and the barbed wit of the Shakesparody Players comes another comedic take on one of theatre’s great tragedies. The Comedy of Hamlet…kinda sorta – Aug. 20-22 Just as they made us laugh at Romeo & Juliet last summer, Patrick and his cast are creating humor from the Fresh […]

I Should Know This (Aug. 14)

From the inscrutable imagination of Kristoffer Puddicombe comes a spanking new Milwaukee show that includes comedy, music and quizzes involving live audience participation. I Should Know This – 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 14 Inspired in part by NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” and the one-two punch of music and comedy performed way back when by Willy […]

Comedy Fest profile: Ryan Mason

Ryan Mason is one of those local success stories that contradicts the belief that nice guys finish last. An industrious newcomer to the Milwaukee comedy scene four short years ago, he swiftly emerged as a favorite among audiences and comedians alike. An interview with Ryan outside the Milwaukee Comedy Festival three years ago is one […]

Every Event in the 2015 Milwaukee Comedy Festival

Everything Happening at the 2015 Milwaukee Comedy Festival! We kicked things off at Lakefront Brewery Wednesday night to a crowd of more than 200 people.  Join us for some or all of the dozen+ shows and special events that remain in the 2015 Milwaukee Comedy Festival!  Check out for all the info along with videos, comic […]

Comedy Fest profile: Variety Hour Happy Hour

Nick Firer and Brian Bayer were in one of the original acts to perform in the first Milwaukee Comedy Festival, when it was known as the Sketch and Improv Comedy Festival. Firer and Bayer performed in the 9th Milwaukee Comedy Fest as Variety Hour Happy Hour. They’re back again, along with Rob Maass, Jessie Mahne, Tess Rutkowski, Nick […]

Comedy Killed the Radio Star

The team behind the Milwaukee Comedy Festival has been having a great time putting things together for the 10th yearly event happening this week!  Part of the process is press and media coverage, like this great time on TMJ4’s Morning Blend or this fun article in the Wisconsin Gazette. Another good time was had by comedy fest […]

Comedy Fest profile: Tall Boys

Milwaukee’s premier long-form improvisational comedy quartet has a special treat for its monthly first-Friday show. Instead of performing, as usual, at the Farina Arena of ComedySportz, Tall Boys is making a second consecutive appearance at the Milwaukee Comedy Festival. Tall Boys – 8 p.m. show, Friday, Aug. 7 “The Tall Boys are really happy to […]

Comedy Fest profile: Dynamo Kickstand

(photo by Darin Dubinsky) Known better for their individual accomplishments as stand-up comedians, Greg Bach, Ryan Lowe and Stacy Pawlowski got a chance to work together writing an overnight comedy sketch for the semi-annual Sketch 22 show. They so enjoyed the experience that they formed their own sketch group and called it Dynamo Kickstand. The […]

Comedy Fest profile: Chris Schmidt

Chris Schmidt studied creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and – to the delight of Milwaukee comedy audiences – he has channeled it through stand-up. “I’ve always been drawn to the writing process,” Chris says. “Sculpting ideas into effective word shapes is a pastime that has never failed to quiet my demons. I wanted […]

Comedy Fest Profile: Whormones Podcast Live

What do you get when you pair two smart and funny women, one an LA based standup, and the other a former adult – now comedian – star? The Whormones Podcast! The popular comedic talents discuss topics related to sex, relationships, love and porn!  You can see Alia Janine and Jaqi Furback live on stage recording their podcast at […]