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Another Comedy Arcade Show is set for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Arcade Theatre, in downtown Milwaukee.
The Comedy Arcade is a monthly collaborative variety show featuring standup, improvisational and sometimes sketch comedy. The next show is hosted by Milwaukee standup Steve Breese. The lineup includes a Milwaukee favorite, Ryan Mason, as well as Chicago's Ali Clayton.
Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.
The Arcade Theatre is part of the Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.
If you missed him last week at MIlwaukee Comedy's The Comedic Release Show, or if you've never been to the Tuesday night Down and Over Open Mic in Bay View, you still have a chance to see Christopher Schmidt emcee a comedy show tonight, Friday, Feb. 7.
Because at 8:30 p.m., Christopher is hosting the Milwaukee Standup Comedy Showcase. That's a regular presentation by the Caste of Killers Comedy Collective featuring local – and sometimes out-of-town – talent well worth the $5 advance price of admission. (You pay more at the door.) This particular showcase includes:
- Chris Lay
- Nick Hart
- Frandu Smith
- Pushy Muldowney
- Jake Kornely
And as the host, Christopher is the pun-loving, quick-witted standup who's the smooth and savory spread holding this comedy sandwich together. See and hear for yourself how the emcee is mastering comedy.
It all happens at Milwaukee's Karma Bar & Grill, 600 E. Ogden Ave.
Depending on what part of Milwaukee you happen to find yourself and what night it is, you have a pretty good chance at catching some live comedy for free. That's how comedians become better. That's why. They work at their craft and gain command of their material and their audiences by giving away laughter at free shows and open mics. Even the ones who are good enough to get paid for their performances often develop new material at free shows.
We can help you find those free events.
For instance, tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 4, you could go to the Down and Over Open Mic, hosted by Christopher Schmidt, at 9 p.m. in Bay View, 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. This one's a free weekly open mic, so whether you want to be dazzled or perform, mark it on your calendar.
Also tonight, at 9:30 p.m., in Riverwest, there's the Riverwest Filling Station Comedy Showcase. That's not an open mic but a free bi-weekly show featuring more established Milwaukee stand-up talent. This week includes Steve Breese, Nate Seek and Mario Robinson and it's hosted by Sam Barone. The location is 701 E. Keefe Ave.
At 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 6, the Caste of Killers Comedy Collective is launching a free comedy show called Brew Ha Ha! in Wauwatosa at the Big Head Brewing Company, 6204 W. State St. It will be hosted by Eric Thorson and features Jake Kornely, Gary Zajackowski, Jason Hillman and Chastity Washington.
On Saturday, Feb. 8, the Caste of Killers runs a free open mic in West Allis at 8 p.m., at Paulie's Field Trip, 1430 S. 81st St. That's a weekly show too.
Another free weekly open mic is the Comedy Show Comedy Show Open Mic, at 8 p.m. every Monday, in Riverwest at Bremen Cafe, 901 E. Clarke St.
Milwaukee Comedy has announced a series of $10 workshops aimed at introducing improv wannabes to long-form improvisational comedy.
The first classes are scheduled at 6:30 p.m. for the second Monday of February, March and April and will be held at Milwaukee's Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level. (Think Grand Avenue shopping mall, downstairs from T.J. Maxx.)
The Intro to Long-Form Improv schedule includes:
- Monday, Feb. 10, Improv Character Building
- Monday, March 10, The Harold
- Monday, April 14, Long-Form Variations
The long-form improv instructor is Amanda Eaton. You may have seen her in the weekly Bye Bye Liver, The Drinking Play; or the monthly The Improvised Musical (T.I.M.); or the Sketch Marks comedy sketch troupe. Amanda is education manager at Skylight Music Theatre in Milwaukee and a graduate of the Improv and Music Improv conservatory at Second City Training Center. She also has performed as a member of impov and sketch troupes in Chicago and Rochester, N.Y. So, yeah, she's been around the long-form block.
Class spots are limited and filling up. To reserve yours, click here.
Milwaukee Comedy supports and promotes the Milwaukee comedy community through workshops, shows, social media and events such as the annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival.
Bye Bye Liver, the drinking play, is celebrating four years in Milwaukee this February.
To mark the occasion, the weekly comedy cocktail of sketch, improv and alcohol has new stories to tell and new cast members to showcase.
New to the show are:
• Amanda Eaton
• Nick Firer
• and Matt Werner
They’ll be joining the ongoing troupe of Laura Holterman, Michelle White, Nick Vanden Heuvel, Derek Woerpel, David Kaye and Colleen Schmitt.
Others involved, as long as we’re name-dropping, are Nate Press, director, Sydonia Lucchesi and Andrew Suggit, who provide technical operations and house management.
Following its new-year hiatus, Bye Bye Liver resumes its regular schedule at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, at ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st St. Tickets are $15, and more information is available at byebyeliver.com.
The Caste of killers Comedy Collective continues to develop comedy talent in the Milwaukee area.
Standup comedians – new and improving – hone their craft at open mics, and you can catch them in the act.
One such show is every Saturday at 8 p.m., at Paulie’s Beer Trip, 1430 S. 81st St., West Allis. It’s a free show. You buy your own beer. As always, donations are welcome. Please tip your server.
And if you would like to perform, show up about 30 minutes beforehand to arrange it.
View Vino 100 as another venue for stand-up comedy in Milwaukee.
Head there, in the Historic Third Ward, Friday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m., and you’ll see Milwaukee’s own Ryan Mason and Sammy Arechar along with Xavier Lamont, from Chicago, and the headliner, Bobby Hill.
The Vino 100 Comedy Showcase, at 219 E. Erie St., costs $10 at the door and just $5 in advance online.
The folks who brought you the Milwaukee Comedy Festival each summer since 2006 now offer a free comedy show with a free recording of the show to keep and listen to again and again.
Welcome to the Comedic Release Show, starring seven Milwaukee-area comedy standouts:
with emcee Christopher Schmidt, who hosts the Tuesday night open mic at the Down and Over in Milwaukee’s Bay View.
Each comedian will perform eight minutes of original material. The show will be recorded and released on a free CD.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31, in the Arcade Theatre of Milwaukee’s Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.
The windchill warnings tell us not to expose our bare skin to the sub-Arctic extremes outside for more than 30 minutes.
Well, beginning Friday, Jan. 31, the Over Our Head Players in Racine are exposing audiences to comedy sketches of no more than 10 minutes in duration. It’s the 10th Snowdance Festival, showcasing nine 10-minute plays submitted from all over, including from some Wisconsin playwrights, such as Neil Haven, from Whitewater. Audiences vote on their favorite of nine plays at each show, and winning playwrights can attain up to $300 in cash.
From Managing Artistic Director Rich Smith:
“Every year, Snowdance truly reflects the current trends in playwrighting across the country. We have the chance to bring work to Racine that is as fresh as anything seen on a bigger city’s stage. This year, the selection process was particularly difficult. Once again, Snowdance received plays from all corners of the country and beyond. We have put together a lineup that will please the comedy connoisseurs in the Snowdance audience.”
Shows run each weekend through March 1, at 318 6th St., in Racine. Tickets are $16, and many shows already are sold out. Please click here for more information.
And hats off (not too long, though) to the Over Our Head Players for offering a way to embrace the season.
Keenan Gibson and a handful of other students at Milwaukee’s Rufus King High School are staging a benefit comedy sketch show.
Called “4 Guys, 1 Mic,” the show is scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31, at ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st St.
Says Keenan, via email:
“We are all students of Rufus King High School so every dime that we make at the show will be going to support the Rufus King theatre department.”
Others in the cast include:
Andres Kilwein, Mitch Charles, Miguel Browne and Jonah Ness
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5. But “more donations will be accepted.”