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We have given ourselves permission to say “Happy New Year” until Jan. 31.
With that, we welcome a new year to The Comedy Arcade Show, which opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, for its first run of 2014.
The Comedy Arcade Show is a monthly collaborative showcase of local – and sometimes imported – comedy talent. The new year kickoff features a Milwaukee favorite: Ryan Lowe. Besides his hilarious standup routines, Ryan is creator of the movie, “Moby Dick: A Tale of a Whale,” and he is a sketch comedy writer and contributor to the biweekly Writers Block comedy writers workshop.
Besides Ryan, the first 2014 Comedy Arcade Show includes standup comedy form Erik Edmunds, of the Whiskey Sweats Showcase, Steve Breese, the show’s emcee, and maybe even a surprise improvisational comedy act.
The Comedy Arcade Show is in the Arcade Theatre, part of the Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level. Please click here for tickets, which cost $7 in advance or $10 at the door.
One of the more popular open mic venues in Milwaukee is the Art Bar, 722 E. Burleigh Ave., in the Riverwest neighborhood.
That’s where standup comedy performers – both new and veteran – gather on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month to practice their craft before a free audience.
So, this Thursday, Jan. 23, is one of those Thursdays. Get in on the event by being there at 8 p.m. if you want to perform and 8:30 if you just want to laugh. If you go, pay your respects to Josh Balew, the host of the show.
Just as every Monday night there’s a free comedy open mic in the Milwaukee Riverwest neighborhood at Bremen Cafe, every Tuesday night, the Down and Over Pub, in Milwaukee’s Bay View area, has a free comedy open mic.
From Facebook: “Come out for Bay View’s only comedy open-mic! Every Tuesday Milwaukee’s best and bravest comics gather at the Down and Over Pub to try out their new material and polish the old. Joke tellers of all experience levels are welcome and will receive a free drink ticket upon signing up. Don’t miss your chance to say, ‘I laughed at that joke before it was cool.’”
Whatever your role in generating laughs, show up at 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. by 9 p.m. Say hi to Christopher Schmidt, who’s hosting the event.
It’s such a big deal, it needs repeating.
They don’t call it Comedy Show Comedy Show because they stutter.
It’s a free open mic in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood, every Monday night.
From Facebook: “Comedy Show Comedy Show Open Mic is a FREE COMEDY SHOW at Bremen Cafe! You can see veteran comedians, as well as first-timers get up on stage and make strangers laugh. Anyone sign up and try out their jokes. New material is encouraged! Bring your friends!”
Stand-up performers should sign up at 8 p.m., at 901 E. Clarke St. The show begins at 8:30.
ComedySportz Recreational League crowned champions for its fall season Sunday.
The team Waiting in Punchline emerged the best of eight amateur comedy improv teams after three months of play and two Sundays of playoff matches.
The team includes Bradley Colmerauer, Carly Malison, Laura Bialek, Jon Waldbauer and Jacob Hansen and will, as their prize, play against a professional ComedySportz team in a prime time match at a regular ComedySportz show.
The Rec League is an offshoot of Milwaukee-based ComedySportz and allows trained improv actors a chance to perform free public shows under the supervision of ComedySportz instructors.
Bradley, Carly, Laura and Jon also are part of Crouch Comedy, a new sketch comedy troupe in Milwaukee, which performed its first full-length show two days before the Rec League finals. Crouch also includes Moe Tremper and Pam Zorko.
Not only did Crouch sell out the show at Milwaukee Comedy’s Arcade Theatre, but seats were added, some patrons had to stand and others were turned away.
Milwaukee-based improviser James Boland returns with another night of monster-slaying comedy this Thursday, Dec. 19.
In his No Dice show, James acts as game master, leading several audience volunteers members through an improv Dungeons & Dragons style story. No experience playing DnD is needed, but if you’re a fan, you’ll appreciate the improv all the more.
Admission is free, and there are drink specials.
Plan to be at the Riverwest Public House Cooperative, 815 E. Locust St. at 7:30 p.m.
We’ve been hearing for weeks that Milwaukeeans are clamoring for tickets for the holiday edition of T.I.M. – The Improvised Musical.
The popularity of the monthly impromptu song-and-dance extravaganza has been building throughout its 2½ years. Plus, duh, it’s the holiday show. And, it’s the T.I.M. swan song for Alan Piotrowicz, who has been improvising lighting and sound effects in concert with the T.I.M. cast and The Improvised Band.
If you haven’t seen T.I.M. lately, it’s added instruments to its in-house band and a couple of members to its multi-dimensional cast.
T.I.M. also has become more in-demand, so call today to reserve your $5 tickets – if it’s not already too late. Call during business hours at 414-272-8888.
T.I.M. happens at 7:30 p.m., every third Thursday of the month – which includes Dec. 19, at ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st. St.
It’s the Holidays if you haven’t noticed! Since December is all about giving, Milwaukee Comedy is giving away prizes, give-a-ways and free stuff at every show this month! You could win some awesome swag like t-shirts, buttons, candy, even a beer or FREE tickets and more! Yippee! Free Stuff! All you have to do is see a comedy show this month at our venue, The UC!
Every show will have chances for free tickets to upcoming comedy shows or fun stuff like buttons and candy. Here is your complete guide to Free Stuff December:
Friday, Dec. 13th
7:30pm – Crouch Comedy
Candy, buttons and free tickets to comedy shows, don’t miss this show!
Saturday, Dec. 14th – Double Feature!
7:30pm – Retro Comedy Night
ANCHORMAN 2 Super special giveaway! We will have tickets to see the movie and lots of fun Anchorman 2 swag to give away!
9:00pm – Goodnight Milwaukee
Free Beer with ticket purchase OR see the show for free if you go to Retro Comedy Night!
Friday, Dec. 20th
7:30pm – Comedy Arcade Show
Get a FREE beer with each ticket purchased 21+. And who we kidding? We’ll give out some tickets too!
Friday, Dec. 27th
7:30pm – Variety Hour Happy Hour
What ever is left from this month of give-a-ways could be yours! And don’t worry, we will have some other fun stuff too like tickets to comedy shows and maybe some t-shirts.
Get tickets to any and all of our shows here: http://milwaukeecomedy.com/see-comedy/tickets/
All shows at The Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave.,
Lower Level below TJ Maxx in the Grand Ave Mall!
Ands the comedy will come from:
- Matty Field (the emcee)
- Tony Tudor (reportedly, his last appearance before moving to New York City*)
- Nate Seek
- Mike Kobin
- Jessie Mahne
- Ryan Holman and
- Damon Millard (who has been performing in New York City*)
The Cactus Club Comedy & Music Night starts at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14. It costs all of $7 at the door – $6 if you wear an ugly sweater.
(*Maybe there’s some sort of trade involving Tony and Damon. We don’t know if there’s any cash or draft picks involved.)
The producers of the Milwaukee Comedy Festival and Sketch 22 are very creative gentlemen. But they’re no gods. Maybe they’re working on it, but they can’t take a lump of clay or a rib or whatever to create talent. Besides, the talent they’re looking for already exists. They just need to meet it – or be reminded of it.
With that in mind, Matt Kemple and Patrick Schmitz and the producers of Bye Bye Liver: The Milwaukee Drinking Play, are inviting interested comedy performers – stand-ups, sketch actors and improvisers – to audition. They’re welcoming both individuals and groups.
Here are the details:
- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15
- Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level
- Fill out this form to secure a time slot.
- Bring a relevant resume and a photo.
- Be prepared to provide a sample of one or more of your abilities: Up to 5 minutes performing a comedy sketch; Up to 5 minutes of original standup material; Up to 5 minutes of improv.
The producers are forming a talent pool to be considered for a variety of Milwaukee-based comedy productions, including such ongoing shows as Retro Comedy Night, Variety Hour Happy Hour, Stand Up Showcase, Sketch 22 and the Milwaukee Comedy Festival.
“We are looking for talented comedy and improv groups as well as individual actors, improvisers, comedians of all kinds and people that are looking to be a part of something fun and exciting!” says a Facebook post on the auditions.
Initial response to a similar post last month was so impressive that the producers added this Dec. 15 date.