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You may know him from his prolific standup performances around the Milwaukee area. Or maybe you know that he’s a co-founder of Milwaukee’s Caste of Killers Comedy Collective.
But at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, you’ll be seeing Damon Millard – fresh from New York – as the headliner stand-up for the last Retro Comedy Night of 2013.
So there will be something a little retro in the standup portion of the show. Because Damon will be coming back to the city that launched him to various nether regions of the United States in the past year. That’s why.
The retro show itself, if you haven’t been to one yet, re-enacts a classic TV sitcom live on stage with some of Milwaukee’s funniest performers. It’s a secret which show they’ll pay homage to (A year ago, it was Charlie Brown’s Christmas special, with Robbie McGhee as Snoopy, dressed in white with a pair of black socks for ears.).
It’s all at the Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level. Click here for $10 tickets. Or pay $15 at the door.
Another sketch comedy show is heading down to Milwaukee’s Arcade Theatre.
Following the successful run of broadminded Comedy’s Jerks!, Crouch Comedy is scheduling a holiday show for 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13.
From Facebook: “With more than a dozen new sketches in their arsenal, audiences can expect a full-length show of edgy (ugh, sorry – that word) and outlandish comedy with a timely holiday twist. Indulge the part of yourself that expects coal in your stocking this year, and share in an evening of laughs with How The Crouch Stole Christmas.”
Crouch debuted in July at the Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level, in a Comedy Arcade Show that kicked off the 7th annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival. The troupe includes Laura Bialek, Bradley Colmerauer, Carly Malison, Evan Schroeder, Moe Tremper, Jon Waldbauer, and Pam Zorko.
Tickets for How the Crouch Stole Christmas are $7 online here, or $10 at the door.
One of our favorite Christmas stories – or anytime, really – is the classic “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens.
Especially in the video form, the tale takes on so many interpretations: Mr. Magoo, Alastair Sim, The Muppets, George C. Scott, Arthur Fonzarelli – and on and on.
It is such an endearing and timeless yarn that anything invoking the name of Dickens gets our attention, which brings us to the Alchemist Theatre, in Milwaukee’s Bay View.
“Kick in the Dickens” is back for another run, with original songs, comedy routines, improvisation and a one-act holiday play based on audience suggestions.
From Facebook: “Some of Milwaukee’s top improvisers, comedic actors, playwrights and songwriters have come together to create this fun filled evening of holiday mayhem!”
Dickens has 14 shows beginning Thursday, Dec. 6, and running through Saturday, Dec. 28. Please click here for more information and to order $19 tickets.
So lots of folks go traveling for Thanksgiving weekend. If you’re one of them, you know.
But here’s a reward for those sticking around Milwaukee: Pay-what-you-can opening of “A Cudahy Caroler Christmas.”
It’s at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 27, at In Tandem Theatre, 628 N. 10th St. You can start lining up for tickets at 6:30 p.m.
According to the blurb on the In Tandem website, it’s got everything you’d want in a holiday show:
Following a bitter breakup five years earlier, Stasch must reunite the Cudahy Carolers to restore the spirit of the season in this hilarious holiday homage to beer, bowling, friendship and forgiveness! Join Stasch, Pee Wee, Edna, Trixie and the gang as they warble their way through such classics as “Ach ya’ Der Once”, “We T’ree Guys from Cudahy Are” and “O, Bowling Night”!
And if you can’t catch the Thanksgiving Eve production, “A Cudahy Caroler Christmas” plays from Nov. 29 through Jan. 5. Get more information here.
After all your Thanksgiving stuffing and getting fed up with relatives and football and holiday shopping, you deserve some comedy. Milwaukee’s got it for you.
Consider the Black Friday debut of a new long-form improvisational comedy group, The Faculty. It features public school teachers Anna Figlesthaler, Kristin Althoff and Lindsey Walcott.
The Faculty are appearing on the same bill as the improv ensemble of Lee Rowley, Vince Figueroa and James Boland, performing as Busy Bar.
That’s at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29, at the ComedySportz garage venue, 420 S. 1st St. It’s only $5.
You think your Thanksgiving gatherings were humorous? How about the Milwaukee comedy artists cooking up a big mess of giggles and guffaws for you to feast on this weekend! Among your options:
Indulge yourself at the closing weekend of Jerks!, the latest sketch comedy show from Milwaukee’s broadminded Comedy. Check out their interview on WITI-TV. The first two shows sold out, so click here for tickets for 7:30 p.m. shows on Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.
Dig into ComedySportz - just rated as one of the top comedy schools in the country. Click here for more information on ComedySportz’s family-friendly competitive improv shows Friday and Saturday nights as well as Saturday afternoon. They’re all at 420 S. 1st St.
Or you could take a shot at Bye Bye Liver: The Milwaukee Drinking Play, which includes sketch comedy and drinking games. It starts at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, at the ComedySportz garage venue. Click here for more information.
And you can top it off at the Midnite Show, the uncensored adult-only improv event that happens every Saturday night/Sunday morning, also at ComedySportz.
Yet another option for Milwaukee comedy fans to round out the last two weekends in November is a play debuting at the Boulevard Theatre.
It’s called “The Olde Garde,” and according to advance publicity, it’s a satire that
“relates the tale of a once-thriving theatre company… which is floundering on arid fiscal shores, due to one too many negative reviews by a crusty, power-mad critic, shrinking audience numbers and a general loss of once-youthful passion.”
It’s written by Milwaukee newsman Bruce Murphy and directed by Mark Bucher, who joins a cast that includes
- Jason Will
- Nigel Wade
- Marion Ararujo
- Nicole Gorski
- Christine Horgen and
- Don Lobacz
The show runs seven times from Thursday, Nov. 21, through Sunday, Dec. 1. Please click here for more information and $23 tickets.
The big weekend at Milwaukee’s Arcade Theatre begins on Thursday with this month’s Comedy Arcade Show. It’s another laugh fest showcasing local standup comedians and some improvised comedy.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.
It features stand-ups:
- Josh Balew
- Tom Grimm
- Jason Hillman
It’s $10 at the door, or you can get your tickets online for $7 and a FREE BEER. As always, it’s BYOB – especially if you don’t pre-order your tickets.
And this month’s Comedy Arcade kicks off the latest sketch comedy show from Milwaukee’s broadminded Comedy troupe. Their show, Jerks! starts at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22, also at the Arcade Theatre, and runs Saturday, Nov. 23, Friday, Nov. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 30. Click here for more information and a link for tickets.
We’re delighted to announce the debut of a new original Broadway-style musical comedy – and it’s one night only – and only in Milwaukee.
That’s about all we can tell you, though, because we don’t know the name of the musical or what it’s about.
Even the actors, who have been rehearsing for weeks, don’t know anything about the story or the characters. Nor are the five musicians in the in-house band aware of any of the pieces they’ll perform.
Because it’s The Improvised Musical. That’s why. The hour-long monthly singing-dancing-comedy extravaganza that’s made up on the spot, based on a suggestion from the audience.
In its two and a half years of third-Thursday performances, T.I.M. has been adding to its band (The Improvised Band) and growing its cast while its following has been multiplying.
And we can tell you this much, T.I.M. starts at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, at ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st St. Admission is only $5 cash. The ComedySportz bar and restaurant will be open for the event.
To make sure you get a seat, you might want to make a reservation by calling 414-272-8888 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Weeks have passed since we first tipped you off that Milwaukee’s premier comedy sketch troupe was performing a new show the last two weekends of November. Well, it’s almost that time.
Before there’s so much publicity that all the shows sell out, order your $12 tickets for Jerks! – which runs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 and 29 as well as Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30.
Yes, that second weekend immediately follows Thanksgiving, but what better way to get away from the jerks in your family and the jerks at Black Friday sales and the jerks who injured your latest favorite football player than by laughing about jerks with Stacy Babl, Anne Graff LaDisa, Melissa Kingston and Megan McGee.
Shows are aimed at adults 15 and older and are BYOB for those older than 21.
The Arcade Theatre is part of the Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.