Milwaukee Comedy Fest Intro: Mary Zee

Mary Zee has an endearing, self-reflective approach to standup comedy. She boasts about resembling former SNL comedian Molly Shannon and has a huge following on LinkedIn. Her Twitter profile (@Zemidas_Touch) describes the resident of Chicago’s Logan Square as a comedian, writer and time thief. A recent tweet gives us a peek at the thoughtfulness and […]

Two improvisers one-manning it

As birthdays go, No. 30 is up there as a monumental occasion. And with ComedySportz turning 30 this year, the anticipated events are forming a sort of family reunion for comedy improvisers. For instance, Alex Grindeland, who practically grew up at Milwaukee-based ComedySportz, moved to Seattle a couple of years ago to start and manage […]

Tall Boys in, School’s out

Just seven months after raising funds for a high school initiative for Milwaukee’s Tamarack Waldorf School, Milwaukee’s vertical virtuosos of comedic improv are staging a celebration. Tall Boys The improv troupe aka James Boland, Erik Koconis, Robby McGhee and Lee Rowley is performing at the Tamarack Grant Celebration Party. And get this: It’s free! The show starts at 7 […]

Short notice for Tall Boys

You've seen them together at the Milwaukee Comedy Festival fundraiser earlier this month, at the Comedy Arcade Show last month, raising funds for Milwaukee's Tamarack Waldorf School, at the Down & Over Pub in Bay View, at the Riverwest Public House Cooperative, at the Arcade Theatre in the Underground Collaborative, and elsewhere. Individually, Erik Koconis, Robby […]

Improv to Improve

Last month, the longtime Milwaukee-based improv troupe Homegrown Electric Circus said it had performed its last show. But Milwaukee continues to have a vibrant improvisational comedy scene. For instance: Tall Boys – featuring James Boland, Robby McGhee, Lee Rowley and Erik Koconis – performs limprov at this weekend's fundraiser for the Milwaukee Comedy Festival. The […]

Spring awakening

The previous performance of the Sketch Marks comedy troupe was the last day before winter. Now the next show of Sketch Marks is the second day of spring. Talk about fair-weather performers! The Sketch Marks are just part of the next Comedy Arcade Show, the monthly variety show that features standup, improv and sketch talent. […]

Improv – No Dice

If someone asks if you want to stay in Monday night, just answer, "No Dice." That's the name of the improvised comedy show led by Milwaukee's James Boland at the Riverwest Public House Cooperative. In No Dice, James adapts the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game to improvise audience-involved comedy. From Facebook: "Nationally performing comedian James Boland will get some […]

Free Comedy Monday in Riverwest

Tonight, Monday, Feb. 10, you have not one but two free comedy shows in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood. At 7:30 p.m., James Boland dazzles the audience with his improvisational comedy skills and his experience in fantasy role-playing games with his "No Dice" show at the Riverwest Public House Cooperative, 815 E.Locust St. Come join me in an improvised […]

Roll-playing improv

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, […]

After Turkey, Comedy

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 […]