Shows and Events

Milwaukee Comedy prides itself on offering high quality and affordable comedy shows! Audience LaughingYou always get great entertainment in a fun and welcoming environment. With a wide-range of events offered, there are always new and exciting laughs to discover!

Purchase comedy show tickets easily and securely right online! We encourage people to purchase tickets in advance, as shows do sell out. Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime and seating is general admission unless stated otherwise.


Check out our events below! Check out all the shows and events around Milwaukee (not just ours!) with our Comedy Events Calendar.

Karma Comedy Showcase
Jul 22 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Karma Comedy Showcase @ Karma Bar and Grill | Milwaukee | Wisconsin | United States

An all new monthly comedy event! Check out the Karma Comedy Showcase coming up Saturday July 22nd at 8pm. Only $5 at the door and featuring super funny comedy from Addie Blanchard, Drew Flagge, Noah Innis, David Louis and stoping in through Brew City on his national tour, Headliner Preston Tompkins from Denver, CO will present his Crusing in my Carby’s tour! The host is AJ Grill.

This show is presented by Milwaukee Comedy and AJ Grill.

Official Comedy Fest Kick Off
Aug 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Keg Stand Up started as the MCF Kick Off event at Lakefront Brewery in 2015 to a standing room capacity crowd of more than 200 people. In a short time, Keg Stand Up has quickly become the top comedy showcase event in Milwaukee with top regional comics performing to sold out crowds every month! The official Kick Off event at Lakefront Brewery will feature some of the top stand up comics around.

Host is Joe Riley with Seth Davis, Erin Grotheer and headliner Mat Alano-Martin

Official Comedy Fest Kick Off
Keg Stand Up
Wednesday Aug 2
7pm at Lakefront Brewery *Special Event*

MKE Comedy Fest Thursday
Aug 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
MKE Comedy Fest Thursday @ The Underground Collaborative

Milwaukee Comedy Festival – Friday Aug 4

7:30pm at Underground Collaborative

Friday offers up two different shows and this first one really packs a punch!  Check out this awesome mix of stand up styles from Milwaukee, Chicago and Kentucky in this unique line up.

Host is Vik Pandya, Josh Ballew, Christopher Schmidt and headliner Keith McGill

Vik Pandya (Host)

Vik is a national touring comic based in Chicago. He’s opened for both Roy Wood Jr. & Michelle Wolf of The Daily Show, and performs regularly at Zanies Comedy Club & the Laugh Factory in Chicago. He’s done a number of festivals all over the country, most notably: Laughing Devil in NYC (2017), Gilda’s LaughFest in Grand Rapids (2017), San Diego Comedy festival (2017 semi finalist), & Cleveland Comedy festival (2016 finalist). He’s a co-producer of one of the largest independent comedy shows in Chicago (Laugh Near Minimalist Furniture) and founding member of Team Us Comedy who produce unique shows all over Chicago.

Josh Ballew

Joshua Ballew is a comedian based in Milwaukee, WI who has been writing and performing since 2013. A mix of personal experiences and social criticism, Ballew’s comedy has been called “humorous” and ranges from observations on racial identity to why Girl Scout cookies taste so good.

Christopher Schmidt
Christopher Schmidt is a Milwaukee based comedian who grew up too obsessed with cartoons and professional wrestling to have any hope of a smooth transition into adulthood. In college he chose to major in creative writing and doing standup is his way of pursuing that mistake to its bitterest end. Crafting his passions for wordplay and storytelling into controversial diatribes about cover bands and tales of being comedically one-upped by a 6th grader, Chris lives to bask in the moment between the establishment of the set up and the delivery of the punch line.

Keith McGill (Headliner)

Keith McGill is clever, insightful, and a little bit eye-opening.  His comedy is truth with a twist. Indianapolis’ NUVO said, “Keith McGill has a style that is smooth and temperate, and lacks any gaudy gimmicks or catch phrases, making him one of the best stand-up acts within earshot… His material is positive and PG-13, yet still intelligently critical of the comical absurdities [of life]…he’s impossible not to like.” Keith is on SIRIUS XM, and his latest CD, PROFESSIONAL BROKE PERSON, is available on iTunes. In addition to doing cruises, Keith has appeared on BET, CMT, LAUGHS on FOX and is a Bob and Tom Show favorite, as well as a much sought-after entertainer for corporate events.  Most recently, Keith was a finalist in the STAND-UP NBC competition.

Michael Ian Black at Milwaukee Comedy Festival
Aug 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Michael Ian Black at Milwaukee Comedy Festival @ Turner Hall Ballroom | Milwaukee | Wisconsin | United States

Milwaukee Comedy Festival is proud to announce 2017 festival headliner Michael Ian Black at Turner Hall Ballroom on Sunday, August 6th.

Most known for his iconic work on MTV’s The State, Wet Hot American Summer, Stella, Comedy Central’s Another Period, commentator on the popular I Love the (80’s, 90’s, etc) series and many more, Michael Ian Black is an actor, producer, comedian, writer and director and will headline the 2017 Milwaukee Comedy Festival.


About Michael Ian Black…

Michael Ian Black is a multi-media talent who’s starred in numerous films and TV series, written and/or directed two films, is a prolific author and commentator, and regularly tours the country performing his ribald brand of jokes and observations. He most recently starred in TVLand’s “The Gaffigan Show” and Comedy Central’s “Another Period.” He’s reprising one of his iconic film roles in the upcoming second season of the Netflix “Wet Hot American Summer” series. His third standup comedy special, “Noted Expert,” was released on Epix.

Black’s authored 11 books, including the recently released best seller, “A Child’s First Book of Trump.” He’s written two well-received memoirs: “Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but also my mom’s, which I know sounds weird)”, and “You’re Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death and Other Humiliations.” In 2012, he collaborated with conservative Meghan McCain on “America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom.” He’s the author of “My Custom Van (and 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face),” and seven children’s books, including “Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Boop!,” “Naked”, “Chicken Cheeks,” “The Purple Kangaroo,” “A Pig Parade Is A Terrible Idea” and “I’m Bored.” He also writes book reviews for the New York Times.

Previously, Black released two stand-up specials, “Very Famous” and “I Am A Wonderful Man.” He and Tom Cavanagh host the popular podcast, “Mike and Tom Eat Snacks.” He also writes and hosts a podcast with Michael Showalter, “Topics,” and his own interview podcast, “How To Be Amazing.” He hosts “Debate Wars” on SeeSo, and he recently hosted “Easiest Game Show Ever” on Pop TV.

Sketch comedy fans know Black’s work on “The State,” “Viva Variety,” “Stella” and “Michael and Michael Have Issues,” all of which he co-created, wrote and starred in. Other TV credits include quirky bowling alley manager ‘Phil’ on the NBC series “Ed,” and his hilarious commentary on cable’s “I Love the…” series. He recently starred in two hit web series that migrated to cable TV: “Burning Love” on E! and “You’re Whole” on Adult Swim.

Black’s movie roles include “Slash,” “Smosh: The Movie,” “They Came Together,” “Hell Baby,” “This is 40,” “Wet Hot American Summer,” “Take Me Home Tonight,” “Reno 911!: Miami,” “The Ten” and “The Baxter.”

Black wrote and directed the film “Wedding Daze,” starring Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher. He also co-wrote the comedy “Run, Fatboy, Run,” directed by David Schwimmer and starring Simon Pegg, Hank Azaria and Thandie Newton.


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