You like to laugh, and we have all the laughs you need (plus a few extra just to be safe). There is plenty of info out there (like this post from Milwaukee Record) on the comedy taking the stage in the 9th Milwaukee Comedy Festival. So to give you some info on all the little stuff, here is your official Guide to the 2014 Milwaukee Comedy Festival! We tackle the BIG questions like: is there parking? (yes, and FREE!) and is there a bar? (yes, but not free). Keep reading if you want more info than that. We’ll start this out nice and easy: The 2014 Milwaukee Comedy Festival will take place at Next Act Theatre (255 S. Water St. in Walker’s Point).
What are the shows like?
Every show is different and features a variety of live comedy including stand up, improv and sketch comedy. There are nine different shows featuring dozens of the best comedy acts from across the continent! Expect to see some of the best comedians around, many of them appearing on television and touring across the country. Shows are for those 18+ (except the Teen Comedy Show!). Seating is General Admission for all shows. Each show requires a separate ticket or an All Access Pass to enter. We suggest purchasing tickets ahead of time as shows often sell out (Ticket info is below). The official Kick Off Event is Wednesday, August 6th starting at 7pm. Then we jump right into another 8 shows Thursday, August 7th at 6pm and end with the Teen Comedy Show on Sunday, Aug. 10th at 2pm. You can see the complete line up right here.
Food and Drinks
Food will be provided by some fantastic food vendors this year: American Euros, Hard Wood Cafe and Pete’s Pops! Yum! There is full bar service at Next Act Theatre. This years comedy festival is fortunate to partner with Sprecher Brewery and Great Lakes Distillery! We will feature delicious beer and soda from Sprecher, and mixing cocktails with GLD spirits.
If you plan indulge in comedy like you do for Thanksgiving dinner, be sure to grab an All Access Pass. There is less indigestion, and there are some great perks (like a cool lanyard and picking your seat before anyone else!). It saves you a few bucks too, $50 to get into 9 different shows: that’s les than $6 a show! Word on the street is there is a limited number, so grab one while you can. If your interested in seeing shows ala carte, Single Tickets are only $15 if you buy them now, or you can wait and pay $20 day of the show. You can also buy tickets by calling the Next Act Theatre box office at 414-278-0765 or visiting them at 255 S. Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53204.
Next Act Theatre is located in Historic Walkers Point, right by the new 88.9 Radio Milwaukee studio. The Milwaukee Comedy Festival offers Free Parking available via the adjacent parking lot next to Next Act Theatre, 255 S. Water St., as well as plenty of street parking that is free! Don’t forget about the great restaurants, bars and coffee shops in the area. Here is a map!
Looking for even more info? Check out the official Milwaukee Comedy Website: http://festival.milwaukeecomedy.com
It’s always exciting to see what kind of line up the annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival puts together. This year doesn’t disappoint, with plenty of talent from all over including Milwaukee, Chicago, L.A. and Canada. Wisconsin’s largest comedy event celebrates nine years this year, August 7-10, 2014. The annual event will offer audiences a variety of comedy stylings including professional stand up, improvisation and sketch comedy. You can grab tickets for only $15 right here before it’s too late, or try your luck for $20 day of the show.
Can’t get enough comedy? You can grab an All Access Pass and gain access to every show and Kick Off event in the 2014 Milwaukee Comedy Festival. And if that wasn’t good enough, an All Access Pass also snags you a limited edition lanyard, first-choice seating for the shows, and a button or sticker.
All events in the 2014 Milwaukee Comedy Festival will take place at Next Act Theatre, 255 S. Water St., Milwaukee, and things will kick off with a Milwaukee Comedy Showcase on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 7:00pm. The evening will feature a Meet & Greet with Performers and Festival Staff and then great Stand up and Sketch Comedy from some of Milwaukee’s top performers with Crouch Comedy and The Goodnight Milwaukee Show.
Here is the complete Milwaukee Comedy Festival Show Line Up:
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Variety Hour Happy Hour
Geoffrey Asmus – Stand Up, Madison, WI
Matt Griffo – Musical Comedy, Chicago, IL
Broadminded – Sketch, Milwaukee, WI
Dan Friesen – Stand Up, Chicago, IL
Jack and the Wolf – Improv, Chicago, IL
That Just Happened – Sketch, Chicago, IL
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Mario Robinson – Stand Up, Milwaukee, WI
Busy Bar – Improv, Milwaukee, WI
Divorced Siblings – Sketch
Rob Christensen – Stand Up, Los Angeles, CA
Chairs – Improv, Chicago, IL
Cash Grab – Sketch, Toronto, Canada
Eric Koconis – Stand Up, Milwaukee, WI
Last Action Movie – Improv, Minneapolis, MN
Three to Turn the Stool– Improv, Chicago, IL
Sunday, August 10, 2014
2pm Teen Comedy Show!
Organized Chaos – Improv, Milwaukee, WI
Brown Deer H.S. – Improv, Milwaukee, WI
4 Guys, 1 Mic – Improv, Milwaukee, WI