Comedy Fest Talk on WUWM

In Milwaukee, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when choosing which summer festivals to attend. The Milwaukee Comedy Festival is celebrating “Ten Years of Funny!” August 6-8 . Billed as Wisconsin’s largest comedy event, the annual festival features performers from across the United States and Canada, and takes place at the Next Act Theatre, and for the first time […]

The Comedy of Hamlet (Aug. 20-22)

From the plumed quill of Patrick Schmitz and the barbed wit of the Shakesparody Players comes another comedic take on one of theatre’s great tragedies. The Comedy of Hamlet…kinda sorta – Aug. 20-22 Just as they made us laugh at Romeo & Juliet last summer, Patrick and his cast are creating humor from the Fresh […]

Comedy Fest profile: Variety Hour Happy Hour

Nick Firer and Brian Bayer were in one of the original acts to perform in the first Milwaukee Comedy Festival, when it was known as the Sketch and Improv Comedy Festival. Firer and Bayer performed in the 9th Milwaukee Comedy Fest as Variety Hour Happy Hour. They’re back again, along with Rob Maass, Jessie Mahne, Tess Rutkowski, Nick […]

Comedy Killed the Radio Star

The team behind the Milwaukee Comedy Festival has been having a great time putting things together for the 10th yearly event happening this week!  Part of the process is press and media coverage, like this great time on TMJ4’s Morning Blend or this fun article in the Wisconsin Gazette. Another good time was had by comedy fest […]

Comedy Fest profile: Tall Boys

Milwaukee’s premier long-form improvisational comedy quartet has a special treat for its monthly first-Friday show. Instead of performing, as usual, at the Farina Arena of ComedySportz, Tall Boys is making a second consecutive appearance at the Milwaukee Comedy Festival. Tall Boys – 8 p.m. show, Friday, Aug. 7 “The Tall Boys are really happy to […]

Comedy Fest profile: Dynamo Kickstand

(photo by Darin Dubinsky) Known better for their individual accomplishments as stand-up comedians, Greg Bach, Ryan Lowe and Stacy Pawlowski got a chance to work together writing an overnight comedy sketch for the semi-annual Sketch 22 show. They so enjoyed the experience that they formed their own sketch group and called it Dynamo Kickstand. The […]

Comedy Fest profile: Chris Schmidt

Chris Schmidt studied creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and – to the delight of Milwaukee comedy audiences – he has channeled it through stand-up. “I’ve always been drawn to the writing process,” Chris says. “Sculpting ideas into effective word shapes is a pastime that has never failed to quiet my demons. I wanted […]

Comedy Fest profile: Sketch Marks

Sketch Marks formed from talk among a few volunteers at the 8th Milwaukee Comedy Festival, in 2013. The volunteers were comedians – improvisers mostly – who enjoyed participating in the semiannual Sketch 22 show and were fans of the longstanding broadminded comedy sketch group. They agreed that Milwaukee could use more sketch comedy. They decided […]

Comedy Fest profile: broadminded

As old as Milwaukee’s comedy festival itself, broadminded comedy is the longest-running sketch comedy group around. As the name suggests, broadminded is all-female and eclectic, delivering clever, high-energy, multi-talented performances. As they sometimes refer to themselves, “the broads” include Stacy Babl, Anne Graff LaDisa, Melissa Kingston, and Megan McGee. Broadminded – 8 p.m. show, Thursday, […]

Late Show Johnny

The career of Milwaukee stand up comedian Johnny Beehner has been rising through the ranks, and most recently he had a big rise in his career when he appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. Johnny spoke with Rachel Owens and Matt Kemple as part of their comedy series on WUWM Radio – 89.7 […]