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 […]

Modern Mikado with Jason Powell

We have interviewed Jason Powell in the past, and if you listened to it, you know why we had him back! An accomplished composer, actor and all-around funny guy, Jason had an opportunity to modernize a portion of the lyrics to the 100+ year opera THE MIKADO. He spoke with Matt Kemple and Rachel Owens […]

Mike Lester on passion

It’s understood that (the potential) success in comedy has been pinned down to these key factors: working hard, getting more stage, and writing more material (This also means rewriting material to make the joke ‘just right.’) These are the sorts of answers that aspiring comedians often hear from comedians on their way up the ladder […]

The Morril of the Joke

Joke writing is a process that takes an enormous amount of effort, time and disappointment. It’s like raising a teenager. They’re all considered special, but only a small number of them will ever work, and even fewer will make you proud enough to buy some ice cream. It is a surprise to many that comedy […]

Road Kill barrels into Milwaukee

Road Kill Comedy: Making Their Dreams Come True Milwaukee’s underground comedy scene may be embarking on a new breakthrough – touring comedians making Milwaukee a destination for up-and-coming comedians to spread their humor to residents of Cream City. The Road Kill Comedy Tour will be the first group of comedians from L.A. to make a […]

WUWM at Nite for laughs and more

Have you heard? WUWM Radio – 89.7 FM has been spicing up its local programming via WUWM at Nite and including more voices from the local scenes. For instance, you can hear the latest from Ex Fabula, the Milwaukee-based story-telling group, after 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. Ex Fabula has a contributor page on WUWM’s website. Of course, this […]