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 […]

Tall Boys, Big Laughs, High School

Milwaukee has four very vertical comedians adept at putting audiences very horizontal with laughter. It’s an improvisational group that calls itself Tall Boys. They are Erik Koconis, Robby McGhee, Lee Rowley and James Boland. Individually, they have an embarrassing wealth of comedy experience. Collectively, they’re unpredictably clever. That’s the wonder of improv. It just so […]

60 Minutes of Various Comedy

So they’ve changed the name of the comedy show “Variety Hour Half-Hour” to just “Variety Hour Happy Hour.” Because apparently some Milwaukee comedy enthusiasts were confused, that’s why. Some thought the monthly shows at the Arcade Theatre were just 30 minutes long. However, the shows are 60 minutes – one hour – live. And then […]

Standing Tall

And now for something completely different: An improv troupe will be performing at an open mic for standup comedians. Look for it at 9 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6 – Tuesday Night Comedy – The Down & Over Pub, 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., in Milwaukee’s Bay View. It’s an open mic. Performers need to sign up […]

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