Sketch 22 – It’s about time

One of our favorite Milwaukee comedy events is Sketch 22, which happens to be scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 10. We have to wait for it every six months, so it’s about time for the 14th Sketch 22. And the event is about time, too. It’s about the time it takes to create a comedy sketch, […]

New year for Milwaukee comedy

Resolve to laugh more in 2015. You know it’s good for you. We’re here to help. Check out our comedy events calendar  regularly for shows to enjoy and workshops to participate in. (If you’re practicing comedy in the Milwaukee area, be sure to share performance dates on the calendar for others to see.) Keep tabs on upcoming […]

Shop Small. Laugh Tall.

After hitting the malls and the big-box stores on Black Friday, you can patronize mom-and-pop local merchants on Saturday, Nov. 29, then catch the Tall Boys/Goodnight Milwaukee show at 8 p.m. at ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st St. Just as they combined with Sketch Marks for two shows earlier in November, the Tall Boys are performing with Goodnight […]

Tall Boys & Sketch Marks comedy & food drive

Following their sold-out show at the 2014 Milwaukee Comedy Festival, Milwaukee-based Tall Boys improv and Sketch Marks sketch comedy have scheduled back-to-back performances together on Friday, Nov. 7 and Saturday, Nov. 8. The Tall Boys, including Erik Koconis, Robby McGhee, James Boland and Lee Rowley,  are a premier long-form improv group, coached by Jared Stepp. […]

Quick Bits with a Rubber Chicken

The 9th annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival has crossed the road. It is hysterical history. However, we have collected spontaneous exhibitions of comedy from some of the dozens of performers and comedian volunteers who participated in Wisconsin’s largest comedy event. Because it has become our tradition. That’s why. At the 2013 festival, we asked for knock-knock jokes. And […]

Romeo & Juliet, for giggles

After his smash-hit spoof of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Milwaukee comedy yoda Patrick Schmitz chose a lesser-known work to parody: Romeo and Juliet. As he notes in the video interview above (shot at the Milwaukee Comedy Festival), Patrick pays homage to the Shakespeare tragedy while making it a comedy. The cast is a Milwaukee comedy […]

Milwaukee Comedy Fest Intro: Mary Zee

Mary Zee has an endearing, self-reflective approach to standup comedy. She boasts about resembling former SNL comedian Molly Shannon and has a huge following on LinkedIn. Her Twitter profile (@Zemidas_Touch) describes the resident of Chicago’s Logan Square as a comedian, writer and time thief. A recent tweet gives us a peek at the thoughtfulness and […]

Two improvisers one-manning it

As birthdays go, No. 30 is up there as a monumental occasion. And with ComedySportz turning 30 this year, the anticipated events are forming a sort of family reunion for comedy improvisers. For instance, Alex Grindeland, who practically grew up at Milwaukee-based ComedySportz, moved to Seattle a couple of years ago to start and manage […]

Tall Boys in, School’s out

Just seven months after raising funds for a high school initiative for Milwaukee’s Tamarack Waldorf School, Milwaukee’s vertical virtuosos of comedic improv are staging a celebration. Tall Boys The improv troupe aka James Boland, Erik Koconis, Robby McGhee and Lee Rowley is performing at the Tamarack Grant Celebration Party. And get this: It’s free! The show starts at 7 […]

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 […]