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Of the chief forms of comedy, the rarest in Milwaukee is sketch.
We’ve got plenty of standup and improv. But sketch shows have been less frequent. There’s been Sketch 22 twice a year, and Broadminded comedy with their latest production, “Jerks!” scheduled for the last two weekends of November.
Of course, sketch comedy is featured in the Milwaukee Comedy Festival and the Variety Hour Happy Hour and Retro Comedy Night.
More recently, Crouch Comedy has emerged, with a debut performance at a Comedy Arcade Show to kick off the 2013 Comedy Fest. Crouch has another show in the works for December.
Earlier this year, Scott Heaton, of Homegrown Electric Circus, better known for its improv, did a sketch show. Now, Sally Arenberg has tapped Scott and his Circus mates Josh Barto and Evan Koepnick as well as broadminded’s Megan McGee to present a whole new show, which Sally is directing, called ”It Was Embarrassing, So Don’t Ask.”
From Facebook: “Are they laughing with you? Or at you? Sometimes it’s hard to tell. You’ll have to find out at an evening of sketch comedy among the talented cast.”
Weeks away from her bachelor’s degree in acting at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Sally acknowledges that her show fills a bit of a void for sketch comedy. It also is a change of pace, she says from the acting program’s focus on classical theater.
“Comedy is also a big challenge for actors. I think it takes a really talented actor to have the ability to make an audience laugh,” Sally says, and adds, “It’s way different directing comedy. But it’s cool to have this opportunity for other actors too.”
Those actors include:
- Alissa Kluever
- Derrion Brown
- Courtney Howe
- Erika Kirkstein-Zastrow
- Kris Anton
- Keiandra Honeysucker and
- Jeremy Berson
The performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7 through Saturday, Nov. 9, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1925 E. Kenilworth Place.
Allison Mcmahon is the assistant director, and the other writers are Dan Perlstein and Joey Sullivan.
General admission is $10. Click here for tickets.
We chuckled recently at a Facebook post by Milwaukee comedian Mario Robinson, in which he asked his father what he would do with a time machine and was answered: I would miss you.
While not exactly a time machine, you’ll get a bonus hour this weekend. Because Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 3, and you have to set your clocks back one hour. That’s why.
So sometime this weekend use that extra 60 minutes like the precious gift it is.
Here’s a suggestion: The Milwaukee Comedy Standup Showcase.
It’s at 8:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, at the Karma Bar & Lounge, 600 E. Ogden Ave., and is a production of the Milwaukee-based Caste of Killers Comedy Collective
From Facebook: “This comedian-run, independently-produced comedy show that started with a couple of funny guys and a microphone has grown into a full-fledged professional comedy extravaganza. The Caste of Killers showcase only the freshest and brightest comedy acts.”
Among the talent on display will be:
- Tom Grimm
- Liza Marie
- Chastity Washington
Click here for half-price early-bird tickets. Or pay $10 at the door.
It’s time well spent.
If you like laughing and free admission and world peace, here’s an event for you.
Hillel Milwaukee is sponsoring an evening of cross-cultural comedy aimed at using humor to address perceived differences. The show is called “Laugh in Peace.”
It’s at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3, in the ballroom of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Boulevard.
From Facebook: “a one-of-a-kind comedy show led by Rabbi Bob Alper, and Arab Muslim comedian Mohammed Amer. These fantastic internationally-known comedians will host an evening full of non-political laughter. Following the show will be a Q and A session. You do not want to miss this!”
Advance publicity includes reviews from The New York Times, the Detroit Free Press and even the World Bank.
And if you don’t like laughing, free admission and world peace, what’s wrong with you?
It’s another alternate Tuesday, which means it’s time for an Open Improv at Milwaukee’s Underground Collaborative.
Stretch your improvisational tendons at this bi-weekly jam, led by experienced comedians – so you know it’s going to be safe.
The fun begins at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the U.C., 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level. It costs only $3 per session. The experience is priceless. It’s improv. Who knows what’ll happen?
- Brian Aldridge
- Chastity Washington
- Eric Thorson and
- Scott Tolaney
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 happens that James, by day, is an educator at Milwaukee’s Tamarack Waldorf School, which happens to be starting a high school next year. To help raise awareness and funds for the high school, the Tall Boys are performing at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, at Tamarack Waldorf, 1150 E. Brady St.
Suggested donations are $10 but, of course, we use the word “donation,” which suggests you have discretion to be generous.
Not only will the Tall Boys (coached by imrpov impresario Jared Stepp) perform, but they will feature the standup comedy, the deadpan brilliance of Ryan Lowe.
We told you this would be quite a week for standup comedy in Milwaukee.
Here are more opportunities to explore and/or contribute to:
- Seriously, Comedy Open Mic, Thursday, Oct. 24, at Fire on Water, 518 N. Water St. Performers sign in at 8:30 p.m. The show, hosted by Jacob E. Miller, starts at 9 p.m.
- The sign-up (8:30 p.m.) and performance times (9 p.m.) are the same Thursday for the bi-weekly Art Bar Open Mic, in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood, 722 E. Burleigh St. Your emcee there will be Joshua Balew.
- You can launch your weekend laughing with The Caffeinated Comedy Hour, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Sherman Perk, 4924 W. Sherman Ave., hosted by Eric Thorson and featuring Sam Barone, Patrick Tomlinson and Darryl Hill.
As much as we evolve and move our lives ahead, there’s comfort in nostalgia. All the better, when you’re laughing too.
That’s the idea and experience behind the monthly Retro Comedy Night.
Besides seeing some fresh entertainment (This time it’s stand-up comedian LIza Marie.), audiences can reconnect with the familiarity of a bygone TV sitcom – as staged line-for-line by some of Milwaukee’s funniest actors.
Which show they’ll perform is a secret, which adds an element of surprise to the occasion.
The next Retro show is at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, in the Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. And it’s BYOB.
Why wait for the weekend? Milwaukee has comedy for you right away to start the week.
For free, you can check out the Mellow Monday Comedy Showcase at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 21, at INdustri Café, 545 S. 2nd St.
Tom Grimm will be the emcee, with performances by
- Ryan Mason
- Ryan Lowe
- Liza Marie
- Sammy Arechar
- Tim Hunter
- Gary Zaj
- Jason Hillman
- Tyler Menz and
- Adam Loeding
And don’t be surprised if you see some of the same comedians developing further material at the Comedy Show Comedy Show Open Mic at 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 21. That’s also free, and it’s at the Bremen Café, 901 E. Clarke St.
But don’t stay out too late. Pace yourself. It’s only Monday, for Pete’s sake. And a lot of these same comedians will be attending the second bi-weekly workshop known as The Writers Block. They’ll be getting together to share deep discussions on the word choices and other craftwork that help make them funny.
That starts at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.
Those rascals at Milwaukee’s Caste of Killers Comedy Collective are at it again. By that, we mean they’re presenting another monthly showcase of standup comedians at the Karma Bar & Grill.
The Milwaukee Stand Up Comedy Showcase begins at 8:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17, at 600 E. Ogden Ave.
Our good friend Steve Breese is the scheduled host.
- Goodrich Gevaart
- Jeffry Schultz
- Nate Bjork
- Greg Bach
It’s only $5 ($1 to see each comedian) if you pay in advance (by clicking here). Or you can play the role of big spender and pay $10 at the door, leaving less money available to buy your friends drinks – which is the best way to pose as a big spender.