The big weekend at Milwaukee’s Arcade Theatre begins on Thursday with this month’s Comedy Arcade Show. It’s another laugh fest showcasing local standup comedians and some improvised comedy.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.
It features stand-ups:
- Josh Balew
- Tom Grimm
- Jason Hillman
It’s $10 at the door, or you can get your tickets online for $7 and a FREE BEER. As always, it’s BYOB – especially if you don’t pre-order your tickets.
And this month’s Comedy Arcade kicks off the latest sketch comedy show from Milwaukee’s broadminded Comedy troupe. Their show, Jerks! starts at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22, also at the Arcade Theatre, and runs Saturday, Nov. 23, Friday, Nov. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 30. Click here for more information and a link for tickets.
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.
So maybe you don’t have 22 minutes right now to watch a video of broadminded Comedy‘s sketch show from the 2013 Milwaukee Comedy Festival. When you do have time, watch the video. You will thank me.
Speaking of thanks, think about your Thanksgiving plans, and take the time now to order tickets for broadminded‘s next show – “Jerks!” – which runs the last two weekends of November at the Arcade Theatre in downtown Milwaukee.
I have never before considered “broadminded” and “jerks” in the same breath, but the all-female sketch group describes the show as a celebration of “the people you love to hate,” including “know-it-alls, mall girls, and the fine folks at the NSA who are reading your text messages at this very moment.”
Performing since 2006, “the broads” are Stacy Babl, Anne Graff LaDisa, Melissa Kingston and Megan McGee.
Tickets are $12. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. and are aimed at adults 15 and older. For those older than 21, it’s BYOB or SOL.
The Arcade Theatre is part of the Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.
Summer may be a blur, but as Labor Day approaches reflect on all the comedy that Milwaukee has hosted since Memorial Day. “More than ever” is the right answer.
Not only are there more open mics and original productions around town than there were a year ago, but regular monthly shows such as the Variety Hour Happy Hour and the Comedy Arcade Show have joined the mix.
The last Comedy Arcade Show of the summer is at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 29, at 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level. The show features standup comedy from Steve Breese,
Nick Ledesma and Dave Labedz.
You’ll also witness the improvised humor of Lee Rowley and Vince Figueroa performing as Busy Bar.
Click here to order discount tickets in advance or pay $10 at the door. If you’re of age and thirsty, ask for a free beer. It’s also BYOB.
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 half of the show is presented via edited videotape on YouTube.
I thought “Variety Hour Half-Hour” was catchy. More importantly, I thought the shows have been funny. They offer a live comedy-oriented mixture of standup, sketch and improvised hilarity showcasing top Milwaukee talent. The shows even include an interview segment with a local comedian.
The next show is at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 30, at 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level. It features a guest appearance by Sally Arenberg as well as James Boland performing his interactive Dungeons & Dragons-inspired improv game “No Dice.”
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
The “Happy Hour” part of the new title emphasizes both that the show is 60 minutes long and that your face is going to smile. It also suggests alcohol is permitted. It’s BYOB. Or maybe they need to spell that out too.
We’re all looking for deals. So consider this:
You get discounts if you pay in advance (rather than at the door) for admission to one of the kick off events for the 8th annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival. Plus, the kick off shows include giveaways, which include a chance to win tickets to the Comedy Fest – Aug. 1-4 at the Next Act Theatre space, 255 S. Water St.
Let’s do the math. You pay $7 online for the Comedy Arcade Show, Thursday, July 25, and save yourself $3 off the price at the door. Besides the experience of seeing Mario Robinson performing standup, Lee Rowley, Vince Figueroa and James Boland doing Busy Bar improv and the debut of Crouch Comedy sketch, your $7 could win you admission to the Fest ($15 online and $18 at the door).
In other words, your $7 ticket could possibly wind up being worth four times what you paid.
Similarly, you could pay $10 online (instead of $15 at the door) for the Variety Hour Half-Hour at 8 p.m., Friday, July 26, or for the Retro Comedy Show at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 27, with chances at winning Comedy Fest admission.
For more information on the kick off shows at 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Lower Level, plus links to tickets, please click here.
For full details on the Milwaukee Comedy Festival, Wisconsin’s largest comedy event, go to festival.milwaukeecomedy.com.
From the inventive mind of James Boland comes an improvised evening of comedy, role-playing and monster-slaying.
Welcome to No Dice, in which James serves as game master and leads several audience members through a shared story, Dungeons & Dragons style.
Adds James, via Facebook: “You don’t need to have any experience playing DnD.”
Among other accomplishments, James is one-fourth of the new improv group Tall Boys, which also includes Erik Koconis, who will be performing his clever brand of standup comedy as part of the No Dice show.
The fantastic adventure begins at 8 p.m., Friday, June 21, in the Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level. (Think of it as the dungeons of Milwaukee’s historic Plankinton Building.) Admission is $10. BYOB.
As they say on Facebook, “It’s a comedy show you will be sure to like a ‘latte.’”
But I’m sure it gets better. Because it’s live comedy featuring some of Milwaukee’s funniest stand-ups, that’s why.
The Caffeinated Comedy Hour is a Caste of Killers Comedy Collective production that runs at 7:30 p.m. on the the last Friday of every month at Sherman Perk Coffee, 4924 W Roosevelt Drive. And guess which Friday of the month May 31 is.
There’s a $3 admission fee, including a raffle. It’s also BYOB, which means something different than when Noah invited neighbors to a shower and told them to build your own boat.