A favorite open mic venue for Milwaukee standup comedians and comedian wannabes is the Killer Open Mic at the Art Bar Riverwest. It’s eclectic. It’s free-wheeling. It’s free.
It’s called Killer because it’s run by those folk at Milwaukee’s Caste of Killers Comedy Collective.
It’s happening the second and fourth Thursdays of every month, and in case you weren’t paying attention, Thursday, June 13, is the second Thursday.
The show starts at 9 p.m. at 722 E. Burleigh Ave. If you want to perform for three- to five-minutes, sign in at 8:30. And, just to repeat, it’s free.
A few years ago, before the indoor smoking ban, I had to bail on an appointment at the Art Bar because I was overcome by all the smoke at that place. That’s the only time I recall being so affected by second-hand smoke. But I mention it only as a segue.
Because also free on Thursday, June 13, Shaker’s Cigar Bar, at 8 p.m., at 422 S. 2nd St., is presenting the comedy stylings of
- Andy Bolton
- Marcos Lara
- Stacy Pawlowski
- and the headliner, the Rev. Ron Swanson.
Jason Evans will be your emcee.
If it seems the Caste of Killers Comedy Collective is doing a lot around Milwaukee, it’s because we’re getting that impression too.
And just when you’ve seen one promotion for a Caste event, there’s the troupe’s monthly Milwaukee Stand-Up Comedy Showcase.
The next one is at 8:30 p.m., Friday, June 7, at Karma Bar & Grill, 600 E. Ogden Ave.
From Facebook: “This comedian-run, independently-produced comedy show started with a couple of funny guys and a microphone that has grown into a full-fledged professional comedy extravaganza. The Caste of Killers’ showcases only the best and brightest comedy acts: The new, local, up-and-coming comics to nationally-touring headliners.”
Joe Murphy is the scheduled emcee. With the following lineup:
- David Drake
- Lindsay Adams
- Casey Michealson
- Scott Galvin
- Sammy Arechar
- Nick Ledesma
The show costs $10 at the door or $5 online by clicking here.
- Reason 1: The first Thursday of every month – including Thursday, June 6. That’s when COK, as they playfully call themselves, run the new Instant Human open mic. That’s where standup comedians – established and wannabe – practice their material in front of live audiences. The show starts a little after 8 p.m. But if you want to perform, signup begins at 7:30. The result is an entertaining time for all.
- Reason 2: The third Thursday of every month. It’s the same as Reason 1 only a fortnight later.
Carte Blanche is at 104 S. 5th St., in the Walker’s Point neck of the woods.
Besides Milwaukee Comedy’s Open Improv every Wednesday night, Milwaukee’s Caste of Killers Comedy Collective has an open mic for standup comedians.
On the last Wednesday of the month, that open mic is at Comedy Cafe, 615 E. Brady St. The show starts at 8 p.m., and it’s free (with a two-drink minimum).
It’s not your run-of-the-mill open mics, either. This one showcases some established comics from the Milwaukee area and sometimes from farther afield. And it’s competitive. From Facebook:
“8 comics go head to head to prove they’ve got the right stuff. The audience chooses their favorite and that person is crowned the night’s top comic, wins some cash, and is invited back for a guest spot on a regular weekend show.”
There you go. Comedy people with something to prove. That ought to be worth a couple of drinks. Plus, it’s hosted by Ryan Holman.
If you want the mic, be there to sign up at 8:30 p.m.
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.
- Eric Thorson, the emcee
- Kristen Toomey
- Tyler Menz
- Ryan Holman
- Choa Feng
- Sarah Connor
- Damon Millard
The showcase is at 8:30 p.m., Friday, May 17, at the Karma Bar & Grill, 600 E. Ogden Ave. Admission is $10 at the door or $5 in advance by clicking here.
- Damon Millard
- Tom Grimm
- Greg Bach
- Tim Higgins
- Jake Kornely
- Ryan Holman
- Sammy Arechar, the emcee
Tickets are $7.
- Chastity Washington
- Jason Hillman
- Dave Labedz
- Lara Beitz
- Nate Seek
The price of admission there is $5. Bowling not included.
It’s Mother’s Day Weekend! Check out some comedy and bring your Mom!
Retro Comedy Night, Saturday, May 11 features a ton of laughs including stand up from Sarah Connor, sketch comedy with Broadminded Comedy, and of course the Retro Comedy Show – a classic sitcom performed live on stage!
The show starts at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 11 (Mother’s Day Eve!) at The Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level. (Click here for directions!) Only $10 in advance (Order here.) or $15 at the door, if it hasn’t sold out by the time you get there!
Tickets are $7 ($12 if you want to lounge on a couch and walk away with a lovely parting gift.) Get them in advance by clicking here.
If your looking for some Family Friendly comedy this weekend, take mom and the whole family to
Comedy Sportz Milwaukee! 3pm Matinee, 7:30pm and 10:00pm shows. ComedySportz is an all Improv, all suggestion based comedy show, fun for all ages. Two teams of “Actletes” get suggestions from the audience, create scenes onstage, and compete for your laughs! You decide what each scene is about, you decide who you think is funnier, and you decide who wins! If you haven’t guessed yet– the most important part of the show is YOU!
Bring your kids, bring your grandma, bring your friends, hey!