It’s the Holidays if you haven’t noticed! Since December is all about giving, Milwaukee Comedy is giving away prizes, give-a-ways and free stuff at every show this month! You could win some awesome swag like t-shirts, buttons, candy, even a beer or FREE tickets and more! Yippee! Free Stuff! All you have to do is see a comedy show this month at our venue, The UC!
Every show will have chances for free tickets to upcoming comedy shows or fun stuff like buttons and candy. Here is your complete guide to Free Stuff December:
Friday, Dec. 13th
7:30pm – Crouch Comedy
Candy, buttons and free tickets to comedy shows, don’t miss this show!
Saturday, Dec. 14th – Double Feature!
7:30pm – Retro Comedy Night
ANCHORMAN 2 Super special giveaway! We will have tickets to see the movie and lots of fun Anchorman 2 swag to give away!
9:00pm – Goodnight Milwaukee
Free Beer with ticket purchase OR see the show for free if you go to Retro Comedy Night!
Friday, Dec. 20th
7:30pm – Comedy Arcade Show
Get a FREE beer with each ticket purchased 21+. And who we kidding? We’ll give out some tickets too!
Friday, Dec. 27th
7:30pm – Variety Hour Happy Hour
What ever is left from this month of give-a-ways could be yours! And don’t worry, we will have some other fun stuff too like tickets to comedy shows and maybe some t-shirts.
Get tickets to any and all of our shows here: http://milwaukeecomedy.com/see-comedy/tickets/
All shows at The Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave.,
Lower Level below TJ Maxx in the Grand Ave Mall!
The producers of the Milwaukee Comedy Festival and Sketch 22 are very creative gentlemen. But they’re no gods. Maybe they’re working on it, but they can’t take a lump of clay or a rib or whatever to create talent. Besides, the talent they’re looking for already exists. They just need to meet it – or be reminded of it.
With that in mind, Matt Kemple and Patrick Schmitz and the producers of Bye Bye Liver: The Milwaukee Drinking Play, are inviting interested comedy performers – stand-ups, sketch actors and improvisers – to audition. They’re welcoming both individuals and groups.
Here are the details:
- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15
- Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level
- Fill out this form to secure a time slot.
- Bring a relevant resume and a photo.
- Be prepared to provide a sample of one or more of your abilities: Up to 5 minutes performing a comedy sketch; Up to 5 minutes of original standup material; Up to 5 minutes of improv.
The producers are forming a talent pool to be considered for a variety of Milwaukee-based comedy productions, including such ongoing shows as Retro Comedy Night, Variety Hour Happy Hour, Stand Up Showcase, Sketch 22 and the Milwaukee Comedy Festival.
“We are looking for talented comedy and improv groups as well as individual actors, improvisers, comedians of all kinds and people that are looking to be a part of something fun and exciting!” says a Facebook post on the auditions.
Initial response to a similar post last month was so impressive that the producers added this Dec. 15 date.
Another sketch comedy show is heading down to Milwaukee’s Arcade Theatre.
Following the successful run of broadminded Comedy’s Jerks!, Crouch Comedy is scheduling a holiday show for 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13.
From Facebook: “With more than a dozen new sketches in their arsenal, audiences can expect a full-length show of edgy (ugh, sorry – that word) and outlandish comedy with a timely holiday twist. Indulge the part of yourself that expects coal in your stocking this year, and share in an evening of laughs with How The Crouch Stole Christmas.”
Crouch debuted in July at the Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level, in a Comedy Arcade Show that kicked off the 7th annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival. The troupe includes Laura Bialek, Bradley Colmerauer, Carly Malison, Evan Schroeder, Moe Tremper, Jon Waldbauer, and Pam Zorko.
Tickets for How the Crouch Stole Christmas are $7 online here, or $10 at the door.
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.
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?
As Carrie Antlfinger reports, the federal government shutdown may be flattening some of Milwaukee’s favorite brews. But we’ve got just the medicine.
Free beer! That’s good for what ales you.
The October Comedy Arcade show includes a free cold one with every $7 advance ticket you buy online right here.*
Procrastinators and last-second showgoers pay $10 at the door and have to bring their own beverages.
But here’s the best part: All comers get the Milwaukee comedy stylings of these standup artists:
- Steve Breese
- Greg Bach
- Chastity Washington
The show starts at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, in the Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.
*21+ limit one per ticket holder!
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.
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.
One measure of the progress the Milwaukee comedy scene has made since the first Milwaukee Comedy Festival in 2006 is how vast and varied the kickoff has become.
Even a couple of years ago, the kick off was little more than an improv jam the night before the fest started.
This year entails four full nights of shows featuring standup, improv and sketch comedy. It all begins on Thursday, July 25 with the Comedy Arcade Show followed by the Variety Hour Half-Hour, on Friday, July 26, and the Retro Comedy Night on Saturday, July 27, and a special Milwaukee Comedy Showcase on Wednesday, July 31 - aka Milwaukee Comedy Fest Eve.
Please click here for details on kick off events, including discount advance tickets. (Each of the events includes prizes. Maybe you’ll even win a ticket to the 8th Annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival, which runs Aug. 1-4.)
For more on how the local comedy scene has changed since the festival started, check out our Milwaukee Comedy video interview with Matt Kemple and Patrick Schmitz:
One of the purposes of the Comedy Arcade shows at downtown Milwaukee’s Arcade Theatre is to showcase Milwaukee comedy talent.
The main purpose is to entertain Milwaukee audiences.
This sneak peek at one of the newest Comedy Arcade performers, Josh Balew, should help fill both purposes.
Josh is performing along with Jake Kornely and Kenny DeForest.
Plus, you’ll see the improvisational comedy of Busy Bar, featuring Vince Figueroa and Lee Rowley.
The show is at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 20, at the Arcade Theatre (with its new ceiling), 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.
Get your $10 tickets here http://