OK, so the Retro Comedy Night starts at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 14. Let’s say it ends about 9 p.m. What are you going to do?
You’re all giddy from laughing at Damon Millard‘s stand-up comedy, and you’re all goofy from watching a live spoof of a secret nostalgic TV sitcom. And it’s only 9 o’clock on a Saturday night. Where you gonna go?
Tyler Menz and Jake Kornely have the solution: Stay right where you are, at the Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.
Because immediately following the Retro show, Tyler and Jake, two stand-up standouts in their own right, will inaugurate “The Goodnight Milwaukee Show!” That’s why.
From Facebook: “Ever wonder what would happen if the competing late night TV hosts were forced to come together and host a show together? Of course you have! Join Tyler and Jake as they interview crazy guests, play super-fun games, and tell jokes, lots of jokes!”
And there’s more. “If you go to the Retro Show, you will be able get in to the Goodnight Milwaukee Show for FREE, but making a donation will get a free beer!”
That’s right, you just read “FREE” and “free beer” in the same sentence. Now that’s an invitation to late-night comedy.
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.
With the impact ComedySportz has made on training and developing Milwaukee comedytalent over its nearly 30 years, Milwaukee is a hotbed for improv. That’s what makes the weekly Open Improv so unpredictably invigorating. Performers never know who’s going to show up. There can be such a range from novice to pro that everyone learns something from the sessions.
And if you haven’t been in a while, Open Improv has moved from Wednesdays to Tuesdays! It’s only $3 and now runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Tuesday at the Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level (downstairs from TJ Maxx).
Less regularly, you can watch one of Milwaukee’s longest-running improv troupes perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14. That’s when Homegrown Electric Circus has its latest show at ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st St. As the four guys explain on Facebook, their performances have become rarer:
“Homegrown Electric Circus, that Halley’s comet of improv groups, has had quite the difficult time finding themselves in the same room over the summer. With busy schedules filled with weddings, theatre obligations, weddings, road trips to see Paul McCartney, and weddings (seriously are there any single people left after this summer?) pinning down a time when Josh Barto, Scott Heaton, Evan Koepnick, and Mike Walker could perform some improv comedy has proven to be quite difficult.”
If you didn’t see them at the Milwaukee Comedy Festival last month, or if you’ve missed any of them individually at an Open Improv, Saturday is your chance to catch Homegrown. Hey, even if you’ve seen them before, Saturday’s show will be way different. Because it’s improv, that’s why.
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.
Cereal connoisseurs know that cinnamon is the spice of Life. But variety is the spice of (lowercase) life.
And so the Comedy Arcade figures to spice up Milwaukee’s night life with a variety of comedy acts on Thursday, June 20, at the Arcade Theatre downtown. Scheduled performers include unnamed improvisational comedy along with the standup art of:
- Josh Ballew
- Jake Kornely
- and Kenny DeForest
From Facebook: “The Comedy Arcade is a collaborative, variety-style comedy showcase in the heart of Milwaukee. This All-In-One Showcase combines various forms of improvisational, sketch, and stand-up comedy from several Midwest premium comedy scenes. This show has a little of everything for every enthusiast of comedy!”
Tickets are $10. You can get yours here: http://
The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
The Arcade Theatre is part of the Underground Collaborative, located in the lower level of 161 W. Wisconsin Ave. (down the circular staircase from T.J. Maxx)
Just a few months ago, Homegrown Electric Circus had to cancel an improv show on account of a blizzard.
Now, that storied Milwaukee quartet is playing the weather card again to promote its latest spontaneously divined comedy.
Check out this Facebook submission: “Hey everyone, it’s summer and the weather outside is fantastic. I know. I’m scared too. This is Wisconsin. Why aren’t we wearing six layers of clothes and shoveling snow?
“Let Homegrown Electric Circus protect you from the frightening unknown that is a gorgeous summer night by entertaining you with some improv at ComedySportz.”
The flexibility demanded of Wisconsin weather has helped train the troupe of Evan Koepnick, Josh Barto, Mike Walker and Scott Heaton to be adept improvisers of side-splitting and often poignant drama.
Their show is at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 15, at 420 S. 1st St. Admission is only $5. And you’ll have access to the bar and food service of ComedySportz to boot.
No rain date.
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.
For years, Scott Heaton has been improvising quick-witted and thoughtful comedy for Milwaukee audiences, most notably through the group Homegrown Electric Circus.
But now Scott has decided to commit premeditated humor by writing and directing his first sketch comedy show.
He’s being joined by Megan Kaminsky, Andrew Parchman and fellow Homegrowner Evan Koepnick to present “But I’ve Never Written a Sketch Before.”
You can join them too. Just not on stage.
From Scott, via Facebook: ”So come see what a little determination, hard work, and blind optimism can produce. It’s actually pretty funny. And not nearly as scary as you might think.”
Witness Scott’s first-ever at 8 p.m., Friday, May 31, at the Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level. If you can’t make that, his second-ever is at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 1, same place. Tickets are $15 at the door or for $10 right here:
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