A little-known – or maybe just ignored – free comedy event in Milwaukee is the weekly ComedySportz Recreational League. It’s one of the offshoots of Milwaukee-grown ComedySportz, the international improvisational comedy franchise that turns 30 next year.
The Rec League features amateur improvisers – meaning they don’t get paid and they do it for the love of it. They have teams and “compete” in matches with games from the ComedySportz repertoire that are based on suggestions from the audience. Each match is officiated by a professional ComedySportz comedian, usually Dave Bogan or Dave Nelsen.
This Sunday, Dec. 8, the Rec League playoffs begin with matches every hour from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The audience decides which teams win and advance to the semi-final rounds on Sunday, Dec. 15.
The playoffs are free and open to the public at 420 S. 1st St.
You think your Thanksgiving gatherings were humorous? How about the Milwaukee comedy artists cooking up a big mess of giggles and guffaws for you to feast on this weekend! Among your options:
Indulge yourself at the closing weekend of Jerks!, the latest sketch comedy show from Milwaukee’s broadminded Comedy. Check out their interview on WITI-TV. The first two shows sold out, so click here for tickets for 7:30 p.m. shows on Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.
Dig into ComedySportz - just rated as one of the top comedy schools in the country. Click here for more information on ComedySportz’s family-friendly competitive improv shows Friday and Saturday nights as well as Saturday afternoon. They’re all at 420 S. 1st St.
Or you could take a shot at Bye Bye Liver: The Milwaukee Drinking Play, which includes sketch comedy and drinking games. It starts at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, at the ComedySportz garage venue. Click here for more information.
And you can top it off at the Midnite Show, the uncensored adult-only improv event that happens every Saturday night/Sunday morning, also at ComedySportz.
Meteorological summer has ended (on Labor Day), but summer-style comedy is still in season in Milwaukee.
In fact, Summerfest is sponsoring a free comedy show at Maier Festival Park. At 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage, you can catch “ComedySportz and Friends.”
From Tap Milwaukee, which is co-sponsoring the event with Miller Lite: “ComedySportz will host an interactive evening of comedy and musical comedy featuring The Improvised Musical with Brian Green. The show is suitable for all ages.”
Parking also is free (Lot G, at Chicago St. and Harbor Drive), plus one free beer for those of drinking age who arrive before 8 p.m.
Also on Tuesday night is the second of three preliminary rounds for the Battle Royale 3 comedy competition sponsored by the Caste of Killers Comedy Collective. That’s happening at the Down and Under Pub, 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
You can see 14 or 15 Milwaukee comedians giving it their all in a contest to determine this year’s funniest standup. Their prizes: cash, bragging rights and special appearances.
For details, including a list of who’s gong to perform, go to http://cokcomedy.com/br3.cfm
Comedy lubbers with a sense of adventure can set course for the Rosebud Theater, 6823 W. North Ave.
There they’ll spy the debut film by Milwaukee comedy mate Ryan Lowe and his crew of puppeteers, musicians and funny people.
It’s a whale of a tale that plays at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, and then again at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 310 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 4.
Bring a sawbuck for admission – and your children. Because it’s rated family-friendly, that’s why.