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.
Those rascals at Milwaukee’s Caste of Killers Comedy Collective are at it again. By that, we mean they’re presenting another monthly showcase of standup comedians at the Karma Bar & Grill.
The Milwaukee Stand Up Comedy Showcase begins at 8:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17, at 600 E. Ogden Ave.
Our good friend Steve Breese is the scheduled host.
- Goodrich Gevaart
- Jeffry Schultz
- Nate Bjork
- Greg Bach
It’s only $5 ($1 to see each comedian) if you pay in advance (by clicking here). Or you can play the role of big spender and pay $10 at the door, leaving less money available to buy your friends drinks – which is the best way to pose as a big spender.
You might not think it to watch them from the audience, but comedians generally are very collegial. Individually, they work hard crafting and delivering very personal thoughts in a very public setting – something that the vast majority of people dread. But it’s a nonconformist pursuit that they share with fellow comedians, it’s an unconventional passion that binds them together as they see one another night after night at open mics and showcases and clubs.
Still, threaded into that comedic camaraderie stirs a sense of competition – to win more laughs, to be more popular, to garner more kudos from one’s peers. That’s a dynamic to consider in standup contests: Birds of a feather in cage matches.
And so it is with the 3rd Annual Battle Royale Stand-Up Comedy Competition, presented by Milwaukee’s Caste of Killers Comedy Collective.
Dozens of comedians have registered to match wits for cash, exposure and bragging rights. Mark your calendars for the scheduled bouts:
- Saturday, Sept. 7, Arcade Theatre, in the Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.
- Tuesday, Sept. 10, Down & Over Pub, 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
- Wednesday, Sept. 18, Milwaukee’s Comedy Café, 615 E. Brady St.
- Culminating in the finals, Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Karma Bar & Grill, 600 E. Ogden Ave.
See the lineups here. Murphy Row won the inaugural contest in 2011. Lara Beitz was the 2012 champion, with Ryan Mason (in a Milwaukee Comedy interview below) as runner-up.
From those comically busy folks at Caste of Killers Comedy Collective comes another Milwaukee Stand-Up Comedy Showcase.
That’s just what it sounds like: The collective displaying some of the funniest talent they can assemble. Specifically, this show – at 8:30 p.m., Friday July 19, includes:
- Christopher E Barnes
- Josh Ballew
- Mark Placek
- Greg Willett
- Krains Butter
- Jake Kornely
The venue is the always intimate Karma Lounge, 600 E. Ogden Ave. Admission is $10 at the door or $5 in advance online.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel informed us of the history of comedy at Summerfest.
Lewis Black makes a case for comedy’s inclusion in “The World’s Largest Music Festival” by saying in a promotional video:
“This is a lot of music, and music needs to be leavened with funny. Music tends to be a little pretentious, but a comic knows what a good fart is, doesn’t he? And a good fart joke.”
And though Friday, July 5, is the big night for comedy at the Big Gig, it’s also a time to catch more local talent in a more intimate venue. I’m referring to the Caste of Killers Comedy Collective‘s Milwaukee Comedy Stand-Up Showcase. That’s what.
It starts at 8 p.m. at the Karma Bar & Grill, 600 E. Ogden Ave. Tickets are only $5 ($10 for the cushy couch seats), and you can order them by clicking here.
The lineup includes:
- Jeff Lampton
- R. Michael Gull
- Kyle Warras
- Duncan Carson
- Dave Labedz
- Steve Breese
Milwaukee’s big enough to support a lot of laughter.
Milwaukee comedy has been getting so big that it’s spilling over to greater metropolitan area. For months now, Greg Bach has been showcasing some of the region’s funniest standup comedians in Racine.
And he’s doing it again at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 26, at the envi lounge, 316 Main St., Racine.
Greg calls the show Comedy Xtravaganza. And it’s free.
Here’s the lineup, descriptions courtesy of Greg:
Tyler Menz has been described as a handsome man and Mr. Rogers-esque. Most of his comedy comes from his mundane and ordinary life. Look for him buying kale at a farmers market near you.
Sammy Arechar is a fresh face with luxurious jokes. His sense of humor and his stage presence has landed him gigs opening for nationally touring comedians such as Michael Kosta, Dave Waite, Tom Clark and Ari Shaffir. His hobbies, along with telling jokes on stage, are looking handsome, seeing what’s on TV, and seeing what’s in the fridge.
Nate Seek has been called “The Kennedy of Comedy,” a freshly shorn comedian. Nathan Seek will delight and amuse audiences with anecdotes about what it’s like to be a privileged white man in America. Hilarity. He’s had the pleasure to work with comedians like Ian Edwards (SNL), Tom Clark, Kevin Williams, and many more. He is a club regular at Milwaukee’s Comedy Café and Madison’s Comedy Club on State.
Greg will be the emcee. He’s a versatile performer including improv, standup and sketch comedy in his repertoire since 2007. Among the places you may have seen him is Sherman Perk, Karma Bar & Grill, ComedySportz and the Alchemist Theatre.
Again, the Comedy Xtravaganza is free. But seating is limited. So make reservations by calling 262-770-4297.
Here’s a funny way to welcome the summer solstice: the Milwaukee Stand-Up Comedy Showcase.
The name says it all. Well, it doesn’t tell you when and where and how much. But we can provide those details.
The showcase is a production of the Caste of Killers Comedy Collective and displays select Milwaukee comedy talent, this time including:
- Jason Hillman
- Adam Waldron
- Ian John
- Nate Seek
- Laura Holterman
- Joe Larkin
- Gareth Reynolds
The show is at 8:30 p.m., Friday, June 21, at the Karma Bar & Grill, 600 E. Ogden Ave. Admission is $5 online (by clicking here) or $10 at the door.
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.
They’re at it again in Racine, those funny people standing there at the envi lounge, 316 W. Main St.
The Comedy Xtravaganza, that’s what!
To start with, it’s free. But you should go mostly because it’s funny.
Here’s the lineup, with descriptions furnished via Facebook, so you know it’s so:
Sarah Connor‘s sarcastic, tomboy candor cuts to the heart of the trials and tribulations of the modern single lady. Drunk audience members have described her as both a “sexy Lewis Black” and a “dirty Vonnegut.”
Chris Lay was raised fast and hard in the mean southern streets of Charlotte, North Carolina before moving mid-westward to Madison, Wisconsin where he’s been deeply involved with the fast-emerging local comedy and podcast scenes.
Nate Bjork’s comedic style has been described as “smart-stupid.” His comedy is observational only insofar as the world he observes is all in his head.
Greg Bach will be your MC for the evening. He has been performing improv, standup and sketch comedy since 2007. He has performed at Sherman Perk, Karma Lounge, ComedySportz and the Alchemist Theatre.
The show starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22. Like I said, it’s free and funny, so you shouldn’t have any reservations. But you should make reservations because seating is limited and it’s free and it’s funny. Call 262-770-4297.