After all your Thanksgiving stuffing and getting fed up with relatives and football and holiday shopping, you deserve some comedy. Milwaukee’s got it for you.
Consider the Black Friday debut of a new long-form improvisational comedy group, The Faculty. It features public school teachers Anna Figlesthaler, Kristin Althoff and Lindsey Walcott.
The Faculty are appearing on the same bill as the improv ensemble of Lee Rowley, Vince Figueroa and James Boland, performing as Busy Bar.
That’s at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29, at the ComedySportz garage venue, 420 S. 1st St. It’s only $5.
Milwaukee has four very vertical comedians adept at putting audiences very horizontal with laughter.
It’s an improvisational group that calls itself Tall Boys. They are Erik Koconis, Robby McGhee, Lee Rowley and James Boland. Individually, they have an embarrassing wealth of comedy experience. Collectively, they’re unpredictably clever. That’s the wonder of improv.
It just so happens that James, by day, is an educator at Milwaukee’s Tamarack Waldorf School, which happens to be starting a high school next year. To help raise awareness and funds for the high school, the Tall Boys are performing at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, at Tamarack Waldorf, 1150 E. Brady St.
Suggested donations are $10 but, of course, we use the word “donation,” which suggests you have discretion to be generous.
Not only will the Tall Boys (coached by imrpov impresario Jared Stepp) perform, but they will feature the standup comedy, the deadpan brilliance of Ryan Lowe.
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.
And now for something completely different: An improv troupe will be performing at an open mic for standup comedians.
Look for it at 9 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6 – Tuesday Night Comedy – The Down & Over Pub, 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., in Milwaukee’s Bay View. It’s an open mic. Performers need to sign up at 8:30 p.m. Steve Breese is the emcee. And there’s a special appearance by Tall Boys improv. And it’s free.
Tall Boys includes James Boland, Erik Koconis, Robby McGhee and Lee Rowley. They’ll be having a show of their own at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9, at the Alchemist Theatre, 2569 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Bay View. Admission is $5, but there’s a free Tall Boy beer for the first 10 people in the door.
And for poetic justice, the Tall Boys improv show will include standup comedy from Greg Bach, Steve Breese and Scott Boremen.
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.
If you are a fan of improvisational comedy, here’s your chance to be wowed by masters. If you are not a fan, here’s how to become one.
The Tall Boys are an ensemble of experienced, avid, elongated Milwaukee comedians who began joking together in earnest earlier this year. By name, they are Lee Rowley, James Boland, Robby McGhee and Erik Koconis.
Their next show is at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 12, at the Riverwest Public House Cooperative, 815 E. Locust St. Admission is $5.
I’m not making this up. That’s what they do.
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://
A “tall drink of water” is an expression for a visually appealing person of elevated stature. Think of the sight of a tom collins glass filled with icewater on a sweltering day.
Now picture chilling with a 16-ounce can of beer on a Friday night with some of the funniest people you know.
That’s what the MIlwaukee improv quartet Tall Boys is planning for 8 p.m., Friday, June 14. After local standup standout Ryan Mason gets you in the mood, veteran improvisers James Boland, Erik Koconis, Robby McGhee and Lee Rowley will amaze and amuse you with their impromptu storytelling.
Buy tickets for Tall Boys Comedy Show!
It’s worth every bit of the $10 you’ll pay for the show ($15 at the door). Plus, if you’re of age, you’ll get a free Schlitz Tall Boy beer (while supplies last). Because you’re going to be thirsty from all that laughter. That’s why.
The place to be: Arcade Theatre, in the Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.