We’ve been hearing for weeks that Milwaukeeans are clamoring for tickets for the holiday edition of T.I.M. – The Improvised Musical.
The popularity of the monthly impromptu song-and-dance extravaganza has been building throughout its 2½ years. Plus, duh, it’s the holiday show. And, it’s the T.I.M. swan song for Alan Piotrowicz, who has been improvising lighting and sound effects in concert with the T.I.M. cast and The Improvised Band.
If you haven’t seen T.I.M. lately, it’s added instruments to its in-house band and a couple of members to its multi-dimensional cast.
T.I.M. also has become more in-demand, so call today to reserve your $5 tickets – if it’s not already too late. Call during business hours at 414-272-8888.
T.I.M. happens at 7:30 p.m., every third Thursday of the month – which includes Dec. 19, at ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st. St.
In my opinion, nutmeg is the spice of life.
Variety is not stuff to be sprinkled on food or blended in a batter. It’s another dimension.
Think of how flat your life would be if every hour of every day was exactly the same without change.
Sorry. Does that pretty much describe your existence?
Then add an hour of variety this Friday, Oct. 18, at the Variety Hour Happy Hour. It’s a one-hour show from Milwaukee Comedy, with a variety of entertainment, including live music, live sketch comedy, live interviews with living people, live games and live prize-giving.
It starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Arcade Theatre, the nucleus of the Underground Collaborative, which is located at 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.
This month, the Variety Hour Happy Hour features guest performers Liza Marie and Jessie Mahne.
Tickets are $10 in advance by clicking here, or $15 at the door – a door to another dimension.
I read this on Facebook:
“Comedy does not exist for laughs. Comedy exists to make you feel and think. It’s the strongest genre and the strongest emotion.”
It was posted by Jacob Bach, co-founder of The Improvised Musical, the Broadway-style song-and-dance shows that are made up right in front of the audience with experienced comedy improvisers and a live band.
T.I.M. has been performing the third Thursday of every month for more than two years, and if you haven’t seen it yet, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17, is your chance. It’s only $5 at Milwaukee’s ComedySportz arena, 420 S. 1st St. If you are a regular T.I.M.-goer (Lord knows there are many.), you know that no two shows are ever alike.
Reserve your tickets by calling ahead on weekdays at (414) 272-8888.
Because they support one another – because that’s what friends do – the whole entire monthly T.I.M. show is shifting in August to accommodate one of its own.
Robby McGhee is busy debuting his original show, The Burden of Being, at the Alchemist Threatre the last three weekends (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) of August. And because he’s relying on his collaborators from The Improvised Musical, that means T.I.M. can’t perform on the third Thursday of the month – as it has for the last two years.
But here’s the good news: T.I.M. will improvise a full-hour musical from audience suggestions with its veteran thespians and in-house band on Thursday, Aug. 8.
As usual, the show begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be at ComedySportz Milwaukee, 420 S. 1st St. It’s still only $5, and the bar and restaurant will be open. Call Mary at (414) 272-8888 to make reservations.
You know that the 8th annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival starts Thursday, Aug. 1 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 4.
That is the largest comedy event in Wisconsin – all year, if not ever. But, hey, Milwaukee is a big and busy enough comedy community that plenty of other funny stuff is happening at the same time.
In fact, out-of-town visitors to the Comedy Fest are welcome to see what else Milwaukee has going on. Including:
- Monday, July 29 – 7:30 p.m. Trivia Stew at the Sherbrooke, 6713 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa. The same whacky, game-showy Trivia Stew format that’s a Sunday night favorite at Lee’s Luxury Lounge, in Bay View. Hosted by Dave Nelsen of ComedySportz. Teams of six. Fabulous prizes.
- Tuesday, July 30 – 9 p.m., Open Mic Comedy at the Down & Over Pub, 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Hosted by Matty Field.
- Wednesday, July 31 – 8 p.m., Comedy Café Open Mic Competition, 615 E. Brady St. It’s a monthly contest. Click here for details.
- Thursday, Aug. 1 – 8:30 p.m., Comedy & Music Night at Sugar Maple, 441 E. Lincoln Ave. With stand up from Tom Grimm, Greg Bach, Jessie Mahne, Erik Koconis, a guest set from Chao Feng. Hosted by Ryan Holman. Music by The Gazettiers. $5.
- Thursday, Aug. 1 – 9:30 p.m., Premier of Moby Dick, the feature-length all-puppet film written and directed by Milwaukee comedy genius Ryan Lowe, including an array of Milwaukee musicians, comedians and actors. At the Rosebud Theater, 6823 W. North Ave. $10. Also showing at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 3, and 10 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 4. Click here to learn more.
Milwaukee’s comedy scene has been trending toward variety in the last year or so. Instead of going somewhere and seeing just an improv group or just some standups, you’ll see an improv group and some standups or a standup and some sketch comedy or, in the case of the Cactus Club Comedy & Music Night, standups and music.
The next such show is at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, July 27, at 2946 S. Wentworth Ave. The cover charge is $7 cash.
Here is what you’ll get: Music by Rio Turbo and Klassik and comedy by
- Nate Seek
- Tony Tudor
- Doc Love
- Sammy Arechar
- Ryan Holman and
- Matty Field (your emcee)
If you knew of a very special occasion approaching, I’d want you to tell me. So I could check my calendar and save the date. That’s why.
And just to be nice, I’m telling you that The Improvised Musical is celebrating its second anniversary at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 18, at ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st St.
In case you’re new to Milwaukee or just out of the loop, T.I.M., as it’s abbreviated, is an instantaneous song-and-dance Broadway-style show created and performed on the spot based on a suggestion from the audience.
Readers of the Shepherd Express voted T.I.M. as one of the top theater companies in Milwaukee. Its fan base is swelling, and more attendees have been reserving their $5 tickets out of fear that the shows will be sold out.
So all the more reason to give you fair warning: It’s T.I.M.’s birthday show.
To call ahead, dial (414) 272-8888.
Wednesday, June 26, marks the onset of Milwaukee’s Summerfest, which is beloved and renowned as the world’s largest music festival.
But it’s also the place where comedy history took place, playing a pivotal role in the career of George Carlin, as Michael Prigge recently reminded us in the Shepherd Express.
This year’s lineup includes the volcanic Lewis Black on Friday, July 5. Although, as the Journal Sentinel’s Piet Levy reminded us last month, Black won’t be accompanied by a cavalcade of comedy headliners.
If you’re seeking comedic interludes during the Big Gig, you’ll have plenty of hometown options, including opening night of Summerfest, Wednesday, June 26:
- 7 p.m. - Comedy Xtravaganza, a free showcase, at the envi lounge, 316 Main St., Racine.
- 7 p.m. – Open Improv, a two-hour $3 jam welcoming newbies and veteran improvisers, at the Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.
- 8 p.m. – Open Mic Night & Showcase, a monthly competition, free with a two-drink minimum, at the Milwaukee Comedy Cafe, 615 E. Brady St.
The opening weekend of Summerfest also coincides with another Retro Comedy Night on Friday, June 28. But you knew that already.
The Bay View watering hole known as the Down & Over has an open mic forum for standup comedy on Tuesday, June 18.
But besides providing a stage for established and up-and-coming Milwaukee comics, the Down & Under is featuring a comedy set from New York-based Truen Kirk as well as bluegrass music from the group called Pay the Devil.
Here’s the catch. It’s all free. Because everyone knows you pay the devil with your soul. That’s why. So the show won’t cost you a thin dime. But bring some money for the drink specials.
Tom Grimm is your emcee. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. at 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
- Eric Thorson, the emcee
- Kristen Toomey
- Tyler Menz
- Ryan Holman
- Choa Feng
- Sarah Connor
- Damon Millard
The showcase is at 8:30 p.m., Friday, May 17, at the Karma Bar & Grill, 600 E. Ogden Ave. Admission is $10 at the door or $5 in advance by clicking here.
- Damon Millard
- Tom Grimm
- Greg Bach
- Tim Higgins
- Jake Kornely
- Ryan Holman
- Sammy Arechar, the emcee
Tickets are $7.
- Chastity Washington
- Jason Hillman
- Dave Labedz
- Lara Beitz
- Nate Seek
The price of admission there is $5. Bowling not included.