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.
You may know him from his prolific standup performances around the Milwaukee area. Or maybe you know that he’s a co-founder of Milwaukee’s Caste of Killers Comedy Collective.
But at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, you’ll be seeing Damon Millard – fresh from New York – as the headliner stand-up for the last Retro Comedy Night of 2013.
So there will be something a little retro in the standup portion of the show. Because Damon will be coming back to the city that launched him to various nether regions of the United States in the past year. That’s why.
The retro show itself, if you haven’t been to one yet, re-enacts a classic TV sitcom live on stage with some of Milwaukee’s funniest performers. It’s a secret which show they’ll pay homage to (A year ago, it was Charlie Brown’s Christmas special, with Robbie McGhee as Snoopy, dressed in white with a pair of black socks for ears.).
It’s all at the Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level. Click here for $10 tickets. Or pay $15 at the door.
Another sketch comedy show is heading down to Milwaukee’s Arcade Theatre.
Following the successful run of broadminded Comedy’s Jerks!, Crouch Comedy is scheduling a holiday show for 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13.
From Facebook: “With more than a dozen new sketches in their arsenal, audiences can expect a full-length show of edgy (ugh, sorry – that word) and outlandish comedy with a timely holiday twist. Indulge the part of yourself that expects coal in your stocking this year, and share in an evening of laughs with How The Crouch Stole Christmas.”
Crouch debuted in July at the Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level, in a Comedy Arcade Show that kicked off the 7th annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival. The troupe includes Laura Bialek, Bradley Colmerauer, Carly Malison, Evan Schroeder, Moe Tremper, Jon Waldbauer, and Pam Zorko.
Tickets for How the Crouch Stole Christmas are $7 online here, or $10 at the door.
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.
The big weekend at Milwaukee’s Arcade Theatre begins on Thursday with this month’s Comedy Arcade Show. It’s another laugh fest showcasing local standup comedians and some improvised comedy.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.
It features stand-ups:
- Josh Balew
- Tom Grimm
- Jason Hillman
It’s $10 at the door, or you can get your tickets online for $7 and a FREE BEER. As always, it’s BYOB – especially if you don’t pre-order your tickets.
And this month’s Comedy Arcade kicks off the latest sketch comedy show from Milwaukee’s broadminded Comedy troupe. Their show, Jerks! starts at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22, also at the Arcade Theatre, and runs Saturday, Nov. 23, Friday, Nov. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 30. Click here for more information and a link for tickets.
Weeks have passed since we first tipped you off that Milwaukee’s premier comedy sketch troupe was performing a new show the last two weekends of November. Well, it’s almost that time.
Before there’s so much publicity that all the shows sell out, order your $12 tickets for Jerks! – which runs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 and 29 as well as Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30.
Yes, that second weekend immediately follows Thanksgiving, but what better way to get away from the jerks in your family and the jerks at Black Friday sales and the jerks who injured your latest favorite football player than by laughing about jerks with Stacy Babl, Anne Graff LaDisa, Melissa Kingston and Megan McGee.
Shows are aimed at adults 15 and older and are BYOB for those older than 21.
The Arcade Theatre is part of the Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.
Our pal Brynne Ramella, who wrote a series of blogs for Milwaukee Comedy last spring about an upstart comedy troupe at Marquette University, now is blogging about a two-man improv team in the works.
The two Marquette guys are Chris O’Reilly and Spencer Rose, formerly of Marquette’s 33rd & State sketch group and Studio 013 Refugees improv.
“Marquette has a legacy of some great comedians, and it’s a shame this talent doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.” Brynne writes in her first installment. “As somebody with an interest in the journalistic side of comedy, it breaks my heart to see the audience drinking….uhh lots of soda… at one of the Fugees’ monthly improv shows, while chattering/yelling over the Fugees as they perform. Comedy doesn’t get a whole lot of respect on this campus.”
As Brynne explains, she’ll be documenting efforts by Chris and Spencer to raise the bar on Marquette comedy. Among their plans: a bi-weekly show on campus next semester.
“Since the Studio 013 Refugees were formed about 15 years ago, I don’t think anyone has really attempted to revamp comedy at Marquette,” Brynne writes. “I am still learning about this style of improv and I have never freely blogged on my own, so this is unexplored territory for me – that’s ambition, right post-grad employers? In some way, this is an experiment for all three of us.”
To follow the experiment, click here.
By the way, some of Marquette’s “great comedians” Brynne refers to includes Peter Bonerz, Chris Farley and Danny Pudi. Click here to learn 10 things you don’t know about Danny Pudi.
Of the chief forms of comedy, the rarest in Milwaukee is sketch.
We’ve got plenty of standup and improv. But sketch shows have been less frequent. There’s been Sketch 22 twice a year, and Broadminded comedy with their latest production, “Jerks!” scheduled for the last two weekends of November.
Of course, sketch comedy is featured in the Milwaukee Comedy Festival and the Variety Hour Happy Hour and Retro Comedy Night.
More recently, Crouch Comedy has emerged, with a debut performance at a Comedy Arcade Show to kick off the 2013 Comedy Fest. Crouch has another show in the works for December.
Earlier this year, Scott Heaton, of Homegrown Electric Circus, better known for its improv, did a sketch show. Now, Sally Arenberg has tapped Scott and his Circus mates Josh Barto and Evan Koepnick as well as broadminded’s Megan McGee to present a whole new show, which Sally is directing, called ”It Was Embarrassing, So Don’t Ask.”
From Facebook: “Are they laughing with you? Or at you? Sometimes it’s hard to tell. You’ll have to find out at an evening of sketch comedy among the talented cast.”
Weeks away from her bachelor’s degree in acting at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Sally acknowledges that her show fills a bit of a void for sketch comedy. It also is a change of pace, she says from the acting program’s focus on classical theater.
“Comedy is also a big challenge for actors. I think it takes a really talented actor to have the ability to make an audience laugh,” Sally says, and adds, “It’s way different directing comedy. But it’s cool to have this opportunity for other actors too.”
Those actors include:
- Alissa Kluever
- Derrion Brown
- Courtney Howe
- Erika Kirkstein-Zastrow
- Kris Anton
- Keiandra Honeysucker and
- Jeremy Berson
The performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7 through Saturday, Nov. 9, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1925 E. Kenilworth Place.
Allison Mcmahon is the assistant director, and the other writers are Dan Perlstein and Joey Sullivan.
General admission is $10. Click here for tickets.
It’s another alternate Tuesday, which means it’s time for an Open Improv at Milwaukee’s Underground Collaborative.
Stretch your improvisational tendons at this bi-weekly jam, led by experienced comedians – so you know it’s going to be safe.
The fun begins at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the U.C., 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level. It costs only $3 per session. The experience is priceless. It’s improv. Who knows what’ll happen?
As much as we evolve and move our lives ahead, there’s comfort in nostalgia. All the better, when you’re laughing too.
That’s the idea and experience behind the monthly Retro Comedy Night.
Besides seeing some fresh entertainment (This time it’s stand-up comedian LIza Marie.), audiences can reconnect with the familiarity of a bygone TV sitcom – as staged line-for-line by some of Milwaukee’s funniest actors.
Which show they’ll perform is a secret, which adds an element of surprise to the occasion.
The next Retro show is at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, in the Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. And it’s BYOB.