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.
If you like laughing and free admission and world peace, here’s an event for you.
Hillel Milwaukee is sponsoring an evening of cross-cultural comedy aimed at using humor to address perceived differences. The show is called “Laugh in Peace.”
It’s at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3, in the ballroom of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Boulevard.
From Facebook: “a one-of-a-kind comedy show led by Rabbi Bob Alper, and Arab Muslim comedian Mohammed Amer. These fantastic internationally-known comedians will host an evening full of non-political laughter. Following the show will be a Q and A session. You do not want to miss this!”
Advance publicity includes reviews from The New York Times, the Detroit Free Press and even the World Bank.
And if you don’t like laughing, free admission and world peace, what’s wrong with you?
- Brian Aldridge
- Chastity Washington
- Eric Thorson and
- Scott Tolaney
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.
We told you this would be quite a week for standup comedy in Milwaukee.
Here are more opportunities to explore and/or contribute to:
- Seriously, Comedy Open Mic, Thursday, Oct. 24, at Fire on Water, 518 N. Water St. Performers sign in at 8:30 p.m. The show, hosted by Jacob E. Miller, starts at 9 p.m.
- The sign-up (8:30 p.m.) and performance times (9 p.m.) are the same Thursday for the bi-weekly Art Bar Open Mic, in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood, 722 E. Burleigh St. Your emcee there will be Joshua Balew.
- You can launch your weekend laughing with The Caffeinated Comedy Hour, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Sherman Perk, 4924 W. Sherman Ave., hosted by Eric Thorson and featuring Sam Barone, Patrick Tomlinson and Darryl Hill.
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.
Why wait for the weekend? Milwaukee has comedy for you right away to start the week.
For free, you can check out the Mellow Monday Comedy Showcase at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 21, at INdustri Café, 545 S. 2nd St.
Tom Grimm will be the emcee, with performances by
- Ryan Mason
- Ryan Lowe
- Liza Marie
- Sammy Arechar
- Tim Hunter
- Gary Zaj
- Jason Hillman
- Tyler Menz and
- Adam Loeding
And don’t be surprised if you see some of the same comedians developing further material at the Comedy Show Comedy Show Open Mic at 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 21. That’s also free, and it’s at the Bremen Café, 901 E. Clarke St.
But don’t stay out too late. Pace yourself. It’s only Monday, for Pete’s sake. And a lot of these same comedians will be attending the second bi-weekly workshop known as The Writers Block. They’ll be getting together to share deep discussions on the word choices and other craftwork that help make them funny.
That starts at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.
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.
Milwaukee is the fourth of five stops in a five-day tour by first-string comedians (from left to right) Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman and Kristen Schaal.
The three friends – whose burgeoning body of work includes “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (Schaal and Hodgman), “Flight of the Conchords” (Mirman and Schaal) and “Bob’s Burgers” (Schaal and Mirman) – perform at the Pabst Theater, 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18. (More info and $32.50 tickets here.)
While riding a “pretty sweet van” with Schaal and Mirman between the first two legs of the tour – Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., Hodgman spoke with Milwaukee Comedy about the Sandwich-To-Go-Tour and how he’s looking forward to the Milwaukee audience and a hookup with a signature Milwaukee sandwich. Here’s a slightly edited transcript of the conversation.
Milwaukee Comedy: Tell me about the show and its genesis.
John Hodgman: We enjoy each other’s company very much and have known each other for a number of years, and it seemed like it would be a good idea to get together and drive around in a van and visit some of the cities of America and perform comedy. So far, that has proven to be true. I hope that by the time we reach Milwaukee, it will be truer than ever.
Us: Tell me about the show itself, how the three of you are working together on this.
Him: We had a couple of different options to work with:
- We considered all going out together on stage and performing our individual sets simultaneously, and people could tune in to specific radio stations so they could hear which ever comedian they wanted to hear using a small AM transmitter. We were going to do that.
- The other possibility that we would all prepare comedy together, and we would memorize it, and then we would all three of us come out and recite the whole comedic routine together in unison – all at the same time. It seemed like that would be a good idea because we would not need microphones. It would be sort of like the people’s microphone from Occupy Wall Street. Everyone would be able to hear us very well.
- But then we decided to do something a little more conventional, which was that we would split up our time in the theater among the three of us and we would each perform our own individual comedy sets linearly, which I gather is how it has been done on the vaudeville stage for many years.
So in effect, it becomes a little bit of a variety show. We three of us go out on stage. We exchange some pleasantries with each other and the audience. And then we have a physical fight as to who gets to go first and be done the quickest.
Last night (Tuesday), Eugene won the fight. He’s a very talented fighter. I think he’s been going to some ultimate fighting gyms, I think, to practice. His ground game is really good these days. I hurt my back, though.
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.