Milwaukee-based improviser James Boland returns with another night of monster-slaying comedy this Thursday, Dec. 19.
In his No Dice show, James acts as game master, leading several audience volunteers members through an improv Dungeons & Dragons style story. No experience playing DnD is needed, but if you’re a fan, you’ll appreciate the improv all the more.
Admission is free, and there are drink specials.
Plan to be at the Riverwest Public House Cooperative, 815 E. Locust St. at 7:30 p.m.
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.
Most Mondays – including Monday, Oct. 14 – you can find a free comedy show at the Bremen Cafe, 901 E. Clarke St., in Milwaukee’s hip Riverwest neighborhood.
It’s called the Comedy Show Comedy Show Open Mic.
If you’re looking to catch some laughs, the show starts at 8:30 p.m. If you’re looking to try out a new standup routine or practice a set you’ve been working on, sign up for a spot at 8 p.m.
“You can see veteran comedians, as well as first-timers get up on stage and make strangers laugh. Anyone is welcome to sign up and try out their jokes*. New material is encouraged! Bring your friends!”
Plus, it’s free. We said that already.
It’s the last Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for the open mic contest at Milwaukee’s Comedy Café.
That’s where eight standup comedians perform five-minute sets, and the audience votes on its favorite. The winner goes home with a $25 prize, a guest spot at an upcoming regular Thursday night show, plus a berth in the Milwaukee’s Funniest Open Mic comedian competition in December. Click here for all the details.
The August contest begins at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 615 E. Brady St. There’s a two-drink minimum. Anyway, you should be keeping yourself hydrated in this heat.
Speaking of contests, stay tuned to MilwaukeeComedy.com for details of a Milwaukee-wide competition sponsored by our friends at the Caste of Killers Comedy Collective that starts in September.
Also, on Thursday, Aug. 29, catch Jake Kornely and friends showcasing more Milwaukee comedy talent at the fifth Comedy Show Comedy Show.
That starts at 9:30 p.m. at Linneman’s River West Inn, 1001 E. Locust St. Admission is $6, and the lineup includes Ryan Mason, Gary Zajackowski and Tom Grimm.
From Facebook: “Seating fills up fast, so make sure you get there early!”
The Comedy Show Comedy Show open mic is at 8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 2, at the Bremen Café, 901 E. Clarke St. That’s free.
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.
A favorite open mic venue for Milwaukee standup comedians and comedian wannabes is the Killer Open Mic at the Art Bar Riverwest. It’s eclectic. It’s free-wheeling. It’s free.
It’s called Killer because it’s run by those folk at Milwaukee’s Caste of Killers Comedy Collective.
It’s happening the second and fourth Thursdays of every month, and in case you weren’t paying attention, Thursday, June 13, is the second Thursday.
The show starts at 9 p.m. at 722 E. Burleigh Ave. If you want to perform for three- to five-minutes, sign in at 8:30. And, just to repeat, it’s free.
A few years ago, before the indoor smoking ban, I had to bail on an appointment at the Art Bar because I was overcome by all the smoke at that place. That’s the only time I recall being so affected by second-hand smoke. But I mention it only as a segue.
Because also free on Thursday, June 13, Shaker’s Cigar Bar, at 8 p.m., at 422 S. 2nd St., is presenting the comedy stylings of
- Andy Bolton
- Marcos Lara
- Stacy Pawlowski
- and the headliner, the Rev. Ron Swanson.
Jason Evans will be your emcee.