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.
In case you missed the Milwaukee theatrical premiere of Ryan Lowe’s movie “Moby Dick” earlier this month, there’s one more showing at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Down & Over Pub, 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Ryan, a standout standup comedian, has crafted a puppet extravaganza with the talents of some of Milwaukee’s funniest performers. Admission is $5.
Read the fascinating genesis of Ryan’s work from Colleen Jurkiewicz, at OnMilwaukee.com.
Comedy lubbers with a sense of adventure can set course for the Rosebud Theater, 6823 W. North Ave.
There they’ll spy the debut film by Milwaukee comedy mate Ryan Lowe and his crew of puppeteers, musicians and funny people.
It’s a whale of a tale that plays at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, and then again at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 310 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 4.
Bring a sawbuck for admission – and your children. Because it’s rated family-friendly, that’s why.
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.
The monthly Sugar Maple Comedy & Music Show begins at 8:30 p.m., Thursday, June 6, at 441 E. Lincoln Ave.
It features the music of Cat Ries and showcases the comedy talents of
- Tom Abramoff
- Matty Field
- Ryan Lowe
- Ryan Holman
Nate Seek will be your emcee. Tickets are $5.