You might not think it to watch them from the audience, but comedians generally are very collegial. Individually, they work hard crafting and delivering very personal thoughts in a very public setting – something that the vast majority of people dread. But it’s a nonconformist pursuit that they share with fellow comedians, it’s an unconventional passion that binds them together as they see one another night after night at open mics and showcases and clubs.
Still, threaded into that comedic camaraderie stirs a sense of competition – to win more laughs, to be more popular, to garner more kudos from one’s peers. That’s a dynamic to consider in standup contests: Birds of a feather in cage matches.
And so it is with the 3rd Annual Battle Royale Stand-Up Comedy Competition, presented by Milwaukee’s Caste of Killers Comedy Collective.
Dozens of comedians have registered to match wits for cash, exposure and bragging rights. Mark your calendars for the scheduled bouts:
- Saturday, Sept. 7, Arcade Theatre, in the Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.
- Tuesday, Sept. 10, Down & Over Pub, 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
- Wednesday, Sept. 18, Milwaukee’s Comedy Café, 615 E. Brady St.
- Culminating in the finals, Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Karma Bar & Grill, 600 E. Ogden Ave.
See the lineups here. Murphy Row won the inaugural contest in 2011. Lara Beitz was the 2012 champion, with Ryan Mason (in a Milwaukee Comedy interview below) as runner-up.
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.
Ryan Mason was the emcee for the sold-out 7:30 p.m. Friday show of the 8th annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival.
He’s a member of Milwaukee’s Caste of Killers Comedy Collective and clocks a lot of comedy hours at open mics and showcases and radio, not to mention all the time he puts into writing. The Shepherd Express recently included him among the “fresh faces” of Milwaukee burgeoning comedy scene.
In a Milwaukee Comedy interview, Ryan reflects on how both he and Milwaukee comedy have grown in the last year.
When you’re done watching the interview, check him out at www.RyanMasonComedy.com.
And if it’s not too late, check out the rest of the Milwaukee Comedy Festival, which runs through Aug. 4.
A “tall drink of water” is an expression for a visually appealing person of elevated stature. Think of the sight of a tom collins glass filled with icewater on a sweltering day.
Now picture chilling with a 16-ounce can of beer on a Friday night with some of the funniest people you know.
That’s what the MIlwaukee improv quartet Tall Boys is planning for 8 p.m., Friday, June 14. After local standup standout Ryan Mason gets you in the mood, veteran improvisers James Boland, Erik Koconis, Robby McGhee and Lee Rowley will amaze and amuse you with their impromptu storytelling.
Buy tickets for Tall Boys Comedy Show!
It’s worth every bit of the $10 you’ll pay for the show ($15 at the door). Plus, if you’re of age, you’ll get a free Schlitz Tall Boy beer (while supplies last). Because you’re going to be thirsty from all that laughter. That’s why.
The place to be: Arcade Theatre, in the Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.