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.
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.
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.
Outside of a brewery, I can’t think of a more quintessential Milwaukee venue than a bowling alley.
Inside of a brewery, I’d be too busy drinking.
But you can drink and laugh – and carouse with keglers – at the Comedy Show Comedy Show, Saturday, Oct. 12, at Landmark Lanes, 2220 N. Farwell Ave.
Jake Kornely is the kingpin hosting, and scheduled performers include
The show starts at 8:30 p.m., but seats fill up fast, so be there when they open the doors at 8. Admission is $6.
As Carrie Antlfinger reports, the federal government shutdown may be flattening some of Milwaukee’s favorite brews. But we’ve got just the medicine.
Free beer! That’s good for what ales you.
The October Comedy Arcade show includes a free cold one with every $7 advance ticket you buy online right here.*
Procrastinators and last-second showgoers pay $10 at the door and have to bring their own beverages.
But here’s the best part: All comers get the Milwaukee comedy stylings of these standup artists:
- Steve Breese
- Greg Bach
- Chastity Washington
The show starts at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, in the Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.
*21+ limit one per ticket holder!
Bill Begos is hosting another Papa’s Comedy Tour at 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7712 W. Burleigh St.
Entertainers include Tom Clark, Geoff LaFleur and special guest Mario Robinson.
Tickets are $10 at the door. Advance tickets are $8, or you could get two tickets and two dinners for $30. Click here to order (at the bottom of the page).
Meteorological summer has ended (on Labor Day), but summer-style comedy is still in season in Milwaukee.
In fact, Summerfest is sponsoring a free comedy show at Maier Festival Park. At 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage, you can catch “ComedySportz and Friends.”
From Tap Milwaukee, which is co-sponsoring the event with Miller Lite: “ComedySportz will host an interactive evening of comedy and musical comedy featuring The Improvised Musical with Brian Green. The show is suitable for all ages.”
Parking also is free (Lot G, at Chicago St. and Harbor Drive), plus one free beer for those of drinking age who arrive before 8 p.m.
Also on Tuesday night is the second of three preliminary rounds for the Battle Royale 3 comedy competition sponsored by the Caste of Killers Comedy Collective. That’s happening at the Down and Under Pub, 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
You can see 14 or 15 Milwaukee comedians giving it their all in a contest to determine this year’s funniest standup. Their prizes: cash, bragging rights and special appearances.
For details, including a list of who’s gong to perform, go to http://cokcomedy.com/br3.cfm
The Green Bay Packers start their football season for real on Sunday, Sept. 8. We know some Milwaukee people take that pretty seriously and are ripe for some postgame comedy relief.
Here’s the place: The Dangerously Strong Open Mic, at Rounding Third Sports Bar, 6317 W. Bluemound Ave.
They flip the microphone on about 7 p.m. Some of Milwaukee’s most established comedians (as well as up-and-comers) have been known to deliver jokes here. It’s free. And, if you’ve been drinking all afternoon, it’s on the bus line.
Or, you could option for a delay (Football puns intended.) and go to the Comedy Show Comedy Show Open Mic. That’s at 8:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9, at the Bremen Cafe, 901 E. Clarke St. (Be there at 8 if you want to sign up to participate.) Bring money for refreshments, but admission is free.
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.