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 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel informed us of the history of comedy at Summerfest.
Lewis Black makes a case for comedy’s inclusion in “The World’s Largest Music Festival” by saying in a promotional video:
“This is a lot of music, and music needs to be leavened with funny. Music tends to be a little pretentious, but a comic knows what a good fart is, doesn’t he? And a good fart joke.”
And though Friday, July 5, is the big night for comedy at the Big Gig, it’s also a time to catch more local talent in a more intimate venue. I’m referring to the Caste of Killers Comedy Collective‘s Milwaukee Comedy Stand-Up Showcase. That’s what.
It starts at 8 p.m. at the Karma Bar & Grill, 600 E. Ogden Ave. Tickets are only $5 ($10 for the cushy couch seats), and you can order them by clicking here.
The lineup includes:
- Jeff Lampton
- R. Michael Gull
- Kyle Warras
- Duncan Carson
- Dave Labedz
- Steve Breese
Milwaukee’s big enough to support a lot of laughter.
Wednesday, June 26, marks the onset of Milwaukee’s Summerfest, which is beloved and renowned as the world’s largest music festival.
But it’s also the place where comedy history took place, playing a pivotal role in the career of George Carlin, as Michael Prigge recently reminded us in the Shepherd Express.
This year’s lineup includes the volcanic Lewis Black on Friday, July 5. Although, as the Journal Sentinel’s Piet Levy reminded us last month, Black won’t be accompanied by a cavalcade of comedy headliners.
If you’re seeking comedic interludes during the Big Gig, you’ll have plenty of hometown options, including opening night of Summerfest, Wednesday, June 26:
- 7 p.m. - Comedy Xtravaganza, a free showcase, at the envi lounge, 316 Main St., Racine.
- 7 p.m. – Open Improv, a two-hour $3 jam welcoming newbies and veteran improvisers, at the Arcade Theatre, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.
- 8 p.m. – Open Mic Night & Showcase, a monthly competition, free with a two-drink minimum, at the Milwaukee Comedy Cafe, 615 E. Brady St.
The opening weekend of Summerfest also coincides with another Retro Comedy Night on Friday, June 28. But you knew that already.