We’ve been hearing for weeks that Milwaukeeans are clamoring for tickets for the holiday edition of T.I.M. – The Improvised Musical.
The popularity of the monthly impromptu song-and-dance extravaganza has been building throughout its 2½ years. Plus, duh, it’s the holiday show. And, it’s the T.I.M. swan song for Alan Piotrowicz, who has been improvising lighting and sound effects in concert with the T.I.M. cast and The Improvised Band.
If you haven’t seen T.I.M. lately, it’s added instruments to its in-house band and a couple of members to its multi-dimensional cast.
T.I.M. also has become more in-demand, so call today to reserve your $5 tickets – if it’s not already too late. Call during business hours at 414-272-8888.
T.I.M. happens at 7:30 p.m., every third Thursday of the month – which includes Dec. 19, at ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st. St.
We’re delighted to announce the debut of a new original Broadway-style musical comedy – and it’s one night only – and only in Milwaukee.
That’s about all we can tell you, though, because we don’t know the name of the musical or what it’s about.
Even the actors, who have been rehearsing for weeks, don’t know anything about the story or the characters. Nor are the five musicians in the in-house band aware of any of the pieces they’ll perform.
Because it’s The Improvised Musical. That’s why. The hour-long monthly singing-dancing-comedy extravaganza that’s made up on the spot, based on a suggestion from the audience.
In its two and a half years of third-Thursday performances, T.I.M. has been adding to its band (The Improvised Band) and growing its cast while its following has been multiplying.
And we can tell you this much, T.I.M. starts at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, at ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st St. Admission is only $5 cash. The ComedySportz bar and restaurant will be open for the event.
To make sure you get a seat, you might want to make a reservation by calling 414-272-8888 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Another Tuesday night Open Improv kicks off a busy week in improvisational comedy in Milwaukee.
The Open Improv welcomes all improvisers at all levels of experience. It runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level. The bi-weekly session costs $3. But that’s just the beginning.
- There’s The Improvised Musical (T.I.M.), with its monthly show at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17, at ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st St. Just as it sounds, it’s an entire musical improvised from an audience suggestion. Admission is $5.
- If you go early to T.I.M., peek in on the ComedySportz Rec League’s Game-O-Matic Showcase. That’s at 7 p.m. Thursday, in the auxiliary theater at ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st St. And it’s free. The Game-O-Matic debuts new improv games created by rec league teams (which otherwise perform free on Sunday afternoons – see below).
- Of course, ComedySportz is the wellspring of Milwaukee improv. So let’s not forget about those family-friendly shows, which run at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday as well as the 3 p.m. Saturday matinee.
- Then there’s the Midnite Show, adult-friendly improv, which starts at 11:59 p.m. each Saturday – also at ComedyzSportz. Tickets are $5.
- And the week ends with the ComedySportz Rec League – three free matches supervised by veteran ComedySportz professional improvisers. The games begin at noon, also at 420 S. 1st St.
I read this on Facebook:
“Comedy does not exist for laughs. Comedy exists to make you feel and think. It’s the strongest genre and the strongest emotion.”
It was posted by Jacob Bach, co-founder of The Improvised Musical, the Broadway-style song-and-dance shows that are made up right in front of the audience with experienced comedy improvisers and a live band.
T.I.M. has been performing the third Thursday of every month for more than two years, and if you haven’t seen it yet, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17, is your chance. It’s only $5 at Milwaukee’s ComedySportz arena, 420 S. 1st St. If you are a regular T.I.M.-goer (Lord knows there are many.), you know that no two shows are ever alike.
Reserve your tickets by calling ahead on weekdays at (414) 272-8888.
With the end of August comes the last three nights of “The Burden of Being” a coming-of-age puppet musical, written by Robby McGhee.
You know Robby from the Tall Boys improv group and Sketch 22 improv and Greendale Community Theatre productions such as the recently completed “Les Miserables” and, of course, The Improvised Musical (T.I.M.).
Now Robby has created a musical – using puppets – performed by some of Milwaukee’s finest talent, including cast and band members from T.I.M.
Mike Fischer, in a review in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, says, “we see the promise of a writer who combines a wonderfully offbeat sense of humor with a heartfelt awareness of what such humor often hides or deflects, in a world where a brave smile is often our only defense against the burden of being.”
Russ Bickerstaff, in the Shepherd Express, calls “The Burden of Being” “a light, quick musical” punctuated by “sparkling performances in the ensemble.”
The final performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 29-31, at the Alchemist Theatre, 2569 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Click here for $17 tickets.
Because they support one another – because that’s what friends do – the whole entire monthly T.I.M. show is shifting in August to accommodate one of its own.
Robby McGhee is busy debuting his original show, The Burden of Being, at the Alchemist Threatre the last three weekends (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) of August. And because he’s relying on his collaborators from The Improvised Musical, that means T.I.M. can’t perform on the third Thursday of the month – as it has for the last two years.
But here’s the good news: T.I.M. will improvise a full-hour musical from audience suggestions with its veteran thespians and in-house band on Thursday, Aug. 8.
As usual, the show begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be at ComedySportz Milwaukee, 420 S. 1st St. It’s still only $5, and the bar and restaurant will be open. Call Mary at (414) 272-8888 to make reservations.
If you knew of a very special occasion approaching, I’d want you to tell me. So I could check my calendar and save the date. That’s why.
And just to be nice, I’m telling you that The Improvised Musical is celebrating its second anniversary at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 18, at ComedySportz, 420 S. 1st St.
In case you’re new to Milwaukee or just out of the loop, T.I.M., as it’s abbreviated, is an instantaneous song-and-dance Broadway-style show created and performed on the spot based on a suggestion from the audience.
Readers of the Shepherd Express voted T.I.M. as one of the top theater companies in Milwaukee. Its fan base is swelling, and more attendees have been reserving their $5 tickets out of fear that the shows will be sold out.
So all the more reason to give you fair warning: It’s T.I.M.’s birthday show.
To call ahead, dial (414) 272-8888.
The last time we called for reservations for The Improvised Musical (aka T.I.M.), Mary Baird told us she usually doesn’t get many reservations. But that’s been changing.
Because this monthly show – on the third Thursday of each month – has become a hot spot. That’s why.
And guess what. Thursday, June 20, is the third Thursday of the month. So it’s time to go to T.I.M. That’s what.
For almost two full years, T.I.M. has been wowing Milwaukee audiences with Broadway-style musicals composed, choreographed and performed on the spot by the seat of their pants.
The troupe includes seven cast members, a four-piece band and a lighting designer, all of whom collaborate to improvise an hour-long musical based only on a suggested title from the audience.
Readers of the Shepherd Express voted T.I.M. among Milwaukee’s top theater companies. In the last year, T.I.M. has taken its show on the road, traveling to other Midwestern venues and teaching workshops and college classes. T.I.M. also is planning a return appearance in the Milwaukee Comedy Festival, which runs Aug. 1-4 at Next Act Theatre, 255 S. Water St.
As usual, T.I.M. starts at 7:30 p.m., at 420 S. 1st St. And it’s only $5 cash, so you’ll have money to burn on food and drinks at the show.
And if you don’t want to take the chance of being turned away, reserve your tickets by calling (414) 272-8888. Say hi to Mary.
“Main Stage cast member Jordan Gwiazdowski is moving to New York at the end of this month! Please come wish him the best farewell ever with us!”
Because of its burgeoning popularity, you might want to make reservations for T.I.M. by calling (414) 272-8888. Otherwise, don’t show up too close to show time (7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 16) or you might not get a seat.
You might miss the chance to join in and say bye-bye, Jordan.