Comedy – Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com Music, culture, gentle sarcasm. Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:12:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 http://milwaukeerecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/cropped-mrapp-32x32.jpg Comedy – Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com 32 32 Joe Pera talks with us about filming in Milwaukee, fish fry, The Blueberry Tour http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/joe-pera-talks-with-us-about-filming-in-milwaukee-fish-fry-the-blueberry-tour/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/joe-pera-talks-with-us-about-filming-in-milwaukee-fish-fry-the-blueberry-tour/#respond Tue, 07 Aug 2018 15:14:08 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=54069 In a harsh and ever-worsening world, New York actor and comedian Joe Pera’s Adult Swim program, Joe Pera Talks With You, is a subtle shot of positivity and a welcomed weekly 11-minute respite from the difficulty and negativity that seem to envelop modern existence. Over the course of the program’s nine near-perfect episodes in its […]

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In a harsh and ever-worsening world, New York actor and comedian Joe Pera’s Adult Swim program, Joe Pera Talks With You, is a subtle shot of positivity and a welcomed weekly 11-minute respite from the difficulty and negativity that seem to envelop modern existence. Over the course of the program’s nine near-perfect episodes in its first season, Pera helped viewers pick out the perfect Saturday breakfast, he spoke about the wonder of minerals, he taught us to dance and to fall in love with The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” all over again, he restored his soul with a fall drive, and he soothed us back to sleep with sheet music.

In short, we think it’s a fantastic show, and not just because most of it was filmed in Milwaukee. Pera will return to Milwaukee with co-stars/comedians Connor O’Malley and Dan Licata on Saturday to perform a sold-out show at The Underground Collaborative as part of the cast’s Blueberry Tour. Prior to the show, Milwaukee Record spoke with Pera about shooting in Milwaukee, how the city was selected as the primary filming site, his appreciation for fish fry, and what people can expect to see at this weekend’s show.

Milwaukee Record: The show has seemed to have a really good reception, some awesome reviews, and—with everything else happening in the world lately—it’s a rare, much-needed dash of positivity. 

Joe Pera: Oh, thanks. I’m glad you think so.

MR: What has it been like to see people getting something from your show and reading or hearing nice things?

JP: We spent a lot of time and energy on it and I put everything into it that I had, so it’s nice to see that people like it. It would’ve been a little upsetting if they didn’t. But like I said, we did everything that we could to make it a good show, so it feels nice [that it’s appreciated].

MR: Another reason that I especially enjoyed it was that you filmed a lot of it right here in Milwaukee. It’s been cool watching episodes and recognizing [Copper Kitchen] diner, and Leon’s, and the church you were in, and a bunch of other local landmarks.

JP: Yeah, Copper Kitchen was great. I really liked shooting there and everywhere else we shot was very nice. It was very easy to work in the city and we really had a nice time being there the amount of time it took to shoot the show. We were there from mid-October through the end of December.

MR: So what did you do while you were here? I’m sure the show took up most of your time and you were on set a lot, but what were some other things you did while you were here?

JP: Honestly, it was mostly work while I was there, but I tried to get to as many fish frys as possible. I went to the Bucks game with [co-star] Gene [Kelly], which was a nice evening. I walked around. We stayed downtown, so whenever I needed to think, I’d walk up and down the river. It’s just very pleasant there. I’d take a drive up along Lake Michigan. That was nice because I don’t get to drive in New York, so if I needed to think, I’d take my rental car and just go drive and wander around. There were a lot of nice drives in the fall. It was a nice time to be there.

MR: I really enjoyed that you were able to make the largest Wisconsin city appear like it’s the U.P. with the wintry scenes and locations you picked.

JP: We shot at a Brown Deer school. They were very nice to us. We shot in a bunch of neighborhoods and everyone was so nice. We got really lucky. I’m glad you think it captured the feel because a lot of Milwaukee doesn’t feel like the U.P., but enough of it as a setting does, so we were able to make it work. It was nice because we were able to drive up to the U.P. when we needed, and we were also able to work with a lot of Milwaukee people on the crew and a lot of additional crew from Chicago. It was a nice location.

MR: I know it probably wasn’t your call, but why did production ultimately decide to film in Milwaukee?

JP: Well, Connor O’Malley was a producer and Marty Schousboe directed. They’re from Chicago and they know a lot of the improvisors from there. Basically, we needed a place where we could go to the U.P. when we needed and also have access to a lot of talent and infrastructure and television industry people, so Milwaukee was just the perfect fit. Chicago was so close, and the U.P. was just a drive away, too. There’s a wide variety of settings in Milwaukee and it’s a big enough city with enough film production going on that it made the choice easy.

MR: I want to backtrack a little bit if that’s okay. You’d mentioned you went to a lot of Friday fish frys. What were a few of your favorites?

JP: I think my favorite was Alioto’s. I went there the most. There’s a bunch that I haven’t been to, but that was the favorite on that I had while I was there. I’m sorry to everybody else. Clifford’s, the one place where we shot the wedding episode, they had a good fish fry, too.

Some of the people that came in from New York, they didn’t know what a fish fry was. It was strange that even some of the people from Chicago weren’t as aware. I grew up in Buffalo and that was always a thing on Fridays, so it was strange to have to explain to people what it was.

MR: Speaking of fish frys, I watched your Seth Meyers interview and you’d mentioned that you had to recast your Nana in the show because your actual Nana, unfortunately, passed away. You said you scouted Friday fish frys for a replacement, but did you ultimately find her at a fish fry?

JP: We ended up casting out of Chicago, but me and our producer Katie went to Alioto’s and we just asked people, and tried not to interrupt their dinner, but we asked them if they would be interested. We talked to a lot of nice people. It was a nice way to meet a lot of people. Some of them looked like they could potentially be my grandmother and we would as them if they would potentially be interested. I wish we could’ve used more people that we met.

I like working with non-actors a lot—that’s what my grandmother was—and I think real people have interesting things to say. The way that they perform is not as overthought as actors sometimes, so I really like working with people that I know and I thought [looking at fish frys] would be a good way to do that. Unfortunately, we had to get through production so fast that we weren’t really able to do it that way. But it was worth a shot and it was fun to meet a lot of people.

MR: I know that you’ll be back for a night in August for “The Blueberry Tour.” Can you talk about the background of the show a bit? I know there’s some regulars in the series that are also doing stand-up. What should we expect to see?

JP: Well, everybody wrote on [Joe Pera Talks With You] and was in it, but it’s me, Jo Firestone, Connor O’Malley—who plays Mike Melsky—and Dan Licata—who plays the radio DJ and also wrote a bunch of the episodes. We had some free time and we wanted to do some stand-up. Luckily, we’re able to go to Milwaukee. I’m excited to come back. I want to stop by the Marriott Residence Inn and say hi to Sharita and hopefully catch up with some of the people who worked on the show, too.

I’ve been to Milwaukee in the summer a long time ago, but we were there in the fall last year, so it’ll just be nice to see Milwaukee in the summer because everybody kept telling us about the street festivals and how nice the lake is. All we experienced was a pretty cold fall. It’ll be nice to get to perform there and hang out for a day when it’s actually nice out.

I think it’s going to be a pretty enjoyable show, and also, me and Dan Licata built a computer that can beat the stock market. We’re going to bring it with us on tour with us and share stock tips with the audiences.

MR: So it’s an investment in people’s future if they go.

JP: Exactly.

MR: I know the fate of another season is up in the air and you’re not sure if the show will get renewed, but if you get picked up, do you think you’ll return to Milwaukee to do some shooting?

JP: I think so. I hope so. I think it was the best few months of my life. It was stressful, but yeah, I had a really great time there. I really hope to.

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Colin Quinn discusses his heart attack, transcendental meditation, taking risks on stage http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/colin-quinn-discusses-his-heart-attack-transcendental-meditation-taking-risks-on-stage/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/colin-quinn-discusses-his-heart-attack-transcendental-meditation-taking-risks-on-stage/#respond Wed, 01 Aug 2018 05:10:02 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=53767 nown for his thick Brooklyn accent and dry wit, comedian and writer Colin Quinn has been in the business for more than half his life. Besides performing standup, the opinionated Quinn was a regular on Saturday Night Live from 1995-2000, hosting “Weekend Update” and portraying characters such as Joe Blow and caricatures of actors like […]

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Known for his thick Brooklyn accent and dry wit, comedian and writer Colin Quinn has been in the business for more than half his life. Besides performing standup, the opinionated Quinn was a regular on Saturday Night Live from 1995-2000, hosting “Weekend Update” and portraying characters such as Joe Blow and caricatures of actors like Robert DeNiro.

Quinn has appeared in a plethora of films and television shows, including Night At The Roxbury, Trainwreck, Girls, and The Larry Sanders Show. He’s written and produced several TV specials and series, including the Jerry Seinfeld-directed off-Broadway show The New York Story, Unconstitutional, Long Short Story, and Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn.

The comedian will kick off his “One In Every Crowd” tour and headline the Milwaukee Comedy Festival at Turner Hall on Friday, August 3. Milwaukee Record caught up with the down-to-earth, 59-year-old Quinn to talk about how he bounced back from a heart attack in February, his years of transcendental meditation, and why it’s important to take risks on stage.

Milwaukee Record: You’ve been doing standup since 1984, when Reagan was president. Has politics always been a major focus of your standup?

Colin Quinn: Yes and no. Human nature is what politics is. I don’t like to think as politicians as “different” from us—we’re the same. In my standup, I focus on “the human soul,” as we Irish like to say. I think I would have made a good pope.

MR: Being Irish, were you raised Catholic?

CQ: Yeah, I was, but my family, we were kinda half-in, half-out.

MR: You grew up in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and your neighborhood has provided much of your standup material. Do you still live in New York?

CQ: I live in Manhattan. I’ve lived here forever, and I love it. Things have changed, but everything changes—can’t do anything about that.

MR: Besides politics, history seems to make up a large component of your stand-up. Would you consider yourself a history buff?

CQ: Now I would. History magnifies what’s going on in the world today. That’s why I like it. Human nature never changes.

MR: Twenty-eighteen is a challenging time for comedians. How do you stay funny and relevant without crossing the line?

CQ: You can’t really be funny and be sensitive. However, you can’t be careless and just throw material out there. You’ve got to make sure jokes are phrased just the way you want them. Now, there are lots of Orwellian forces at play here—you’ve got to be careful. Some comedians don’t like to talk about certain things, and that’s fine. Still, I feel with comedy, you have to take risks or it doesn’t mean anything. You’ve got to go all the way. And sometimes, when you’ve got a weird crowd, or one that’s not reacting, you’ve got to go for the jugular. It can get ugly, but that’s how it’s got to be.

MR: Who are your favorite comedians, past and present?

CQ: I was raised on the masters—Carlin and Pryor. But today? Everyone I know. There are hundreds of talented comedians out there. I’ll watch lots of short stand-up and think, “That’s good.”

MR: You suffered a heart attack in February, but seemed to bounce back very quickly. How are you feeling these days?

CQ: When I had the heart attack, though, it was a shock. I thought, “Wow, I’m going to die someday.” But I had three stents put in my heart, so the blood flows correctly. I feel good these days.

MR: I read that you practice transcendental meditation. How does this help you with your stand-up?

CQ: It helps with my focus. Even if TM turns into a sitting-up nap, I’m happy. I do it twice a day for 20 minutes. I’ve been doing it for years. Now I feel like I have to do it every day. It’s like an extortion racket. Sometimes I get greedy with TM and want some results—like visualizing winning lottery numbers or something. I’m not in this for non-material spiritual purposes [laughs].

MR: Without giving away any spoliers, of course, what can fans expect from your latest comedy tour?

CQ: I figured out where we were as a country, where we’re at, and where we’re going. What more could people ask for?

Colin Quinn’s standup comedy show “One In Every Crowd” will take place Friday, August 3 at Turner Hall at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

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Colin Quinn will headline this year’s Milwaukee Comedy Festival http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/colin-quinn-will-headline-this-years-milwaukee-comedy-festival/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/colin-quinn-will-headline-this-years-milwaukee-comedy-festival/#respond Fri, 13 Jul 2018 12:00:20 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=52838 When the lineup was announced for the 13th annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival last month, the impressive and eclectic list of stand-up comedians, improvisers, and sketch troupes taking part in the five-day, 13-show affair—August 1-5—had one notable omission. Who would be performing at the festival’s “Headliner Show” at Turner Hall? Since expanding a portion of the […]

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When the lineup was announced for the 13th annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival last month, the impressive and eclectic list of stand-up comedians, improvisers, and sketch troupes taking part in the five-day, 13-show affair—August 1-5—had one notable omission. Who would be performing at the festival’s “Headliner Show” at Turner Hall? Since expanding a portion of the event to the massive ballroom in 2015, Milwaukee Comedy Festival has booked nationally-known comedians like Brian Posehn, Jen Kirkman, and Michael Ian Black to highlight the festivities. Today, the festival added Colin Quinn to that list.

The veteran New York comedian, actor, and former Saturday Night Live cast member will bring his decades of experience and his inimitable comedic style to Turner Hall on Friday, August 3. The longtime Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn host, “Weekend Update” anchor, and Trainwreck co-star’s Milwaukee Comedy Festival appearance will be part of his “One In Every Crowd” tour. The show comes roughly six months after Quinn suffered a heart attack that forcing him to postpone his March 2 performance at Turner Hall. He’s Colin Quinn and he’s coming to Milwaukee on August 3. That’s our story and we’re sticking to it.

Tickets to the 8 p.m. show cost $29.50 and go on sale at noon today. Single-day passes (excluding the Turner Hall show and other special events) cost $16 in advance or $20 at the door. All-Access passes are $60 and include admission to all shows.

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Join Milwaukee Record at the 4th annual Roast Of Milwaukee http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/join-milwaukee-record-at-the-4th-annual-roast-of-milwaukee/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/join-milwaukee-record-at-the-4th-annual-roast-of-milwaukee/#respond Thu, 05 Jul 2018 14:10:12 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=52089 Back in 2015, we decided to help informally kick off the Milwaukee Comedy Festival by asking eight comedians to take the stage at Bremen Cafe and gently (or, in some cases, straight-up viciously) make fun of the city they love in our inaugural Roast Of Milwaukee event. Following the wonderful response to those verbal punches […]

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Back in 2015, we decided to help informally kick off the Milwaukee Comedy Festival by asking eight comedians to take the stage at Bremen Cafe and gently (or, in some cases, straight-up viciously) make fun of the city they love in our inaugural Roast Of Milwaukee event. Following the wonderful response to those verbal punches thrown in the direction of Milwaukee, we decided to do it again with an even bigger and better event at Club Garibaldi in 2016. Since there’s no shortage of material about Milwaukee out there, we figured we’d do it again last summer, with the help of Promise from V100.7 and Ted Perry no less!

It’s now safe to say the event is here to stay. Join us at Club Garibaldi on Monday, July 30 for our 4th annual Roast Of Milwaukee. Like last year, the comedian-heavy lineup will also include a few local movers and shakers from other mediums. In addition to the stand-ups taking the stage, 88Nine’s Tarik Moody, FM102/1 personality Jon Adler, and 105.7FM The Fan’s Ramie Makhlouf (and experience comic in his own right) will take a stab at roasting, too.

The laughs won’t just be at the expense of Milwaukee. A portion of the show’s proceeds will be donated to Milwaukee Women’s Center. The cover is $7 in advance and $10 at the door (or free when you show us your Milwaukee Comedy Festival pass, until we reach capacity). Our new pals at 3 Sheeps Brewing [insert Sheboygan joke here] will have beers on special all night long and King Eye & The Squirts will perform before the Roast. The (21+) fun starts at 7:30 p.m. See you there!

Here’s the lineup:
Ramie Makhlouf (105.7FM The Fan)
Dana Ehrmann (The Mic)
Patrick Tomlinson (author, Gate Crashers)
Tarik Moody (88Nine Radio Milwaukee)
Matt Werner (comedian)
Vickie Lynn (Beloit comedian)
Carter Deems (comedian, battle rapper)
Matt Kemple (Milwaukee Comedy Festival co-founder, co-producer)
Jeff Wheatley-Heckman (ComedySportz)
Kaitlin McCarthy (Subjective: A Comedic Showcase)
Jon Adler (FM102/1)

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Hello. Joe Pera is performing in Milwaukee on August 11 http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/hello-joe-pera-is-performing-in-milwaukee-on-august-11/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/hello-joe-pera-is-performing-in-milwaukee-on-august-11/#respond Thu, 28 Jun 2018 05:02:24 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=52015 Hello. We’re Milwaukee Record and we’re here to talk to you about about a comedian named Joe Pera. In a harsh and ever-worsening world, Pera’s Adult Swim program, Joe Pera Talks With You, is a dash of positivity and a welcomed weekly 11-minute respite from the difficulty and negativity that seem to envelop modern existence. […]

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Hello. We’re Milwaukee Record and we’re here to talk to you about about a comedian named Joe Pera. In a harsh and ever-worsening world, Pera’s Adult Swim program, Joe Pera Talks With You, is a dash of positivity and a welcomed weekly 11-minute respite from the difficulty and negativity that seem to envelop modern existence. Over the course of the program’s nine near-perfect episodes, Pera helped viewers pick out the perfect Saturday breakfast, spoke about the wonder of minerals, taught us to dance and to fall in love with The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” all over again, restored his soul with a fall drive, and soothed us back to sleep with sheet music. In short, it’s a fantastic show…and not just because most of it was filmed in Milwaukee and Pera says he cast his “Nana” by scouting local fish frys.

While we cross our fingers for a second season of the heartwarming comedy, we’re happy to announce that Pera will return to Milwaukee on Saturday, August 11 to perform at The Underground Collaborative as part of “The Blueberry Tour.” The incomparable comic will headline a showcase that will also feature Conner O’Malley—a Joe Pera Talks With You writer, producer, and series regular (as well as a founding member of #MinionSquad)—and Dan Licata. Advance tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show cost $15.

As an adult, you can attend anything you want. But also as an adult, it’s important to make good decisions. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your beleaguered spirit renewed in the Grand Avenue Mall basement by Pera and his pals.

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Here’s the 2018 Milwaukee Comedy Festival lineup http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/heres-the-2018-milwaukee-comedy-festival-lineup/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/heres-the-2018-milwaukee-comedy-festival-lineup/#respond Fri, 22 Jun 2018 05:20:01 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=51810 Originating long before the city had anything even resembling a sustainable comedy community, Milwaukee Comedy Festival has grown and evolved in kind with Milwaukee’s humor scene. From August 1-5, the Milwaukee-curated undertaking will offer an eclectic blend of stand-up, improv, and sketch comedy in its 13th year. The official festivities kick off with a Wednesday […]

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Originating long before the city had anything even resembling a sustainable comedy community, Milwaukee Comedy Festival has grown and evolved in kind with Milwaukee’s humor scene. From August 1-5, the Milwaukee-curated undertaking will offer an eclectic blend of stand-up, improv, and sketch comedy in its 13th year.

The official festivities kick off with a Wednesday night showcase at Lakefront Brewery, before the official events move to The Underground Collaborative for the vast majority of performances, excluding an August 2 Lady Parts Justice League showcase at Cooperage and an August 3 Turner Hall performance from fest headliner Colin Quinn.

Though the festival is based in Milwaukee and certainly serves to showcase a wealth of local talent, the lineup also boasts comedic talents from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Madison, and elsewhere. Among those performing this year are The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead, British-born comic Gina Yashere, and accomplished L.A. stand-up (and South Milwaukee native) Jackie Kashian.

Single-day passes (excluding special events) cost $16 in advance or $20 at doors. All-Access passes are $60 and they include admission to all shows. Here’s the lineup (listed from host to headliner):

Wednesday, August 1 – 7 p.m. (Lakefront Brewery)

Jake Snell
Omar Nava
Amanda Averell
Pranav Behari

Thursday, August 2 – 7:30 p.m. (The Cooperage)
Lady Parts Justice League (Special Event)

Lizz Winstead
Aida Rodriguez
Jackie Kashian
Gina Yashere

Friday, August 3 – 8 p.m. (Turner Hall Ballroom)
Festival Headliner Event (Special Event)

Colin Quinn
Openers TBA

Friday, August 3 – 11 p.m. (Underground Collaborative)

Jeena Bloom
Sharup Karim
Mike Hover
Buzz Off Lucille (Sketch)

Saturday, August 4 – 3 p.m. (Underground Collaborative)

Ilana Gordon
Personal Space (Improv)
Megan Hosack
A.J. Grill

Saturday, August 4 – 5 p.m. (Underground Collaborative)

Elijah Holbrook
Goodlanders (Improv)
Ashley Ray
Neil Arsenty (Sketch)

Saturday, August 4 – 7:30 p.m. (Underground Collaborative)

Dana Ehrmann
The Comic Thread (Sketch)
Sherman Edwards
Nicholas Anthony

Saturday, August 4 – 10 p.m. (Underground Collaborative)

Brittany Tilander
U Name It (Improv)
Carly Malison
Andrew Frank

Saturday, August 4 – 11:59 p.m. (Underground Collaborative)

Drew Flagge
Levi Manis
Trevor Gertonson
Matty Field

Sunday, August 5 – 3 p.m. (Underground Collaborative)

Jared Wing
Commitment Issues (Improv)
Adam McShane
Audrey Jonas

Sunday, August 5 – 5 p.m. (Underground Collaborative)

Kristin Lytie
Mary Zee (Sketch)
Vik Pandya
Marz Timms

Sunday, August 5 – 7:30 p.m. (Underground Collaborative)
“Best Of The Fest” (Special Event)

Lineup TBA

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Hannibal Buress will return to Riverside Theater September 22 http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/hannibal-buress-return-riverside-theater-september-22/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/hannibal-buress-return-riverside-theater-september-22/#respond Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:20:09 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=51180 When Milwaukee last saw Hannibal Buress in 2016, the wildly popular Chicago-born comedian/writer/actor was DJing at Tonic Tavern under his “DJ Burger Feet” moniker, following a sold-out Eric Andre Live! show at Turner Hall. A year before that, Buress headlined his own show at Riverside Theater, treating Milwaukee to “75 minutes of strange premises, bold […]

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When Milwaukee last saw Hannibal Buress in 2016, the wildly popular Chicago-born comedian/writer/actor was DJing at Tonic Tavern under his “DJ Burger Feet” moniker, following a sold-out Eric Andre Live! show at Turner Hall. A year before that, Buress headlined his own show at Riverside Theater, treating Milwaukee to “75 minutes of strange premises, bold tangents, and keen self-awareness.” But what has Buress done for Milwaukee lately?

Well, dude’s been busy—movies, podcasts, eating spicy wings, getting kicked off the stage at a Catholic university—but he is returning to our neck of the woods for another show at Riverside Theater Saturday, September 22. Fun! Reserved seating tickets are $32, and go on sale Friday, June 15 at noon.

Also, you’ll have to lock up your phone in one of those Yondr pouches.

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Frig yeah! Randy from ‘Trailer Park Boys’ will bring his “Cheeseburger Picnic Tour” to Turner Hall http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/frig-yeah-randy-from-trailer-park-boys-will-bring-his-cheeseburger-picnic-tour-to-turner-hall/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/frig-yeah-randy-from-trailer-park-boys-will-bring-his-cheeseburger-picnic-tour-to-turner-hall/#respond Mon, 30 Apr 2018 19:45:21 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=49261 Milwaukee has a pretty special relationship with Trailer Park Boys. Last April, Turner Hall hosted a rowdy live show with Randy and Mr. Lahey. A few years prior, the historic ballroom gave out cheeseburgers at a summer screening of Countdown To Liquor Day. Hell, even tertiary characters like Sam Losco (aka The Greasy Caveman) perform […]

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Milwaukee has a pretty special relationship with Trailer Park Boys. Last April, Turner Hall hosted a rowdy live show with Randy and Mr. Lahey. A few years prior, the historic ballroom gave out cheeseburgers at a summer screening of Countdown To Liquor Day. Hell, even tertiary characters like Sam Losco (aka The Greasy Caveman) perform in town now and then. Last August, Milwaukee’s love affair with Trailer Park Boys continued when Riverside Theater hosted a downright greeeeasy show with some of the cult classic Canadian comedy’s most beloved characters, including John Dunsworth (aka Jim Lahey) just weeks before his tragic death.

While his incomparable partner is gone, Trailer Park Boys mainstay Randy “Bobandy” will make his return to Turner Hall on Friday, June 15 for a unique night of comedy and consumption that’s being billed as “Randy’s Cheeseburger Picnic Tour.” The show promises “bit of stand-up, a bit of silly contests, some classic Randy punchlines and a chance to meet your favorite TPB cast member.” Of course, the show also offers the audience cheeseburgers—store-bought cheeseburgers!—to enjoy during the performance (limit one per customer).

General admission tickets cost $25 and go on sale Friday, May 4 at noon CST. Decent!

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Here’s the 2018 Cream City Comedy Festival lineup http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/heres-the-2018-cream-city-comedy-festival-lineup/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/heres-the-2018-cream-city-comedy-festival-lineup/#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:50:43 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=48946 In its first two years, Cream City Comedy Festival staged a total of 25 shows with more than 100 comedians from Milwaukee, Chicago, Madison, and New York for a few days each May. Even more impressive than the independent comedy festival’s lineup is the fact that all the shows were free—with any donations being donated […]

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In its first two years, Cream City Comedy Festival staged a total of 25 shows with more than 100 comedians from Milwaukee, Chicago, Madison, and New York for a few days each May. Even more impressive than the independent comedy festival’s lineup is the fact that all the shows were free—with any donations being donated to the ACLU and mental health charities.

The donation-based comedy festival will return for a third year with close to 70 local and national comics performing 17 shows at 15 different venues from May 10-13. This year’s Cream City Comedy Festival features Adam Cayton-Holland from truTV’s Those Who Can’t, Comedy Central’s Casey James Salengo, and accomplished Chicago comedian Kristen Toomey in its ranks. Adding to the stacked bill are local standouts like A.J. Grill, Dana Ehrmann, Ton Johnson, Ryan Mason, and Carter Deems.

Like last year, cover for all shows will be on a donation basis. There’s a $5 suggested donation for each show. This time around, proceeds will be given to COA Youth & Family Centers and Wisconsin Humane Society. Last month, we released the list of performers. Now, we’re able to let you know when and where they’ll be performing.

Thursday, May 10

The Opening Ceremony with Casey James Salengo @ Club Garibaldi (7 p.m.)
Phil Davidson (host)
Spark Tabor
Courtney Peterson
AJ Grill
Casey James Salengo

Friday, May 11

Excel Printing Presents: Comedy at Angelo’s @ Angelo’s Piano Lounge (5 p.m.)
Ton Johnson (host)
Scott Eason
Holly Lynnea
Sarah Mattox
Rana May
Neeraj Srinivasan
Hayden Greif-Neill
John Margelewski
Christine Ferrera
Aaron Naylor

Strip Joker @ Frank’s Power Plant (6 p.m.)
Brittany Meyer & Molly Kearney (hosts)
Rebekah Gibson
Theresa Bateman
Brandon Kirkman
Timmi Lasley
MK Paulsen
Chris Santiago
Grace Thomas
Ashley Ray

Adam Cayton-Holland @ Puddler’s Hall (7:30 p.m.)
Sammy Arechar (host)
Chelsea Hood
Brendan Cooney
Tim McLaughlin
Kendall Farrell
Adam Cayton-Hollan

Vino Comedy Showcase @ Vino Third Ward (8 p.m.)
Matt Werner (host)
Spark Tabor
Dave Metz
Lisan Wood
Austin Mooney
Allison Dunne
Connor Larsen
Danny Felts
Dante Powell
Simon Gibson

Hear Here Presents: The Music & Comedy Show @ The Cooperage (9 p.m.)
Ryan Holman (host)
Jake Silberman
Kyle Harris
Connor Larsen
Theresa Bateman
Emily Winter
Justin Luke
Carter Deems
Annie Russell
and a musical performance by Coyote

Saturday, May 12

Sunshine Comedy Hour @ Riverwest Public House (2 p.m.)
Addie Blanchard (host)
Jake Snell
Gary Zajackowski
Connor Larsen
Danny Felts
Lindsay Lucido
Sarah Mattox
Austin Mooney
John Dahlgren

Suppertime Comedy Showcase @ Bremen Cafe (3 p.m.)
Ryan Mason (host)
Jessica Hong
Jake Silberman
Courtney Peterson
Dana Ehrmann
Casey Larwood
Joe Fernandez
Christine Ferrera
Alex Drageicevich
Bill Conway

Book Club @ Var Gallery & Studios (4 p.m.)
Tyler Menz (host)
Tyler Jackson
Megan Stalter
Grace Thomas
Ashley Ray
Annie Russel
Brandon Kirkman
Christopher Santiago

Sugar Maple Comedy Showcase @ Sugar Maple (5 p.m.)
Nate Seek (host)
Jessica Hong
Kyle Harris
Carter Deems
Chelsea Hood
MK Paulsen
Joey Bednarski
Brendan Cooney
Timmi Lasley
Aaron Naylor

Angelo’s Comedy Showcase @ Angelo’s Piano Lounge (5:30 p.m.)
Emily Winter (host)
Drew Flagge
Tim McLaughlin
Brianna Murphy
Dave Metz
Kendall Farrell
Brandon Ream
Mitchell Potts
Rima Parikh

Jazz Gallery Comedy Showcase @ Jazz Gallery (7 p.m.)
Christopher Schmidt (host)
Justin Luke
Bobby Budds
Simon Gibson
Rana May
Hayden Greif-Neill
Steve Vanderploeg
Holly Lynnea
Dante Powell
Arish Singh

The Fifth Annual Zucchini Party @ Company Brewing (9 p.m.)
Mortgage Freeman
Glitter Moneyyy
Yung Zucchini

Sunday, May 13

Hair of the Dog Comedy Showcase @ Landmark Lanes (3 p.m.)
Gary Zajackowski (host)
Brianna Murphy
Rebekah Gibson
Rima Parikh
Brandon Ream
Scott Eason
John Margelewski
Lisan Wood
Ton Johnson

Work of Art Comedy Showcase @ Var Art Gallery & Studios (4 p.m.)
Drew Flagge (host)
Lindsay Lucido
Joe Fernandez
Tyler Jackson
John Dahlgren
Allison Dunne
Bill Conway
Audrey Jonas
Mitchell Potts
Arish Singh
Bobby Budds

Laughing Lotus Comedy Showcase @ INVIVO (5 p.m.)
AJ Grill (host)
Casey Larwood
Jake Snell
MK Paulsen
Neeraj Srinivasan
Alex Dragicevich
Megan Stalter
Arish Singh
Joey Bednarski
Steve Vanderploeg

Lakefront Brewery Presents: The Mom Comedy Show and Closing Ceremony @ Lakefront Brewery (6 p.m.)
Liz Ziner (host)
Ryan Mason
Dana Ehrmann
Audrey Jonas

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Cream City Comedy Festival announces 2018 performers, shows http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/cream-city-comedy-festival-2018/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/cream-city-comedy-festival-2018/#respond Fri, 30 Mar 2018 19:57:15 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=47929 In its first two years, Cream City Comedy Festival staged a total of 25 shows with more than 100 comedians from Milwaukee, Chicago, Madison, and New York for a few days each May. Even more impressive than the independent comedy festival’s lineup is the fact that all the shows were free—with any donations being donated […]

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In its first two years, Cream City Comedy Festival staged a total of 25 shows with more than 100 comedians from Milwaukee, Chicago, Madison, and New York for a few days each May. Even more impressive than the independent comedy festival’s lineup is the fact that all the shows were free—with any donations being donated to the ACLU and mental health charities.

The donation-based comedy festival will return for a third year with close to 70 local and national comics performing at half a dozen venues from May 10-13. This year’s Cream City Comedy Festival features Adam Cayton-Holland from truTV’s Those Who Can’t, Comedy Central’s Casey James Salengo, and accomplished Chicago comedian Kristen Toomey in its ranks. Adding to the stacked bill are local standouts like A.J. Grill, Dana Ehrmann, Ton Johnson, Ryan Mason, and Carter Deems.

Like last year, cover for all shows will be on a donation basis. This time around, proceeds will be given to COA Youth & Family Centers and Wisconsin Humane Society. Individual shows will take place at Company Brewing, Club Garibaldi, Mojo Dojo, Lakefront Brewery, Sugar Maple, and Var Gallery. Each show’s lineup hasn’t been announced yet, but here’s who you can expect to see at this year’s Cream City Comedy Festival.

HEADLINERS
Adam Cayton-Holland
Jeanie Doogan
Kristen Toomey
Casey James Salengo

SHOWS
Strip Joker
Book Club
Vino 100
Zucchini Party
Hear Here Presents: The Music and Comedy Show
Sugar Maple Comedy Showcase
Lakefront Brewery Presents: Mom Day Comedy

PERFORMERS
Gary Zajackowski
Dante Powell
Timmi Lasley
Ton Johnson
Dana Ehrmann
Drew Flagge
Rebekah Gibson
A.J. Grill
Neeraj Srinivasan
Brianna Murphy
Ryan Mason
Ashley Ray
Allison Dunne
Brandon Ream
Rima Parikh
Joey Bednarski
Henry Fuguitt
Chelsea Hood
Simon Gibson
Mitchell Potts
Kendall Farrell
Alex Dragicevich
Casey Larwood
M.K. Paulsen
Megan Stalter
Bobby Budds
Arish Singh
Grace Thomas
Jake Snell
Dave Metz
Jessica Hong
Jake Silberman
John Margelewski
Audrey Jonas
Scott Eason
Annie Russell
Aaron Naylor
Hayden Greif-neill
Sarah Mattox
Holly Lynnea
Bill Conway
John Dahlgren
Christine Ferrera
Tyler Jackson
Austin Mooney
Carter Deems
Brendan Cooney
Lisan Wood
Chris Santiago
Rana May
Steve Vanderploeg
Lindsay Lucido
Tim Mclaughlin
Kyle Harris
Emily Winter
Connor Larsen
Justin Luke
Brandon Kirkman
Theresa Bateman
Courtney Peterson
Joe Fernandez
Spark Tabor
Danny Felts

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