Comedy – Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com Music, culture, gentle sarcasm. Fri, 18 May 2018 14:58:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 http://milwaukeerecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/cropped-mrapp-32x32.jpg Comedy – Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com 32 32 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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Watch former ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ writer hype #MinionSquad in Milwaukee http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/former-late-night-seth-meyers-writer-minionsquad-milwaukee/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/former-late-night-seth-meyers-writer-minionsquad-milwaukee/#respond Wed, 07 Mar 2018 06:01:26 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=47119 Just the facts: Conner O’Malley is a former writer for Late Night With Seth Meyers. Conner O’Malley is a former Vine star (R.I.P. Vine) and a longtime troller of trolls like Donald Trump and Milo Yiannopoulos. Conner O’Malley is engaged to Saturday Night Live star Aidy Bryant. Conner O’Malley was recently in Milwaukee hyping #MinionSquad, which is an […]

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Just the facts: Conner O’Malley is a former writer for Late Night With Seth Meyers. Conner O’Malley is a former Vine star (R.I.P. Vine) and a longtime troller of trolls like Donald Trump and Milo Yiannopoulos. Conner O’Malley is engaged to Saturday Night Live star Aidy Bryant. Conner O’Malley was recently in Milwaukee hyping #MinionSquad, which is an lol so random thing about Minions. Let’s watch:

Some highlights:

“You popping off on #MinionSquad?” “No.”

“I’m the founder of #MinionSquad. I started #MinionSquad in 2007 at my son’s funeral.”

[general fucking with people]

[awkward interaction]

And there you have it! [h/t Jake Kornely]

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We had Officer Bradford from Masked Intruder interview Kyle Kinane for us http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/we-had-officer-bradford-from-masked-intruder-interview-kyle-kinane-for-us/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/we-had-officer-bradford-from-masked-intruder-interview-kyle-kinane-for-us/#respond Thu, 01 Mar 2018 16:03:45 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=46750 Kyle Kinane and Officer Bradford go way back. Since meeting on tour years ago, the Midwest-born comedian and Milwaukee-based punk rock police officer in Masked Intruder have become friends and appreciators of each other’s work. Instead of personally asking Kinane the same old questions prior to his March 7 show at Turner Hall, we figured […]

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Kyle Kinane and Officer Bradford go way back. Since meeting on tour years ago, the Midwest-born comedian and Milwaukee-based punk rock police officer in Masked Intruder have become friends and appreciators of each other’s work. Instead of personally asking Kinane the same old questions prior to his March 7 show at Turner Hall, we figured it’d be more interesting to have Officer Bradford interview him for us. We were correct.

The two entertainers talked about where they met, subsequent run-ins, touring with The Falcon, puking in vans, cartoons they’ve worked on, and Kinane’s whiskey-fueled surprise set at The Vanguard in 2016. Along the way, Kinane also discusses performing in Kuala Lampur, his podcast, what it’s like to have projects shelved, and Crawford’s Chicken in Burbank. Read their conversation below.

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Officer Bradford: So am I talking to bearded Kyle or clean-shaven Kyle right now?

Kyle Kinane: Man, clean-shaven Kyle. I don’t know how many times people expect you to be a certain way. Sometimes you just want to break free, break free of the expectations. You know, just be somebody else for a while. I’m a little desperate for that sometimes. It’s real fun when I have a beard and people are just horrified when they see my actual face.

OB: You really have a face for voiceover at this point?

KK: Yeah, I shaved it for a TV show, which my naked ass is also in, and people were more horrified at my naked face than my ass.

OB: I think you’re beautiful no matter what.

KK: Well, coming from an officer of the law, I appreciate it.

OB: So this run of live shows that you’re doing, are you going to any new cities this time? I saw that there’s a Yukon Territory show.

KK: Actually, I was just in China, so I’d say that’s pretty new. And Kuala Lampur because they have eight people that appreciate comedy in English. I went all the way there for that. I still haven’t been to Florida in five years, but I’ll go to the continent of Asia to get a dozen people in a room who might understand sarcasm and weird, subtle references. But yeah, I was like “Yeah, I’ll go to Yukon. When it is? Oh, when it’s still winter? You betcha.”

OB: I’ve been a naked cop in some pretty weird places, too. What city did we meet in? Was it Detroit? I think it was Detroit on a [Teenage] Bottlerocket tour.

KK: No, St. Louis. It was at the Firebird in St. Louis. I had gotten to town a day early and I didn’t even know about Masked Intruder, and I went to see Teenage Bottlerocket. I caught, I think, the last half of your set and was like “What’s happening? Who are these figures?” And it was a blast, so I went to your second show that night. Then I got picked up by Officer Bradford here in Los Angeles, and I’ve also seen you guys in New York and Festival [in Gainesville, Florida]. I’ve seen you guys a bunch.

OB: I’ve seen you a bunch, too.

KK: But I remember I got picked up in Los Angeles. I got Officer Bradford to pick me up, which was very comforting by the way. For anybody that’s hesitant about the opportunity, you need to embrace it, it’s great.

OB: You’ll be here at Turner Hall on the 7th. I can gladly pick you up at that.

KK: Maybe we can get an updated photo. Basically, I think my return to Milwaukee has to be an apology for my appearance at Vanguard.

OB: No, that was great! Was that the weirdest green room experience you’ve had? The prep kitchen at Vanguard.

KK: Yeah, being trapped with a bottle of whiskey in a kitchen for a while, then going up to an untested P.A. system in a room full of people who just wanted to watch a football game. I’ve definitely done weirder shows, but not ones I’d specifically flown across the country to do. I remember that was my stop on the way to Halifax [Nova Scotia] and was like “Well yeah, I guess Milwaukee sort of makes sense. It’s somewhere between here and there on a map. Let me just stop over in a city and get blind drunk in front of people who don’t care.”

OB: How was it sharing green rooms with The Falcon?

KK: Oh, those guys are sweethearts. They’re old hat at it. I don’t know how you guys are on tour, but two of ‘em don’t drink, one of them just wasn’t drinking on tour. I started that tour stricken with gout and that was the worst I’d had it. I couldn’t even really walk onto the stage and couldn’t move around when I was up there, so I had to go to a Canadian emergency room to get a steroid pill. Then right after that, I threw up in the van because everybody got a stomach bug. I’d never been on tour with a band and I was so excited. I thought it was going to be such a cool, rock and roll time. Instead, I was hobbled with cane and then I got the stomach flu. I barfed all over everything in the van.

OB: I’ve definitely thrown up in vans. If it makes you feel better, I’ve 100 percent thrown up in vans.

KK: Did you get it into a receptacle at least?

OB: Mostly out the passenger window, but not all. “Mostly” doesn’t count with vomit. It’s kind of like the opposite of horseshoes and hand grenades.

KK: Yeah, I felt pretty bad. Everybody was pretty nice about it. They’re nice fellas and I appreciate them letting me tag along.

OB: Are there any plans to bring The Boogie Monster on tour?

KK: Yeah, we’re going to take it up to the Pacific Northwest. We’re getting some stuff out there. We’ve done a couple live shows and people seem receptive. Although, we just kind of throw a bunch of booze at it and see what happens, but so far so good. Nobody’s accusing us of professionalism.

OB: How did that podcast start? Were you sick of the 30 minutes a day you weren’t in front of a microphone?

KK: You’re not really allowed to be a comedian anymore unless you have a podcast. The comedy union required us to start a podcast. It’s definitely not an expert’s podcast, but Dave’s recipes are pretty good.

OB: Do you have any other big plans coming up? Any projects you can talk about?

KK: A site you’re familiar with, The Hard Times, they’re going to start pitching a TV show and asked me to be involved. I was happy to because I think their stuff is hilarious, so I hope that goes. And these guys made a cartoon called Action Dinosaur. I wasn’t part of the creative process, but they were like, “Hey, we made a cartoon that’s about a dinosaur who skateboards and shreds on guitar and makes a lot of bad dad jokes. We think we need you to be the voice of it.” That was totally up my alley. A prehistoric David Lee Roth? I can absolutely do that. They’ve got a Kickstarter that’s almost all the way funded to help them make it on their own instead of getting networks or whatever offer notes that aren’t good, then try to bow to their ideas that ruin the idea in the process. What ever happened to the Masked Intruder cartoon?

OB: I was just going to bring that up. It’s sitting in the inbox of some attorney right now, I believe. That whole back and forth. Have you had many projects shelved?

KK: Yeah, but that’s the profession I’ve chosen. I don’t get heartbroken so much. In stand-up, people either laugh or they don’t laugh. I know right away if something is shitty. I don’t have to do it for nine months, only to hear it’s not going to work out. I write something I think is a funny joke and that night I find out if it’s a funny joke.

OB: So do you have anything you want to plug? Any friends, any restaurants you’ve been into?

KK: What am I going to plug in the Milwaukee Record? You know what…hey, Milwaukee, you should definitely come to Crawford’s Chicken in Burbank, California because it’s real good! On the off chance you find yourself visiting Los Angeles and you’re in the suburb of Burbank, there’s an old karaoke bar that now has chicken. I went there last week and it was real good, so give it a shot! I don’t know what to plug.

OB: Well, is there anything you’re looking forward to doing when you’re in the great city of Milwaukee?

KK: Uh, delivering a hopefully more sober set. I don’t know if I can show my face at The Vanguard again.

OB: I’m sure you’re very welcome there. Everyone there loves you. They talk about you a lot, actually.

KK: Okay, well maybe a few beers and a sausage over at Vanguard and restore my reputation among those good folks. We’ll right the ship. I think it’s going to be a fun time, but I can’t say exactly what my plans are going to be that night. Just breathing in and out for one night.

OB: Then a couple [shows] in Madison, eh?

KK: Yeah, Milwaukee’s before Madison and then I’m playing with those Arms Aloft boys out in Eau Claire. Do you want to plug anything [happening with Masked Intruder]?

OB: The dudes are recording right now. That will come out eventually and then we’ll do some stuff about it. That’s about it.

KK: Fuck yeah, man. Wait, I probably can’t say “fuck yeah” on the Milwaukee Record.

OB: You can say whatever you want.

KK: Alright, well, fuck yeah.

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Adam Sandler will perform two shows at Riverside Theater in April http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/adam-sandler-two-shows-riverside-april/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/adam-sandler-two-shows-riverside-april/#respond Wed, 28 Feb 2018 06:02:29 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=46713 Much like the universe, and much like the Self, Adam Sandler contains multitudes. There’s the early Saturday Night Live Sandler, scoring big on characters like Opera Man and the Herlihy Boy (“Please don’t make me wash the sheets.”) There’s the early movie star Sandler, headliner of such kind-of-crummy-but-kind-of-great hits as Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore (“Where […]

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Much like the universe, and much like the Self, Adam Sandler contains multitudes. There’s the early Saturday Night Live Sandler, scoring big on characters like Opera Man and the Herlihy Boy (“Please don’t make me wash the sheets.”) There’s the early movie star Sandler, headliner of such kind-of-crummy-but-kind-of-great hits as Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore (“Where were you on that one, dipshit?”) There’s the latter-day movie star Sandler, headliner of such paid-summer-vacation scams as Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2. Hell, there’s even the accomplished movie star Sandler, headliner of such legit-terrific films as Punch Drunk Love and The Meyerowitz Stories.

Then there’s the Sandler that’s scheduled to perform not one, but two shows at Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater Wednesday, April 18, and Thursday, April 19. What will those performances entail? We imagine some stand-up, some stories, some songs, and maybe some deep cuts from They’re All Gonna Laugh At You! (fingers crossed for “At A Medium Pace”!) Oh, and Rob Schneider will be there, too. And both shows (along with others on the tour) will be filmed for Sandler’s upcoming Netflix special. Let’s go!

Reserved seating tickets for these “mature audiences only” shows are $39.50, $79.50, $99.50, and $150. They go on sale Friday, March 2 at noon. Thinking of not attending and heading out of town instead? Don’t you say that. Don’t you ever say that. Stay here. Stay here as long as you can. For the love of God, cherish it. You have to cherish it.

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Former Packer tweets stolen Mike Birbiglia joke, internet (and Mike Birbiglia) tells him it’s Mike Birbiglia’s joke http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/former-packer-tweets-stolen-mike-birbiglia-joke-internet-tells-mike-birbiglias-joke/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/former-packer-tweets-stolen-mike-birbiglia-joke-internet-tells-mike-birbiglias-joke/#respond Tue, 27 Feb 2018 06:42:30 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=46658 As negative and divisive as the internet can sometimes (okay, usually) be, it has a weird way of bringing unlikely people together in even more unlikely ways. For example, you probably didn’t expect to be reading about an ’80s era Green Bay Packer getting a bunch of shit on Twitter for stealing an accomplished alt-comic’s […]

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As negative and divisive as the internet can sometimes (okay, usually) be, it has a weird way of bringing unlikely people together in even more unlikely ways. For example, you probably didn’t expect to be reading about an ’80s era Green Bay Packer getting a bunch of shit on Twitter for stealing an accomplished alt-comic’s joke, but here we are.

On Monday afternoon, Greg Koch—an offensive tackle who played with the Packers between 1977 and 1985—tweeted the following:

If that joke seems familiar, it’s because it’s not his. Koch, an attorney who currently co-hosts a sports talk radio show in Houston, transcribed and tweeted a joke from Mike Birbiglia’s 2006 album, Two Drink Mike, with no attribution to the comedian. It wasn’t long before dozens of people took notice and called the former lineman out on his taboo act. Of course, more than a few people also made fun of the radio personality’s attempt to pass off a respected comedian and filmmaker’s 12-year-old joke as his own.

Even Birbiglia had something to say.

For just an instant, a retired offensive tackle and a popular modern comedian shared a moment (and a joke) that was a rare and unexpected break from the negativity of the internet. Unless Ken Ruettgers lifts a John Mulaney bit or something, this will probably go down as the most significant instance of joke thievery in Green Bay Packers history.

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No club, no problem: Comedy producers fill void with shows in breweries, bars, and basements http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/no-club-no-problem-comedy-producers-fill-void-with-shows-in-breweries-bars-and-basements/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/no-club-no-problem-comedy-producers-fill-void-with-shows-in-breweries-bars-and-basements/#respond Wed, 24 Jan 2018 17:15:05 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=45334 For the first time in decades, Milwaukee is a city without a comedy club. The abrupt end of Jokerz Comedy Club earlier this month follows Milwaukee Comedy Cafe’s decision to relocate from its longtime Brady Street digs to a small second floor spot on Old World Third Street in 2015, which has gone unused since […]

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For the first time in decades, Milwaukee is a city without a comedy club. The abrupt end of Jokerz Comedy Club earlier this month follows Milwaukee Comedy Cafe’s decision to relocate from its longtime Brady Street digs to a small second floor spot on Old World Third Street in 2015, which has gone unused since last spring. Comedy Cafe recently started hosting comedy shows at a place at 906 S. Barclay St. called “The Point,” but not with any regularity at this point. Bonkerz Comedy has transitioned from a club into a production company that occasionally produces stand-up shows at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s Northern Lights Theater.

Though Northern Lights Theater, BMO Harris Bradley Center, and Pabst Theater Group’s trinity of venues routinely bring some of the biggest names in comedy to town, you’d think the absence of dedicated comedy clubs would leave Milwaukee without an outlet for lesser-known touring comedians and up-and-coming regional performers, right? Wrong. A few dedicated local producers and performers have taken it upon themselves to fill the city’s comic void by bringing comedians and shows they—and many others—would like to see to Milwaukee breweries, bar rooms, and even the Grand Avenue Mall basement.

Matt Kemple is the person responsible for many of those shows. Kemple has owned and operated The Underground Collaborative (the aforementioned 110-capacity theater space in the mall’s basement) for close to six years, and has booked shows all around town under the “Milwaukee Comedy” umbrella for even longer. The longtime theater producer and Milwaukee Comedy Festival founder’s foray into stand-up booking was simple: Milwaukee wanted more than it was getting.

“I started producing just out of the need and desire to want more out of the comedy scene. When I was producing, it was basically because there was nobody putting on comedy shows,” Kemple says. “All of a sudden, we’re the ones filling this niche of this middle level of comedy that people really want to get, but nobody is putting those shows on. We need to be the ones doing that.”

Just some of the notable comedians Kemple and his cohorts have booked at The UC or sites like Club Garibaldi include Nick Thune (twice), Andy Kindler, Hari Kondabolu, Matt Braunger, Godfrey, Joe Mande, Emily Heller, Johnny Pemberton, Josh Fadem, and Neil Hamburger. This weekend, The Underground Collaborative will host a pair of shows from veteran comedy legend Todd Barry. Barry performed at Turner Hall his last two times in Milwaukee and at Comedy Cafe before that.

“Todd Barry is doing his show with us because it’s the crowd work tour. He wants to see the people. It’s an intimate theater venue, not a comedy club. He can look out and see people on seats that are on risers,” Kemple says. “There aren’t people coming and going and interrupting the show trying to sell two drink minimums and nachos. It’s an environment that’s set up to make what he’s doing as successful as possible.”

In addition to sporadic high-profile bookings at The UC and other traditional venues, Milwaukee Comedy also produces shows at unconventional sites like Karma, Var Gallery, and will debut a monthly “Craft Brew Comedy” showcase at Good City Brewing tonight. The first show in the East Side brewery’s 150-capacity hall has already sold out.

“Not everybody wants to come to [The UC], so if you can bring comedy to those people, that’s what keeps things exciting,” Kemple says. “And just having different rooms and different environments, it makes it a different kind of show.”

The largest and most successful of Milwaukee Comedy’s regular productions is Keg Stand Up, a monthly stand-up showcase at Lakefront Brewery. The show, which started in August of 2105 and became a recurring fixture at the brewery in June of 2016, brings some of the Midwest’s most talented humorists to Lakefront’s spacious Beer Hall on select Sunday nights. Within its first few months, Keg Stand Up’s attendance has ballooned. The show now brings more than 200 people to the brewery and routinely sells out.

“It seems like we’ve garnered a cool following. I joke that we masquerade as a comedy venue once a month,” Lakefront Tour Manager and Taproom Event Manager Dylan Mazurkiewicz says. “Maybe it comes at a good time for some of these comedy venues closing down to all of a sudden have all these new breweries open up. There’s now opportunities to be hosting these shows.”

Another Milwaukee brewery taking advantage of the comedy boom and club closures is Urban Harvest, a new Walker’s Point microbrewery that doubles as the home base for Mojo Dojo. Since late 2016, the local improv collective has hosted two or three shows a week in the brewery’s cozy performance space in addition to its “Open Dojo” improv classes each Wednesday.

“If you’re not seeing the kind of comedy you like in town, that means there’s a void, and you can fill it. And the beautiful thing about Milwaukee is there are a lot of opportunities to try things out,” Mojo Dojo co-founder and Tall Boys improviser James Boland says. “In general, local business owners like to be part of something different and fun, especially if you’re willing to handle most of the workload and promotion. If you have an idea and are passionate, you can make it happen.”

Urban Harvest’s approximately 60-person theater has rows of tiered seats nestled before a vast stage that perfectly suits Mojo Dojo’s longform improv, as well as local stand-up showcases and sketch troupes who use the space as well.

Outside of the work Milwaukee Comedy and Mojo Dojo do week in and week out, comedians Nate Seek and Ryan Holman host a monthly Sugar Maple stand-up show, and Cream City Comedy Festival has brought noted national comedians like Nick Vatterott, Ben Kronberg, and this year’s upcoming headliner Adam Cayton-Holland to Club Garibaldi. Those are just some examples of independent showcases that, along with top-tier comics regularly taking the stage at larger Milwaukee venues, are keeping the laughs coming.

Sure, there’s no true comedy club in Milwaukee anymore, but as long as passionate producers are putting in the work to bring comedians of all calibers to a variety of stages in the city, that’s no problem.

“For me, it’s not the money-making aspect of it as much as the desire to see the comedy scene thrive. Nobody else is doing it, so what can we do to fill this gap that exists right now?,” Kemple says. “I just want to make it so that you’re not seeing the same thing over and over and over again because then what’s the fucking point?”

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Jokerz Comedy Club has closed http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/jokerz-comedy-club-closed/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/jokerz-comedy-club-closed/#respond Mon, 08 Jan 2018 06:07:59 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=44896 Milwaukee’s already-lacking comedy club scene has sustained another sizable hit this month. Last Thursday, Jokerz Comedy Club announced it was closing after more than 10 years in business. Located in the basement of Silk Exotic, Jokerz hosted comedians from all around the country on a weekly basis, consistently called upon local comics to host or […]

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Milwaukee’s already-lacking comedy club scene has sustained another sizable hit this month. Last Thursday, Jokerz Comedy Club announced it was closing after more than 10 years in business.

Located in the basement of Silk Exotic, Jokerz hosted comedians from all around the country on a weekly basis, consistently called upon local comics to host or feature, and occasionally booked recognizable names like Eddie Griffin and Pauly Shore to perform on a stage beneath a strip club. Shore’s 2013 show at Jokerz was included in his 2014 tour documentary, Pauly Shore Stands Alone.

The closure now leaves Milwaukee without a dedicated comedy club. Bonkerz Comedy has transitioned into a production company that semi-regularly produces stand-up shows at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s Northern Lights Theater. Milwaukee’s Comedy Cafe has been empty since last spring, though the business is now hosting occasional comedy shows at a place at 906 S. Barclay St. called “The Point.”

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Brew City Brand T-shirt appears in new Dave Chappelle Netflix special http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/brew-city-brand-t-shirt-dave-chappelle-netflix-special/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/comedy/brew-city-brand-t-shirt-dave-chappelle-netflix-special/#respond Wed, 03 Jan 2018 06:20:21 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=44675 If you were brave and bundled-up enough to attend one of the many, many cool events going on around town this past New Year’s Eve, our hats are off to you. You are a truly hardy Milwaukeean! If you were not, did you watch Dave Chappelle’s two new standup specials on Netflix, and did you […]

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If you were brave and bundled-up enough to attend one of the many, many cool events going on around town this past New Year’s Eve, our hats are off to you. You are a truly hardy Milwaukeean! If you were not, did you watch Dave Chappelle’s two new standup specials on Netflix, and did you happen to catch the little piece of Milwaukee in the front row of the audience in “The Bird Revelation”? The set was recorded this past fall in front of a relatively small audience at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. It’s a much more intimate setting than the sites for Chappelle’s other recent specials: the Hollywood Palladium, Austin’s Moody Theater, and Washington DC’s Warner Theatre. As a result, the special features a lot more shots of the audience from a short distance, including several shots of a woman wearing what appears to be a Brew City Brand “Beers&Brats&Bowling&Bubblers” T-shirt.

Are we dorks to be delighted at the mere appearance of a Milwaukee-related item on an internationally viewed piece? Possibly. Will the widespread exposure of the shirt’s message cause others to finally start referring to drinking fountains as “bubblers”? Hopefully. Do we hope that you will proudly wear a Milwaukee Record T-shirt or onesie the next time you appear on a Netflix special, provided it’s not a special where you’re doing something awful? Yeah, that’d be awesome.

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