The Milwaukee Comedy Festival has been a late summer fixture in the city since, to be perfectly honest, before Milwaukee even had a viable comedy scene worth celebrating. A decade after what was jokingly referred to as “the first annual” (since a second wasn’t expected to occur) and the incalculable growth and development of local stand-up, festival founder, co-producer, and Milwaukee Comedy godsend Matt Kemple is preparing his biggest and best Fest yet in honor of its 10th year.
Dozens of stand-up comics, improvisers, and sketch troupes will perform in the Milwaukee Comedy Festival between August 6 and August 9. The four-day fest will culminate with the biggest name that’s ever performed in the event’s 10-year run, as veteran alt-comic Brian Posehn will bring the festival home with an August 9 show at Turner Hall. The funnyman—who starred opposite Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis, and Maria Bamford in The Comedians Of Comedy, hosts the Nerd Poker podcast and, ugh, is probably remembered by your parents from his recurring role on Just Shoot Me—will make his Turner Hall debut as part of the event. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday, May 8. Openers have yet to be determined. No promises, but comedians can still apply for a spot in the Milwaukee Comedy Festival until 11:59 p.m. CST tonight.