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.
Casey James Salengo
Hear Here Presents: The Music and Comedy Show
Sugar Maple Comedy Showcase
Lakefront Brewery Presents: Mom Day Comedy