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.”