After more than a year in which most entertainment options featured the word “virtual” somewhere in their vicinity, live and in-person events are finally able to return in a safe and at least somewhat normal way. As if the recent wave of show announcements and festival lineups isn’t already exciting enough, we’re also seeing new performance venues preparing to open in the region.
Today, Milwaukee Improv announced it will be opening on August 20. The new comedy club will open in a 13,049-square-foot space in the lower level of The Corners of Brookfield. The Brookfield-based venue will be the 25th location of the national Improv chain. Some of Improv’s other locations are in Los Angeles, Irvine, San Jose, Chicago, Houston, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, and Washington D.C.
While comedy fans will have to wait until August 20 to attend a show, “the venue’s comedian talent lineup for mid-August through early December shows will be announced mid-June and tickets will go on sale in late June,” according to a press release. Check back for more information on Milwaukee Improv as its August 20 opening date approaches. Until then, check out the press release below.
WISCONSIN’S FIRST IMPROV COMEDY VENUE MAKES HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED DEBUT AUGUST 20
Renowned national comedy icon to bring top headliners to The Corners of Brookfield; pre-sale and general public tickets go on sale later this month
Town of Brookfield, Wis. – As venues across the region increase event capacity and the Milwaukee community excitedly welcomes a return to pre-pandemic entertainment, the long-anticipated Improv is preparing to make its official debut in Wisconsin. The legendary comedy brand today announced it will open its doors at The Corners of Brookfield on Friday, August 20.
The 13,049-square-foot premium entertainment venue, located on the lower level of the northeast side of the town center, features two live performance stages with full food and bar service. Entertainment it will bring to the greater Southeast Wisconsin community will include some of the top comedians in the industry. The venue will also focus on discovering and empowering local talent through open mic nights, showcases and performance spotlights.
“We know the greater Milwaukee community and beyond has been anticipating our opening since we first announced our debut in Wisconsin, and we’re thrilled that the time has finally come to open our doors,” said Alireza Ghaemian, CEO of Improv owner Levity Live. “If there was ever a time for the community to come together for abundant laughs over great drinks and delicious food, it’s now, and we can’t wait for our neighbors to experience Improv.”
The venue’s comedian talent line-up for mid-August through early December shows will be announced mid-June and tickets will go on sale in late June. Those who sign up for more information at www.Improv.com/Milwaukee will have the first opportunity to purchase pre-sale tickets for all Improv shows before general public tickets go on sale.
To manage its first-to-Wisconsin comedy venue, Improv has chosen Jayk Burczyk as the General Manager of operations. Burczyk comes to the position with nearly a decade of experience in the Milwaukee area hospitality industry, most recently at Boone and Crockett, Hacienda Beer Company and Fuel Café.
“Improv Milwaukee” will be the company’s 25th location nationwide, with other venues in Los Angeles, Irvine, San Jose, Chicago, Houston, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Washington, D.C. and more. Over the decades, the talent who have graced Improv stages include Richard Pryor, Billy Crystal, Lily Tomlin, Freddie Prinze, Andy Kaufman, Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Jay Leno, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, Ellen DeGeneres, Jamie Foxx, Adam Sandler, and Dave Chappelle.
“Improv adds an all new entertainment offering to the area with a caliber and variety of shows that I think all will enjoy,” said Robert Gould, CEO of Brookfield Corners LLC. “The team is finalizing an amazing opening lineup of talent for the Wisconsin debut and we’re thrilled for the community to soon see celebrity and soon-to-be famous comedic talent at The Corners.”