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Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012

A Seventh Helping of the Milwaukee Comedy Festival

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The seventh annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival unleashes itself upon the city this week with a popular mixture of stand-up, improv and sketch comedy. This year, hosts Matt Kemple and Patrick Schmitz are bringing the fest to Next Act Theatre's new space.

Over the course of its run, the festival has called many stages home. Each space offers its own personality. Years ago Times Cinema hosted the festival, followed by the now-defunct Off-Broadway Theatre and, most recently, ComedySportz. The Off-Broadway space had a professional feel about it, while the spacious main stage at ComedySportz made the festivities seem much more like a street festival.

It will be interesting to see what kind of personality the fest will gain in its new home at Next Act Theatre. Next Act offers a classy venue, but the formal atmosphere shouldn't dampen the mood at all.

The lineup has changed this year as well. Typically, the festival had ended on a Sunday with some teen comedy shows. This year, the teen showcase takes place on the third day of the festival (also a Sunday). All told, the festival will present a dozen shows and three workshops.

The Milwaukee Comedy Festival
runs Aug. 3-11 at the Next Act Theatre building, 255 S. Water St. For ticket reservations, call 414-278-0765.

Theater Happenings


  • J.M. Barrie's The Admirable Crichton finds a butler on a deserted island. Discover this whimsical comedy at American Players Theatre in a production directed by Kenneth Albers. The play runs Aug. 11-Oct. 6. For ticket reservations, call 608-588-2361.
  • Door County's Peninsula Players presents a murder-mystery drama with the stage adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Nile. The show runs Aug. 15-Sept. 2 at the Players' beautiful space in Fish Creek. For ticket reservations, call 920-868-3287.
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