Express Milwaukee - Comedy http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-340-1-comedy.html Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 Comedy Workshops and Comedy Festival - Learning to be funny in Milwaukee http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23707-comedy-workshops-and-comedy-festival-learning-to-be-funny-in-milwaukee.html

 If you want to see lots of great comedians, there’s an easy solution: Visit Next Act Theatre sometime between August 7 and 10 for the Milwaukee Comedy Festival

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Recap: Comedy Workhorse Michael Ian Black Shares Uproarious Stories at Turner Hall http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23457-recap-comedy-workhorse-michael-ian-black-shares-uproarious-stories-at-turner-hall.html It’s far from fair, but Michael Ian Black seems to be forever stuck at “that one guy” level of comedy stardom, at least as far as the general public is concerned. His resume is packed with com]]> Recap: Aziz Ansari Riffs on Relationships and Technology at the Riverside Theater http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23310-recap-aziz-ansari-riffs-on-relationships-and-technology-at-the-riverside-theater.html For his performances Monday night, the "Parks and Recreation" star offered a smart meditation on dating in the iPhone era.]]> Recap: Tracy Morgan's "Turn It Funny" Tour Won Over the Pabst Theater http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23303-recap-tracy-morgans-turn-it-funny-tour-won-over-the-pabst-theater.html As talented as he is, comedian Tracy Morgan often attracts more attention for saying crazy shit than he does for his standup. Whether he’s referring to Sarah Palin as “Good masturbation material]]> Ira Glass Paired Storytelling and Modern Dance for ‘One Radio Host, Two Dancers’ - A quirky evening at the Riverside Theater http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23189-ira-glass-paired-storytelling-and-modern-dance-for-%25E2%2580%2598one-radio-host-two-dancers%25E2%2580%2599-a-quirky-evening-at-the-riverside-theater.html If you’re successful enough in the media, you can pretty much pursue any zany idea you want, regardless of how marketable it is. Take the case of Ira Glass, who, despite already being a seasoned p]]> Recap: War Steals the Show at Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke Tour http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22909-recap-war-steals-the-show-at-cheech-chongs-up-in-smoke-tour.html Seminal stoner comics Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong have been giving potheads something to laugh about throughout the 1970s and into the ’80s with more than 10 iconic marijuana-theme]]> Cheech & Chong Learn to Compromise - Cheech Marin talks about the comedy duo's past, present and future http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22847-cheech-chong-learn-to-compromise-cheech-marin-talks-about-the-comedy-duos-past-present-and-future.html After a 15-year run of hit comedy albums and movies, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong parted on hard terms in the mid-’80s. The duo’s 2008 reunion hasn’t completely erased those old tensions, but]]> Recap: Comedian Mike Birbiglia Riffed on Tardiness, Being Broke and the Muppets at the Pabst Theater http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22783-recap-comedian-mike-birbiglia-riffed-on-tardiness-being-broke-and-the-muppets-at-the-pabst-theater.html The affable and self-deprecating everyman-isms of humorist Mike Birbiglia strike a chord with audiences of almost every cross section. The author, filmmaker, NPR darling and veteran stand-up comic]]> Q&A: Comedian Hannibal Buress Talks Voiceover Work, 'Chozen' and 'Bob's Burgers' http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22685-qa-comedian-hannibal-buress-talks-voiceover-work-chozen-and-bobs-burgers.html Hannibal Buress has done it all in world of comedy. The former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” scribe left the writer’s desk behind to focus on stand-up in 2010. His 2012 Comedy Centr]]> Comic David Koechner Displayed His Versatility at Turner Hall http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22666-comic-david-koechner-displayed-his-versatility-at-turner-hall.html While he’s unquestionably best known for his portrayals of “Whammy!”-shouting Anchorman sportscaster Champ Kind and Michael Scott-enabling traveling salesman Todd Packer on “The Office,” D]]> Recap: Amy Schumer Leans On Crowd Work at the Riverside Theater http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22662-recap-amy-schumer-leans-on-crowd-work-at-the-riverside-theater.html With a pair of unforgettably strong Comedy Central Roast appearances, more than a decade logged in comedy clubs spread throughout all corners of the country as well as a pair of rock solid and fear]]> Martin Short Gave the Pabst Theater His All For "Laugh It Up Milwaukee" http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22510-martin-short-gave-the-pabst-theater-his-all-for-laugh-it-up-milwaukee.html Martin Short kept the characters coming, including Jiminy Glick, who interviewed Mayor Tom Barrett.
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Jim Gaffigan @ The Pabst Theater - Dec. 30, 2013 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22431-jim-gaffigan-a-the-pabst-theater-dec-30-2013.html Jim Gaffigan has managed a heft of transcendent and eternally quotable comedy specials, in addition to film and television roles, along with publishing his first book, Dad Is Fat, which he release]]> Recap: Wisconsin Native Shane Mauss Riffs on Bigots and Bird Mating at the Comedy Café http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22156-recap-wisconsin-native-shane-mauss-riffs-on-bigots-and-bird-mating-at-the-comedy-cafe.html ]]> Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal and John Hodgman @ The Pabst Theater - Oct. 18, 2013 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21995-eugene-mirman-kristen-schaal-and-john-hodgman-a-the-pabst-theater-oct-18-2013.html While the Pabst Foundation has done a brilliant job bringing more standup comedy to the city, Milwaukee sadly lacks some of the basic infrastructure that would draw in even more of the cutting edge.]]> Comedy Bang! Bang! w/ The Birthday Boys @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Oct. 7, 2013 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21923-comedy-bang_-bang_-w_-the-birthday-boys-a-turner-hall-ballroom-oct-7-2013.html Much like a lively Twitter feed, podcasting has become an almost indispensable technological tool for modern comedians. Whereas once you had to incessantly tour crappy comedy clubs to build a follow]]> Cinematic Titanic @ The Pabst Theater - Sept. 20, 2013 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21835-cinematic-titanic-a-the-pabst-theater-sept-20-2013.html With its homemade, public access aesthetic, simple premise and distinctly Midwestern lack of pretension, TV’s “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” which elevated bashing crappy Z-movies from a lat]]> Doug Benson w/ Graham Elwood @ Turner Hall Ballroom - Sept. 15, 2013 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21795-doug-benson-w_-graham-elwood-a-turner-hall-ballroom-sept-15-2013.html The 2007 documentary Super High Me, which placed funnyman Doug Benson in an experiment similar to Morgan Spurlock’s in Super Size Me only with marijuana substituted for the addictive, dangerous s]]> Marc Maron @ The Pabst Theater - May 4, 2013 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21009-marc-maron-a-the-pabst-theater-may-4-2013.html Though he’s received a well-deserved boost in recognition in recent years, largely thanks to his popular WTF podcast, Marc]]> Nick Offerman @ The Pabst Theater - Feb. 23, 2013 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20639-nick-offerman-a-the-pabst-theater-feb-23-2013.html

 Nick Offerman lends more than a little bit of himself to his breakout “Parks and Recreation” character Ron Swanson, the sitcom’s spokesman for all things masculine. Like Swanson, Offerman is a proud outdoorsmen

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Flight of the Conchords w/ Eugene Mirman @ The Riverside Theater - May 2, 2009 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-6414-flight-of-the-conchords-w_-eugene-mirman-a-the-riverside-theater-may-2-2009.html ]]>