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Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012
The seventh annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival opened at Next Act Theatre's space this past weekend. It continues through Aug. 11. The 2012 festival feels a bit more organized than previous festivals, as stand-up, sketch and improv comics, primarily from...
08.04.2012 | | Posted at 07:05 AM

The Early show is a mix of stand-up sketch and imrpov

By Russ Bickerstaff
  This year's Milwaukee Comedy Fest slips into the classy Next Act Theatre Space on 255 South Water Street with a very slick professionalism that makes it feel kind of like a comedy convention. One half expects to find booths from various comedy vendors popping up in the lobby . . .  weird . . . .    The festival opened with introductory music by Flitharmonic--a jazz improv group that does som...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Meanwhile At Comedysportz on the 23rd

By Russ Bickerstaff
While there is no shortage of Christmas shows running on local stages, there are very few shows actually running in very close proximity to the holiday. There are a couple of matinees on the 24th and a couple of standard evening shows on the 23rd. Roughly 24 hours before the big night of the 24th, local improv group Meanwhile will be performing a show at ComedySportz. The sho...
08.07.2011 | | Posted at 11:17 PM

Beginning the new theatre Year With Funny—the end of the fest

By Russ Bickerstaff
SATURDAY By the third night of the festival, things started to feel a little bleary. I’d been to ComedySportz before, but not THREE DAYS IN A ROW. The laughter started to stick together between the beer and the humidity. And I was enjoying the effect quite a bit. Christy Watson opened the evening with some stand-up. The first group on the evening was Meanwhile. The Milwaukee-based improv group...
01.20.2011 | | Posted at 11:31 PM

Improv and a Tribute to Quenin Tarantino at ComedySportz

By Russ Bickerstaff
Safely secluded on the fringe of more commercial sections of Milwaukee, it can be alarmingly easy to overlook ComedySportz as an entertainment option. Here are a couple of late night improv shows coming-up this month that are worth remembering:  The 21st   Some of the best improv comedy in town has been instigated by a group known as Meanwhile. It�s so easy for a to mine hackneyed, old comedy t...