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05.05.2014 | 133 days ago | Posted at 09:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Writer/director Patrick Schmitz (best-known for Rudolph the Pissed-Off Reindeer) has a new project for the summer. It’s a comic take on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Schmitz is a very witty guy, which should be reason enough to look forward to the show. The cast assembled for the show is really promising as well. Title characters are played by actual teenagers with real comedic talent. As ...
Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013

Lots of laughter at Next Act

 The Milwaukee Comedy Festival returned for its eighth year Aug. 1-4 with Next Act’s theater space on South Water as a stylish venue for the proceedings. Once again, co-producers Matt Kemple and Patrick Schmitz put together an
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
“Shepherd Express? Is that a fast herd of sheep or something,” asks Dick Chudnow, who co-founded ComedySportz with Bob Orvis in 1984. Orvis recalls those early days: “We’d go out and people hadn’t even seen
08.30.2012 | | Posted at 07:10 AM

Patrick Schmitz out, Matt Koester In

By Russ Bickerstaff
    Advanced art forum coming theatrical shows is always interesting. The poster images that a theatre company uses to sell its upcoming season are worked out well in advance of final decisions on set and costuming and such . . . and that's particularly strange where it involves actual photographs of actual people . . . quite often characters are represented by models . . . cast lists get annou...
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012
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...
06.16.2012 | | Posted at 06:37 AM

Patrick Schmitz's THE COMEDY KID

By Russ Bickerstaff
    Traditional Hollywood-style comedy is not done particularly well by Hollywood. Watch nearly any traditional light comedy from the past ten years and you'll see something that is screamingly desperate to be funny. With The Comedy Kid, writer/director Patrick Schmitz manages a light comedy that doesn't seem ay all over-eager. That lack of desperatino translates into a far more comfortable an...
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Whether it takes place on the stage or the screen, acting can be an all-consuming occupation. If it is true that only an actor can truly understand another actor, perhaps this is why actors so often become romantically involved. Acting couples tend...
05.12.2012 | | Posted at 06:09 AM

A new comedy next month from the author of RUDOLPH, THE PISSED-OFF REINDEER

By Russ Bickerstaff
    Summer is kind of a wild, unpredictable time in local theatre. It's that weird hazy zone between the end of one season and the beginning of the next. Established year-round venues like the Alchemist Theatre announce their summer shows well in advance, but all too often, smaller independent productions don't give much more than a few weeks' notice. I would like to point out that I'm not comp...
05.06.2012 | | Posted at 08:41 AM

Four Hours With Patrick Schmitz

By Russ Bickerstaff
Patrick Schmitz hosts an improv comedy workshop mid-day today at the Alchemist Theatre in BayView. A two hour improve comedy class facilitated by Milwaukee Comedy Fest co-founder Patrick Schmitz is followed by a coupe of hours of  improv comedy open jamming. The Project Empty Space workshop is the latest in a series of classes that has included subjects as diverse as stage combat and properly f...
02.03.2012 | | Posted at 10:38 AM

Be Spectacled hosts an evening of local comedy

By Russ Bickerstaff
I do sincerely hope that I am not the last person to have found out that there'™s sort of a hipster optometrist's place in Wauwatosa. I suppose it makes sense . . . I mean . . . they're looking for anything offbeat to turn trendy with their asymmetrical haircuts and what have you . . . (I probably sound very, very old but a hipster spelling bee? Really?) In any case, the hipster optometrist's i...

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