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01.30.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
I could blame them for not wanting to return, given the cretinous audience at their show here last spring, but the HBO comedy duo Flight of the Conchords are returning on May 2 for two shows at the Riverside, at 7 and 10 p.m. That should give Milwaukee fans plenty of time to stock up on laser pointers or whatever else they need to find new ways to sabotage the performance this time around. The $35...
01.16.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
When 94.5 changed to Lake FM, a redundant, kitchen-sink format that litters Milwaukee's airwaves with additional classic rock, it felt like a big F-you to the city, so it's fitting, then, that the station's commercials literally flip Milwaukee the finger. The TV spots, generally loathed by viewers, introduce a bemused dude who controls music with his finger, but curiously, tha...
12.09.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Prior to the opening of Rudolph the Pissed-Off Reindeer, the show's writer/director/co-producer Patrick Schmitz had voiced the thought that he may be a “one trick pony.” With no other plans to work on another feature-length play at any point in the future, Rudolph may be Schmitz’s only trick, but it’s a rather clever one.A parody of the Rankin and Bass stop motion animated TV specials of t...
11.08.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
After a brief and subtle kreusening with a bottle of Old Style at the Comet Café over dinner with my wife, I was off to the Astor Theatre for my first of two shows this weekend: the RSVP production of Paul Weitz’s Show People. My strange mixture of energy and consciousness in the midst of a particularly odd sleep schedule probably put me in the perfect frame of mind for Weitz’s comedy—an ex...
Friday, Oct. 31, 2008
Milwaukee native Kathryn Lounsbery has followed a rapid upward trajectory since moving to the West Coast. She hit the ground running right out of graduate school, landing a job as pop keyboard editor for prestigious Alfred Publishing. As impressive as that may be, Lounsbery’s day job pales next to her current...
10.20.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
In Tandem Theatre’s production of the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s All The Great Books (abridged) closes this weekend. In anticipation of the final weekend of one of the season’s funniest shows thus far, here is Part One of an extended conversation I had with the cast and director Chris Flieller a couple of weeks before the show opened. It was a much simpler time: the presidential elections...
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008

Tonight @ the Milwaukee Theatre - 7:30 p.m.

Robin Williams has been responsible for some of the very best and some of the very worst comedy of the past 30 years, but his maniac, full-body stand-up performances are still a sight to behold. In the years since his record breaking 2002 tour, Williams has fallen on hard times, facing the death of his brother, a divorce and the recurrence...
Friday, Sept. 19, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 8 p.m.

The Turner Hall Ballroom tonight at 8 p.m. welcome current members of Chicago’s legendary Second City improv/comedy troupe, an institution that claims alums like Bill Murray, Chris Farley, Steve Carell, Amy Sedaris, Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert. Of course, most of the comedians in Second City only get famous years after they leave the troupe, so the current players don’t pack much in the way of star power, but Second City...
Friday, Sept. 19, 2008

Tonight @ the Riverside Theater - 8 p.m.

George Lopez’s self-titled sitcom was often praised for doing for Hispanics what “The Cosby Show” did for African Americans, but that assessment overlooks the elephant in the room: While “The Cosby Show” was above all a great sitcom, “George Lopez” was a joyless regurgitation of the worst sitcom conventions. Don’t hold that against Lopez himself, though. Lopez, who does an 8 p.m. show at the Riverside Theater, is too amiable...
Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8 p.m.

These days reality shows attempt to anoint everything from top chefs to top photographers to top interior designer, seldom achieving relevance. For obvious reasons, the best of these TV job-search contests actually focus on talents that are, you know, actually interesting to watch, like singing, dancing . . .

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