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01.31.2010 | | Posted at 01:17 PM

The Alchemist Theatre Presents Improv During Super Bowl

By Russ Bickerstaff
Admit it. The Super Bowl is intensely boring. Beyond the flashy ads and slickly polished production design of one of the most-watched sports games in the world, the game itself is usually quite boring. The NFC Championship game is the real end of the post-season. The Super Bowl is perfunctory--the final number at the end of the long, complex equation that is an NFL season. A couple of hours after ...
01.13.2010 | | Posted at 06:19 PM

Mark Lundholm Comes To UW-Whitewater

By Russ Bickerstaff
Judging from what’s available online, Mark Lundholm fits somewhere between genres as a spoken word performer. The man who has appeared on Showtime and Comedy Central carries himself somewhere between a traditional stand-up comic and a motivational speaker. There’s also a hint of something else—a genuine love of the language that seeps its way into his diction and word choice that fits more p...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Peace, Love and a 30-Year Mortgage at the Sunset Playhouse

By Russ Bickerstaff
The somewhat reasonably funny comedian Dylan Bolin finds himself in Elm Grove in February. His one-man show Peace, Love and a 30-Year Mortgage makes it to the stage of the Sunset Playhouse February 4 – 6. Bolin brings the show to Elm Grove having staged it at In Tandem’s 10th Street Theatre this past November. The show, which focuses on Bolin’s travels from growing-up an Indiana hippie to being a mortgage-paying Milwaukeean, strays a bit from traditional stand-up comedy

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Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009

Live at the Pabst

Jim Gaffigan returns to Milwaukee for a double header show at the Pabst on Wednesday, December 30 at 7:00pm and Thursday, December 31 (New Year's Eve) at 10:30pm...
09.17.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
A little while ago, a Milwaukee theatre professional asked me what I thought of the Milwaukee Rep’s production of Jeffrey Hatcher's treatment of The Government Inspector. I said pretty much what I’d said in my previous blog on the topic. The individual I was talking to agreed with me to an extent, but felt that any production of a comedy like Hatcher's really needs comedians. As I understa...
08.20.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I haven’t had a weekend without a show since the beginning of last month. Generally I have one week without an opening every month. I almost never have three weeks in a row without a show opening to attend. It’s going to feel kind of weird not going to a show in three weeks. It won’t be completely dead, though. There IS the Skylight Opera Theatre’s open house on the first of September . . ...
08.10.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The 4th annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival closed yesterday. By all accounts, it was a successful fest . . . it continues to grow in prominence year after year . . . things change from year to year as well, which is always welcome. The last day of this year’s festival feature three full programs of Teen comedy. The all teen comedy day is kind of an interesting way to end the festival, as it displa...
08.09.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The 4th Annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival kicked off its third day with a series of groups from out of state.  Local comic Kevin Gerrity opened the early show with some stand-up. 17 years old, Gerrity’s stand-up felt very natural. So much stand-up is an attempt to tell the same three jokes in a different way . . . Gerrity avoided the traditional stand-up delivery posture and managed to develop ...
08.05.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Milwaukee Comedy Festival continues to grow in this, its 4th year. Opening this coming Thursday at the Off-Broadway Theatre, this year’s festival runs for four days, featuring over 120 performers in 30 comedy acts from all over the country, with at least one coming in from Canada. TonightThis year’s festival begins with a Wednesday night pre-show. Tonight at the Alchemist Theatre starting ...
08.06.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
As mentioned here yesterday, the 4th Annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival officially starts tonight at 7:30pm with a performance of Madison’s Zombeatles.The Festival, which continues through Sunday is considerably bigger than it has been in previous years. The single biggest day on this year’s festival (and, by extension the 4 year history of the festival) is this coming Saturday. This Saturday, (...