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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Barbara Walters @ Alverno’s Pitman Theatre, 7 p.m. Who would want to know the lurid details of iconic journalist Barbara Walters’ sex life? Apparently plenty of people. This year the queen of celebrity interviews, so adept at scooping her competition, turned the spotlight on herself with the announcement that...
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Martin Short makes them laugh

To Martin Short, comedy is more of an art than a science. But comedy’s proper execution sometime carries with it all the rigors of scientific enterprise, at least for the performer engaged in the pratfall. To do comedy well, you have to have a natural talent and ability,” says the Canadian-born Short, 58, in a recent interview. “But the execution has to be precise, which means it probably has elements of both art and science.” Short will test his thesis for Milwaukee fans when he brings his act to the Pabst Theater. Unlike other comedy acts, however, Short will be sharing the stage with a band, the stand-up portion comprising just part of the evening. “It’s like a party with Marty,” Short says. “I sing, I dance, I do characters. I’ll probably bring three guys up on stage. . .
Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Sunday, May 11, 2008

A good joke takes time to set up. Comedians can’t just rush the punch line; they have to finesse it, tease it. For Flight of the Conchords, the New Zealand musical comedy duo turned HBO stars and, subsequently . . .
Saturday, May 17, 2008

Tonight @ Jokerz Comedy Club - 8 and 10:30 p.m.

Stand-up comedian Mike Speenberg, host of the SpeenbergRadio podcast and a guest on the “Paul Harvey Radio Show,” does two shows at Jokerz Comedy Club tonight, at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Speenberg’s is a gentler, more grounded version of the southern good-old boy comedy popularized recently by a set of blue . . .
Friday, May 16, 2008

Tonight @ Jokerz Comedy Club - 8 and 10 p.m

Stand-up comedian Mike Speenberg, host of the SpeenbergRadio.com podcast and a guest on the “Paul Harvey Radio Show,” does two shows at Jokerz Comedy Club tonight, at 8 and 10 p.m. Speenberg’s is a gentler, more grounded version of the southern good-old boy comedy popularized recently by a set of blue-collar . . .
Friday, May 9, 2008

Tonight @ the Riverside Theater - 8 p.m.

Tonight and tomorrow night at 8 p.m., the Riverside Theater hosts Dave & Carole’s Comedy Palooza, the WKLH morning hosts’ benefit for the Children’s Hospital. Guest performers include Kathleen Madigan, a talent scout for NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and a Sirius Radio show host, and Stephen Lynch, a musical comedian . . .
Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Tonight @ the UWM Union Theatre - 7 p.m.

Physical comedy and pointed propaganda collide in Heave Ho!, a 1934 Polish comedy that is the UWM Union Theatre’s final installment in its “Modernity and Tradition: Film in Interwar Central Europe” series. In the film, which screenings for free tonight at 7 p.m., Czech burlesque entertainers Voskovec and Werich pair . . .
Friday, May 2, 2008

Tonight @ the Riverside Theater - 8 p.m.

One of the most genial names in comedy returns to Milwaukee tonight as Cedric the Entertainer takes a break from his respectable film career to return to his roots as one of stand-up comedy’s nice guys. The most family-friendly personality from Spike Lee’s 2000 comedy concert film The Original Kings of . . .
Saturday, April 26, 2008

Tonight @ Jokerz Comedy Club - 7 and 10:30 p.m.

Remember that guy on “King of Queens” who looked suspiciously like Kevin James and played his cousin? There’s a reason for the resemblance: That actor, Gary Valentine, is actually James’ brother. Valentine has used the family ties to support a career in acting (in addition to “Queens,” he shared the screen with james in . . .
Friday, April 25, 2008

Tonight @ Jokerz Comedy Club - 7 and 10:30 p.m.

Remember that guy on “King of Queens” who looked suspiciously like Kevin James and played his cousin? There’s a reason for the resemblance: That actor, Gary Valentine, is actually James’ brother. Valentine has used the family ties to support a career in acting (in addition to “Queens,” he shared the screen with James in . . .

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