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Friday, April 18, 2008

Tonight @ the Boulevard Theatre - 8:00 p.m.

For the Boulevard Theatre’s latest production, four Milwaukee actors in their late-20s and early-30s have tackled the challenge of, well, playing four Milwaukeeans in their late-20s and early-30s. It might not be a challenge on par with playing Hamlet, but the cast brings great charisma and comic timing to the company’s . . .
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tonight @ the Miramar Theatre - 8:00 PM

Is there anything the male genitals can’t do? The touring troupe Puppetry of the Penis sets out to explore the potential of the male member, contorting it into silly shapes like wristwatches, hot dogs, windsurfers and the Eiffel Tower. This week the guys bring their elastic wangs to the Miramar Theatre for a series of performances . . .
Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Theater Review

The Boulevard Theatre closes its season with the premiere of local playwright Chad M. Rossi’s Eureka!, a coming-of-age love story/buddy-comedy set in Milwaukee. Cesar Gamino and Jason Krukowski play Wayne and Clyde: a couple of guys in their late-20s sharing an apartment. Clyde’s a dreamer who wants to reform society. Wayne has a stable job and dates a dominant, conservative woman named Nancy (Rachael Lau). Clyde feels threatened by this until he finds his own love interest in the free-spirited Teri (Rachel Lewandowski).
Sunday, April 13, 2008

Tonight @ the BBC - 9:00 PM

There’s an air of sadness in the comedy of Doug Stanhope, the comedian who inherited “The Man Show” secondhand from its more-famous creators, Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel. The alcoholism he jokes of is not the fun kind, but rather a more troubling, “I just gambled the house away” form of alcoholism. His . . .
Saturday, April 12, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 7:00 & 10:00 PM

Like that other race-baiting white woman, Sarah Silverman, Lisa Lampanelli relies on her unassuming, non-threatening appearance to cushion the blow of edgy observations that would make Don Imus blush. The insult comic’s stock has been rising of late, thanks to her own comedy specials and her riotous Comedy . . .
Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Tonight @ the Potawatomi Bingo Casino - 8:00 PM

The days of Don Rickles rolling with the Rat Pack and presiding over celebrity roasts are long over, but that doesn’t mean Rickles has lost his snarky touch. The venerable insult comic is as audacious as he was in his heyday. Now 81, Rickles still manages to slot in some television appearances—on a recent “Late Show” . . .
Saturday, April 5, 2008

Tonight @ the Riverside Theater - 7:00 PM

Since their absurdist sketch comedy show ended in 1995, all five members of the Kids in the Hall have stayed visible, albeit TV personality-visible, not major-star visible. Mark McKinney spent a few years on “Saturday Night Live”; Scott Thompson became the host of “My Fabulous Gay Wedding”; Kevin McDonald guest . . .
Friday, April 4, 2008

Online Exclusive

Since their eponymous sketch comedy show ended in 1995, all five members of the Kids in the Hall have stayed visible, albeit TV personality-visible, not major-star visible. Mark McKinney spent a few years on “Saturday Night Live;” Scott Thompson became the host of “My Fabulous Gay Wedding;” Kevin McDonald guest starred in over a dozen sitcoms and Bruce McCulloch made the occasional on-camera appearance between writing and directing commitments. On the eve of the troupe’s first major tour in six years, which stops in Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater on Saturday, April 5, McDonald talked about writing sketches with the gang again, and planning another Kids in the Hall movie after the mixed response to the troupe’s 1996 film debut, Brain Candy.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Theater Reviews

Comedy has a reputation for being light and insubstantial. It is the stuff that provides levity from negativity and eases stress. However, just as a laugh is not the opposite of a tear, comedy is not the opposite of drama. Both can cover the same ground in ways that are equally compelling. Even the most cerebral concepts can be explored in just as much detail with just as much insight in comedy as they can in drama. Stephen Temperley’s Souvenir is a shining example of how comedy can cast a light into even the most abstract notions of the nature and value of art. The Skylight presents its production of Temperley’s comedy now through March 30 at the Broadway Theatre Center.
Saturday, March 15, 2008

Tonight @ Jokerz Comedy Club - 8:00 and 10:30 PM

Outside of the occasional shared television appearance and odd voiceover work roles, Tommy Chong hasn’t performed with his old partner, Cheech Marin, in years, but these day’s he’s found a different partner for his two-man comedy bits: His loving wife. This weekend, the pair headline a series of shows at Jokerz Comedy . . .

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