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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Laughing with Bill Maher

Controversial comedian Bill Maher, whose digs can strike the funny bone while hitting a nerve, wants to stimulate critical thinking through the gateway of humor. The fearless if not ruthless cynic, host of HBO’s Emmy-nominated series “Real Time,” will perform at the Riverside Theater on Thursday, July 24. We spoke with Maher by phone in early June, discussing politics, religion and the war on drugs. We began by probing about the relevance of his profession. “Too many people, especially the younger generation, don’t get their news from real sources but comedy shows, which is a little like reading the CliffsNotes instead of the actual book,” he says. “I guess it’s better than watching ‘America’s Next Top Model.’ At least . . .
Sunday, June 29, 2008

Remaking the ’60s spy spoof

Would you believe they finally got around to making “Get Smart” into a movie? Would you believe they tried it once before? Well, scarcely anyone remembers The Nude Bomb (1980), starring Don Adams as Maxwell Smart, the bumbling spy struggling to make the world safe for democracy. Adams played Smart in the 1960s series, but no one was interested in seeing a remake of the spy spoof only 10 years after the show was canceled. Its creator, Mel Brooks, recently said that skipping a generation may help. He should know something about timing. A musical based on The Producers might not have flown in the ’80s, either.
Friday, June 20, 2008

Tonight @ the Alchemist Theater - 7:30 p.m.

The all-female sketch group Broadminded return to the Alchemist tonight at 7:30 p.m. to debut its new show, Broadminded: Now in 3-D! This time out, the “Broads” have crafted a humorous look at the mass media. Expect comedy centered around news programs, TV shows, commercials and the like, including a particularly . . .
Saturday, June 7, 2008

Tonight @ Giggles Comedy Pub - 6, 8 and 10:15 p.m.

David Graham’s high-energy wit earned him an appearance on ABC’s loftily titled “America’s Funniest People,” and more recently, a role on Comedy Central’s new “Comic Justice,” opposite Lewis Black. Tonight the stand-up does three gigs at Giggles Comedy Pub, at 6, 8 and 10:15 p.m., with openers Tim Joyce . . .
Friday, May 30, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8 p.m.

The ever-busy “Saturday Night Live” and “SCTV” alum Martin Short does a one-off show at the Pabst Theater tonight at 8 p.m. The program will feature a mix of sketches and songs, and Short, known for his many characters, will spend part of the program in the guise of his obess Jiminy Glick persona, a transition sure . . .
Friday, May 30, 2008

Tonight @ the Potawatomi Bingo Casino - 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Purists may stick to David Letterman, but the masses have voted with their remotes and they prefer Jay Leno, whose straight-forward, common-reference-point comedy can be a welcome change from the low-budget, hit-or-miss absurdism that makes up much of the late-night talk-show landscape. With his tenure . . .
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 . . .

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