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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

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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 . . .
Friday, March 14, 2008

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

Aside from the occasional shared television appearance and odd voiceover work roles, Tommy Chong hasn’t performed with his old parting, 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 headlines a series of shows at Jokerz Comedy . . .
Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Theater Reviews

Sketch comedy is never consistent but the format is universally familiar: A series of brief, light comic interactions hit the stage. Some moments are good; some are bad. The mind is gradually pummeled into a generally pleasant state. Of course, if it’s bad sketch comedy, the experience is altogether unpleasant. Running through March 16 at the Alchemist Theatre on South Kinnickinnic Avenue, local comedy group Broadminded’s sketch comedy program Cookie! rests somewhere comfortably between extremes. It’s successful enough at dodging the mindnumbing tedium of painfully obvious jokes to make it well worth the price of admission.
Monday, March 10, 2008

Tonight @ the Skylight Bar - 7:30 PM

Renaissance Theaterworks hosts a 7:30 p.m. reading at the Skylight Bar of the 1950s William Inge comedy/romance Bus Stop, a tale of lonely souls who take refuge in a modest diner during a snow storm (and also the basis for the 1956 Marilyn Monroe/Don Murray film of the same name.) If you’re afraid all the . . .

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