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Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008

Today @ the Off-Broadway Theatre - 7:30 p.m.

More than a dozen out-of-state comedy troupes descend upon the city this weekend as part of the Milwaukee Sketch and Improv Festival, which begins tonight at the Off-Broadway Theatre with a 7:30 performance featuring Milwaukee’s Track Jacket Revue and Chicago troupes 96D, The Union and Size . . .
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008

Theater Review

When the Milwaukee Sketch and Improv Festival opens its doors Aug. 7-9, more than a dozen out-of-state comedy troupes will arrive in the city. In anticipation of this event, let's cast a glance at a couple of local groups that perform in Milwaukee throughout the year. Every Saturday night at midnight, some of the more experienced members of ComedySportz fuse into a group known as Cock 'n' Toast. The midnight show is performed much like a standard ComedySportz show, except that it is uncensored and unrestricted in its humor . . .
Thursday, July 24, 2008

Tonight @ the Riverside Theater - 8 p.m.

Controversial political comedian Bill Maher, whose digs can strike the funny bone while hitting a nerve, wants to stimulate critical thinking through the gateway of humor. Once the benign host of Comedy Central and ABC’s “Politically Incorrect,” the libertarian found himself on shaky ground after Sept. 11, when there was . . .
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...

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