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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 . . .
Friday, March 7, 2008

Tonight @ the Comedy Cafe - 8:00 PM & 10:15 PM

Local stand-up comedian Scot Henry performs two shows tonight at the Comedy Cafe, at 8 and 10:15 p.m. Since Henry quit his job as a machinist two decades ago, he’s had great success on the touring circuit, and has been in on-again and off-again talks with various television networks to create a . . .
Friday, Feb. 29, 2008

Tonight @ the Riverside Theater - 7:30 PM

Diminutive rabble-rouser Katt Williams headlines a sold-out 7:30 p.m. show at the Riverside Theater tonight. Williams cut his teeth with appearances in music videos and hip-hop films, but an HBO special and some scene-stealing lines at Comedy Central’s celebrity roasts have helped give him prestige in . . .
Friday, Feb. 8, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8:00 PM

Although some of his creations have found cult notoriety, Louis C.K.’s resume is filled with commercial flops like “The Dana Carvey Show,” Pootie Tang and, most recently, “Lucky Louie,” the HBO sitcom that, despite its conventionality, viewers could never figure out. The stand-up comedy circuit . . .
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008

Theater Preview

After a long holiday slumber, big-market theater returns next weekend as Milwaukee Shakespeare opens its production of Twelfth Night at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center. Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identity stars Alexis McGuinness as Viola, a woman shipwrecked on the shores of Illyria, a small country in southern Europe.
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008

Today @ the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre

Like so many thirty-something bachelors, the heroes in the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre's latest production, The Bachelors, refuse to acknowledge the responsibilities of adulthood. Instead, they spend their days hanging out in a college-like apartment in Madison, Wis.