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09.26.2014 | 35 days ago | Posted at 05:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly panel with Ryan Schleicher, Matt Wild and I, we're questioning the wisdom of a prominently displayed billboard touting Milwaukee's arts scene with a photo of six white, middle-aged men in charge of the city's largest live-entertainment institutions. This isn't the image of the city we want to project, is it? Then we talk about one of the limitations holdi...
09.08.2014 | 53 days ago | Posted at 05:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I’m actually kind of proud of myself for not understanding the joke at first. It’s a stand-up comedy, sketch and variety show produced by women. (Lisan Wood and Liza Marie to be precise.) And it’s called The Ragtime Variety Hour. Took me a while to get the joke. Cute. And classy at the same time while still being vulgar. Unless of course I’m superimposing my own latently childish sense of ...
08.26.2014 | 66 days ago | Posted at 08:57 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The summer theater season continued to wind down with three openings this past weekend. One of the three shows was scheduled for this past weekend only: Patrick Schmitz's The Comedy of Romeo & Juliet...Kinda Sorta. One of the most interesting names in local comedy, Patrick Schmitz is a very sharp wit that lends itself well to spoofery. His clever spoof on Rankin & Bass' Rudolph Christmas T...
08.24.2014 | 68 days ago | Posted at 04:16 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Comedic Release is billed as “Milwaukee's only local comedy show to be recorded live and released on CD!”According to the Internet a CD is “...a small, portable, round medium made of molded polymer (close in size to the floppy disk) for electronically recording, storing, and playing back audio, video, text, and other information in digital form.” Interesting. I seem to remember those....
08.01.2014 | 91 days ago | Posted at 04:26 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Once again, this year The Milwaukee Comedy Festival  makes another appearance to signal the beginning of the end of summer with some funny. Celebrating nine years in existence, the festival makes its way to the Next Act Theatre space on 255 S. Water St. for another four-day stretch of comedy Aug. 7 - 10.Perennial favorites like sketch comedy group Broadminded and Chicago improv group Jack And...
07.14.2014 | 109 days ago | Posted at 05:26 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Exciting news for fans of comedy that doesn't always make a whole lot of sense: Comedians Tim and Eric (as in Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim) are returning to the Pabst Theater, and this time they're bringing a special guest—Dr. Steve Brule, the alter ego of acclaimed actor (and occasional cave-playing bluegrass musician) John C. Reilly. He's the host of Tim and Eric's late-night Cartoon Networ...
07.14.2014 | 109 days ago | Posted at 02:56 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Just a couple of days after T.I.M. (The Improvised Musical) celebrates its third year in existence at ComedySportz, Patrick Schmitz’s Sketch 22 makes it to the venue for its 13th outing. All sketch comedy (like all comedy) generates laughter under pressure. There’s always a deadline and timing is everything. What’s interesting about Sketch 22 is that the pressure of a deadline is accelerated...
07.01.2014 | 122 days ago | Posted at 04:41 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Seasoned stand-up comic/playwright/spoken word artist Chastity Washington has been performing for a couple of decades. The Chicago-based talent returns to Milwaukee early this month with a performance in the intimacy of the studio theater space a Theatre Unchained.Judging from what’s available of Washington’s stand-up online, she’s a pretty versatile performer. Here she is performing some of...
06.19.2014 | 134 days ago | Posted at 07:23 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
There are all kinds of reasons why things seem a bit confusing these days. The weather can’t seem to decide what season it is. The summer movie season started in April this year. People are doing unspeakable things in the name of the fictional. And The Improvised Musical is occurring on the fourth Thursday of the month.I know it’s confusing. This week IS the third week in June. I checked a cal...
06.18.2014 | 135 days ago | Posted at 09:20 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Two comics are coming to town. They’re touring the country this summer. They’re the millennial  generation’s current version of “that guy who was in that show that one time.” You may have seen Josh Fadem as that kid who played Liz Lemon’s Agent on three episodes of 30 Rock between 2009 and 2012. (Yeah. That guy.) Johnny Pemberton plays the doubtlessly crucial character “Delroy�...

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