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12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Sketch Comedy Show At Alchemist Theatre Early Next Year

By Russ Bickerstaff
Of all the theatrical genres, comedy is probably the simplest. It’s also one of the most challenging. Laughter is the easiest reaction to try to attain in an audience. You know right away whether or not you’re successful. At the same time, silence can be ominous and really painful to have to sit through onstage as an actor. Improv can be really responsive to the silence and often involves com...
08.07.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Milwaukee Comedy Festival opened last night with the kind of offbeat variety of comedy that the festival has been trying to embrace. The first two-and-a-half hour program was firmly grounded in the Midwest, with work representing Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago.   Angus Macabre and the Zombeatles—The show opened with stand-up from Madison in the form of Scottish zombie comedian Angus ...
06.13.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The stage was empty but for a few chairs. When the show started, two guys in some approximation of business casual walked out and introduced themselves. Lee Rowley and Rick Katschke—improv comics. It was their first in a pair of performances this month at the Alchemist Theatre—this one right after a ‘70’s theme party in the attached bar. It was a relatively packed house with a demographic ...
05.21.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The standard theatre season continues to phase into the Summer season. As light as things can be this time of year, it still surprises me when certain days end up being packed with openings. Such is the case with the last weekend in May, which just happens to have like . . . six different shows opening. I will only be abl to make it to a few, but here’s one that I really wish I could make it to....
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008

Theater Reviews

The Third Annual Milwaukee Sketch and Improv Comedy Festival found a cozy, new home this year as more than 20 groups made it to the stage of the Off-Broadway Theatre over the course of three days. Busy festival-founder Matt Kemple slowed down enough to introduce almost every act to enthusiastic audiences that nearly packed the theater each evening. Groups from Chicago dominated the line-up with one coming from as far away as Kentucky, but this year there was at least one group from Milwaukee in each program. The festival opened Thursday with a high-energy evening featuring local group Track Jacket Revue performing a few sketchy
08.09.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The second day of the sketch fest was set for quite a bit more show than the opening day. Three distinct programs ran roughly 7pm last night through 1 am this morning. Though the audience thinned-out by the end of the day, the crowd for the bulk of the evening seemed only slightly thinner than opening night. Here are the highlights:7:30pm Show: RoboctopusDay two opened with the second grou...
08.08.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The lobby of the 342 North Water Street Building appeared to be under heavy construction. The stairs and much of the rest of the lobby were behind caution tape. It took a trip to the elevators to get to the Off-Broadway Theatre on the second floor, bringing attendees to the first evening of this year’s Milwaukee’s Sketch and Improv Comedy Fest perilously close to the distinctive smell of hair ...
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 . . .

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