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03.24.2010 | | Posted at 07:44 PM

More Comedy

By Russ Bickerstaff
  As I write this, local funny guys Patrick Schmitz and Dave Bogan are only a little over an hour away from their next Game Show Night at the Alchemist Theatre. The strange mix of comedy and game show-like social dynamics sounds like fun. And if you’re only just now hearing about this, it may be too late. The Facebook invitation has already registered some 23 confirmed guests. When one consi...
03.07.2010 | | Posted at 02:47 PM

Milwaukee end of Chicago group begins an indefinite engagement at Mi-Key’s.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Chicago-based group The Pub Theatre recently announced that it has expanded the Milwaukee run of its comedy show Bye Bye Liver.  The program of comic sketches celebrating alcohol was originally scheduled for a limited run. Response has been positive enough that Milwaukee’s Bye Bye Liver has been rescheduled to have no definite ending. Starting March 12th, opening curtain for the show is being...
02.12.2010 | | Posted at 11:04 AM

The sketch group rehearses the night before the opening of CONFESSIONS.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Very Busy What with things being as busy as they are this weekend, it was nice to get invited to local sketch group Broadminded’s latest show. What with things being as busy as they are this weekend, I could not, however, attend either Friday or Saturday night’s performances. The group was nice enough to let me sit in on last night’s rehearsal. I’d gone there straight from a meeting with...
01.31.2010 | | Posted at 01:17 PM

The Alchemist Theatre Presents Improv During Super Bowl

By Russ Bickerstaff
Admit it. The Super Bowl is intensely boring. Beyond the flashy ads and slickly polished production design of one of the most-watched sports games in the world, the game itself is usually quite boring. The NFC Championship game is the real end of the post-season. The Super Bowl is perfunctory--the final number at the end of the long, complex equation that is an NFL season. A couple of hours after ...
01.13.2010 | | Posted at 06:19 PM

Mark Lundholm Comes To UW-Whitewater

By Russ Bickerstaff
Judging from what’s available online, Mark Lundholm fits somewhere between genres as a spoken word performer. The man who has appeared on Showtime and Comedy Central carries himself somewhere between a traditional stand-up comic and a motivational speaker. There’s also a hint of something else—a genuine love of the language that seeps its way into his diction and word choice that fits more p...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Peace, Love and a 30-Year Mortgage at the Sunset Playhouse

By Russ Bickerstaff
The somewhat reasonably funny comedian Dylan Bolin finds himself in Elm Grove in February. His one-man show Peace, Love and a 30-Year Mortgage makes it to the stage of the Sunset Playhouse February 4 – 6. Bolin brings the show to Elm Grove having staged it at In Tandem’s 10th Street Theatre this past November. The show, which focuses on Bolin’s travels from growing-up an Indiana hippie to being a mortgage-paying Milwaukeean, strays a bit from traditional stand-up comedy

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Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009

Live at the Pabst

Jim Gaffigan returns to Milwaukee for a double header show at the Pabst on Wednesday, December 30 at 7:00pm and Thursday, December 31 (New Year's Eve) at 10:30pm...
09.17.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
A little while ago, a Milwaukee theatre professional asked me what I thought of the Milwaukee Rep’s production of Jeffrey Hatcher's treatment of The Government Inspector. I said pretty much what I’d said in my previous blog on the topic. The individual I was talking to agreed with me to an extent, but felt that any production of a comedy like Hatcher's really needs comedians. As I understa...
08.20.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I haven’t had a weekend without a show since the beginning of last month. Generally I have one week without an opening every month. I almost never have three weeks in a row without a show opening to attend. It’s going to feel kind of weird not going to a show in three weeks. It won’t be completely dead, though. There IS the Skylight Opera Theatre’s open house on the first of September . . ...
08.10.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The 4th annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival closed yesterday. By all accounts, it was a successful fest . . . it continues to grow in prominence year after year . . . things change from year to year as well, which is always welcome. The last day of this year’s festival feature three full programs of Teen comedy. The all teen comedy day is kind of an interesting way to end the festival, as it displa...