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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...
08.09.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The 4th Annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival kicked off its third day with a series of groups from out of state.  Local comic Kevin Gerrity opened the early show with some stand-up. 17 years old, Gerrity’s stand-up felt very natural. So much stand-up is an attempt to tell the same three jokes in a different way . . . Gerrity avoided the traditional stand-up delivery posture and managed to develop ...
08.05.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Milwaukee Comedy Festival continues to grow in this, its 4th year. Opening this coming Thursday at the Off-Broadway Theatre, this year’s festival runs for four days, featuring over 120 performers in 30 comedy acts from all over the country, with at least one coming in from Canada. TonightThis year’s festival begins with a Wednesday night pre-show. Tonight at the Alchemist Theatre starting ...
08.06.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
As mentioned here yesterday, the 4th Annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival officially starts tonight at 7:30pm with a performance of Madison’s Zombeatles.The Festival, which continues through Sunday is considerably bigger than it has been in previous years. The single biggest day on this year’s festival (and, by extension the 4 year history of the festival) is this coming Saturday. This Saturday, (...
06.09.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Just as I was about to write-off the next couple of weeks as a void of theatre activity, I get a few notices about upcoming events. As early as this Thursday, there’s a performance by LeeRick at the Alchemist theatre. When I first got the notice, I could’ve sworn that was the stage name of a late ‘90’s Milwaukee slam poet, but I was wrong. LeeRick is actually the comedy team of Lee Rowl...
06.10.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
  Some time ago, playwright/comic and improv instructor Patrick Schmitz contacted me about this 22 hour sketch comedy thing that he had going on at the Alchemist . . .and I seem to remember really wanting to go but having a busy time of things and generally not being able to go. Evidently some time has passed. This weekend Schmitz and company present the fourth in the Sketch 22 comedy series...
Friday, March 13, 2009
Whether he's irking his "Saturday Night Live" bosses with his frequent, deadpanned assertions of O.J. Simpson's guilt, antagonizing the lovable Conan O'Brien and his guests, or horrifying the women of "The View" with his assertion that Bill Clinton "killed a guy," Norm MacDonald's comedy stems from his masochistic ability to be the most hated guy in the room. More recently, MacDonald provided the most memorable...
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....

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