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Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

DRINK 2013

 The well-known Milwaukee choreographer enjoys drinking Spotted Cow at this popular Irish pub and restaurant close to the Danceworks Studio. The dancers go as a group after rehearsals or performances
Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013

Lots of laughter at Next Act

 The Milwaukee Comedy Festival returned for its eighth year Aug. 1-4 with Next Act’s theater space on South Water as a stylish venue for the proceedings. Once again, co-producers Matt Kemple and Patrick Schmitz put together an
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
“Shepherd Express? Is that a fast herd of sheep or something,” asks Dick Chudnow, who co-founded ComedySportz with Bob Orvis in 1984. Orvis recalls those early days: “We’d go out and people hadn’t even seen
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012
The seventh annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival unleashes itself upon the city this week with a popular mixture of stand-up, improv and sketch comedy. This year, hosts Matt Kemple and Patrick Schmitz are bringing the fest to Next Act Theatre...
08.07.2011 | | Posted at 11:17 PM

Beginning the new theatre Year With Funny—the end of the fest

By Russ Bickerstaff
SATURDAY By the third night of the festival, things started to feel a little bleary. I’d been to ComedySportz before, but not THREE DAYS IN A ROW. The laughter started to stick together between the beer and the humidity. And I was enjoying the effect quite a bit. Christy Watson opened the evening with some stand-up. The first group on the evening was Meanwhile. The Milwaukee-based improv group...
08.05.2011 | | Posted at 11:53 AM

Beginning the new theatre Year With Funny—the first two programs

By Russ Bickerstaff
Return To The Fest At A New Place The next annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival takes the stage of ComedySportz this weekend. ComedySportz is in such a strange area of town—that weird hinge between downtown and Walker’s Point that is home to paint and carpeting stores, an active pair of train tracks and a couple of empty spaces patiently waiting to become vacation condos for rich Chicagoans. O...
01.22.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Only few years after sending head shots out across the country looking for work as an actor, Matt Kemple has founded Milwaukee Sketch and Improv Festival, become a producer for Pink Banana Theatre and the PR/Marketing Manager for Next Act Theatre. In the final part of the interview, he talks about his move to administrative work.  Me: Your career progression seems to be moving toward the theatre...
01.21.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
In this, the penultimate part in the interview with Matt Kemple, the local theatre professional talks about his move to Milwaukee, quitting his day job after three days and some of the groups he’s been involved with. Much like the local music scene, the local DIY-level theatre scene is littered with projects that have started briefly only to vanish. Here I challenge Kemple to list the groups he�...
01.20.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Ohio native Matt Kemple: the man who started the Milwaukee Sketch and Improv Festival is also producer for Pink Banana Theatre and the PR/Marketing Manager for Next Act Theatre. This puts him in an interesting place to see the local theatre scene on multiple levels. Being from Ohio gives him an interesting perspective on the relative quality of local theatre. Kemple and I talked backstage at the O...
01.19.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Ohio native Matt Kemple has been very busy since he first arrived in Milwaukee. The man who started the Milwaukee Sketch and Improv Festival has also been involved in a number of other theatre companies over the course of the past couple of years. He now serves as a producer for Pink Banana Theatre and the PR/Marketing Manager for Next Act Theatre. Kemple and I talked backstage at the Off-Broad...

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