The 4th Annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival
The Milwaukee Comedy Festival continues to grow in this, its 4th year. Opening this coming Thursday at the Off-Broadway Theatre, this yearâ€™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.
This yearâ€™s festival begins with a Wednesday night pre-show. Tonight at the Alchemist Theatre starting at 7:30pm. No specific groups are mentioned here, but look for Milwaukee sketch and improv groups to be celebrating the coming festival.
Thursday, August 6th
This yearâ€™s festival opens with performances by local comedy long-form improv group Meanwhile and Stripperâ€™s Picnic, from Chicago. Before either of them take the stage, however, the Festival officially opens at 7:30 pm with a performance by the Zombeatles. Itâ€™s a kind of . . . well, I hesitate to call it sophisticated, but itâ€™s a very intricate parody of the Beatles that . . . as near as I can tell is a zombie Beatles cover band, featuring songs like â€śI Wanna Eat Your Hand,â€ť â€śA Hard Dayâ€™s Night of the Living Dead,â€ť and "Ate Brains A Week." Itâ€™ hard to tell what theyâ€™ll be doing here, but it should be interesting . . . also featuring a performance by Milwaukee-based long-form group LeeRick.Â
Friday, August 7th
Friday features two shows:
At 7:30 pm: An (almost) all female sketch/improv show featuring four groups:
Size 8 very, very clever comedy from Chicago.
Broadminded The popular Milwaukee sketch group.
One Two Three A three person Chicago group that is only 2/3 female, but otherwise an all-female show, which sounds really interesting . . .
And at 10pm--A trio of Chicago groups (includingÂ Off Off BroadzwayÂ which has the distinction of being an all-female comedy group that uses a neo-burlesque format)
preceded by the Minneapolis-based group Police Cop Detective P.I.Â
Thursday also marks a first for the festival, as both shows will open with stand-up . . .Â Tyler Kroll of Milwaukee Sketch group The Gentlemenâ€™s Hour opens for the early show and Beth Lewinski of Meanwhile opens the late show . . .
The festival continues on Saturday with a very, very long day of comedy and concludes Sunday with Teen Comedy day. More on the last two days of the festival tomorrow . . .
For more info on the Festival, visit Milwaukee Comedy Festâ€™s Website.