Saturday and Sunday at Milwaukee Comedy Fest '09
As mentioned here yesterday, the 4th Annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival officially starts tonight at 7:30pm with a performance of Madisonâ€™s Zombeatles.
The Festival, which continues through Sunday is considerably bigger than it has been in previous years. The single biggest day on this yearâ€™s festival (and, by extension the 4 year history of the festival) is this coming Saturday.
This Saturday, (the 8th) there are three individual programs and an after party. Hereâ€™s a look at whatâ€™s ahead for festival attendees on 08/08/09:
5pmâ€”Sketch and Improv from Three Different Time Zones
The early show on Saturday is easily the most geographically diverse, opening with a relatively young group out of Colorado called the Dingleberries, followed by Philadelphia-based group The Sixth Borough followed by Jerk Practice from New York and previous Milwaukee Comedy Fest favorite Uncle Ukulele from Minneapolis.
7:30 pmâ€”Probably the most promising single show on the weekend. (Maybe)
The second show on Saturday looks like a really good mix of styles. Most of the programs on the festival this year start with a stand-up routine . . . Alex Grindeland opens the 6pm show. There are a pair of sketch groups from Chicago, (International Stinger and Obsessed ) the Milwaukee-based silent comedy of the M.U.T.E.S. and conversational imrpov from Boston by way of ChicagoÂ with Dirty Water. . . all leading-in to a performance by Milwaukeeâ€™s own The Gentlemenâ€™s Hour.Â
Itâ€™s easily one of the best line-ups on the festival this year, which also means the possibility for some real disappointment if there are any acts here that are having an off evening . . .
10 pm--The Show and Canada
The 10pm program starts with stand-up by The Gentlemenâ€™s Hoursâ€™ Johnny Beehner, which could potentially be pretty good . . . then the programâ€™s sketch portion opens with a performance by longtime Milwaukee group The Show, followed by Lusty Mannequins from Toronto â€“ a group that had a demo DVD that was probably the single funniest entrant Iâ€™d personally had a chance to view. The show runs pretty late, but thereâ€™s a really entertaining show even later Saturday night. . .
All performers in the festival are invited to take part in a wild, freewheeling improv show that was exceedingly fun last year. Providing everybodyâ€™s relatively awake for the show (or not) this could be a lot of fun . . . mixing comedy between groups has the opportunity to get performers out of their comfort zones and into a comedic frame of midn that might be really, really fresh.
SUNDAY: TEEN COMEDY DAY
The festival wraps-up Sunday with a series of three sketch and improv groups.
At 3pm--Brown Deer High Schoolâ€™s Falcon Improv opens a program also featuring Organized Chaosâ€”a group from First Stage Children's Theater led by Patrick Schmitz of the Gentlemenâ€™s Hour. The program also features father/son act Unrelated from Chicago.
At 5pm--Milwaukee groups Scootâ€™s Schticks and After School Special are joined by Chicago-based Underaged Sugar Addicts. USA made a particularly strong impression last year. Itâ€™ll be interesting to see them return.
Then At 7pm--This yearâ€™s Comedy Festival ends with an all teen open improv jam.
For more info on the festival, check out the festival website.