A stage with a spotlight, a darkened room with an audience and one single lone profile is enough to build from to make a destination event. Add in some more people, a skit or two and therein you have a comedy festival.
The Milwaukee Comedy Festival will start off on Aug. 7 and runs through the 10, for the ninth installment of the state’s largest comedy event.
Rob Christensen, who you may have seen on NBC’s "Last Comic Standing," is the feature act at the fest, and will perform at the Next Act Theater at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug.9. Christensen has also appeared on "Adam Devine’s House Party" on Comedy Central, "Gotham Comedy Live" for AXS TV and on "Quicklaffs on HULU.
According to organizers, others to check out include Wisconsin native Beth Melewski, who was on "Cash Cab Chicago," T.J. Jagadowski, with "TJ and Dave" and the film "Stranger Than Fiction," and the improv group "Three to Turn the Stool."
All of the events of the Milwaukee Comedy Festival will take place at the Next Act Theatre on Water Street in Walker’s Point.
Here’s the schedule of the event, where you may just get to see the latest comic sensation before they make the big time.
6 p.m.: Improv Jam, Variety Hour Happy Hour
8 p.m.: Geoffrey Asmus, stand up comedy, Madison; Matt Griffo, musical comedy, Chicago; Broadminded, sketch comedy, Milwaukee
8 p.m.: Mary Zee, stand up, Chicago’ Sketch Marks, sketch, Milwaukee; Tallboys, improv, Milwaukee
10 p.m.: Dan Friesen, stand up, Chicago; Jack aand the Wolf, improv, Chiicago; That Just Happened, sketch, Chicago
6 p.m.: Mario Robinson, stand up, Milwaukee; Busy Bar, improv, Milwaukee; Divorced Siblings, sketch, Boston
8 p.m.: Rob Christensen, stand up, Los Angeles; Chairs, improv, Chicago; Cash Grab, sketch, Toronto
10 p.m.: Eric Koconis, stand up, Milwaukee; Last Action Movie, improv - Minneapolis; Thiree to Turn the Stool, improv, Chicago.
2 p.m.: Teen Comedy Show – Organized Chaos, improve, Milwaukee; Brown Deer High School, Brown Deer, Wis.; 4 Guys, 1 Mic, improv, Milwaukee
Tickets range from $15 to $20 for each show, and an All-Access pass is available for $50. Organizers said that on Wednesday, Aug. 6, the Milwaukee Comedy Showcase will be the kick-off event of the fest, that will feature some of the top comics in the area.
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