Milwaukee Comedy Festival

About Milwaukee Comedy Festival

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The Milwaukee Comedy Festival (MCF) features some of the best comedy from across the country including live stand up, sketch and improv comedy! We celebrate 11 years in August 2016!

What’s it all about? 
Lots of comedy! Every show is different and features a variety of comedy styles, so there is something for everyone. The Milwaukee Comedy Festival features days of live entertainment –plus Kick Off and Special Events!

The MCF offers audiences the ultimate comedy experience by combining different styles of comedy to make every show unique.

Over the years, 1000’s of people have laughed and performed with the Milwaukee Comedy Festival. Audiences visit Milwaukee from across the country including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Denver and Austin as well as Canada including Toronto, Alberta and Vancouver.


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The Milwaukee Comedy Festival (formerly the Sketch and Improv Comedy Festival) was founded by Matt Kemple in 2006 to bring the local comedy scene together and create a place in Milwaukee to showcase different styles of comedy. A few years later, Patrick Schmitz joined the production team, adding to its growth and success. Over the years, more than 1000 performers have been featured in the festival, ranging from stand up, improv, sketch, and musical comedy acts.

Our Mission
The Milwaukee Comedy Festival aspires to be the best multi-day comedy event in Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin.  We bring audiences the best talent possible, and create an environment where performers can create new and exciting comedy together.

About the Producersfestival6

Matt Kemple, Founder and Producer

Founder of The Milwaukee Comedy Festival, Wisconsin’s largest comedy event and improvisor with over 15 years of experience, Matt is no stranger to the comedy scene. His experience includes ComedySportz, Sketch 22, Retro Comedy Night, Variety Hour Happy Hour, and dozens more. Matt has also worked with Corporate clients such as Applebee’s and Scrubbing Bubbles brands.

Kaitlin McCarthy, Co-Producer

Kaitlin has performed stand up at Milwaukee’s Comedy Cafe and featured at Hell Cat Amazons, Sorry Not Sorry, and the Cold Cocked Comedy Hour (Steven’s Point).  As a producer, she has worked with TJ Miller, co-produced The SHOWcase at Karma (Caste or Killers) and produced SUBJECTIVE: a Comedic Showing. Kaitlin’s involvement with the Comedy Fest began as an intern in 2013. She quickly rose through the ranks to produce the Kick Off event at Lakefront Brewery in 2015 and now as Co-Producer for the Milwaukee Comedy Festival.  Kaitlin’s cat is named Freddie Purrcury.

Patrick Schmitz, Producer Emeritus

Patrick was Co Producer for 8 years of the Fest (2008-15) and stepped down to focus on teaching and putting up his successful Shakespeare Parody plays! Patrick has been a part of many improv and sketch groups over the years, including The Gentleman’s Hour. He has performed and taught improv at ComedySportz, trained in improv at Second City and IO in Chicago and facilitated open-improv jams and workshops for adults. Other accomplishments include founder of Sketch 22, assembling and coaching Organized Chaos, a team of more than 100 school children at the renowned First Stage Children’s Theater.