11 Years of Laughs! We have packed as much funny into every show possible! Every show is different and will offer something for every comedy taste. You can see every show on this list with an All Access Pass, available now! The annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival will take place August 4-7th, 2016. Along with shows at the Next Act Theatre, 255 S. Water St. (Aug. 6, 7, 8th), MCF is excited to present a Headliner Jen Kirkman at The Historic Turner Hall Ballroom, 1040 N. 4th St. on Sun. Aug. 7th the final day of the festival.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2016
at The Underground Collaborative
Late Late Breakfast Show – Buy Tickets for this show!
Late Late Breakfast is the perfect comedy show for a drunken, weird afternoon. Hosted and co-created by lovable scamps Tyler Jackson and Danny Maupin, Late Late Breakfast is a fast-paced mixed-format standup show that the Chicago Reader simply called “Chaos.”
Every show is a wildly different experience and features a dizzying array of comedians telling jokes while facing randomized themed challenges that could be anything from having an impromptu puppet show or pie fight or Easter Pageant, to giving a guided tour in a trolley car or smashing fruit like Gallagher or pitching in a baseball game involving the entire audience.
Featuring comedy from Xavier Lamont, Arish Singh, Steven King, Andy Fleming, Sameena Mustafa, Greg Bach, Carly Malison, Mike Berg, Christopher Schmidt, Nick Martin, Kristen Clifford, Cameron Gillette, Lainie Lenertz, and Reena Calm
Expect anything and everything out of the ordinary, all of it held together by solid, hilarious standup comedy.
at The Underground Collaborative
Milwaukee Record Podcast – FREE!
Milwaukee Record is recording a special live episode of the “On The Record” podcast! We’ll be joined by an eclectic and tremendous trio of guests. Comedian, promoter, and Milwaukee Comedy Festival co-producer Kaitlin McCarthy will lead things off with some background on the fest and some games. She’ll be followed by Tim Higgins, a veteran improviser and co-star of Old Milwaukee’s popular “Pass Me A Beer” ads that have been seen by millions of people. The show will be brought to a close with the sweet fanny-focused sounds of Spud Butler, frontman of The Blue Mooners, in a rare solo performance.The show starts at 4 p.m. and is FREE. Won’t you join us in the Grand Avenue basement for an afternoon of laughter, beer throwing, and songs about butts? We’d love to see you.
at Historic Turner Hall Ballroom
Festival Headliner Jen Kirkman – Buy tickets for this show!
Feature Allison Dunne
Stand Up, Chicago
Allison Dunne is a Milwaukee born, Chicago based comic whose sugar-coated treatment of taboo will have you both laughing and avoiding eye contact with her parents after the show. Allison has appeared at the Limestone Comedy Festival and has opened for touring headliners such as Nick Thune, Andy Erikson and Matt Fulchiron.
Jen Kirkman (FESTIVAL HEADLINER)
Stand Up, Los Angeles
Jen Kirkman is a national and internationally touring stand-up comedian. Her Netflix Original Comedy Special I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine) is now available for streaming on Netflix worldwide. It was called one of the Top 10 comedy specials of 2015 by Time Out NY, New York Magazine, and The Atlantic.
Jen is also the New York Times Bestselling author of I Can Barely Take Care of Myself and her follow up book, I Know What I’m Doing and Other Lies I Tell Myself; (Dispatches From a Life Under Construction) was released in April 2016.
Jen was a long time writer and round table guest on Chelsea Lately and is also well known for her roles as the narrator in many episodes of Comedy Central’s Drunk History. You’ve also seen Jen on her regular appearances on Comedy Central’s @midnight and CONAN. She also voiced many characters on the Cartoon Network cult classic Home Movies.
Jen has released two stand-up albums Hail to the Freaks (released March 2011) which hit #13 on the Billboard Charts. Her debut album was 2006’s Self Help. Jen has a weekly podcast, I Seem Fun: The Diary of Jen Kirkman, which is often in the top 100 in comedy on iTunes.
“Jen Kirkman is a thinking person’s comedian. Not by being hyper-intellectual—although she’s a fiendishly smart writer and performer—but by doing comedy for people who live inside their own heads.” – The Onion AV Club
“Ms. Kirkman knows how to deliver a one-liner, but her inclination is to linger in the telling of a story. She digs into a subject, embroidering it with jokes at various angles. A huge number of her bits culminate in vivid metaphors.” –The New York Times
“GOING to see American comedian Jen Kirkman is like having a great night out with your smart, sassy, seriously funny BFF.” – Herald Sun