Kick Off Event

11 Years of Laughs and we are kicking things off in the best way possible – with some comedy shows! 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. 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. 4, 5, 6th), MCF is excited to present Headliner Jen Kirkman at The Historic Turner Hall Ballroom, 1040 N. 4th St. on  Sun. Aug. 7th the final day of the festival.

Schedule of Events |
Kick Off Events | Thurs. Aug 4 | Fri. Aug. 5 | Sat. Aug. 6Sun. Aug. 7

Pre-Kick off with the Milwaukee RecordMilwaukeeRoastFlyerPost-745x1024
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Join us at Club Garibaldi on Tuesday, August 2 at 7:30 p.m. for an unconventional night of city-centered laughs: The Roast of Milwaukee! Brat Sounds will play before and after the roast. The comedian-heavy lineup will also include a few local movers and shakers from other mediums. The laughs won’t just be at the expense of Milwaukee. The $2 cover charge will be donated to a local charity or it’s FREE with a non-perishable food donation or FREE with a Milwaukee Comedy Festival All Access Pass.

Here’s the full lineup:
Christopher Schmidt (Reigning “Milwaukee’s Funniest Comedian” champion)
Chastity Washington (Has been featured on HBO and BET)
Tyler Menz (co-host of Voyager: A Comedy Show)
Matty Field (West Bend-based stand-up comedian)
Jacob Bach (Yeah, Bro! Podcast)
Marisa Lange (co-host of Sorry Not Sorry comedy showcase)
Ton Johnson (comedian, Milwaukee Record shirt model)
Molly Snyder (OnMilwaukee senior writer)
Ramie Makhlouf (Co-host of “The Big Show” on Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan)

Kick Off Event at Lakefront Brewery
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Enjoy some comedy along with a delicious beer from Lakefront Brewery!

This event is FREE for any MCF ticket holder,  FREE with any Aug. 3rd Lakefront Brewery Tour or  $5 in advance/$10 at the door (if you don’t take the tour or have a ticket to the Comedy Festival)!

Lakefront Brewery6:00p Lakefront Brewery Tour 
Come to Lakefront early and take the 6pm tour.  Free admission to the Kick Off event and plenty of Beer samples along the way if you take any Lakefront tour on Wednesday, August 3rd!  You must sign up in advance. Click here for Brewery Tour tickets!  Tour is $9.

7:30pm Live Comedy Show 
Enjoy some of Milwaukees top comedians! Featuring comedy from Ton Johnson, Phil Davidson, Bekah Cosgrove and special guest Adam Burke!

Admission to the show is $5 in advance or $10 at the door and includes a free beer with ticket purchase! Or you can get into the show for FREE if you have a ticket to any 2016 Milwaukee Comedy Festival show or FREE if you take any Brewery Tour on Wed. August 3rd!

About the performers…Bekah Cosgrove

Bekah Cosgrove (Host)

Bekah Cosgrove, known to some as Bee Vomit, is the darling of Milwaukee comedy and a huge mama’s boy. She’s fairly new on the scene but she’s loving every minute of it. You can find her at showcases around town tackling important issues like mental illness, gender, race, and hot boys. No comedian in town has a dopier grin or a sassier lisp than Ms. Vomit and she intends to keep it that way.

Ton Johnson

Ton JohnsonAnton “Ton” Johnson uses comedy as a platform for the questions people won’t ask and the things they won’t say, focused through the lens of outraged common sense. Deviating from what seemed a certain future in the political world, this Milwaukee native found his true voice and platform in Comedy. Coming on to the scene in 2013, Ton quickly made a name for himself winning several area competitions such as the Bamboo Lounge showcases and the 2014 Comedy Cafe Open Mic Championship. Since then, he’s performed at several venues and events in and out of Wisconsin, opening for headliners such as Chris Barnes, Rondell Sheridan, Kevin “Damn Fool” Simpson and many more. He has also forayed into local film and stage roles. He credits his successes to his mother, for believing in him against any odds, and encouraging him to speak his mind with confidence.

Phil Davidson

Phil DavidsonPhil Davidson mines his comedy from the absurdities of everyday life, pointing out society’s shortcomings as well as his own. A former reporter and political hack, Phil decided to go with a slightly less punishing vocation and started doing comedy at a Vietnamese coffee shop in Burlington, Vt. He quickly rose through the ranks of the cutthroat Vermont comedy scene and won the 2013 Funniest Comic in Vermont Contest. Since then he’s been selected to perform in numerous comedy festivals and opened for a slew of headliners, including Todd Barry and Hannibal Buress, in bars, theaters and clubs in Chicago, NYC, LA and throughout the country. He’s written for, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket, and other publications. His wife is a TV news anchor and he follows her around from town to town because he’s kind of like her Stedman.

Adam Burke (Headliner)

adam_burkeOriginally from the UK (by way of Australia…long story), Adam Burke has been performing comedy in Chicago and throughout the U.S. for almost ten years. His witty yet idiotic (wittyotic) comedy has made him a fixture on showcases and clubs throughout the Midwest and beyond. He is a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, and has appeared on the podcasts Doug Loves Movies and The Benson Interruption, the Bob and Tom show, WGN 720 AM radio, Put Your Hands Together, and many more podcasts and shows. Voted Best Standup by readers of The Chicago Reader in 2014, he was also the winner of Second City’s Up Next Comedy Competition. He appeared at numerous festivals including Bridgetown Comedy Portland OR, Just for Laughs Chicago (four years running), and the local stage of Funny Or Die’s Oddball Comedy Festival. In addition, he has opened for a wide variety of comedians including Marc Maron, Jeff Ross, Hannibal Burress, John Mulaney, Hari Kondabolu, Maria Bamford, Michael Ian Black, Kumail Nanjiani, John Oliver, Tracy Morgan, Aziz Ansari, and many more. Burke released his debut album Universal Squirrel Theory on A Special Thing Records in 2012.

Schedule of Events |
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