The Milwaukee Comedy Festival is celebrating 12 years of bringing joy and laughter to our beautiful city! Join us August 1-6th, 2017 for the biggest comedy event of the year.  Since 2005 the festival has featured the most talented performers in live stand-up comedy, improv, and sketch comedy we can find across the country.

Michael Ian Black MCF

The festival starts with the Official Kick Off at Lakefront Brewery on August 2, 2017 and continues for 4 more days with close to a dozen different shows and events until our closing night Headliner Michael Ian Black on Sunday, August 6th!

Full schedule will be posted soon!


Every show features a variety of comedy styles from across the country.  Celebrating 12 years in 2017, the Milwaukee Comedy Festival (MCF) features live stand up, sketch and improv comedy.  This year’s MCF will feature lots of different shows over 4 days, plus the Official Kick Off at Lakefront Brewery.

Single Tickets
Pick what laughs you want at the Milwaukee Comedy Fest! More than 4 days and a dozen different shows with stand up, improv or sketch comedy to choose from there is a little something for everyone. Single tickets on sale soon!

Headliner Michael Ian Black
Grab em while you still can!  Tickets for 2017 festival headliner Michael Ian Black are on sale now.  Most known for his iconic work on MTV’s The State, Wet Hot American Summer, Stella, Comedy Central’s Another Period, commentator on the popular I Love the (80’s, 90’s, etc) series and many more, Michael Ian Black is an actor, producer, comedian, writer and director and will headline the 2017 Milwaukee Comedy Festival.

All Access Pass
Don’t miss a single show in the Milwaukee Comedy Festival with an All Access Pass – Good for entry to every comedy event in the fest including the Official Kick Off at Lakefront Brewery and more! Hurry, a limited number of All Access Passes are available for only $50 and only 4 passes may be purchased at one time.  Get your All Access Pass!


The Milwaukee Comedy Festival accepts submissions for comedy of all types including improv, sketch comedy, stand up, one-person shows, alternative comedy acts and musical comedy.

Submissions to perform are now CLOSED!

Applications for the 2017 Fest will be accepted until 11:59pm on May 1st, 2017.  Late Submissions will be accepted until May 7th, 2017.

Application fee is $20, late submissions $40. Submissions are reviewed by a local panel of judges including the producers and staff of the festival and select area comedy professionals. Applications are judged on quality, originality, professionalism, audience reaction and above all, funniness. We review each and every submission we receive.

Questions? Check out the Performer FAQ or email us at info@mkecomedyfest.com


The Milwaukee Comedy Festival is the largest multi-day comedy event in Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin. We bring audiences the best stand up, improv and sketch comedy talent possible and establish an environment where performers can create new and exciting comedy together.

The Milwaukee Comedy Festival features multiple days of live comedy shows, special events, and headliners offering the ultimate comedy experience. Every show is unique and combines different styles of comedy like sketch and improvisation along side stand up comedy.

Milwaukee Comedy FestivalOver the years more than 10,000 people have laughed and performed with the Milwaukee Comedy Festival.  Performers visit Milwaukee from across the country including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle,  Philadelphia, Denver and Austin as well as Canada including Toronto, Alberta and Vancouver. Audiences have traveled from all parts of Wisconsin to attend the fest and as far away as Los Angeles and Massachusetts.


Our History

In 2005 the Milwaukee Comedy Festival was originally born as the Sketch and Improv Festival.  The vision was to grow and support the comedy scene in Milwaukee through live performances. Once stand up comedy was added to the line-up in 2007, the name changed and the Milwaukee Comedy Festival (MCF) quickly became Wisconsin’s premier annual comedy event. This event aspires to be an inviting environment providing professional stage time to seasoned and up-and-coming performers in front of an eager and engaged audience.


About the Producers

Matt Kemple, Founder and Executive Producer

Matt Kemple is a full-time live-events producer, public speaker and big-picture thinker with a background in comedy, marketing, and the arts. His personality and skill set offer a unique perspective in everything from event production and team building to consulting services for businesses and arts organizations.

Matt is the Founder and Producer of Milwaukee Comedy, LLC. and the annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival, Wisconsin’s largest multi-day comedy event. No stranger to hard work and dedication to the arts in Milwaukee, Matt is also Founder and Manager of The Underground Collaborative, a unique comedy, theatre and arts venue Downtown and one of the Co-Founders of the Milwaukee Fringe Festival, a new performing and visual arts festival.


Kaitlin McCarthy, Co-Producer

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. As a producer, Kaitlin has worked with TJ Miller, co-produced The SHOWcase at Karma (Caste of Killers) and produced a monthly showcase at Var Gallery, SUBJECTIVE: a Comedic Showing. Kaitlin has performed stand up at Milwaukee’s Comedy Cafe, Lakefront Brewery and featured at Hell Cat Amazons, Sorry Not Sorry, and the Cold Cocked Comedy Hour (Steven’s Point).

Kaitlin has a cat named Freddie Purrcury.

Greg Bach, Co-Producer

Greg is a graduate of the writing program at The Second City in Chicago and has written for the sketch group Broadminded, the long running Sketch 22 show, and was a contributor to the Committee of Five Political Blog. He was the head writer and producer for the award-winning program “The Barrettsville Pledge Drive”,  a contributor to the Othy Schwering Show, a writer and producer for the Goodnight Milwaukee Show, Stand Up Cinema and was the co-creator/writer of the sketch comedy group Dynamo Kickstand. In 2016, Greg created and produced The Badger Times Journal Report, a live satirical news program about Wisconsin. Greg Bach has called the Milwaukee comedy scene home for ten years and has performed all over the world. People in Chicago, New York, Berlin, Manchester and Loves Park have found him rather amusing.

Tyler Menz, Performer Liaison

In addition to performing stand up, Tyler produces and hosts many shows in the Milwaukee area including The Goodnight Milwaukee Show (sketch), Voyager (improv), and the Visitors Guide to Springfield podcast. In addition, he has also been seen performing at The Milwaukee Comedy Fest, Van’s Warped Tour, The 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival, The Cream City Comedy Festival, and Gilda’s Laughfest. Tyler enjoys kale, farmers markets, his 1997 Hyundai Sonata, and reassuring people that he isn’t a snitch. Check him out on social media @jtylermenz

Roxanne Dobbs, Production Manager

Jackie Bordak, Volunteer Coordinator