2017 Festival Show Line Up

The Milwaukee Comedy Festival, Wisconsin’s largest comedy event Aug. 1-6, 2017 will feature headliner Michael Ian Black (Wet Hot American Summer, The State, VH1’s I Love the 80’s, 90’s) along with 40 national and regional comedy acts including stand up, improvisation and sketch comedy live on stage. The annual MCF is celebrating twelve years and will present twelve different shows at multiple venues in Milwaukee, WI including Lakefront Brewery, The Underground Collaborative, Shank Hall and Turner Hall.

2017 Full Line Up | Special Events
Tue. Aug 1 | Wed. Aug 2 | Thur. Aug 3 | Fri. Aug 4 | Sat. Aug 5 | Sun. Aug 6


Schedule is Subject to Change

Tuesday Aug 1

7:30pm at Radio Milwaukee Studios *Free Special Event*

The official pre-start to the states largest comedy event! Laugh with 889 Radio Milwaukee and some of the best talent Wisconsin has to offer on Tuesday, August 1st at 7:30pm. Presented by 889 Radio Milwaukee! A showcase of Wisconsin’s own comedic talents will be at 88.9 Radio Milwaukee studios. This FREE showcase will feature homegrown Milwaukee talents Greg Bach, Dana Ehrmann, J Tyler Menz, Nate Seek and headliner  Nate Craig!


Wednesday Aug 2

7pm at Lakefront Brewery *Special Event*

Keg Stand Up started as the MCF Kick Off event at Lakefront Brewery in 2015 to a standing room capacity crowd of more than 200 people. In a short time, Keg Stand Up has quickly become the top comedy showcase event in Milwaukee with top regional comics performing to sold out crowds every month! The official Kick Off event at Lakefront Brewery will feature some of the top stand up comics around.

Host is Joe Riley with Seth Davis, Erin Grotheer and headliner Mat Alano-Martin


Thursday Aug 3

7:30pm at Underground Collaborative

The first of 8 hilarious shows at The UC features an all-star Milwaukee line up! Expect to see what we can only legally describe as “zany”, this show will break the standard showcase format with a sketch comedy group hosting an evening of stand up filled with geeky references, amazing puns, and down right funny bits.

Host is Variety Hour Happy Hour (Sketch) with stand up from Elijah Holbrook, Mike Berg and Ton Johnson


Friday Aug 4

7:30pm at Underground Collaborative

Keith McGill comic

Friday offers up two different shows and this first one really packs a punch!  Check out this awesome mix of stand up styles from Milwaukee, Chicago and Kentucky in this unique line up.

Host is Vik Pandya, Josh Ballew, Christopher Schmidt and headliner Keith McGill


10pm at Underground Collaborative

The late night Friday show features another great line up of comedy you definitely want to see!  Check out some top stand up acts from Chicago in this hilarious showcase.

Host is Melissa Richelle with Mike Wiley, Sam Priest and headliner Prateek Srivastava


Saturday Aug 5

Comic Prateek Srivastsava

4pm at Underground Collaborative

This is the first of 4 totally different events Saturday of the fest.  Don’t let the afternoon time-slot fool you, this one is sure to be a hit with a line up of great stand up, sketch comedy and improv all in one show!

Host is Matt Werner with Two, Too (Improv), Funeral Twins (Sketch) and headliner Jake West


6pm at Underground Collaborative

A show bringing comedy from across the country right to Brew City, check out some stand up from San Francisco, Chicago and improv coming from Minneapolis.

Host David Roth with Miles Hendrix and headliner Last Action Movie (Improv)


8pm at Shank Hall *Special Event*This is Meg

The cast of the upcoming film THIS IS MEG will be featured on stage for one night only! Join us at Shank Hall for Jill-Michele Melean (MadTV, Reno 911, This Is Meg), Debra Wilson (MadTV, Avatar, This Is Meg),and Lahna Turner (Comedy Central, TruTV, NBC, This Is Meg) will appear in this very special live stage event! This show is 21+.  No one under 21 will be admitted to this event.

Opener is Audrey Jonas with Debra Wilson, Lahna Turner and headliner Jilly Meleán


11pm at Underground Collaborative

Two amazing Milwaukee talents join the stage with a Pittsburg powerhouse! This late night show is not to be missed, featuring an impressive set of stand up comics.

Host is AJ Grill with Carter Deems and headliner Davon Magwood


Sunday Aug 6

2pm at Underground Collaborative

Quite possibly the best cure for your hangover! Our most eclectic show in the festival puts improv, stand up, sketch and even musical comedy all together for an afternoon of energetic laughs. The stage is equally dominated by Milwaukee and Chicago performances.

Host is Joe Murphy with Improvised Jane Austen (Improv), Live from LaCrosse (Sketch) and headliner Matt Griffo (Musical Comedy)


4pm at Underground Collaborative

Just because this show is on a Sunday afternoon does not mean it should be ignored!  Check out an incredible laugh-heavy event with stand up from Chicago, Milwaukee and Maryland with some kick-ass Milwaukee-based sketch comedy right in the middle.

Host Rebekah Gibson with Sketch Marks (Sketch), Dan Marse-Kapr and headliner Stacy Pawlowski


Michael Ian Black8pm at Turner Hall *Special Event*

The Milwaukee Comedy Festival is proud to feature 2017 festival headliner Michael Ian Black at Turner Hall Ballroom! Most known for his iconic work on MTV’s The StateWet Hot American SummerStella, 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 festival.

Host is David Louis with John Egan and festival headliner Michael Ian Black


Schedule is Subject to Change


2017 Full Line Up | Special Events
Tue. Aug 1 | Wed. Aug 2 | Thur. Aug 3 | Fri. Aug 4 | Sat. Aug 5 | Sun. Aug 6