Saturday Aug 5
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
Matt Werner (Host)
Matt Werner performs stand-up throughout the midwest. He is a featured player at ComedySportz Milwaukee, and he produces the widely-lauded Vino 100 Stand-Up Showcase! He has been called a “libidinous con-man and crackpot” by many reputable news organizations and scorned lovers across the internet.
Two, Too (Improv)
Two, too Improv is a trio comprised of Minneapolis duo Two (Cicely Robin Laing and Milwaukee native Blake Wanger) and one lucky guest (that’s the “too”) performing a unique form called “Kaleidoscope” that involves three scenes and an added twist that will get the performers all bent out of shape… literally. Our guest for the Milwaukee Comedy Festival is Minneapolis improvisor Max Besner, who has no idea what he’s gotten himself into. Blake and Cicely have been performing together for 5 years and the Two, too “Kaleidoscope” form debuted at HUGE Improv Theater in Minneapolis this spring.
Funeral Twins (Sketch)
The Funeral Twins are living lies, dreaming nightmares and denying reality. We put the “fun” back in “funeral”, tackling heavy subjects like death and missing appendages in a FUN way. We cater to the absurd and slightly dark; Audiences intrigued by a paradigm shift where comedy is deconstructed. We also utilize karaoke comedy in our shows, creating our own transition songs so audiences don’t feel as if we’ve left the stage between bits. The Funeral Twins have a very accessible nature – you feel like you know us, and we find it easy to connect with any audience and draw them in for more.
Jake West (Headliner)
Jake West has been seen on sketches on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and features at Zanies in Chicago. He will appear at the Crossroads Comedy Festival in Indianapolis this October. Jake has appeared in commercials for Intel and State Farm Insurance. He is also in an indie feature film called “The 60 Yard Line” about hard-core Packers fans. He has studied improv comedy in LA at The Groundlings and UCB, and also at IO Chicago. Jake almost did 100 pushups one time. His girlfriend is not impressed with his amazing collection of G.I. Joe action figures.
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)
David Roth (Host)
David is a San Francisco-based comedian who’s performed stand-up at Outside Lands, SF Sketchfest, and The Sacramento Comedy Festival. David has written two Super Bowl commercials, jokes performed by SNL’s Colin Jost and Michael Che, and has collaborated with comedy legends like Bob Odenkirk, JB Smoove, and Jim Gaffigan. David also co-wrote a song with Sir Mix A Lot, who refers to him as “The guy that tried to ruin my career.”
Last Action Movie (Headliner, Improv)
Last Action Movie is a long form improv group from Minneapolis, Minnesota which combines improvisation and stage combat to create high octane improvised action movies! We are currently performing a form called The Heist, which is an improvised version of the classic Hollywood heist film, wherein our team of miscreants attempt to execute a daring and dangerous plan to swipe a valuable item of the audience’s choosing from a highly secure location. The problem is, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry…
8pm at Shank Hall *Special Event*
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
Audrey Jonas (Opener)
Audrey Jonas isn’t here to make friends (but, like, she totally will). Audrey uses her experiences as a Mexican-American woman and lifelong Chicagoan to craft comedy with a bite. Her unique brand of realness creates a magnetism that has been drawing audiences in since 2014. Audrey was a finalist in the 2016 Stand-Up Siam international comedy competition in Bangkok, Thailand, and serves as a producer of Chicago institution Hoo Ha Comedy.
Jill-Michele Meleán, “Jilly” was born and raised in Miami, Florida (aka Cuba).
She was the first and only Latina Cast member FOX’s MADtv, recurred on Comedy Central’s RENO 911 and she’s a national touring stand up comedienne. Her roots are dramatic acting but she quickly learned her gift of comedy timing. AKA “Jilly”, wrote, produced & starred in the indie film “This is Meg” based on her true life events www.thisismeg.com
She declared at a young age that she wanted to be like Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Benny Hill. Jilly started in Theatre and toured with The Coconut Grove Playhouse (which is the Broadway of Miami). In 2000, she moved Los Angeles and needed to be on stage. She took her natural comedic timing to the Standup Stage, headlining across the country while continuing her Acting career. After many years of hard work, she’s made a name for herself in the Comedy Television world with memorable performances on FOX’s “MadTV” and Comedy Central’s “Reno 911”. However, her first love is her dramatic acting career. As she continues her theatrical Film and Television career, she’ll never stop making people laugh.
Debra Wilson was born in Queens, New York, and knew she wanted to act, at the age of 5.
Her acting debut came while she was still working for City of New York Parks & Recreation, in a play called, “Passin’ “, with the African Women’s Ensemble Theater Company. Improv quickly followed with the New York City comedy troupes, “New Yawk Tawk”, and “Significant Others”. Her first film credit is the indie “Cracking Up”, written and directed by Matt Mitler. Her television debut was the New York sketch/improv comedy series, “Uptown Comedy Club”. Since then, credits for film, TV and voice over include, scores of independent and features films, lots of commercials, tons of video games; both voice and motion capture, lots of TV guest starring roles, and animated shows, including “All Hail King Julien,” currently streaming on Netflix. Just check out her IMDb page and/or You Tube! But Wilson is best known for her 8 seasons on the Fox late night sketch comedy series, “MADtv.” Wilson is single and currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
Lahna Turner is one of the hottest comedians working the comedy circuit. With her hilarious songs and sharp wit Lahna holds nothing back as she shares insights and observations from her life as an ex-wife, mother, and the uncensored inner voice of millions of women. Her one hour special titled “so…. I Wrote A Song About It” is available on Hulu.She has appeared on NBC, Comedy Central, Animal Planet, Netflix, VH1, CMT, And truTV. She made her big screen debut in the award-winning indie film “Teacher Of The Year”. Lahna has performed in top comedy venues and theaters nationwide and abroad including many tours for the USO.Her two comedy albums “If These Lips Could Talk” and “D!@k Jokes And Other Assorted Love Songs” have received airplay at top radio stations across the country as well as National Lampoon’s Top 40 Comedy Countdown and are currently in rotation on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
This show is presented by Milwaukee Comedy and Mythicist Milwaukee!
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
AJ Grill (Host)
AJ Grill is a standup comedian currently residing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. An Iowa native, AJ won the 2016 Penguins Comedy Club ‘Funniest Person in Iowa Contest.’ he has recently performed at the Green Gravel, Beast Village, and Memphis Comedy festivals. AJ is also a regular emcee at the Comedy Cafe in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Carter Deems has been performing comedy through stand up and competitive rap battles for the past eight years. He has been labeled as the “nicest battle rapper in the world” and was awarded the 2015 Funniest Battle Rapper award by Battlerap.com. His online videos have over 3 million views and his performances have been featured on Funny or Die, Snoop Dogg’s Gladiator School, LA Weekly, Worldstar Hip Hop, and Andy Milonakis’ YouTube channel.
Davon Magwood (Headliner)
Hi, I’m Davon. These things are weird because you could just ask me stuff and I’d tell you. You may have seen me on the twitters, or heard me on the iTunes or the Spotify. I’ve worked with cool people and have performed at cool places. However I’m more excited to be at this cool place and cool festival.