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


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)

Joe Murphy (Host)
Joe is a stand up comedian based out of Milwaukee and has been doing comedy for about 7 years. He is a pure joke writer with a style that is dry, silly, and just a little absurd.

Improvised Jane Austen (Improv)
England Born.  Chicago Bred.  With independent heroines, misunderstood suitors, meddling mothers, and charming cads, Improvised Jane Austen creates a Regency love story on the spot . The women of the company take an audience suggestion and craft a story the most prominent female author of the 19th century may have written and carry it through misadventures and misunderstandings to its proper British conclusion. Improvised Jane Austen is an all-female twelve member team. They perform regularly at a number of venues in Chicago, various festivals, and private events.  A big thank you to Milwaukee Comedy Festival for having them! Check out www.improvisedjaneausten.com and look for Improvised Jane Austen on Facebook and @TheMissAustens on Twitter.

Live from LaCrosse (Sketch)
Born from improv, inspired by Saturday Night Live, and crafted in theater, LIVE! from La Crosse has become a comedy staple the in the La Crosse/Coulee Region over the past 4 years. The troupe, called The Recastable Cast, performs 3 times annually featuring a local celebrity guest host, a musical act, and 60+ minutes of new sketches. With a large and varying cast pouring input into the creative process, each show is a unique, high-energy experience that tackles a variety of topics from views on contemporary culture/politics, anachronisms, characterizations, impersonations, musical numbers, edginess, and complete absurdity. Rated R.

Matt Griffo (Headliner, Musical Comedy)
This Chicago band of weirdos love to play music and make people laugh. Griffo has a huge passion for music and comedy. He combines those to loves with indie-rock style music and comedic lyrics. Griffo is behind vocals, piano, and ukulele backed by Marilynn Eguchi and Leyla I. Royale on cello with Ivan Pyzow on Trumpet. He’s performing at the Copenhagen International Improv Festival and has been featured on FunnyorDie BuzzFeed and YouTube. This band of weirdos is a blast. Check them out online at mattgriffo.com


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

Rebekah Gibson (Host)
Rebekah currently lives in Chicago, Illinois and has been performing stand up comedy for two years. Within that time, she has gotten the opportunity to open for Randy and Mr. Lahey from the Trailer Park Boys and Preston Lacy and Chris Pontius from Jackass. A lot of her comedy material is talking about her religious, homeschooled upbringing, relationships, children and whatever else pops into her head that she thinks will give someone a giggle! 🙂

Sketch Marks (Sketch)
In little more than three years, we have been honored to perform our eclectic sketch comedy at the Milwaukee Comedy Festival (2014, 2015 and 2016) and the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival (2016 and 2017). We are two men and three women, experienced comedians individually, sharing the fun of our friendship on stage.

Dan Marse-Kapr
Dan is a friendly stand-up comedian with a unique sense of humor and a laid-back stage presence that audiences love. He is best known for delivering clever one-liners mixed together with hilariously weird anecdotes. He has performed in clubs and festivals all over the country and was a recent finalist in the 2016 New Comedian of the Year Competition hosted by Magooby’s Joke House.

Stacy Pawlowski (Headliner)
Stacy Pawlowski Has been performing for over twenty years. Her experience includes sketch, improv, stand-up, magic, burlesque, murder mystery and science shows. She has performed at Comedy Sportz, Jokerz, Summerfest, Pride Fest, Wisconsin State Fair, Milwaukee County Zoo and more. Most recently she has been producing a series of one-woman shows entitled ‘Stacy Pawlowski: Live’. Stacy Pawlowski Live 4: A Religious Experience will debut this September at ComedySportz.


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

Buy Tickets Here via Pabst Theatre Group!


David Louis (Host)
New York born, David Louis is a stand up guy. He’s sarcastically witty, intelligently charming, and has serious opinions about mustard. His dry sense of humor turns personal experiences, mostly mistakes, into high-energy, absurd comedy, that tells his story of being a lovable trouble-maker trying to make sense of the world.

John Egan
John Egan is a comedian originally from Milwaukee and now in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He doesn’t know why. He has been doing improv and stand-up since high school. He currently performs throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. John is a regular in the Wisconsin comedy scene and a regular in bars.

Michael Ian Black (Festival Headliner)
Michael Ian Black is a multi-media talent who’s starred in numerous films and TV series, written and/or directed two films, is a prolific author and commentator, and regularly tours the country performing his ribald brand of jokes and observations. He most recently starred in TVLand’s “The Gaffigan Show” and Comedy Central’s “Another Period.” He’s reprising one of his iconic film roles in the upcoming second season of the Netflix “Wet Hot American Summer” series. His third standup comedy special, “Noted Expert,” was released on Epix.

Black’s authored 11 books, including the recently released best seller, “A Child’s First Book of Trump.” He’s written two well-received memoirs: “Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but also my mom’s, which I know sounds weird)”, and “You’re Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death and Other Humiliations.” In 2012, he collaborated with conservative Meghan McCain on “America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom.” He’s the author of “My Custom Van (and 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face),” and seven children’s books, including “Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Boop!,” “Naked”, “Chicken Cheeks,” “The Purple Kangaroo,” “A Pig Parade Is A Terrible Idea” and “I’m Bored.” He also writes book reviews for the New York Times.

Previously, Black released two stand-up specials, “Very Famous” and “I Am A Wonderful Man.” He and Tom Cavanagh host the popular podcast, “Mike and Tom Eat Snacks.” He also writes and hosts a podcast with Michael Showalter, “Topics,” and his own interview podcast, “How To Be Amazing.” He hosts “Debate Wars” on SeeSo, and he recently hosted “Easiest Game Show Ever” on Pop TV.

Sketch comedy fans know Black’s work on “The State,” “Viva Variety,” “Stella” and “Michael and Michael Have Issues,” all of which he co-created, wrote and starred in. Other TV credits include quirky bowling alley manager ‘Phil’ on the NBC series “Ed,” and his hilarious commentary on cable’s “I Love the…” series. He recently starred in two hit web series that migrated to cable TV: “Burning Love” on E! and “You’re Whole” on Adult Swim.

Black’s movie roles include “Slash,” “Smosh: The Movie,” “They Came Together,” “Hell Baby,” “This is 40,” “Wet Hot American Summer,” “Take Me Home Tonight,” “Reno 911!: Miami,” “The Ten” and “The Baxter.”

Black wrote and directed the film “Wedding Daze,” starring Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher. He also co-wrote the comedy “Run, Fatboy, Run,” directed by David Schwimmer and starring Simon Pegg, Hank Azaria and Thandie Newton.

Originally from Hillsborough, NJ, Black resides with his family in the wilds of Connecticut.