Announcing our 2017 Headliner: Michael Ian Black!

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Michael Ian Black to Headline Milwaukee Comedy Festival

Milwaukee Comedy Festival announces comic icon Michael Ian Black as the headliner for the twelfth annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival, the states largest multi-day comedy event. Mr. Black will close out the festivities on Sunday, August 6 at 8pm at the Historic Turner Hall Ballroom (1040 N. 4th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53203). Tickets are $20 for the event and will be available beginning Friday, April 21st, 2017 via the festivals official website,, on and in person at the Pabst Theater Box Office located at 144 E Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202.

Most known for his iconic work on MTV’s The State, Wet Hot American Summer, Stella, Comedy Central’s Another Period, commentator on the I Love the… (80’s, 90’s, etc) series and many more, Michael Ian Black is an actor, producer, comedian, writer and director.

“Presenting such a comedy expert and audience favorite like Michael Ian Black is very exciting,” said Matt Kemple, festival Founder and Executive Producer. “His style and quick wit are exactly the kind of talent we get excited about.”

Michael Ian Black is a multi-media talent who’s starred in numerous films and TV series, written and/or directed two films, 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.

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. 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.”

The official MCF Kick-Off event will take place at Lakefront Brewery on Wednesday, August 2. Events will take place August 3, 4, and 5 at the Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave. Lower Level, Milwaukee, WI, Sunday August 6th, 2017 at the Historic Turner Hall Ballroom, 1040 N. 4th St., Milwaukee, WI. Tickets and more info via the official festival website,

The Milwaukee Comedy Festival was founded in 2006 in an effort to cultivate an active comedy community where artists can hone their craft, create new and exciting comedy, as well as foster an inviting environment for audiences and performers alike.

New Year, new site, new dates!

Milwaukee Comedy Festival

It’s 2017, can you believe it?! We are bringing you a new website to make it easier to find info and buy tickets for the Milwaukee Comedy Festival. Speaking of, we are happy to announce that 2017 is our twelfth year of the Milwaukee Comedy Festival! Wow, 12 years of the best comedy around live on stage. This year’s event will start with the Kick Off at Lakefront Brewery on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 with fest dates running Thurs. August 3 – Sunday Aug. 7th, 2017.

Performer submissions will be accepted starting at the end of February. Headliners and other festival info will be announced in the coming months. Stay tuned to this site for updates!

2016 Schedule of Shows

The 2016 Milwaukee Comedy Festival announces the line up and schedule of events!  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, available now!

Note: schedule is subject to change.

2016 Schedule of Shows

Tuesday, August 2

Time TBA
at Club Garibaldi

Milwaukee Record presents The Roast Of Milwaukee


Wednesday, August 3

at Lakefront Brewery

Official Kickoff Event at Lakefront Brewery


Thursday, August 4

at Next Act Theatre

Matt Werner (Host) – Stand Up, Milwaukee
Broadminded – Sketch Comedy, Milwaukee
David Louis – Stand Up, Milwaukee
Sketch Marks – Sketch Comedy, Milwaukee
Chris Schmidt – Stand Up, Milwaukee


at Next Act Theatre

Terence Hartnett (Host) – Stand Up, Chicago
Improvised Mythology – Improv, Chicago
John Egan – Stand Up, Green Bay
Kelsie Huff – Stand up, Chicago

at Next Act Theatre

Mike Hover (Host) – Stand Up, Chicago
Variety Hour Happy Hour – Sketch, MKE
Brian O’ Sullivan – Musical Comedy, L.A.
Bobby Hill – Stand Up, Chicago


at Next Act Theatre

David Rader (Host) – Stand Up, Chicago
Brian Bayer – Musical Comedy, Milwaukee
Amanda Cohen – Stand Up, Chicago
Sameena Mustafa – Stand Up, Chicago

at Next Act Theatre

Will Green (Host ) – Stand Up, Portland
Rehner & Nixon – Sketch Comedy, Chicago
Andy Fleming – Stand Up, Chicago
Jim Flannigan – Stand Up, Chicago

at Next Act Theatre

Steven King (Host) – Stand Up, Chicago
Interstellar…And Beyond – Improv, Chicago
Arish Singh – Stand Up, Chicago
Xavier Lamont – Stand Up, Chicago

at Next Act Theatre

Andrea Guzzetta (Host) Stand Up, Milwaukee
The Journal – Improv, Milwaukee
The Comic Thread – Sketch, Chicago
Damon Millard – Stand Up, NYC


at The Underground Collaborative

Late Late Breakfast Show
(Line Up to be Announced)

at The Underground Collaborative

Milwaukee Record Podcast

at Historic Turner Hall Ballroom

Jen Kirkman (FESTIVAL HEADLINER) – Stand Up, Los Angeles
with Feature Allison Dunne – Stand Up, Chicago

Schedule is subject to change.

See every show on this list with an All Access Pass, available now!

Submissions now Open!

The Milwaukee Comedy Festival is excited to announce that submissions are now being accepted for
this years event, August 4-7, 2016! We’re looking for the best live comedy from across the country and beyond! The Milwaukee Comedy Festival will accept submissions for improv, sketch comedy, stand up comedy, one-person shows, alternative comedy acts and musical comedy.HuertaMKEcomedyfest_52

Interested comedians, improv groups and sketch comedy acts can submit the application to perform along with an Application fee: Stand up $15, Sketch/ Improv $20.  Submissions are reviewed by a panel of industry professionals and judged based on quality, originality, professionalism, audience reaction and above all, funniness. We review each and every submission we receive equally. Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2016 at 11:59pm. Late Submissions will be accepted starting May 2nd at 12:00am until May 7th at Noon and require a submission fee of $30.

You can find more information and the official application here.

The 11th annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival will take place August 4-7, 2016.


A Big Thanks for a Big Year!

We celebrated an incredible 10 Years in the only way we know how – with more than 14 live comedy events, hundreds of performers, record audiences and some of the biggest names in our decade of comedy shows gracing the stage.

A sincere THANK YOU to all the performers, audiences, staff, sponsors and volunteers for making this and every year of the Milwaukee Comedy Festival happen.