Special Events

Several special events are featured at this years festival including the unique Keg Stand Up Kick Off event at Lakefront Brewery. Debra Wilson from MadTV, Jill-Michele Melean from Reno 911 and Lahna Turner will appear at Shank Hall, and 2017 Milwaukee Comedy Festival Headliner Michael Ian Black will close out the festival at Turner Hall Ballroom.

Roast of Milwaukee

Presented by Milwaukee Record!

The Milwaukee Record has been helping us informally kick off the fest since 2015. Join us at Club Garibaldi on Monday, July 31 for the first of 5 special events: the 3rd annual Roast Of Milwaukee! The comedian-heavy lineup will also include a few local movers and shakers from other mediums. FOX6 anchor Ted Perry will host the event, and V100.7 DJ Promise will take a stab at roasting, too.  This event is 21+

The lineup features Ryan Lowe, Greg Bach, Addie Blanchard, David Louis, Rita Landis, AJ Grill, Carly Malison, Ted Perry (FOX6) and Promise (V100.7) More info


Pre-Kick Off Event

at the Radio Milwaukee Studios!

The official pre-start to the states largest comedy event! More Info


Keg Stand Up

Official Kick Off 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 Joe Riley and featuring Seth Davis, Erin Grotheer and Mat Alano-Martin. More Info


Cast of This is Meg

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. Audrey Jonas will open the show with Debra Wilson, Lahna Turner and headliner Jilly Meleán More Info


Michael Ian Black

Festival Headliner!

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 David Louis, with John Egan and headliner Michael Ian Black. More Info