The Milwaukee Comedy Festival is the largest multi-day comedy event in Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin. We bring audiences the best stand up, improv and sketch comedy talent possible and establish an environment where performers can create new and exciting comedy together.

The Milwaukee Comedy Festival features multiple days of live comedy shows, special events, and headliners offering the ultimate comedy experience. Every show is unique and combines different styles of comedy like sketch and improvisation along side stand up comedy.

Milwaukee Comedy Festival

Over the years more than 14,000 people have laughed with the Milwaukee Comedy Festival. Audiences have traveled from all parts of Wisconsin to attend the fest and as far away as Los Angeles and Massachusetts for the biggest comedy event of the year.

Since it began in 2005 the festival has featured 1000’s of performers from across the country including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Philadelphia, Denver and Austin as well as Canada including Toronto, Alberta and Vancouver. Our alumni have appeared in movies and television including SNL, Comedy Central, HBO, BET, Conan, Late Nite and many more.

The Milwaukee Comedy Festival is produced by Milwaukee Comedy, LLC.

Our History

In 2005 the Milwaukee Comedy Festival was originally born as the Sketch and Improv Festival.  The vision was to grow and support the comedy scene in Milwaukee through live performances. Once stand up comedy was added to the line-up in 2007, the name changed and the Milwaukee Comedy Festival (MCF) quickly became Wisconsin’s premier annual comedy event. This event aspires to be an inviting environment providing professional stage time to seasoned and up-and-coming performers in front of an eager and engaged audience.


About the Producers

Matt Kemple, Founder and Executive Producer

Matt Kemple is a full-time live-events producer, public speaker and big-picture thinker with a background in comedy, marketing, and the arts. His personality and skill set offer a unique perspective in everything from event production and team building to consulting services for businesses and arts organizations.

Matt is the Founder and Producer of Milwaukee Comedy, LLC. and the annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival, Wisconsin’s largest multi-day comedy event. No stranger to hard work and dedication to the arts in Milwaukee, Matt is also Founder and Manager of The Underground Collaborative, a unique comedy, theatre and arts venue Downtown and one of the Co-Founders of the Milwaukee Fringe Festival, a new performing and visual arts festival.


Kaitlin McCarthy, Co-Producer

Kaitlin’s involvement with the Comedy Fest began as an intern in 2013. She quickly rose through the ranks to produce the Kick Off event at Lakefront Brewery in 2015 and now as Co-Producer for the Milwaukee Comedy Festival. As a producer, Kaitlin has worked with TJ Miller, co-produced The SHOWcase at Karma (Caste of Killers) and produced a monthly showcase at Var Gallery, SUBJECTIVE: a Comedic Showing. Kaitlin has performed stand up at Milwaukee’s Comedy Cafe, Lakefront Brewery and featured at Hell Cat Amazons, Sorry Not Sorry, and the Cold Cocked Comedy Hour (Steven’s Point).

Kaitlin has a cat named Freddie Purrcury.


Greg Bach, Co-Producer

Greg is a graduate of the writing program at The Second City in Chicago and has written for the sketch group Broadminded, the long running Sketch 22 show, and was a contributor to the Committee of Five Political Blog. He was the head writer and producer for the award-winning program “The Barrettsville Pledge Drive”,  a contributor to the Othy Schwering Show, a writer and producer for the Goodnight Milwaukee Show, Stand Up Cinema and was the co-creator/writer of the sketch comedy group Dynamo Kickstand. In 2016, Greg created and produced The Badger Times Journal Report, a live satirical news program about Wisconsin. Greg Bach has called the Milwaukee comedy scene home for ten years and has performed all over the world. People in Chicago, New York, Berlin, Manchester and Loves Park have found him rather amusing.