June 5, Riverside Theater
Presidential elections provide easy fodder for comedians, but few critics leave such scathing bruises as this liberal talk show host.
June 10, Pridefest
Visceral reactions to shocking jokes tend to fade after the initial surprise, but stand-up Sarah Silverman overcomes the diminishing returns with uncanny dynamism. And her punch lines often underline a deeper subtext.
June 24, Turner Hall Ballroom
The 21-year-old “Saturday Night Live” wunderkind instantly found his voice as “resident young person” on Weekend Update, filtering contemporary issues through a millennial stoner’s shifty gaze. His first national tour tests new material, jokes unshackled by NBC’s censorship.
Milwaukee Comedy Festival
Aug. 4-7, various locations
This four-day marathon, now in its 11th year, offers an all-encompassing look at the city’s small-but-burgeoning scene.
Open Mic Night
Mondays, Bremen Cafe
Try slinging jokes at a forgiving Riverwest audience, or sit back and watch others experiment with untested material. Do both for free.