Gut Busters: 5 Comedy Shows to See This Summer

Gut Busters: 5 Comedy Shows to See This Summer

A miniature guffaw guide to give your summer many happy hours.

Bill Maher
June 5, Riverside Theater
Presidential elections provide easy fodder for comedians, but few critics leave such scathing bruises as this liberal talk show host.

Sarah Silverman
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.

Pete Davidson
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.

‘Gut Busters’ appears in the 2016 City Guide issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Kevin is a freelance writer residing in Milwaukee. He’s contributed to The Shepherd Express, Third Coast Daily, Pop Matters and the sadly now-defunct A.V. Club Milwaukee. He looks forward to forging a deeper connection with the city’s impressive music scene during his gig as a Music Notes blogger. His talents include music criticism, riding a bicycle, drinking tasty beers and a crafty croquet swing. His weaknesses comprise Jean-Claude Van Damme movies, professional wrestling and his ever-growing record collection. He’s in desperate need to find more physical (and hard drive) space for the exceptional albums Milwaukee musicians keep churning out.