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December 5th-7th: Chris Barnes with Kelly Kellz and Damon Millard

chris barnesComedy Café Favorite and native Milwaukeean Chris Barnes has been making his mark on the comedy scene throughout the Midwest, the South, and the East Coast with his storming style of humor. Barnes can be best described as a high-energy comic that will take an audience and keep them laughing as he interprets his experiences of life. Barnes is also the man of many faces; his personality and facial expressions will bring an audience to life. Barnes has worked and laughed with such people as John Mendoza, JJ Jimmy Walker, Andrew Dice Clay, Sinbad, Bill Cosby, and many others. It’s no surprise Barnes has become a national headliner, working in such clubs as Dangerfield’s in New York City; Rascal’s in New Jersey; Zanies in Chicago; Chaplin’s in Detroit; Comedy Cafe in Milwaukee; and many others throughout the country.

Nov 27, 29 & 30 – Geoff Lafleur with Jacob Williams & Allen Edge

Geoff LaFleur comes to us from the great state of Wisconsin. He resides in a suburb just outside of Milwaukee and has bad posture. He has performed stand-up at colleges, festivals, private parties, benefit shows and many top comedy clubs throughout the country from The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles to Zanies in Chicago to The Improv in Washington D.C. As well as being the opening act for such national touring comedians as Dave Chappelle, Brian Regan, Greg Giraldo, Gilbert Gottfried, Jay Mohr, and Larry the Cable Guy. His playfully silly nature and energetically fun style, mixed with impeccable comedic timing and a Midwestern charm has made Geoff one of the top rising comics today…with bad posture.
Featuring for Geoff is America’s Got Talent 2012 Semifinalist Jacob Williams!

Nov 21-23: Nate Craig with Danny Kallas & Salty Peters

Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Nate Craig is one of the most well traveled young comedians in the country. His exciting live shows and cutting edge writing have been enjoyed in all corners of the United States and Canada. He has been featured on the Bob & Tom Radio show, and has written for NPRs A Prairie Home Companion, with Garrison Keillor. Aside from being the creator and Executive producer of The Visitors Locker Room on Fearless Radio, www.fearlessradio.com, his latest full length comedy album, Crap Circus, is a regular feature on XM satellite radio. Nate was a featured performer in last years HBO Las Vegas Comedy Festival and was also featured at the 2007 DC Comedy Festival. Nate has also appeared on NBCs hit show, Medium and Last Call with Carson Daly. An established performer with national credentials, Nate is well on his way to becoming one of Americas top entertainers.

Nov. 14: Shane Mauss with Joe Kilgallon and Erik Koconis

n 2010, Shane had his first TV special Comedy Central Presents: Shane Mauss and released his first CD Jokes To Make My Parents Proud with Comedy Central Records, which was named in the Top 10 Albums of 2010by Punchline Magazine.

Originally from La Crosse, WI, Shane Mauss moved to Boston in 2004 (at the supple, tender age of 23) to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a standup comedian. In less than three years, Shane caught his big break when he was awarded Best Standup Comic at HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival in 2007.

Shane’s TV credits include three appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien,plus one appearance on the Conan on TBS, an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Showtime’s Comics Without Borders, Two appearances on BBC’s The World Stands Up, and in what is easily his strangest television appearance to date: Playboy TV’s Night Calls.

You may also know him as a regular on The Bob and Tom Show.

Shane has been in several comedy festivals around the world including The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, The Comedy Central South Beach Comedy Festival, The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in Kilkenny, Ireland, The Sydney Comedy Festival, and The Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival.

Nov. 7: Kivi Rogers with Glen Gerard and Nola J.

The second youngest of six boys and one girl, and growing up in the Pueblo Del Rio housing projects life was never a bore. Whether it was watching the cops beat somebody down, gang members shooting at rival gangs, or he and his best friend Jerome rolling a log on to the railroad tracks and derailing a train. There was never a dull moment. Always the class clown and neighborhood prankster he never thought comedy would be his calling. However, after earning a degree in electronics, and landing a position with a reputable firm in Orange County, Ca his antics finally caught up with him. His co-workers, tired of being the butt of his jokes, finally coaxed him into taking his act to the stage. He did, and won his very first comedy competition after which he turned off his disk drive and said goodbye to the 9 to 5. Since then Kivi’s star has continued to rise. He showcased at the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado after which he landed a development deal with Castle Rock Entertainment to star in his own sitcom. He has also appeared on The Tonight Show w/Jay Leno. In 1998 Kivi was nominated for comedian of the year at the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA). He’s also had guest appearances on such shows as The West Wing, Everybody Loves Raymond, VIP, Diagnosis Murder, and Dharma and Greg to name a few. Kivi has also appeared in the Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow feature film Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion, and with Academy award winners Mercedes Ruehl, and Cloris Leachman in The Amati Girls.

Oct. 31: B.T. with Bill Campbell and Alan Grafton

B.T. first tried stand-up comedy in college and the rest is history. He has performed in over 43 states, three countries, and has been seen in numerous television shows from the Sci-Fi channel’s Black Scorpion, to the critically acclaimed HBO movie Suckers.

With an act that crosses all boundaries, B.T. will surely have you rolling with laughter. His physical performance style and charm landed him two performances on NBC’s Friday Night Videos and a performance at the prestigious HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. B.T. has also appeared on BET’s Comic View, MTV’s The Jenny McCarthy Show, and FOX’s The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show.

October 29 – Funny Fixins Benefit show for MADACC (Special Event)

The Hobbit Trail: A Misguided Comedy Tour is bringing the funny to benefit MADACC

Milwaukee Domestic Animal Control Commission rescues and assures safe, temporary shelter, veterinary and humane care for nearly 13,000 stray, unwanted, abandoned, mistreated and injured animals each year.
MADACC provides a central location for owners to find and recover their lost pets in West Milwaukee and is open seven days a week. MADACC rescues strays and removes dangerous animals from public areas providing effective animal control services by active enforcement of Wisconsin State Statues pertaining to animal welfare.

http://www.madacc.com/

Ticket sales will help MADACC raise money towards their Spay and Neuter program!

Performing: The Hobbit Trail- A 51 shows in 47 nights in 45 cities tour presented by the hilarious Brendan O’Day & Nate Ford

Oct 31-Nov 2: B.T. with Bill Campbell & Alan Grafton

B.T. first tried stand-up comedy in college and the rest is history. He has performed in over 43 states, three countries, and has been seen in numerous television shows from the Sci-Fi channel’s Black Scorpion, to the critically acclaimed HBO movie Suckers.

With an act that crosses all boundaries, B.T. will surely have you rolling with laughter. His physical performance style and charm landed him two performances on NBC’s Friday Night Videos and a performance at the prestigious HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. B.T. has also appeared on BET’s Comic View, MTV’s The Jenny McCarthy Show, and FOX’s The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show.

Oct 24-26: Ryan Conner with Courtney Fearrington & Ramie Makhlouf

Ryan Conner “has all the makings of a great stand-up,” says Punchline Magazine. In a few short years, he has developed a style of sharp story-telling that is “unique and extremely funny,” also according to Punchline Magazine. Ryan doesn’t know anyone who works for Punchline Magazine. He promises.

His stand-up act has earned him a position as a contributing writer for Saturday Night Live. Other TV credits have ranged from being in a pilot for the NFL Network, to doing 2008 post-election commentary for the BBC.

Originally from Washington, DC and based in New York City, Ryan is a regular at many of the top clubs in the country. He has also worked with some of the best comedians of this generation, including Dave Chappelle, Colin Quinn, Mike Birbiglia and Mitch Hedberg. All this has led On-Tap Magazine, Washington DC’s leading entertainment guide, to label him a “stand-up comedy phenom.”

Oct 17-19: John Roy with Mike Lebovitz & David Drake

John Roy began his professional career at the famous Zanies Comedy Club on Wells Street in Chicago’s Old Town. He went on to tour the country’s best clubs, including the Laff Stop in Houston, and the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, where Roy became a regular performer in 2002. In 2003, he appeared on the CBS television show, Star Search, and was its first champion, earning $100,000 and a development deal with CBS.

A move to Los Angeles traded one city for another, and Roy began to soak in the new cultures, lifestyles, and history of his new home and examine them in his comedy.