No club, no problem!

An exciting article about the current comedy scene in Milwaukee. It feels wonderful to get this recognition for my accomplishments!

Check out a bit of the article below.

No club, no problem: Comedy producers fill void with shows in breweries, bars, and basements

From the Milwaukee Record

 A few dedicated local producers and performers have taken it upon themselves to fill the city’s comic void by bringing comedians and shows they—and many others—would like to see to Milwaukee breweries, bar rooms, and even the Grand Avenue Mall basement.

Matt Kemple is the person responsible for many of those shows. Kemple has owned and operated The Underground Collaborative (the aforementioned 110-capacity theater space in the mall’s basement) for close to six years, and has booked shows all around town under the “Milwaukee Comedy” umbrella for even longer. The longtime theater producer and Milwaukee Comedy Festival founder’s foray into stand-up booking was simple: Milwaukee wanted more than it was getting.

“I started producing just out of the need and desire to want more out of the comedy scene. When I was producing, it was basically because there was nobody putting on comedy shows,” Kemple says. “All of a sudden, we’re the ones filling this niche of this middle level of comedy that people really want to get, but nobody is putting those shows on. We need to be the ones doing that.”

Just some of the notable comedians Kemple and his cohorts have booked at The UC or sites like Club Garibaldi include Nick Thune (twice), Andy Kindler, Hari Kondabolu, Matt Braunger, Godfrey, Joe Mande, Emily Heller, Johnny Pemberton, Josh Fadem, and Neil Hamburger. This weekend, The Underground Collaborative will host a pair of shows from veteran comedy legend Todd Barry. Barry performed at Turner Hall his last two times in Milwaukee and at Comedy Cafe before that.

“Todd Barry is doing his show with us because it’s the crowd work tour. He wants to see the people. It’s an intimate theater venue, not a comedy club. He can look out and see people on seats that are on risers,” Kemple says. “There aren’t people coming and going and interrupting the show trying to sell two drink minimums and nachos. It’s an environment that’s set up to make what he’s doing as successful as possible.”

In addition to sporadic high-profile bookings at The UC and other traditional venues, Milwaukee Comedy also produces shows at unconventional sites like Karma, Var Gallery, and will debut a monthly “Craft Brew Comedy” showcase at Good City Brewing tonight. The first show in the East Side brewery’s 150-capacity hall has already sold out.

“Not everybody wants to come to [The UC], so if you can bring comedy to those people, that’s what keeps things exciting,” Kemple says. “And just having different rooms and different environments, it makes it a different kind of show.”

The largest and most successful of Milwaukee Comedy’s regular productions is Keg Stand Up, a monthly stand-up showcase at Lakefront Brewery. The show, which started in August of 2105 and became a recurring fixture at the brewery in June of 2016, brings some of the Midwest’s most talented humorists to Lakefront’s spacious Beer Hall on select Sunday nights. Within its first few months, Keg Stand Up’s attendance has ballooned. The show now brings more than 200 people to the brewery and routinely sells out.

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MobCraft and Moms!

I hosted a comedy event for Milwaukee Moms Blog awhile back.  We had so much fun that they asked me to host another event for them!  Of course beer was involved, th
thing Me and moms have most in common! I was the MC for Milwaukee Moms Trivia Night at the newly opened Mobcraft tap room in Walkers Point.

MobCraft Beer: Milwaukee Mom Flight Recap By Lauren

A Date Night Favorite :: Trivia Presented by Milwaukee Comedy

This event, though the final in our series, was our first date night of the bunch. We wanted to create a space for couples and friends to mingle and hang out, and what better way to do that then with some Matt Kemplefriendly competition? Guests enjoyed some beer and Milwaukee themed trivia, presented by the one and only Matt Kemple of Milwaukee Comedy. Did you know Schlitz was the beer that made Milwaukee famous? Or that the Pfister is thought to be haunted? I think we all gained an appreciation for our great city and Matt’s anecdotes thrown in took us to the next level of entertainment (Did he REALLY drink the scorpion shot at Bad Genie??) Thanks to Matt from Milwaukee Comedy for coming out to make our trivia fun! And thank you to our MKE Mom’s Blog Events Team for helping develop some awesome trivia questions.


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Creative Mornings: Weird!

Creative Mornings Weird

I was down right honored to be asked to speak at Creative Mornings, and what better topic then WEIRD!  Creative Mornings is a global idea, with a chapter right here in Milwaukee run by Paul and Kate. This months topic is WEIRD. Producing live events and working with creative people of all types is certainly a weird job.  I try to embrace my weirdness and all it entails!Creative Mornings

The concept is simple: breakfast and a short talk one Friday morning a month, and every month is free of charge and open to anyone. Attendees gather in cities around the world to enjoy fresh coffee, friendly people, and an international array of breakfast foods. Volunteer hosts and their team members organize local chapters that not only celebrate a city’s creative talent, but also promote an open space to connect with like-minded individuals.

On Friday, August 26th, we’re returning with Matt Kemple, founder of Milwaukee Comedy and the Milwaukee Comedy Festival (in case you missed it at the beginning of August, they just celebrated their 11th year), and co-founder of the upcoming Milwaukee Fringe Festival, a multiday event celebrating theater, dance, music and visual art. When he’s not lining up creative and hilarious events, you can find him in The Underground Collaborative, a space complete with art galleries, recording booth, dance studios, and a theater, meant to be a resource for creatives in many disciplines. Below we caught up with Matt to get to know him better.

Check out this fun and short interview before I present on August 26th!

MKE Moms Blog!

MKE Moms BlogI had the unique opportunity to work with a fun group of women, the MKE Mom’s Blog!  They are a networking group focused on events Mom’s (and sometimes dad’s!) can be adults without their kids.

They have a great mission, “Real community – both online and off, inspiring Milwaukee Moms to love on one another regardless of age, race, economic status or otherwise, and to open a dialogue about the tough issues affecting our city. We want to become part of the solution and we believe moms can become a powerful force of change.”



I was asked to help present some comedy at the all new Enlightened Brewing Company in Bay View, WI for an event and brought members of Milwaukee improv groups The Goodlanders and Improv Limbo to perform some improv. It was a lot of fun! The performers were great and the event itself was very well organized by Laura and Sarah of MKE Mom’s. Love the beer at Enlightened Brewery – and it was exciting because the brewery isn’t open to the public as of this posting.


It was a really fun event and there is a nice recap on the MKE Mom’s Blog site, take a look!