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.”

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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!

Comedy Success with the SBDC

Despite this being a “personal website”, I don’t really get very personal on here.  But my recent experiences have given me the opportunity to reflect on the path I have chosen for myself and some of the success I have encountered.  I have been working with the Wisconsin SBDC for about two years, a small business support organization.  With the assistance of Kathy Orr, I have been able to look at my company Milwaukee Comedy from an outside perspective.  She helped me better define my goals and helped answer a lot of the questions I was asking myself as a small business owner.

A while back they asked to film me for a short segment about Milwaukee Comedy, and had an opportunity to see the end result today!

SBDC Success Story: Milwaukee Comedy
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Milwaukee Comedy is one of several comedy venues in the Milwaukee area, but owner Matt Kemple prides his business on its variety and unique qualities. Founded nine years ago, the comedy venue provides live entertainment, workshops and classes and is a resource for local comedians.

Take a look at the video to learn a bit about my experience.

I owe a tremendous thanks to Kathy and the SBDC! Thank you!

Comedy in the Shepherd

It’s a wonderful thing when your talents are recognized.  It’s especially fun when the media picks up on it!  There is a great write up in this weeks Shepherd Express by Tea Krulos about the underground comedy scene. I was interviewed as an expert on the subject along with Milwaukee Comedy.

Here is a little from the article:

The space is also home to Milwaukee Comedy, the production company run by Matt Kemple. A comedian and producer, Kemple is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his Milwaukee Comedy Festival this year, Aug. 6-9. He says the growing independent comedy shows are the sign of a strengthening scene.

“One of the best things we have is the community itself. It’s supportive; there are a lot of people that want the scene to survive and want to work with other comedians,” Kemple explains. “A number of years ago, people would drive to Chicago to see comedy. They wouldn’t even pretend to think it was happening in town. That’s not the case anymore.

 

We did this interview a while ago, so it was a nice surprise when it came out this week. It’s worth the read. You can take a look at the entire article here.

Milwaukee Record Podcast

Milwaukee RecordIt was really wonderful to hang out with Tyler Maas of the Milwaukee Record on the On The Record podcast! The hilarious Allison Dunn also joined us for a lively conversation on the Milwaukee comedy scene.

We talked about how much the comedy scene has grown, and the support of other comics, along with jokes and and general fun.

Here is a snippet from  the Milwaukee Record here:

In the second installment of On The Record, host Tyler Maas went down to the basement of the Grand Avenue Mall and spoke with longtime champion of Milwaukee comedy, Milwaukee Comedy Festival co-founder, and occasional WUWM radio personality Matt Kemple at his Underground Collaborative performance venue, along with uproariously funny local comedian/Levity Radio co-host Allison Dunne. The conversation ranges from how much the scene has improved of late, the city’s reluctance to accept homegrown comedy, and what should be done to shorten the gap between local and touring comedians.

Give the full interview a listen here:

Talking Comedy with LJN

I had a great time talking with Tim Muma and the Local Job Network about the comedy industry recently. It’s exciting to talk about what I love and this podcast was really unique for me. I didn’t have to focus on an upcoming show I am trying to promote, I was able to discuss how I have contributed to the comedy industry as a whole and where I think it is going. It was a lot of fun!

Check out the entire interview right here.pic_logo

Here is the description from the website:

We’re taking a look at the comedy industry and examining the details of this unique community, and for those interested, what it takes to succeed. Matt Kemple, live events producer for Milwaukee Comedy and the founder of the Milwaukee Comedy Festival, joins Tim Muma to give us an inside look at the various avenues one can take within comedy. He also describes the scene as a whole and the many great options for fans of the comedic arts.

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