Milwaukee Comedy
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Comics Ari Shaffir and Todd Barry to Headline Milwaukee Comedy Festival

Announcing two of several headlining acts for 2019 annual event

By - Apr 15th, 2019 10:03 am
Milwaukee Comedy Festival

Milwaukee Comedy Festival

MILWAUKEE, WIS.  – The Milwaukee Comedy Festival, Wisconsin’s largest multi-day comedy event, announces comedians Ari Shaffir and Todd Barry, two headlining acts for the 2019 event. The Festival, presenting top national and regional acts will take place July 31- August 4, 2019 at multiple venues in Milwaukee. Comedian Todd Barry (Netflix, Bob’s Burgers, The Late Show, Conan) will headline Thursday, August 1st, 2019 at Shank Hall (1434 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202). Ari Shaffir (Netflix, Comedy Central, This Is Not Happening, Joe Rogan Experience, Conan, Just for Laughs) will headline Sunday, August 4th at Turner Hall Ballroom (1040 Vel R. Phillips Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203).  Mr Shaffir will present the highly acclaimed and soon-to-be-recorded comedy special Ari Shaffir: Jew. Additional headliners and performing acts in the 2019 Milwaukee Comedy Festival will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Milwaukee Comedy Festival, celebrating 14 years of laughs, features live stand up, improvisation and sketch comedy. Performers from across the country will be featured in more than a dozen different live shows and special events at multiple venues including The Underground Collaborative, Lakefront Brewery, Turner Hall Ballroom, Shank Hall and others.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Todd Barry are $20 and on sale beginning Monday, April 15th at noon via Tickets for Ari Shaffir are $29.50 with Presales beginning Wednesday, April 17th at noon and on sale starting Friday, April 19th at noon via

Tickets and more information for Todd Barry and Ari Shaffir are available online in advance via or at the venue box office 30 minutes prior to show time.

The Milwaukee Comedy Festival is Wisconsin’s largest multi-day comedy event, celebrating 14 years of presenting the best in local, regional, and national comedic talent. Since 2006, the festival has featured top-notch stand-up comedy, improv, and sketch comedy from across the country in venues across Milwaukee.

About Todd Barry

Todd Barry has released three one-hour stand-up specials including his latest one for Netflix, Spicy Honey. He’s appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert ,The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan and Late Night With Seth Meyers and his acting credits include The Wrestler, Road Trip, Flight of the Conchords, Chappelle’s Show, Spin City, Sex and the City. You may have heard his voice on the animated series Bob’s Burgers, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

Todd is also the author of the critically-acclaimed 2017 travel memoir Thank You For Coming To Hattiesburg.

About Ari Shaffir

Ari Shaffir will present the highly acclaimed and soon-to-be-recorded comedy special Ari Shaffir: Jew.

Ari Shaffir was raised as a religious, Orthodox Jew. He attended orthodox Jewish school, lived in a religious community, and lived in a Jewish seminary in Israel (known as a Yeshiva) for 2 years. Once he returned to America, Ari lost his religion, realizing he was, and probably always had been, an atheist. For the next two decades, he came to terms with the religious upbringing and thoughts that are rooted deeply within him. And now, 20 years later, he’s finally ready to talk about Judaism from both an insider perspective who knows more than almost anyone about the religion, and also from an outsider perspective as someone who has no allegiance to the teachings.

About the Festival

The Milwaukee Comedy Festival is Wisconsin’s largest multi-day comedy event, celebrating 14 years presenting the best local, regional, and national comedic talent. The festival has featured top-notch stand-up, improv, and sketch comedy from across the country. Founded in 2006 as the Sketch and Improv Comedy Festival to support and grow the comedy scene in the city, the Milwaukee Comedy Festival quickly grew into Wisconsin’s premier annual comedy event attracting thousands of comedy fans every year.  MCF aspires to cultivate an active comedy community where performers can hone their craft, create new and exciting comedy, and foster an inviting environment for both audiences and fellow performers.

Over the years, more than 18,000 people have laughed with the Milwaukee Comedy Festival. Audiences have traveled from all parts of Wisconsin to attend the fest, and as far away as Los Angeles to Boston for the city’s biggest comedy event of the year.  Since 2006, the festival has featured thousands of performers from across the country including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Philadelphia, Denver and Austin as well as Canada including Toronto, Alberta and Vancouver. Our alumni have appeared in movies and television including Comedy Central, Netflix, HBO, Saturday Night Live, MAD TV, BET, Conan, Late Nite and many more.

More information on the 2019 Milwaukee Comedy Festival is available at or by emailing

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