Milwaukee Comedy Festival

Founded in 2005 as the Sketch and Improv Comedy Festival, the Milwaukee Comedy Festival features some of the best professional comedy from across the country, including live sketch, improv and stand-up. Various performers entertain Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Next Act Theatre, with headliner Jen Kirkman closing out the festival on Sunday at Turner Hall.

7:30 p.m. on Aug. 5–6 at Next Act Theatre in Milwaukee; 8 p.m. on Aug. 7 at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee; single show tickets are $15 and tickets for headliner Jen Kirkman are $24. An all-access pass is $50; festival.milwaukeecomedy.com