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“Manitowoc Minute Live” is coming to Beaver Dam

March 23, 2018

Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre is bringing comedian Charlie Berens to town.

Wisconsin native Berens is the creator and star of the internet comedy series “The Manitowoc Minute,” which has become a viral sensation. The series is one of the most shared sites on the social media stage and his weekly “Manitowoc Minute” Facebook video often racks up between 400,000 to 1 million views.

Berens has taken his one-minute social media format and expanded it to a 90-minute live act that is playing to sold-out shows across Wisconsin and Minnesota.

BDACT producer Ron Wilkie said the one-man multimedia act will present “Manitowoc Minute Live” in the Beaver Dam High School auditorium, 500 Gould St., on April 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Donning a camouflage duck hunting jacket, Berens treats audiences to local and national headlines with a Wisconsin spin. His over-the-top Midwest accent, spot-on observations and enthusiasm for his home state keeps the crowds laughing and wanting more.

Berens always had a love for satire. Growing up watching Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert inspired him to study journalism at the University of Wisconsin. As a junior he was hired by MTV to cover the presidential election. That began Berens’ unique blend of journalism and comedy.

Tickets are on sale for $25, $30 and $35. They are available online at https://tickets.bdact.org/tickets/view-current-shows.aspx or at the service desk of Rechek’s Food Pride in Beaver Dam. Dana Ehrmann is the special guest opening act.

And for fans who can’t get enough, all you need to do is find a $5 bill and get it to Wilkie. He will arrange a meet and greet with Berens after the performance. Email rwwilkie@yahoo.com with your request, as only 50 spots are still available.

The BDHS auditorium houses 592 seats and fewer than 70 remain for this performance.