| Headliner


July 24–26

The Northern Lights Theater 1721 W Canal Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53233
Price: $55/$50/$45
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Emmy-nominated actor and comedian Billy Gardell may be most famous for his role of “Officer Mike Biggs” in the CBS hit television series, Mike & Molly.

Before Mike & Molly, Gardell co-starred in the critically acclaimed television series Lucky. His other television credits include Yes Dear and Judging Amy, on the Network, My Name is Earl, The Practice, Monk and Gary the Rat. He made his major-motion-picture debut alongside Anthony Quinn and Sylvester Stallone in Avenging Angelo, and had a memorable scene with Billy Bob Thornton in the Cohen Brother’s film Bad Santa. He also appeared in You, Me & Dupree.

As a standup comic, Gardell took the long road to Hollywood, stopping at every small town lounge, military base and comedy club along the way. His comedy act took him to Los Angeles where his dedication to acting, along with touring as a stand-up comedian, allowed him to grow consistently in both arenas. His stand-up show is a powerhouse. His grounded, down-to-earth point of view strikes a strong chord with audiences. Stories about his rough childhood, wild adolescence and new family life are executed with the skill of a master craftsman. His comedy specials, Billy Gardell: Halftime, premiered on Comedy Central and Billy Gardell Presents Road Dogs premiered on Showtime.  

Recently, Gardell has taken a dramatic turn in the CMT series Sun Records as “Colonel Tom Parker,” the infamous manager of Elvis Presley. The drama series was inspired by the Broadway musical. In 2016, Gardell received a Daytime Emmy nomination as “Best Gameshow Host” for Monopoly Millionaires Club.  Currently, Gardell is enjoying his new role as “Herschel Sparks” on the hit sitcom Young Sheldon.

A native of Pittsburgh who currently lives in Los Angeles, Gardell loves Steeler’s football, stand-up comedy, his wife Patty and son Will.