The Princess of Parodies
"I wish she did drugs so there was some explanation for her behavior."
The self proclaimed love child of Liza Minnelli and Klinger, Traci Kanaan grew up in Berea, Ohio. Her Italian mother loved piano, musical theater and opera. Her Lebanese father loved antique cars, stock car races and dirty jokes.
The result? A classically trained pianist that sings REALLY twisted ditties.
Traci started taking piano lessons at the age of 4. Never one to play it the way it was written, she constantly improvised during her piano lessons. She'd make up funny words to the songs or change the endings of her pieces, ultimately burning out eight piano teachers before graduating from high school.
Traci attended Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, graduating with a B.A. in Music Business, and minors in Music Composition, Electronic Music, and Piano Performance. For her senior recital, she composed all original music, performed by other students. Each piece reflected her sense of humor, including lingerie being pulled out of instruments, pieces performed on children's toys, and the staged death of a performer...assassinated by a ping pong ball gun.
In 2001, Traci's life changed forever when she saw Tony and Tina's Wedding, an improv theater production, while visiting her parents in Cleveland. She vowed she would be in that show if the production ever came to her town in Florida.
Eight months later, the community theater announced auditions for Tony and Tina's Wedding and Traci landed the role of Connie Mocogni, the eight months pregnant maid of honor.
While taking an improv class to prepare for the role, Traci met other aspiring comedians who encouraged her to try stand up. Traci did, and she's never looked back.
Traci continues to amaze audiences all over the country, with her irreverent style of comedy that creatively combines stand up with her piano and vocal skills.
Her show takes you on a musical journey of self deprecating humor, her life, family, pop culture, political events, and wrapping it all up with her energetic closer, "Songs you should never play on piano."
The Funny Stop is proud to welcome back Traci Kanaan... "The Princess of Parodies!"
Visit her on the web at PrincessOfParodies.com
Two Nights Only!
When a comedy club has been around as long as we have been, it is rare that a performer who has doing comedy for as long as we've been around (at both or old and current location) has not made an appearance on our stage.
Well, until now, that was the case... but not after Friday and Saturday, March 6th and 7th.
Think wild hair. Think smashing watermelons.
Yes, you are thinking about the master of the Sledge-a-matic... the one and only GALLAGHER!
Check out Gallagher's appropriately named website, GallagherSmash.com and even visit his rarely used Twitter account found HERE, then make your reservation for once in a lifetime chance to see Gallagher, live and in person at the Funny Stop.
There will be an 8 and 10:30 PM show each night.
Friday night tickets are $25 each.
Saturday night tickets are $30 each.
Make your reservations now by calling the Funny Stop Box Office at 330-923-4700.
Michael Oddo - The Naughty Hypnotist
Four Nights Only
Michael Oddo's interest in entertainment began at age 6 when he was taught how to make sponge balls appear and disappear.
As a teenager, Michael became interested in hypnosis and began his studies to become a certified Hypnotherapist (Hypnotist). Michael achieved this title through the National Guild of Hypnotist in 2001. Michael decided to polish up his skills as a stage hypnotist by attending a workshop with Las Vegas Hypnotist Marc Savard on Stage Hypnosis.
Since then Michael has been seen entertaining audiences across the country by performing outrageously funny magic and hypnosis for public, private, and corporate events.
With Michael's skills as a magician and hypnotist, he has been able to capture people's attention by entertaining them with his humor and wit.
Through the years, Michael has also appeared on television and radio programs such as the WDJQ, WQMX, KEKB, KREX-TV (Colorado), The Fox Kids Club, WBNX Channel 55, State of the Arts, and Public Access Channel, just to name a few.
The Funny Stop audience got their first ever opportunity to see Michael Oddo on our stage in 2014 and he has developed quite a following. Demand was so strong that Pete has brought him back for a pair of multi-night bookings later in the year.
We don't know if this may be Michael Oddo's only appearance at the Funny Stop in 2015, so you will not want to miss the chance to see "The Naughty Hypnotist" himself, live and in-person by calling the Funny Stop box office now at 330-923-4700 to make your reservation.
Four Nights Only
Here is a true "local guy does good" story as the Akron area's Bill Squire returns home.
Who knew, when Bill fell out of a plastic swimming pool at the age of 6, broke his arm, but got a huge laugh that the event would eventually lead to a life as a professional comedian. At least he can always say that he was bitten by the comedy bug at a very early age.
With his unique point of view, sharp writing, and high energy Bill Squire is one of the best young comedians on the scene today. Bill has earned the respect of his peers by performing fearlessly at venues from "hole in the wall" bars to 2,000 seat theaters where he always puts on a show to remember.
A coast-to-coast tour in 2008 lead to an appearances on Comedy Central where he won the network's "Open Mic Challenge" and "Show Us Your Best" contest in 2009.
Bill Squire is also a cast member on the YouTube webseries "Man in the Box" which has over 30,000 subscribers, generated nearly 200 episodes, and was aired on Cinemax OnDemand.
His hard work ethic and natural comedic talent has made Bill Squire one of the fastest rising stars in the comedy world today and his performances are always non-stop laughs.
Here's your chance to see an "April Fool", this week at the Funny Stop.
Two Nights Only
The Funny Stop is proud to announce the return appearance to our stage by Julie McCullough.
Does Julie look familiar?
If you were a viewer of late 80's and early 90's sit-coms, perhaps you will remember her as "Julie Costello", the nanny to Alan Thicke's kids on Growing Pains.
If you read Hugh Hefner's magazine ("just for the articles", of course) you might have noticed Julie McCullough as you turned the pages in one of her four different appearances in Playboy Magazine including a cover and a centerfold as Playmate of the Month in February 1986.
As the years went by, Julie went on to appear in the E! reality show "The Girls Next Door" and was even recognized as "Playboy's unofficial ambassador to the MySpace nation".
In more recent times, Julie McCullough has become the Funny Bunny, performing at such venues as the Hollywood Improv and the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Julie keeps her bio rather short and simple.
USMC brat. Grew up in several states.
I'm Irish, I'm Southern, drink Alot of coffee and Love hats.
I am a veggie girl, I am also pro-animal rights, anti-fur and anti-vivisection.
Born in 1965 in Honolulu, Hawaii, named after a 1950's song called "Oh Julie".
Went to high school in Poplar Bluff, MO and Allen, TX.
I was a model and an actress, I won The Weakest Link and I've been a Jeopardy question 4 times, I love that.
I'm a stand-up Comic and a Playboy Bunny = funnybunny.
No I don't wanna date you.
If I do date you, please make me laugh, open my truck door and write songs about how I broke your heart ;-)
Julie McCullough made her Funny Stop debut back in the Fall of 2013, selling out every single show during her 'Two Night Only' appearance. Since then, Pete has tried hard to get her back, and this weekend was the first chance to do so.
Who knows when our audiences will get another chance to see the "Funny Bunny" at the Funny Stop. Don't miss your chance to see Julie McCullough in this special, 2 night only appearance at the Funny Stop this weekend.
Make your reservations now by calling our Box Office at 330-923-4700.