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Funny Stop Comedian

August 25-29
Chad Zumock

A Full Week of Shows

Chad Zumock was headed down "Priority Lane" in life but, twenty-five (or is it up to 26 now?) firings and at least that many disastrous relationships later, found himself on "Screw-up Blvd".

Fortunately, Chad's many-times humiliating experiences with work, woman, and booze have translated into the kind of material that has made him into one of the brightest up and comers in stand-up comedy.

The former 2.4 GPA Kent State college graduate captivates audiences with his brutal honesty and quick-slacker wit. His likeability and always-candid appraisal of the tattered ruin of his life is what connects him with all kinds of audiences.

Chad likes to laugh at his own misfortune, and so will you.

Zumock performs all over the US and recently contributed and helped co-write a humor book called, "Look at My Striped Shirt!: Confessions of the People You Love to Hate".

Chad's professional life has included appearances in numerous commercials, time as a regular on Spike TV's "The Playbook", as well as live appearances from the Muni Lot prior to Cleveland Browns home games during WOIO-TV 19's "Tailgate 19" pregame show as a tie-in to his weekday afternoon gig on the Alan Cox Show on 100.7 WMMS radio in Cleveland.

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

September 1-5
Bill Squire

with TBA

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 Bill Squire during this weeklong appearance at the Funny Stop.

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

September 15-19
Gemini

Five Nights plus Special Saturday Afternoon Family Magic Show

There was a time, not so long ago, when only friends and by passers walking down a New York street saw bright promise combined with energetic talent when entertainer Gemini strutted his stuff.

Several Las Vegas, Palladium, Atlantic City, and hundreds of comedy clubs later, Gemini's magic and ambience are changing things.

Everything about Gemini and his show is a cut above fantasy. His magic, his jokes, the way he reads the audience easier than a front page headline. Because of his unique style of showmanship he not only keeps the show in motion with his jokes, he has several magic sets as well.

The "Maestro of Magic & Laughter" is also an accomplished ventriloquist, with several "friends" that keep the audience in the palm of his hand.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, his streetwise sense of humor and wit came in handy throughout his life "in the neighborhood." As he says, "I do a little bit of comedy and a little bit of magic. What you laugh at, that's the comedy. What you don't, well, that's the magic."

A Special Family Magic Show will be offered Saturday, September 19th at 2:00PM - Call 330-923-4700 for reservations.

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

September 22-24
Thaddeus Challis

3 Nights Only

The Funny Stop is proud to bring yet another fresh face to the comedy fans of Northeastern Ohio.

Thaddeus Challis made his debut headlining performance at our club last September in a "One Night Only" appearance. Now we have the chance to get him back for you, but just for a few more nights.

Come out and see a unique comedy attitude from this former heavy metal rocker out of Cincinnati, OH.

This son of longtime road comedian, Chili Challis, Thaddeus has already shown signs of comedy brilliance during his recent finish as one of the finalist on the Bob and Tom Radio Show's national comedy contest.

Here is your chance to see a young comedian whose star is on the rise, in a limited, 3 night only appearance.

Make your reservation to see Thaddeus Challis perform by calling the Funny Stop box office at 330-923-4700.

 

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

September 25-26
Chili Challis

Two Nights Only

After son Thaddeus has warmed up the crowd with his 3 night headlining appearance, the Funny Stop is proud wrap up "Challis Week" at the club with the dad... Chili Challis.

Hollywood Entertainment may have stated it best when they wrote:

"Thank the comedy gods that Chili is back doing the clubs! We might hear some original humor again."

For decades, comedy has been Chili Challis' world.

Most fans would not know of his time behind the scenes on television as a NBC staff writer who went on to become a writer for "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno".

Even fewer are aware that Chili Challis was nominated for a regional Emmy ® for his writing and direction of Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist Mike Peters.

Many of Chili's fans first became exposed to him as a voice on the radio as one of the cast of guests who entertained audiences on morning radio's "The Bob & Tom Show" which was based in Indianapolis but was heard in syndication in many parts of country.

Click HERE to give a listen to this early clip (back when he was known as Bert Challis) from the "Bob & Tom Show".

While Chili Challis enjoyed much television and radio success, comedians feed on (and are fed by) live audiences. That's why he has traveled the country all of these years and continues today doing stand-up for folks in clubs from coast to coast.

Always thinking outside the box, Chili was not afraid to take on the whole "Vagina Monologues" craze a few years back with his original creation... UNZIPPED: "The Woody Monologues".

You can check out "Comedy-Dojo" and more background on "Uncle Hippie" by visiting Chili's website ChiliChallis.com

If you enjoy a truely unique comedy mind, you don't want to miss Chili Challis as he appears this weekend on the stage at the Funny Stop Comedy Club.

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

October 6-7
Chad Zumock

Two Nights Only

Chad Zumock was headed down "Priority Lane" in life but, twenty-five (or is it up to 26 now?) firings and at least that many disastrous relationships later, found himself on "Screw-up Blvd".

Fortunately, Chad's many-times humiliating experiences with work, woman, and booze have translated into the kind of material that has made him into one of the brightest up and comers in stand-up comedy.

The former 2.4 GPA Kent State college graduate captivates audiences with his brutal honesty and quick-slacker wit. His likeability and always-candid appraisal of the tattered ruin of his life is what connects him with all kinds of audiences.

Chad likes to laugh at his own misfortune, and so will you.

Zumock performs all over the US and recently contributed and helped co-write a humor book called, "Look at My Striped Shirt!: Confessions of the People You Love to Hate".

Chad's professional life has included appearances in numerous commercials, time as a regular on Spike TV's "The Playbook", as well as live appearances from the Muni Lot prior to Cleveland Browns home games during WOIO-TV 19's "Tailgate 19" pregame show as a tie-in to his weekday afternoon gig on the Alan Cox Show on 100.7 WMMS radio in Cleveland.

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

October 8-10
Jim Florentine

Three Nights Only!

Jim Florentine is the co-host of VH1 Classic's hit heavy metal talk show series, "That Metal Show." The program is a round table talk show where legends of rock hang out and discuss their past and current projects in front of a live studio audience. Rolling Stone Magazine just dubbed "That Metal Show" one of the 50 Best Reasons to watch TV.

He is also best known as the voice of Special Ed from Comedy Central's Crank Yankers and as the guy who spends his days turning the tables on Telemarketers. His latest live comedy CD/DVD and Metal Blade Records Cringe 'n' Purge Debuted at #5 on the Comedy Billboard Charts.

He most recently participated in The Roast Of Zakk Wylde and has been seen on the Apprentice, The Joy Behar Show, Chelsea Lately, Down and Dirty with Jim Norton on HBO, Red Eye on Fox News Channel, Meet The Creeps, Comedy Central's "Mother Load," HBO's "Inside the NFL," Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, The Howard Stern Show, Spike TV's Video Game Awards, MTV Music Video Awards, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Call with Carson Daly, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn on Comedy Central, VH1's "The List," and Louie Anderson's "Comedy Showcase." He can also be seen in the dramedy "A Little Help" with Jenna Fischer.

Don't miss out on this return appearance by Jim Florentine. Make your reservations today by calling the Funny Stop Box Office at 330-923-4700.

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

October 14-17
Lou Santini

With TBA

The Funny Stop is proud to bring back another blast from the past.

You may remember Lou Santini from his 11 years on Northeast Ohio radio at "Rock 107, WRQK" or "100.7 WMMS".

Since then, he won the 2011 Detroit Comedy Festival (opening for Bob Saget) as well as the San Diego Comedy Festival back in 2004.

Lou Santini's TV hosting and comedy appearances include weekly appearances on "The Countdown" on "Reelz Channel", with acting and standup comedy performances on "Frank TV", "Playboy TV", and "TV Guide Network".

His second full-length comedy album, "Let's Get Bloated" is available on iTunes and his book, "How to Go from Wedding Hell to Wedding Bells: Your Wedding Shouldn't Need a 'Survival' Guide" is available on Amazon.com!

Santini was one of the writers and co-hosts of the popular web series "1TrackMind". His resume also includes being a spokesman, acting in commercials, and since comedy clubs aren't open during daylight hours... Lou continues to do voiceovers for radio and TV.

For more information about Lou Santini, visit his website at LouSantini.com, then come out and see him during this limited appearance.

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

October 22-24
Rich Vos

Three Nights Only!

Best known from NBC's hit reality show "Last Comic Standing", Rich Vos is one of the most exciting comedians in the country.

Back Stage Magazine says of Vos, "He has an uncanny 'everyman' ability to likeably bond with anyone in the audience."

A Rich Vos show features a unique, no-holds-barred perspective on relationships, divorce and parenthood.

From his rock solid material, to his lightning fast crowd work, Rich Vos proves each show why he was one of the last comics standing.

On Comedy Central Rich Vos has appeared in his own half-hour special, Comic View Premium Blend, and as a featured panelist on its "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn" show. He was also the first white comedian to perform on Def Comedy Jam.

Rich Vos has been a regular guest on the "Opie and Anthony" and "Bob and Tom" radio shows, writes for Comedy Central Roasts and FOX Promo's as well as preparing material for Chris Rock's appearance has host of the Academy Awards.

Here is your chance to catch the unbelievable talent of Rich Vos in a limited, return appearance at the Funny Stop Comedy Club.

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

November 12-14
BASILE!

3 Nights Only

BANG - you laugh! POW - you grab your sides! CRUNCH - you try to catch your breath!

Once you've seen this comedian's rough and tough opener, it's hard to believe that off-stage he's also the voice of Universal Studio's beloved "Bullwinkle Moose."

Critics call his opening bit the funniest in the country when he appears unplugged and in concert to sell-out crowds in comedy clubs and theatres across the U.S.

A pinch of Basile turns the ordinary into the extraordinary! Basile's spicy blend of improvisation and characters make for a great recipe for your entertainment pleasure.

Yes, he has a soft side - but this "teddy bear" is stuffed with high explosives that will blow the audience through the roof!

Click here and here for Basile's website(s).

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

November 20-21
Tammy Pescatelli

Two Nights Only

Growing up with all brothers will give a girl from Cleveland two things: a great sense of security and an even greater sense of humor. Indeed, comedienne Tammy Pescatelli got her fair share of both, but her sense of humor is what has made her one of America's funniest and hardest working women of comedy.

Beating out thousands for the enviable spot as part of the Final Five on NBC's "Last Comic Standing 2 ," catapulted Tammy's career and won her a slew of new fans, solidifying her as one of the sharpest women in the comedy world. Tammy has appeared twice as a guest on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," and "Dennis Miller" and has been a featured comic on PAX's "Balderdash", National Lampoon's "Funny Money", NBC's "Last Comic Standing: The Best of the Best" and Comedy Central's "The World Stands Up!"

Tammy also recently appeared in her own half-hour special for Comedy Central, "Comedy Central Presents: Tammy Pescatelli". She has also performed on the "Jerry Lewis Telethon" several times. More recently, she has performed on "TBS's Evening at the Laugh Factory," "Last Call with Carson Daly," and has been a guest a number of times on the syndicated show "Comics Unleashed", and chosen for their "Best of the Best" world wide top selling DVD!

Tammy's current schedule is jam-packed with headlining appearances at top comedy clubs and venues across the country, as well as adding her comedic observations to specials on VH1, E!, G4, A&E, Country Music Television, and TV Land.

She also was featured weekly as part of the "Fashion Police" panel for US Weekly. And giving pros a run for their money in the poker department, Tammy recently participated in the GSN poker series "Poker Royale: Comedians vs. Pros," making it all the way to the finals. Tammy also co-stars in the upcoming indie films Everybody Wants to Be Italian, Single: The Documentary, and Made in Brooklyn.

Most recently, she has been writing for TBS and performing all over the country.

Tammy's new material comes from her recent marriage, living around family and giving birth to a boisterous baby boy. When people ask her "Where do you get your material?" Tammy famously replies, "I wake up!"

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

November 27-28
Mike Polk

Two Nights Only

Mike Polk Jr. is a Cleveland based comedian best known for his viral internet videos such as "The Cleveland Tourism Video", "The One Semester of Spanish Love Song", and the web series "Man in The Box" which combined have over 50,000,000 views on YouTube.

Polk has been performing stand up and sketch comedy for over ten years and has won both Scene Magazine and Cleveland Magazine's "Best Comedian in Cleveland" distinctions on multiple occasions.

Mike recently authored the popular book: "Damn Right I'm From Cleveland: Your Guide To Makin' It In America's 47th Biggest City (that now has distribution as far away as the Canton-Akron Airport gift show. Wow!!!)

Mike Polk Jr. can now be seen on Fox 8, where he contributes to "New Day Cleveland", "The Rizzo Show", and produces his own monthly comedy special (which, ironically, Fox 8 likes to air weekly), "The Mike Polk Jr. Show".

Mike's stage show is a unique combination of traditional stand up, music, video, and audience involvement that makes for a truly original comedy experience.

Check out his work at MikePolkJr.com and come see him LIVE and IN PERSON on the Funny Stop stage in this limited, "Two Night Only" appearance.

 
 
Funny Stop Comedian

December 11-12
Jimmy "JJ" Walker

Two Nights Only!

The term "maximizing one's potential" could have been coined to describe the life of Jimmie Walker, who strode out of the New York ghetto first to educate himself and then to become one of the best-known television personalities in the United States.

Walker was born June 25, 1947, in the depths of New York's South Bronx, famed for burnt-out buildings, pervasive neglect and disrepair but, to a very young boy, it was nothing more than "the neighborhood."

Life in the Projects centered around basketball courts and ignoring school. Jimmie never thought of performing as a potential occupation. It was basketball that held his interest, but Jimmie at fifteen was only six feet tall and weighed in at 129 pounds. He left school before graduating and worked a number of odd jobs, eventually landing a delivery job at the Grand Union Market at a salary of $47 per week - before taxes.

Making an arrangement with his boss to end each shift early, Jimmie worked all day, then attended Theodore Roosevelt High School at night until he received his diploma and information from a teacher about SEEK, the federally funded Search for Education, Evaluation and Knowledge which accepts students who need an educational "half-way house" before college. SEEK arranged for Jimmie to study the art of announcing and the trade of radio engineering at the RCA Technical Institute. Jimmie started as an engineer, which required a first-class license available only by study and by passing a test. Within a year he had earned his first-class ticket to the future.

Jimmie walked into a small radio station, WRBR, and was immediately hired as a part-time engineer at a salary of $100 per week. He continued to study at SEEK, learning about mathematics and literature. At 19, Walker had some major grammatical stumbling blocks, but his writing became stronger when he began writing for a class in Oral Interpretation - and Jimmie discovered he was a FUNNY writer. He penned a piece, delivered it to his SEEK classmates, and they howled! Asked one appreciative teenager, "Are you a comedian?" Said Walker, "I guess I am." And he was.

Now defined, Jimmie lost no time in finding his first professional gig. It was 1967, and he had left SEEK and traded up his "day job" to working at WMCA radio for $250 a week. A mutual friend then introduced him to The Last Poets. The group, dedicated to performing militant poetry, needed an opening act. Following a successful audition, Walker opened for the Poets at the East Wind in Harlem on New Year's Eve, 1967. He did five minutes, floored the crowd of 350 and stayed with the Poets for 18 months while he gained confidence and built an act.

By 1969 Jimmie performed at the African Room in Manhattan along with a few other new talents, including Bette Midler, David Brenner and Steve Landesberg. David Brenner got his break and then helped Walker and the others, moving them all to Budd Friedman's Improv in New York where they occasionally got on stage. Brenner and his "disciples" got hot at Budd's and became onstage regulars.

In those days, doing "The Tonight Show" was direct line to the Big Time. Brenner made it first, followed by Landesberg, Midler and Freddie Prinz, but by 1972 Jimmie still hadn't scored that "big break." Then Brenner, Landesberg and Midler, scheduled for the then-powerful "Jack Paar Show", refused to guest unless Walker was given a spot, and the Paar staff gave in. Jimmie's first guest shot was successful beyond anyone's expectations. Dan Rowan, who had seen the show, called for Jimmie to fly to Los Angeles to guest on a "Laugh In" special. This followed with a second guest spot on the "Jack Paar Show", and a contract with CBS to perform his act each week as the audience warmup for "Carlucci's Department" a sit-com.

The flush of success gave Walker the confidence to give up his day job in 1972. Jimmie was now working regularly in clubs. Spotted by Norman Lear's casting director, Jimmie accepted a part in a new comedy series, "Good Times". "Dyn-o-mite!" was the phrase and it was made famous nationwide. Time Magazine named him Comedian of the Decade.

It was a heady existence. The fame grew. Walker did the comedy album, "Dyn-o-mite!" and it was a best-seller, but stand-up comedy was still his first love. When the series ended a six year run in 1979, Aaron Spelling offered Walker a starring role in the short-lived "B.A.D. Cats" and returned to cast him again in 1983 in "At Ease", an ABC series about a bunch of United States Army misfits.

Walker currently tours the country 25-30 weeks a year doing his stand-up comedy, and also performs on late night T.V. and game shows. In his spare time he writes scripts for T.V. and movies.

You can also check out more information about Jimmy JJ Walker at his official website, DynomiteJJ.com

 
 
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