An Encore Performance at the Funny Stop
From the time he was a little boy, Michael Colyar was always headed for Hollywood in his own way... running away and traveling West, not realizing that he was almost 1,800 miles away.
By the time he got to Chicago's West Side, his big brother would find him and bring him home.
Michael Colyar got his start as a street performer on Chicago's Michigan Avenue where he entertained crowds during the lunch hour, but when he realized the Winter temperatures were too frigid to financially survive, Colyar decided to pack up and move to sunny California.
In California, Michael Colyar stumbled upon a place called Venice Beach. It was a place where street performers worked along the Boardwalk, doing all kinds of things. There was dancing, magic, acrobats, jugglers and more... but Michael quickly realized that there were no comedians performing, so he knew he had a great future in California.
For nine years Michael Colyar entertained those crowds with his thought-provoking humor and was dubbed "The King of Venice Beach" because of his 5 one-hour shows he would perform every Saturday and Sunday. Colyar's audiences ranged from old to young. All colors. All nationalities. Gang bangers to bank presidents. His Venice Beach audience could truly be called a melting pot.
Colyar gained notable attention after winning the $100,000 top prize on the nationally televised talent competition "Star Search". Michael drew even more attention when he promptly donated $50,000 of those winnings to homeless charities in the Los Angeles area.
Michael's broad appeal drew the attention of HBO and the cable network came calling with an offer of a special, done "Live" from his historic Venice Beach spot.
As the original host of "BET Live From LA", Michael Colyar's point blank delivery and razor sharp insight connected to the guests that joined him on the sofa, as well as over 55 million viewers the show had from coast to coast.
Colyar interviewed everybody from Don King to P. Diddy, from Anthony Michael Hall to Snoop Dogg... and he even danced with James Brown along the way.
Michael Colyar is known to bring the same high energy, perfect delivery and dynamic stage presence to every show, whether the audience is a local comedy club in Los Angeles, an elementary school where he jokes with 5th graders, or hosting "The Big Black Comedy Show" with over 6,000 people in the arena's audience.
Michael Colyar is generous of his time and service to his hometowns of Chicago and Los Angeles by speaking out against gang violence, marching in Peace Rallies, participating in Holiday gift drives, speaking at churches, mentoring comedians and doing free comedy shows for inmates each month in a program he calls "Comics Go to Jail" which he has been doing for more than a dozen years.
The city of Venice California honored Michael Colyar by placing his shoe prints, handprints and money grabber in cement for the new Venice boardwalk.
Encouraged by motivational speaker Les Brown, Michael Colyar began doing his own motivational speaking. It felt like home, telling his incredible story of struggle and triumph to audiences around the world as he wrote the book "Michael Goes Motivational" which was released a little more than a year ago.
Colyar also created a Docu-comedy (which premiered at the Pan African Film Festival) and an age universal companion book on President Obama called, "A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the White House, I Knocked on the Door and a Brother Answered".
He also is doing his own radio show every Monday afternoon called "The Michael Colyar Morning Show, I Get Up Late" and shooting his sitcom called "Michael's Madhouse" which he wrote, directed and produced.
Michael Colyar stays busy and social, developing a one man play and a new poetry book called "Miss Innocent Goes to Kool Skool and other Silly Stuff" in addition to his schedule of road gigs.
This guy definitely stays busy, and it is our pleasure to bring him to Cuyahoga Falls for an encore performance, returning for just his 2nd ever appearance at the Funny Stop.
Hard To Ignore...
Impossible To Forget..
and Live for 2 nights only at the Funny Stop!
Check out Michael Colyar's website at TheRealMichaelColyar.com and click HERE to see what he is posting on his Twitter account, then make your reservations to see him at the Funny Stop by calling our box office at 330-923-4700 today.
March 30-April 1
Screech from Saved by the Bell
Not long after his 2014 appearance at the Funny Stop, Dustin Diamond got LOTS of publicity from TMZ and the national media. It wasn't for his acting or his comedic skills, but those with a knife, when defending his lady at a bar in Wisconsin.
Thankfully, those matters have been resolved and he is back to what he does best... entertaining audiences across the country with his comedy.
It is our pleasure to welcome Dustin Diamond back for a return appearance at the Funny Stop!
He played the bad guy on Celebrity Fit Club and has been hailed as the "Dark Prince of Comedy".
Dustin Diamond is a pop culture icon, and is best known for his role as Screech on Saved by the Bell. Dustin played Screech through all 10 seasons of the show, and to this day, Saved by the Bell is still seen in syndication 16 times per week in 105 countries.
For the past 18 years, Dustin has toured the world as a stand-up comedian. His act is suitable for the now grown-up fans of Saved by the Bell. It is adult-oriented, hilarious, and definitely not the same squeaky-clean, Saturday morning comedy that he spent 10 years doing as Screech. In his act, Dustin touches on life's most important topics - grandma porn, farts, and the secrets of the female sex.
In addition to stand-up comedy, Dustin has been involved in reality television, indie movies, and numerous other projects. Most recently, he played himself in Better Reach Screech, The Nerdist's parody of Breaking Bad. He appeared on the British reality series Big Brother, and was also seen on Oprah's Where Are They Now?, in which he touched upon topics such as his tell-all book Behind the Bell, and other previous media stunts.
Dustin's other interests include playing video games, following all things "nerdy" and playing the bass guitar.
For more on Dustin and to hear what he has to say, you can follow him on Twitter, @DustinDiamond.
For the past several years, Dustin Diamond has toured the country with a comedy stage show that continues to play to big audiences and receives critical acclaim from the press and the fans.
Make your reservations today to see Dustin Diamond at the Funny Stop by calling our Box Office at 330-923-4700.
In 2003, Dustin Diamond and his band, Salty the Pocketknife, released their first and only self-titled album.
Three Nights Only
Greg Morton had only two choices in schoolyard conflicts. Learn the ways of the force, or use his wit to diffuse situations.
That wit would soon lead to winning first prize in the "So You Think You're Funny Contest" and the beginning of his stand-up comedy career.
He was no longer the shy introverted kid, drawing cartoons in the corner. He had finally found his voice. A voice he would later use to direct and voice over twenty Saturday Morning cartoons. This former mobile disc jockey, who used to play songs at weddings, now sings song parodies on nationally syndicated radio programs like the Bob and Tom Show.
Take Greg's "Obama Man", sung to Sammy Davis, Jr.'s tune "Candy Man", which has racked up over 4 million hits on YouTube.
Since the debut of his two minute Star Wars mash-up on Just for Laughs and Comedy Central, Greg Morton has gone on to entertain audiences worldwide, opening for Celine Dion and Luther Vandross at Radio City Music Hall.
A noble choice of career young Padawan. Trading light sabers for laughs. This way, no one looses an arm.
Check out Greg Morton's website at GregMorton.com and follow him on Twitter at @GregMortonComic, then call the Funny Stop box office at 330-923-4700 to make your reservation to see Greg Morton appear on our stage, live and in person, on April 27th through Aprll 29th.