Two Nights Only
Dustin Diamond is an American actor, musician, director, and stand-up comedian best known for his role as Samuel "Screech" Powers in the television shows Saved by the Bell, Good Morning, Miss Bliss, Saved by the Bell: The College Years and Saved by the Bell: The New Class.
Diamond's most memorable role was that of the nerdy Samuel "Screech" Powers on the television show Saved by the Bell, a role he played for close to thirteen years from its beginning as Good Morning, Miss Bliss through its final incarnation, Saved by the Bell: The New Class. Continuing the series into college, Saved by the Bell: The College Years shows most of the cast transplanted into not only the same college, but also the same college dormitory, where Screech continued his typical misadventures.
Diamond began doing stand up comedy after the end of Saved by the Bell, and has toured ever since. He has also been featured on a number of game and reality shows including The Weakest Link, Celebrity Boxing 2, to name a few. Diamond has also made several cameo appearances in films, including appearances in Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star in 2003 and in Made in 2001. In 2009, he also played the part of "Alumnus Guy #1," in American Pie Presents: The Book of Love. In 2010, he had a supporting role in the sports comedy Tetherball: The Movie. In it Dustin plays the "Foul Mouth"'s down-on-his luck coach.
In 2007 Diamond was a cast member of the fifth season of Celebrity Fit Club. Most recently, Diamond appeared as a contestant on Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling, broadcast on CMT.
It's our pleasure to welcome Dustin Diamond back for his 3rd ever appearance at the Funny Stop!
Three Nights Only
Juanda Mayfield is truly one of Ohio's own.
Juanda grew up on the east side of Cleveland, cutting her comedy teeth early on by impersonating members of her church family. Then on to school where, as a heavy-set chocolate chick, you had to be able throw a humorous barb as well as take one.
Mayfield soon learned she had a knack for making people laugh and keeping them entertained. She won the Ohio's Funniest Comedian contest at The Funny Stop Comedy Club and it was sunshine and giggles from then on.
Juanda Mayfield has continued her success by winning several other comedy contests while having audiences busting a gut in almost every small town and hamlet in Ohio.
From the bright lights of Akron to the steamy nights of Zanesville, no club or bar has been left unturnedout. Juanda also loves playing in clubs and colleges across the country, because it gives her a chance to coupon (her second love).
It is nearly impossible to contain your laughter once you experience Juanda Mayfield's witty perspective on food, fat, children and relationships just to name a few. Hold on tight and ride the wave of her rise through the comedy ranks as one of the country's funniest comedians.
This is one performance you won't want to miss!
December 13 & 14
Two Nights Only!
The Funny Stop is delighted to bring Bill Kirchenbauer to our club this weekend for his first ever appearance on our stage.
Kirchenbauer's experience with making people laugh goes back to his early childhood. Rumor has it that he sold out sandboxes across the country with his pre-pubescent standup routine. A long run in a variety of schools -- his father was in the military -- gave him the diversity of experience.
While others studied marketing strategy, Kirchenbauer studied mime, ventriloquism, and improvisation, leading up to his winning the first Stand Up Competition in Los Angeles in 1978.
Soon after that victory, Kirchenbauer appeared on Late Night With David Letterman and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Carson liked Kirchenbauer so much he booked him for 10 more appearances.
It wasn't long until the television and film industry got wind of this tornado of talent and snatched him up. He proved to be a formidable acting talent, as well.
He has appeared in many film projects, including Airplane, National Lampoon, and Stoogemania, as well as regular starring roles on television series including Fernwood Tonight, Mork & Mindy, Night Court, and Totally Hidden Video.
It was during the popular series Growing Pains, that ABC executives decided it was time for Kirchenbauer to have his own television show, and created Just the Ten of Us. It proved to be a ratings hit, and Kirchenbauer is known worldwide as the irascible, but lovable, "Coach Lubbock".
The show is currently seen in many foreign countries, as well as in the United States on the USA Network and TV Land.
Kirchenbauer's true love has always been the stage - making live audiences convulse with laughter. After appearances on The Arsenio Hall Show, Comic Strip Live, Evening at the Improv, and hosting Into the Night, Kirchenbauer made his decision to hit the road.
Bill is also appeared in feature films along with Bruce Willis and Michelle Pheiffer as well as commercials including a Mercedes Benz tv campaign.
His ability to sell out comedy clubs throughout the country has made him a much sought-after entertainer but it is Kirchenbauer's flexibility that makes him even more desirable. He is one of the few comedians who does well in any situation, with any audience. During his time headlining aboard the Royal Caribbean Cruise lines the response was so great he ranked No. 2 in passenger requests (No. 1, of course, was motion sickness pills).
With nationwide recognition, Kirchenbauer offers to an entertainment event the professionalism and performance appeal that keeps his talents in high demand.
Don't miss your chance to see Bill Kirchenbauer as he performs at both the 8 and 10:30 PM shows on Friday and Saturday, December 13th and 14th at the Funny Stop by making your reservations today at 330-923-4700.
December 18 & 20
1 Show Wednesday - 2 Shows Friday
Lionel Hamilton is a 25 year veteran of the comedy stage who has his roots right here in Northeastern Ohio.
With a style that many have compared to Bill Cosby and Sinbad, everyone loves Lionel Hamilton's clean and funny comedy.
Who would ever thought that a pastry chef would eventually have the opportunity to open for such legendary performers as the Temptations and Cool and the Gang?
You have seen Lionel Hamilton on television during his appearance on BET's "Live at the Apollo" and this week audiences will have the chance to see him live, on the stage at the Funny Stop Comedy Club.
December 19 & 21
1 Show Thursday - 2 Shows Saturday
The Funny Stop is excited to host Don Jamieson for his first ever appearance at our club as part of his "World Tour of Ohio - Part 2".
You likely know Don from his co-hosting duties (with fellow comedian and recent Funny Stop regular, Jim Florentine) on 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 full of metal maniacs.
Rolling Stone Magazine just dubbed That Metal Show one of the 50 Best Reasons to Watch TV!
Amongst his many accomplishments, comedian Don Jamieson's proudest moment is becoming an Emmy Award-Winner for his work on HBO's Inside the NFL. Don and Jim Florentine lent their brand of humor to the popular sports show; writing, producing and performing sports-themed comedy sketches.
The two have also collaborated on the hidden-camera DVD and Comedy Central web series, Meet the Creeps as well as a series of prank call CD's, Terrorizing Telemarketers, which get a lot of airplay on the Howard Stern Radio Show. He is also a joke writer for the country's best celebrity roaster, Lisa Lampanelli and has lent his voice to MTV2's Crank Yankers.
Don's stand-up act brings his everyday take on life, the hip, the cool and the tragically sublime into the spotlight. Besides performing at clubs in New York City, Don tears it up at clubs and theatres all over the country. For the last four years, he has been the regular opener for Andrew Dice Clay. His reputation as one of New York City's top comics was cemented when he was asked to perform live on ABC's Good Morning America.
Don started his career as one of the young and talented comedy minds at MTV helping to launch the careers of comics like Jon Stewart, Kevin James, Pauly Shore (sorry) and Tom Green, but unbeknownst to many, Don was spending his nights on the local comedy scene developing his own comic style.
In 2010 Don Jamieson inked a deal with legendary metal label Metal Blade Records for the comedian's debut stand-up comedy album titled "Live and Hilarious" which was released in 2011. That album debuted at #9 on Billboard's Comedy Albums chart among albums from Louis C.K., Mike Birbiglia, Daniel Tosh and more. The album also peaked at #17 on the iTunes comedy charts.
Don Jamieson has been recording his sophomore comedy album, "Hell Bent for Laughter", this month at live shows at Don's favorite comedy clubs on the east coast, so don't miss the chance to be in the audience here in Cuyahoga Falls to hear much of the material that will be a part of his upcoming release.
For reservations for these debut performances by Don Jaimeson at the Funny Stop, make your reservations now by calling our box office at 330-923-4700 today.
Includes Special Sunday and Monday Night Shows!
As soon as Bil hits the stage you know that you're in for one entertaining and fun show. He grabs the audience by the hand and takes them with him as he tries to figure out just when he stopped being a fun guy and became a dad.
Bil realizes that a lot more has changed than just the hairline and the waist line. He lets us in on all the not ready for prime time moments of family life that we're not going to see on TV any time soon.
The show is a no holds barred look at just how fatherhood took this first class, grade A slacker to the "I didn't work 65 hours this week for you to ask for twenty dollars" guy that he is now. He is no less intense with his outlook on just what 15 years of marriage has taught him about both men and women, and the joys of co-habitation in modern day America.
From childhood to parent hood and all the creamy, fluffy filling in between, the audience experiences all through the eyes, ears and throat of this gifted storyteller.
New Year's Eve
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.
The Funny Stop has a wide variety of New Year's Eve packages available with two different show times. Click HERE for full details.
Check out Mike Polk, Jr's work at MikePolkJr.com and come see him LIVE and IN PERSON on the Funny Stop stage for New Year's Eve.
January 3 & 4
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!"
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 kick off our 2012 schedule with Traci Kanaan... "The Princess of Parodies!"
Visit her on the web at PrincessOfParodies.com
January 17 & 18
Two Nights Only
The Funny Stop is thrilled to welcome actor/comedian Angel Salazar to the club for his first ever appearance.
For many, their first introduction fo Angel Salazar was his dramatic roles in films like "Scarface" and "Carlito's Way". For others, it was seeing him on NBC's "Last Comic Standing".
With Cuban-American roots and a penchant for sporting attire almost as risque as his routine, Angel Salazar has rapidly become one of live comedy's heavy-hitter acts.
With an act that combines music, comedy, and even a bit of a 'Magic Mike' routine, Angel Salizar's performances are high energy wth a lot of crowd participation.
It should come as no surprise that Angel Salizar has sold out venues across the country. Audiences are stunned to find out that this rapid-fire performance is coming from a man in his late 50s.
Make your reservations now for this return appearance by Angel Salazar by calling the Funny Stop Box Office at 330-923-4700.
January 28 - February 1
He's 6'5" and doesn't do children's parties. Brace yourself for one of the wildest shows you will ever see.
The Disgruntled Clown's material covers a wide range of topics -- from employment opportunities, marital issues, disciplining children, achieving financial independence, sports and much, much more. No two shows are ever alike.
If you are looking for politically correct comedy, keep walking!
The Clown uses props throughout his show for "virtual" enhancement, but do not misunderstand. At 6'5" and 285 lbs. The Clown refuses to let anybody else take control of HIS show!
The Disgruntled Clown has made regular appearances on FOX TV commercials. He has been featured in other network commercials, appearing both in and out of character.
February 14 &15
Two Nights Only!
Look at who is our special Valentine's Day Weekend headliner!
For just the 3rd in 8 years, Thea Vidale returns to the Funny Stop for this very special weekend!!!
Thea Vidale got her start working as a waitress in Pasadena, where her jovial and friendly rapport with the customers got her pushed onto the local comedy club stage.
It wasn't long before Thea Vidale's self-confidence, sassiness and outrageousness on stage thrust her into the spotlight as one of America's fastest rising comedians.
Vidale's success can be attributed to a stand-up act that is anything but mild. Her substantial physical presence can only underscore her raw, confrontational depiction of American culture. Yet audiences from Houston to Europe, and from the Caribbean to Australia are drawn to Vidale because a warmth and honesty pervades her hard-edged material.
Includes Special XXX Shows On Sunday
Hypnotist, Comedian, and Magician all in one.."The Mind Bender".. When it comes to comedy entertainment, Anthony Potmesil is the "Jack of all trades". This high energy show has been a must see in clubs and colleges all over the nation.
Anthony's show is full of audience participation as he combines fast paced humor with the awesome power of Hypno-Magic to produce the hottest, most hilarious, and unforgettable hypnotic stage show in the country. His shows will keep you laughing non-stop.
Having toured all over the U.S., with over 100 shows per year, Anthony Potmesil has hypnotized thousands. Bringing people through the wildest sides of their imagination, Potmesil will have your friends unknowingly bark like dogs, dance like ballerinas, and sing like rock stars.
Finishing 1st and 2nd in 2003 and 2004 in the Variety Entertainer of the Year at the annual Laff-Fest Comedy Competition at Caesars Palace Las Vegas out of 40 of the nations funniest variety entertainers, Anthony Potmesil is said to be the funniest comedy hypnotist in the country.
February 28 - March 1
Two Nights Only!
Na'im ("The Star" in Arabic) Lynn grew up in Hillside, NJ, outside of Newark. He grew up using Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy for Muses. It wasn't long before Na'im developed a knack for out-of-this-world comedy that has him skyrocketing to the top as the next big thing.
Best known as the opening act for his friend, famed comedian Kevin Hart, Na'im travels the world over blazing the stage as part of Hart's continuous tour that has produced two genius comedy specials, "Seriously Funny" and "Laugh at my Pain." "He helped me early," Na'im said of Hart. He taught me how to be more personal with my jokes. He was like 'yeah, I don't care if you bomb, just go up there and try some new s#it!' Once he fed me that knowledge I took it and ran and I became really good. And from me becoming good, he's become great, because he has to get up there and follow me."
Speaking of followers... his thousands of devout users and followers on Facebook and Twitter are privy to his hilarious up-to-the-minute antics and serve as a testing ground for his ever evolving material - much like his fellow classmates at Temple University who gave him his first standing O as a novice comic on the school's stage.
After graduation the then aspiring physical therapist ditched that career and a job at US Airways to pursue his passion. A week after calling it quits with "the friendly skies," he won a showcase with NBC thus starting a ripple effect that has had him riding a wave of success ever since with spots on "BET's Comic View" and Jamie Foxx's "Foxxhole Comedy Series."
Inspired by comedic legends and presently working with some of comedy's greatests, Na'im has no choice but to take his position on the brink of major stardom to achieve his full potential as a comedic dynamo.
As Na'im puts it, "When you follow a lot of comedy you're gonna develop a sense of humor. You're gonna find yourself trying to be funny. And I'm intelligent too, so if you can put the two together you'll have a successful comedian and that's where I am today."
Don't miss out on your chance to see Na'im Lynn in just his second ever appearance at the Funny Stop.