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
Jayson Cross always possessed a flair for entertaining others. As a child he would mimic his family members and create imaginary characters. During adolescence he was teased and, as a defense mechanism, developed a quick wit. Unbeknownst to him this would be the leading tool for his career.
Twenty years ago, this Chicago native followed his dreams and moved to NYC to begin a career in modeling and acting.
Jayson has been photographed for numerous magazines, including FHM, GQ and Details. He was the April, 2006 Playgirl centerfold and has shot campaigns for Kohl's, Budweiser, Bacardi, and Phat Farm.
Not just a pretty face, Jayson has also hosted WE Network's 3 Men and a Chick Flick and AMC's Date Night. Recently he was a guest on ABC's "The View".
In preparation for a film audition, he started performing at an open mic night at a local comedy club. Jayson fell in love. He quickly became a nationally touring comedian, opening for such acts as A Taste Of Honey, Richard Pryor Jr., Donnell Rawling (a.k.a Ashy Larry), Aries Spears and, most recently, Kevin Nealon.
Jayson Cross is a regular at comedy clubs in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles... and this week audiences at the Funny Stop will get another chance to see him live and in person, headlining the show on our stage.
Make your reservation now by calling the Funny Stop Box Office at 330-923-4700.
2 Nights Only
Bert "Chili" Challis is a veteran standup comedian of over 20 years.
In that time he's learned a lot about the trade, which is why he's begun tutoring young standup wannabes along with his good friend and fellow comedian Dobie "Mr. Lucky" Maxwell.
Together they've created a seminar called Chilimax, where comic hopefuls learn more than just how to perform, they'll also gain self-improvment, an increased vocabulary and become more creative.
From that description alone the program is well worth whatever they're charging. Along with teaching, Chili has been a staff writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and for the comic strip "Mother Goose & Grimm."
He has also authored two books, "UNZIPPED: The Woody Monologues" which is a funny and revealing look at men's attitudes toward sex and relationships and a slightly artsy and creative but most informative insightful book about the performing and writing of stand up comedy titled "Stand-up comedy with a side of Chili".
To learn even more about this comedian, you can follow Chili's antics on Twitter by clicking HERE and check out his appropriately titled website, ChiliChallis.com Then pick-up the phone and call the Funny Stop Box Office at 330-923-4700 to make a reservation for this "TWO NIGHTS ONLY" appearance.
One Night Only! Special MONDAY Night Show!
Rather than writing up a glowing preview of the upcoming, one night only appearance by Pauly Shore at the Funny Stop... we will let Pauly speak for himself:
A Message From Pauly,
Whatup whatup, thank you guys for checking on me.
I'm doing a lot of stand up these days, which I love. It gives me a chance to get out of LA and visit small town America.
I'm coming to a town near you, so come check out the show! We'll take some pictures after and have a couple of beers.
Your friend, Pauly
Paul Montgomery "Pauly" Shore (born February 1, 1968) is an American comedian and actor who starred in several comedy films in the 1990s and hosted a video show on MTV in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Shore is still performing stand-up comedy and toured in 2012 with recent specials "Pauly-tics" and "Vegas is my Oyster".
Shore was born Paul Montgomery Shore, the son of Mitzi Shore (nee Saidel), who founded The Comedy Store, and Sammy Shore, a comedian. Shore was raised Jewish, and grew up in Beverly Hills, California. He graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1986.
Inspired by his parents' work in comedy and show business, a 17-year-old Shore made his stand-up debut at the Alley Cat Bistro in Culver City. "Everyone else in school was filling out their SAT applications, but I just passed mine back. I knew I wasn't going to go to college." Shore was mentored by Sam Kinison and opened several of his sets. While touring the comedy club circuit, Shore cultivated an alter ego persona, "The Weasel".
"The Weasel" involved Shore speaking in a Jeff Spicoli-esque surfer parlance, heavily peppered with dudespeak slang such as "edged", "melons" and "grinding" as well as his catchphrase, "Hey, BU-DDY."
Shore's big break came as an on-air MTV VJ, a position he held from 1989 to 1994. At the height of his MTV fame, Shore had his own show, Totally Pauly, serving as a host, most memorably on MTV's annual Spring Break parties. He also released a music video, "Lisa, Lisa, The One I Adore".
In 1992, Shore starred in Encino Man which was a modest hit. Encino Man's success propelled Shore to star in additional personalized vehicles, albeit less successful: Son in Law (1993), In the Army Now (1994), Jury Duty (1995), and Bio-Dome (1996).
He makes a cameo appearance in the American rock band Limp Bizkit music video "N 2 Gether Now", as a pizza deliveryman, and a briefer appearance in Break Stuff.
In 2003, Shore produced, wrote, directed and starred in Pauly Shore Is Dead, a semi-autobiographical mockumentary, and in 2005 starred in the short lived reality television series Minding the Store. In 2010 Shore starred in Adopted, which sees him traveling to Africa to adopt a child.
In addition, he has several short subject films and multiple projects in the works such as his MTV pilot called The Shores and various projects with such as Funny or Die.