Who ever said people with A.D.D. should be medicated? Ryan can’t remember. But whoever said it was wrong! No meds required. Just give him a stage, a mic and you’ve got a comic with an erratic style and constantly fresh material.
Join Crackers Comedy Downtown this week from Wednesday September 4 – Saturday September 7 as we enjoy the humor of comedian Ryan Dalton.
Ryan Dalton is a homegrown Cleveland favorite. Ryan attended the prestigious Kent State University. After college, Ryan went on to hold part-time jobs in such world-renowned trades as food service, retail, and coffee distribution. Finally, Ryan sunk his teeth into the most honest profession in the world, car sales. This dream occupation was not enough for him. Ryan hungered for the taste of stand up comedy, and on a dare, took the stage in Nanuet, NY in 1998. This experience started a hunger for the constant approval from crowds of complete stangers. His thirst would never be quenched!
Ryan soon discovered the entertainment industry where a basic lack of knowledge on any subject is not only necessary, but also embraced. He uses stand-up as a device in which he pokes fun at controversy and the “everyday personal injustices” that are dealt with by the common man, sorry, person, whatever!
Ryan is a comedian that wants everyone to just relax. His lovable sarcasm and smart, conversational style makes for a broadly appealing show.
Ryan’s comedy has led him to regular appearances in the country’s best comedy clubs. He is a regular the nationally syndicated “Bob and Tom Radio Show.” His first comedy album “You Were Funny Too” is on rotation on Sirius XM’s “RawDog” comedy channel. Ryan has been recognized as one of MySpace’s “Featured Comedians.” In 2011 Ryan made his first USO tour of Qatar and Afghanistan. Ryan made his television debut on the third season of Comedy Central’s “LIVE AT GOTHAM.” He also wrote for Comedy Central’s “Roast of Charlie Sheen” in 2011. Just recently Ryan took the grand prize at the 2011 World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas and finished as a finalist in the 2011 Boston Comedy Festival.
Ryan’s got some great material that you do not want to miss. Joining Dalton is feature act Pete Davidson and opener, Jordan Mather-Licth Grab your tickets here!
Starting Wednesday, September 4 through Saturday September 7, comedian Tim Statum will be headlining Crackers Comedy in Broad Ripple.
Tim is a Birmingham, Alabama native who will keep you in stitches with his southern style humor and storytelling. For the past 13 years, he has been entertaining audiences wherever he goes. You’ve heard him on various radio shows nationwide, including The Bob & Tom Show. He has also performed at comedy clubs all across the country. From New York to Las Vegas, all the way to the Bahamas, Tim incorporates real life stories of growing up in the country with classic stand up comedy to provide a hilarious evening for all ages. Check out his comedy:
Joining Statum is feature act, Mike Cronin and opening is Brad Scott. Get your tickets fast! You’re in for a treat.
Crackers Comedy Club in Broad Ripple is stoked to bring you comedian Josh Sneed this week from Wednesday Aug 28 – Saturday Aug 31.
Josh Sneed is quickly making his mark as one of the top young comics in the business, and for the purpose of this bio, has become skilled in the art of writing in the third person. After quitting a comfy day job working for Procter & Gamble, he’s made excellent strides in following his passion for making people laugh.
He’s opened for such acts as Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook, and Lewis Black. In 2008, Josh finished 2nd out of 100 of Comedy Central’s top comedians in the Annual Stand-up Showdown, earning him a deal to record a new album on Comedy Central Records. That album was released on Sept. 30, 2008 and was given rave reviews. iTunes selected it as one of the Top 10 comedy albums released last year.
In 2006, Josh filmed a 30-minute special, “Comedy Central Presents: Josh Sneed” that debuted in March 2007 and is currently re-airing. In November of 2006, Josh placed 6th in the Sierra Mist/MySpace Stand-up or Sit Down Challenge out of over 2,000 entrants. Finishing high in competitions is nothing new to Josh. In 4th grade he earned a blue ribbon for throwing a softball through a tire. In 2004, he performed at the Just For Laugh’s Montreal Comedy Festival in the “New Faces of Comedy” group, one of the highest honors that a comedian at his level can achieve. In 2007, Josh was chosen by Comedy Central to perform in the inaugural South Beach Comedy Festival, and garnered praise from Punchline Magazine for his performance at the Aspen Comedy Festival. Josh has also be seen performing in large venue theaters across the country as an opening act for the various members of “The Blue Collar Comedy Tour”, and has made several appearances on the nationally syndicated “The Bob & Tom Show”.
Check out his stand up here:
Get your tickets here. Josh is going to raise the roof this week. See you there!
Crackers Comedy Club Downtown is excited to present Eric Blake from Wednesday August 28 through Sunday August 31. The most significant challenge for the modern comedian is their ability to relate to a variety of audiences. Eric Blake has taken this challenge to heart, expanding his material beyond the African-American lens, and identifying with many other cultures and experiences. He is one of the few performers who can truly be labeled as a “universal comedian,” defying comedic normality. Blake’s raw talent is also distinguished by his ability to custom-fit his comedy for the particular moment. This witty improvisation can be revealed at the drop of a hat, bringing new characters to life.
This engaging comic has proven his worth night after night, performing to diversified audiences from coast to coast. Some of his performances include NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” HBO’s “Bad Boys of Comedy,” BET’s “Comic View,” in which he has aired on “The Best of Comic View” for the fourth consecutive year. He has also been televised on Galavision’s “Que Loco,” where he has displayed his cross-cultural abilities that have earned him a devote Latino following. Furthermore, Blake performed as the headliner for the comedy hit entitled “War On Comedy,” which aired on HBO and has recently been released on video. Eric’s acclaimed notoriety lead HBO to choose him among thousands to film a documentary on the eight most up and coming comedians in the country, which aired in the fall of 2012. In addition, he has appeared on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and has performed overseas for USO and Armed Forces Entertainment in Japan, Greece, Europe, Spain, Diego Garcia, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Baghdad. Eric Blake is also part of Big Boy’s Neighborhood the nationally syndicated radio show on Power 106 and is part of the Chocolate Sundaes Comedy series which is currently airing on Showtime.
Eric is a survivor of the notorious streets of South Central Los Angeles, where he experienced the “hard knock” life of gangs, drugs, and violence. It was eventually the depraved life on the streets that propelled him on a search for meaning and purpose, where he began to rediscover his passion and talent in comedy. As a young teenager, Eric brought life to people through his spontaneous and lighthearted humor, and considered it pure joy when he was able to enliven another’s spirit through a simple joke. Blake’s challenged upbringing led to his rediscovery for purpose: bringing laughter to the soul. This newfound purpose continues to be exercised with the firm belief of the old Proverb, “a happy heart doeth good like medicine.”
Eric currently resides in Los Angeles, and when he isn’t performing his time is spent cultivating the blessings of family. Above all, as Blake rises to the pinnacle of comedy, he will never forget the place where he has come from. Check out an example of what you’re in for!
Crackers DT is stoked to bring you Patti Vasquez this week from Wednesday August 21 – Saturday August 24, and man, are you in for a treat…
Patti Vasquez, a Chicago native, got her start over a decade ago at Zanies Comedy Club. Since then she has gone on to perform three hit solo shows- “Pregnant Party Girl: From Stoli’s to Stirrups” , “Mamacita: Tales of a Diaper Diva” and “Tequila and Shamrocks: Every Flower Has Her Roots” written and performed by Patti for theater audiences. She has appeared in comedy festivals including HBO’s Las Vegas Comedy Festival, the Chicago Comedy Festival and Marshall’s Women in Comedy Festival in New York. As a regular guest on the wildly popular Bob and Tom radio show, Patti reaches audiences around the world. She is currently touring cities across the country with the Bob and Tom Comedy All Stars. Her unique perspective on family and relationships has been described as ”comedy with a heart”.
In her hometown of Chicago, Patti can be heard regularly with popular radio host Steve Cochran. Chicago based shows such as Fox “Good Day Chicago”, WGN’s Morning News and NBC Morning Show welcome Patti to promote upcoming performances. She has participated in fund-raising events for groups such as Gilda’s Club, Autism Speaks, Susan G. Komen, Almost Home Kids, Epilepsy Outreach and The Brain Research Foundation. Patti recently appeared on TBS’ brand new series “The Very Funny Show” taped during the “Just for Laughs” Comedy Festival. She has co-written a sitcom pilot entitled “The New Normal” based on her life’s experiences in a multi-generational, multi-racial, underemployed, special needs family. Patti is currently busy writing her first book “ZIP IT!- Just Because You Can Talk Doesn’t Mean You Should!” Check her out!
This is going to be an incredible show with special guest, Jimmy Roberson. Get your tickets here!
Crackers Downtown is happy to present comedians, James Ervin Berry and John Burton at our Downtown location from Wednesday August 14 through Saturday August 17.
James Ervin Berry‘s likable personality, “down-to-earth” attitude and fun loving nature generates big laughs! He’s a comedian who LOVES making an audience laugh…and it shows! Whether it’s Comedy Clubs, Colleges, Churches, Corporate Events or Festivals his target is always the same–Funny Bones! Foot stompin’, hand clappin’, smile on your face laughter!!
James Ervin Berry’s comedic style has been described as “observational, with an educated homespun feel.” His “boy next door” charm creates an instant connection with mainstream audiences nationwide. Check him out!
John Burton’s comedy blends real-life anecdotes and gut-busting one-liners with a rapid-fire, highly animated delivery that has been thrilling audiences throughout the U.S. for the past ten years. Initially influenced by legendary jokesmiths like Dave Attell, John’s style has recently evolved to include a more candid focus, audience interaction, and even an occasional rant. With a fast paced style that can veer from sarcastic to self-deprecating to almost absurd, it’s hard to believe John is a former attorney who specialized in tax law.
What’s the quickest way to jump from being an attorney to being a comedian? Get fired. After a year with a Big Four accounting firm, John was told that he works slowly and makes tons of mistakes. “Good thing I don’t work faster – I’d be messing up way more stuff,” he responded. In this dry retort, an attorney died and a comedian was born. Freed from “normal life, John opted for the road less traveled by moving to Chicago and immersing himself in the improvised comedy scene.
John’s act consists of mostly PG-13 material that could be heard on virtually any late night television show. A versatile performer, he has opened for squeaky clean acts such as Heywood Banks and more adult-oriented comics such as the late Robert Schimmel. Audience members often rave about how they enjoyed both his verbal timing and funny facial expressions, which John takes as testimony to the fact that he can connect with his audience on multiple levels.
Snatch up your tickets as soon as you can! This duo is going to be totally rock star. Get your tickets here.
Crackers Comedy Broad Ripple is freaking thrilled to bring you Jamie Kennedy from Thursday August 22 – Saturday August 24. If you don’t know about Jaime, he grew up in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, the son of a machinist and a paralegal, and the youngest of six children. He spent his formative years the same way as many children: being abused by nuns in Catholic school, tormenting his parents, and avoiding any thought of long-term goals. But when Jamie’s high school guidance counselor informed him that his grades, test scores and personality best suited him to a career of shoeing horses, he decided that the time had come to get serious about the future. He was going to move to Hollywood and become an actor. Honing his skills on the comedy circuit, Jamie landed his big break being cast in Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Romeo + Juliet,’ alongside Leonardo DiCaprio as a punked-out rival to John Leguizamo. His career soon kicked into high gear as he co-starred in his breakthrough performance as Randy Meeks, the video store clerk well-versed in the conventions of scary movies, in Wes Craven’s ‘Scream’ and its follow-up ‘Scream 2.’
Since these early days, Jamie has worked alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood. While doing what he does best alongside legendary comics such as Steve Martin in ‘Bowfinger,’ you see a harder side of Jamie Kennedy the actor as a street hustler who attacks Greg Kinnear in the Oscar-nominated ‘As Good As It Gets.’ Across his acting range, he always maintains his crafted ability to add much-needed comedy into dramas, seen in ‘The Three Kings’ with George Clooney, ‘The Boiler Room’ with Vin Diesel, and Tony Scott’s ‘Enemy of the State,’ playing a comedic techie in charge of protecting national security alongside Seth Green with Will Smith and Gene Hackman.
In 2002, Kennedy created his own sketch comedy show ‘The Jamie Kennedy Experiment,’ a television show that can be best described as a combination of Candid Camera meets Saturday Night Live. As a part of the show, he collaborated with Oprah Winfrey on multiple occasions, combining his prank jokes and unwavering wit on her practical joke special. JKX quickly became The WB’s highest-ranking new show, attracting three million viewers each week. Among the wacky characters played by Kennedy, one became across the board an all-time favorite – Brad Gluckman the Malibu rapper. Taking it to the next level in 2003, ‘Malibu’s Most Wanted’ was released starring Kennedy as the white “wanna-be rapper” from Malibu. Both projects were produced by Kennedy’s production company, Wannabe Producers. The company also produced the TV comedy ‘Living with Fran’ in 2005 with Fran Drescher, the WB reality show ‘The Startlet’ in 2005, and MTV’s ‘Blowin’ Up’ in 2006, starring Kennedy and Stu Stone. He also created and Executive Produced did his own comedy special, ‘Unwashed’ in 2006 for Comedy Central.
Kennedy starred in ‘Son of the Mask’ in 2005, the sequel to the blockbuster Jim Carrey vehicle, ‘Kickin’ It Old Skool’ in 2007, about a young break dancer who slips into a coma for twenty years and wakes up 2006, and ‘Heckler’ in 2008, a documentary that examines the means, methods, and motives of hecklers, comparing film critics to stand up comedy hecklers. With approximately 190 episodes of television under his belt – with networks that include CBS, WB, MTV, Comedy Central, Showtime, NBC, Fox, and VH1 – Jamie currently provides his voice for ‘The Cleveland Show’ on Fox and was starring as psychology professor Eli James in the CBS drama ‘Ghost Whisperer,’ which was Friday’s number one show on television at the time. After wrapping WWE’s ‘Bending the Rules’ feature with Adam “The Edge” Copeland in the fall of 2010, he spent the spring of 2011 filming Tyler Perry’s latest, ‘Good Deeds,’ starring Tyler Perry, Thandie Newton, Rebecca Romijn and Gabrielle Union. While now prepping for a five week summer shoot in Europe, on ‘Lost and Found in Armenia,’ Jamie Kennedy just finished filming three episodes of the final season of ‘Entourage.’
After working with such directors as Baz Luhrmann, Wes Craven, James L. Brooks, Tony Scott, Frank Oz, David O. Russell, Antoine Fuqua, and Kevin Smith, Jamie Kennedy is a true renaissance man, covering the genres of comedy, drama, animation, reality, horror, action and thriller. Along the way he has also written his own book ‘Wannabe’ and recorded his own record ‘Blowin’ Up.’ Kennedy stands now with the experience of being a part of over 40 films with such industry entities as Dimension, Fox, Universal, Warner Bros., New Line, Sony, and Disney, totaling a gross of over 2 billion dollars in worldwide box-office sales. He has appeared on Oprah, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Late Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel, George Lopez, and Larry King Live to name a few. Kennedy has also been hired to either consult or create commercials for several companies on new product launches. Pepsi hired him to shoot four commercials for Aquafina water. Coors hired him to shoot a commercial with the push of Coors Light into the urban market. AXE Body Spray hired him to host an event for a new product release, along with other companies such as Activision, Intel, and Sketchers to name a few. After all this knowledge and fifteen years in the business, Kennedy has decided once again to start up his own production company appropriately titled, Jamie Kennedy Entertainment, where he will own all the content and license it out.
Meet Scott Long. I know we introduced you to him last week, but that blog post was really just focusing on his rock star “Comedy Booty Camp” that he’ll be providing for all those who are interested on the Saturday afternoon of August 17. Well, now is our chance to actually pimp HIM and his shows this week, along with feature act, Sally Brooks.
Scott is a nationally touring standup comedian. He’s been seen on a plethora of networks you may have heard of: NBC, FOX-TV, Bob and Tom Show, and ESPN. Plus, he’s been a writer for the NFL on FOX pre-game shows for the past nine years.
You may think his life is amazing, right? Well, life’s a bitch…Hear Scott’s story of being a cool guy until having twins and how he went from Hipster to dipster overnight. Sports car to Minivan. Can you hear the train going off the rails?
If you like dark comedy with some heart thrown in, this is your show. A master of improvisation, no two Scott Long shows are ever the same. Check him out. And don’t forget to sign up for his ‘boot camp’ on Saturday… which includes your admission to his show that night.
Sally Brooks is a comedian, writer and all around swell gal whose personal stories of misadventure and smart-assed nature make her an audience and staff favorite wherever she appears. She started as a stand-up in coffee shops and dive bars in Cincinnati, Ohio and is now performing at clubs and venues all over the country, sharing the stage with comedians such as Bobcat Goldthwait, Kevin Nealon and Greg Proops. Sally took part in the 2012 Boston Comedy festival, as well as the North Carolina Comedy Arts, Women in Comedy, Brew Ha Ha and Cape Fear Comedy festivals. She is also the creator of the Suburban Housewife web series which has over 1.2 million hits on YouTube and has headlined her own “Girl’s Night Out Tour.” Check out Sally’s comedy.
Think you have what it takes to be a funnier writer or performer? This booty camp is for YOU! Join the hilarious Scott Long for an afternoon of his Comedy Booty Camp onSaturday, August 17 at Crackers Comedy Club (Broad Ripple) from 3pm-6pm. It’s $40 (and it includes soda, snacks, and a ticket later that night for Scott’s headlining set.)
Scott has appeared on NBC, FOX-TV, the Bob and Tom Show, and ESPN radio, plus he’s appeared at most of the top comedy clubs in the country. This three hour seminar will cover both creating comedy and performing it. Of course, Scott doesn’t guarantee you will be a touring comedian after his course, but he does promise you will achieve major gains in your writing and speaking skills.
This three hour seminar will teach you the stand-up techniques Scott has mastered over the past two decades. Having written the Emmy-nominated NFL on Fox sketches for the past decade and produced material for his popular and widely-read blogs, Scott will use his experience to help you unlock the keys to writing funnier material. A bonus segment will include tips on how the best use social media to raise your profile. Get signed up ASAP if you’re interested in taking your career to the next level.
Ron Funches will be joining us this week at our Downtown location from Wednesday August 7 until Saturday August 10. Funches is a very funny stand up comedian with a unique delivery and lovable demeanor…you just want to hug and squeeze him like a big stuffed bear. His easy going, inventive style sounds the way fresh chocolate chip cookies taste. Ron performs stand up all over the United States impressing audiences everywhere.
Most recently Ron was added to the upcoming NBC series Undateable, featured as LA Weekly’s Number One Comic to Watch in 2013, and ESQUIRE Magazine’s Best New Comedians List. He has performed live on TBS’s CONAN O’BRIEN SHOW, currently stars as “Roland” in Disney XD’s Crash & Bernstein, and is a writer for The Kroll Show on Comedy Central. Ron has also appeared on IFC’s PORTLANDIA. Ron resides in Southern California.
Mat Alano-Martin will be joining Funches this week. Mat comes to comedy from the world of rock and roll, where he spent 10 years touring North America as an Americana singer-songwriter, opening for a who’s who of indie rockers and roots revivalists and occasionally headlining his own smaller, less well attended shows. With a comedic style that bridges the alternative sensibilities of his indie-rock background with the more mainstream views of his rural and blue collar youth, Alano-Martin was selected to be the opening act on Ralphie May’s 2012 summer tour. Alano-Martin has also appeared at Gilda’s LaughFest, The World Series of Comedy, Comcast’s “Look Who’s Laughing Now” and the Bob & Tom Comedy All-Stars Competition. PS… he’s also from Bloomington! Check him out here!