OhioGuidestone Comedy Club Night
A fundraiser for OhioGuidestone featuring Cleveland Comedians
We’ll be raffling off baskets too, so be sure to get your tickets to try to win some great prizes for a great cause.
The 3rd Annual Comedy Club night is an event that was created by the OhioGuidestone Advocacy Committee. This event was created in an effort to help fundraising efforts for OhioGuidestone by utilizing talent from Cleveland’s Comedy scene. Many are unaware of the abundance of standup comedy talent that lies within the Greater Cleveland area. We are fortunate to be able to secure venue’s that allow us to put on a show as well as auction off gift baskets to raise funds as well as awareness for the amazing work that an organization like OhioGuidestone conducts.
OhioGuidestone is a community solutions organization that offers a unique blend of behavioral health treatment services, skill building programs and prevention opportunities for children and families. Many of the clients of OhioGuidestone struggle with a lack of education and life skills, and don’t know how to access personal or community resources to help them improve their situations. They not only help resolve problems that already exist, but teach skills to help individuals become self-sufficient, and prevent future obstacles to success. Their services help individuals not only to survive, but thrive. Since 1864, they’ve been a part of the Berea community, rooted in faith and a legacy of serving children and families for over 150 years. While their roots remain in Berea, today their supports reach statewide, and many of their staff members work in the homes of their clients, providing effective treatment in a comfortable environment.
Jeff Blanchard is co-founder of Cleveland’s longest running improv comedy troupe and theater; “Cabaret Dada Improvisational Theater and Something Dada Improvisational Comedy Co.” and trained with Del Close. Jeff Co-Starred in the short film Facebook Faux Pas which premiered at The Cleveland International Film Festival. Jeff is also a cast member on the YouTube sensation web-series Man in the Box which has over 60,000 subscribers, nearly 200 episodes and was aired on Cinemax OnDemand. Jeff’s comedy is different because he never writes anything down. His organic humor takes hold of the audience and leads them on an honest, perspective changing ride.
Stand up comedy is often put in terms of a battle of wills between audience and performer for ego supremacy. This paradigm must be tossed out the window and abandoned when you witness Joshua Morrow perform. Every stage that Josh exits after delivering his signature brand of homespun, inclusive humor feels a little warmer, and audiences are left with a sense that they’ve reconnected with an old friend. Joshua Morrow began his career as the steward of The Village Idiot at Lakewood Village Tavern, Cleveland’s longest running and most attended open mic. Under Josh’s tenure, this show grew from the usual smattering of local heroes and budding comics to the must visit mic of the week. He developed an ability to make anyone he brought to the stage feel like a star, and audiences bought in, giving the whole show an event feel despite its humble origins.
Cody Cooper is a lovable panda shaped man from Cleveland, OH. If Cody’s unique stories and humorous observations of everyday life don’t make his audience squeal with glee, then his podcast Gabbing with Grandma sure will! Not only is he the most pivotal member of Accidental Comedy but Cody was also crowned winner of The Really Big Show ESPN Cleveland’s Comedy Competition. Having shared the stage with nationally touring comics Karen Rontowski, Drew Hastings, and Bobby Lee, Mr. Cooper is on his way to making a name for himself in the world of comedy…just ask his Grandma, whom happens to be his roommate.
Steve Guy is a standup comic from Northeast Ohio and also author of the book Memoirs of a Wingman. He also partially lives out the childhood dream of most males growing up in the ’90s by being involved in the world of pro wrestling. Don’t worry, he’s totally less weird than he sounds.
Dan Brown is the co-host of the Action Comedy Nerd Show podcast and is a favorite at comedy clubs and comic book conventions all over.
Dan Birt has been kicking up the Cleveland comedy scene for years. He was a finalist in Cleveland’s Top Comic competition, and regardless of the restraining order he STILL to this day has a severe man crush on Jose Pagán.
Jess Faulstich is a comedian from Cleveland, Ohio. She moved to Cleveland in 2007 from her hometown of Bellville, Ohio. She’s always been enamored with writing and humor, citing The Simpsons as her biggest comedic influence. She began doing standup in June of 2016. She wonders if she should have taken a less sincere approach to this bio.
Lucas Yousko is super excited to do his third show for the OhioGuidestone Comedy fundraiser. He is proud to have added an extra 15 pound to his body for this year’s show. He sold his vote to the highest bidder this past November, and in turn, is excited to host this show next year when Jose Pagán gets deported.
Jose Pagán has been doing stand up comedy for over 10 years. He is one of the original creators of what has become the OhioGuidestone Comedy fundraiser. Jose is a true philanthropist who not only LOVES to make people laugh, but also loves his boxer Zeus way more than any single 39 year old man should ever love a dog.
Last call for dining for this show will be 15 minutes before show time. Please arrive early if you plan to eat dinner with us. The bar will remain open, and beverage service will continue throughout the concert.