Jackie Kashian Providing Laughs And An “Excellent Horcrux” At Wiley’s

Jackie Kashian

 When I was younger, I would try to make all of my family and friends laugh by doing impersonations and/or spout off  silly comments and observations.  I had a few (and I mean few) individuals make comments about how I should be a  comedian.  And I actually thought about  going into that world.  I figured that if I made a few people giggle at my  dumb jokes-I could easily have an amazing experience.  As time went on, I determined that I should just stick to I know,  and be a writer. For comedian Jackie Kashian, the past couple of years have been anything but relaxing.  Recently, Kashian has … [Read more...]

The Doc of Comedy Rock **Ticket Contest**


“My college roommate thought he was Hunter Thompson. He started calling me Dr. Gonzo. I asked him why, and he threw me the book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. ‘Gonzo’ refers to someone who takes it to the edge without falling off.” And Gonzo sure has.  After receiving his degree in 1977, he and a buddy moved to San Francisco to produce a play. “For a long time there, I worked at mindless jobs — putting boxes in boxes, sweeping rain off roofs. I made some money playing guitar.” Gonzo started to get gigs at the Boarding House, in San Francisco, and other popular clubs — “the places where … [Read more...]

Eddie Griffin at The Dayton Funny Bone


When you're voted class clown 3 times during high school, it's only natural that you grow up to be a comedian. In the case of Eddie Griffin, his Kansas City, Missouri classmates certainly predicted the future for him. Eddie Griffin has created a comedy career that includes roles in movies such as Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo, Date Move, Scary Movie 3, and Norbit. His most memorable movie role was the title character in Undercover Brother. On stage, his comedy has been described as  an interesting mix of intelligent, provocative, and not for the faint of heart. There are no topics that are … [Read more...]

Ralphie May “Too Big To Fail” in Dayton

Ralphie May

Ralphie May’s popularity exploded after the success of the first season of NBC’s hit reality series, “Last Comic Standing”. Long-time fans of Ralphie’s stand-up were joined by countless new fans when America thought he was robbed of the winner’s title. Despite the show’s outcome, Ralphie’s special brand of comedy combines the familiar elements of hip-hop and topical comedy with a dash of southern down-home flavor and quick wit making Ralphie May one of the most popular comedians in the country. His first DVD, appropriately titled “Just Correct,” went PLATINUM! Released on February 10th of … [Read more...]

A Lawyer Walks Into A Comedy Club…


Many of you may know that for years I owned a comedy club here in town.  Folks are always asking me who's funny and to tell them when someone good is coming to town.  That's hard for me to do, for a couple of reasons.  One- after 20+ years of seeing comic's I became very jaded, what makes me laugh tends to be the obscure or the sick deviant stuff.  Another is that I really prefer to know what you like before I recommend someone.  I can send you to see  a squeaky clean show, political satire or  silly song parodies, but not every show is for everybody.  Every now and then there's an act that I … [Read more...]

Celebrate SWAN Day – Support Women Artists Now in Dayton

SWAN Day Dayton Poster

An international event for women artists is coming to Dayton as part of the celebration of Women’s History month. Support Women Artists Now, or SWAN Day, features and celebrates the talents of female artists. The new event gained a lot of steam in its first four years and has had over 700 Swan Day events in 21 countries. Taking place on the last Saturday of Women’s History Month, it’s already been officially recognized in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and many more cities. Swan Day has yet to hit the streets of Dayton, but this year will be different. On March 31st … [Read more...]

The Power And Light Of Dow Thomas

Dow Thomas At Dirty Little Secret Sanitarium Show

Dayton And The World Loses A Comedy Icon   Sifting through scattered memories, most of which are second hand recollections that occurred before my time, I find myself overwhelmed by a life lived with a manic exuberance. I found out about comedian Dow Thomas’ passing from a friend and regular customer of Wiley’s Comedy Niteclub who called to inform me of the news. I stayed up until around 2:00am poring over the condolences that poured out from all over the country, cascading down from Dow’s Facebook page and other social media outlets. I looked through pictures that I had of Dow, … [Read more...]

The Church of Augiology

Stained Glass Auggie

Auggie Smith and the Wayward Masses To the uninitiated, (or "non-believers" as they are commonly called by The Auggites) Auggie Smith is the founder and Grand Pubah for Life of what has come to be known as The First Church of Augiology. While not technically a religion, at least not in the fully tax exempt definition narrowly portrayed in the IRS's Draconian codes, the movement of Augism is gaining momentum in this country, as well as other, more backwards countries who really don't know any better. With the recent release of his new DVD and CD, Cult Following, more of the weary and … [Read more...]

An Interview In Five Easy Pieces

Dave Dugan 04

Dave Dugan: Corporate Comic, Stand-Up Comedian And Voice Over Talent When you see Dave Dugan perform, you may be reminded of some of those well meaning television dads who mete out their sage wisdom in a fumblingly laconic manner, usually with horrific results. His stand up comedy hinges on eloquent misdirection and an ironic demeanor that is somewhat incongruous with the situations he finds himself in. Having done hundreds upon hundreds of voice over gigs, from Midas Mufflers to Microsoft, it’s a good bet that you have heard of Dave Dugan before and just don’t know it. Having seen him … [Read more...]

The Billy With The Golden Willy

Billy Willy's "Professional" Headshot

An Interview (Of Sorts) With Movie Star, Billy Willy The whole day began oddly. I received a phone call at around 3:00am and a quiet, muffled voice asked if I would like to meet with and interview a world famous comedian/actor/musician/bon vivant. After wiping the sleep from my eyes, I managed to mumble, “Sure.” After a few moments, another voice was transmitted through the phone which introduced itself as Billy Willy. In retrospect, I have to admit that the first voice sounded exactly like the second voice…just without a hand covering it’s mouth. Anyway, Billy Willy said that he loved my … [Read more...]