Secret Society Comedy
April 29, 2023 At Heart Of Gold
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Onstage and off, performer/producer/activist Kristen Becker’s role is that of instigator. Raised in conservative Shreveport, Louisiana, the Dykes of Hazard creator has opened for Ani DiFranco, contributed to The Advocate, and – between founding Nietzsche’s legendary Doin’ Time Comedy open mic and serving as first general manager of Helium Comedy Club – been featured on the cover of Buffalo News’ entertainment section as “Buffalo’s Queen of Comedy.”
Becker’s stand-up topics range from fisting to humanitarianism. With Pastor Jay Bakker (son of one Tammy Faye), in 2015 Becker embarked on an ideological exploration of the Deep South. Their Loosen the Bible Belt variety tour emphasized humanity over hypocrisy, offering unifying voices to bridge the gap between religious groups and LGBTQ communities.
2016 saw her founding the Summer of Sass, a nonprofit collective freeing young LGBTQ adults from damaging religious climates to live, work, and personally thrive in the liberal haven of Provincetown, Massachusetts. Vice called the experiment “the kind of formative experience that can change—or save—lives.” The Boston Globe agreed, lauding the environment as one where “gender is not an issue, where the specter of being bullied is not a daily fear.”
2019 included producing the inaugural End of the Earth Comedy Festival. (“The theme is everything’s going to shit. Let’s laugh about it, but also how can we also make it better?”)
The middle ground is where Becker feels most at home… and most useful. Her background, life experiences, and insight into seemingly disparate societies allow her to act as an open-minded translator. If she can identify as a bleeding-heart liberal as readily as she concedes a Right-leaning stance on firearms, then the Women’s Studies majors and rednecks of the world can also find common ground, for the good of the world. If she can help them share a few laughs in the process, even better.
Zach Pugh is a comedian and writer in Los Angeles. He has spent the last decade touring the country as a headliner as well as opening for a number of comedians including James Austin Johnson, Beth Stelling, Roy Wood Jr, Jo Koy and many more. He is a host of the long running standup show Rod Stewart Live in Los Angeles and co-hosted the podcast What Things are What Things with James Austin Johnson. He has also written for and appeared on Adult Swim.
Rich “Big Rich” Greene was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Big Rich entered his first comedy competition at the age of 17… and lost.
A few weeks later, on his 18th birthday with his big sisters Candy and Bonnie in attendance, Rich won his second competition at Hilarities Comedy Club in Cleveland, Ohio.
He went on to win the next several competitions. Rich then started performing at the Improv Comedy Club located in the Historic Powerhouse in the Flats.
He then went on to take 2nd place in the Funniest High School Comedian Competition. Rich became a regular on the Ohio Comedy circuit, performing with other up and comers of the time, Mike Jones, Rob Allen, Anthony Means and a guy named Drew Carey!
Rich has worked with some of the biggest names in show business, Dave Chappelle, Dennis Miller, Phyliss Diller, Emo Phillips, Jeff Dunham, Jeff Foxworthy, Tommy Davidson, George Willborn, Damon Williams, Rodney Perry, Pierre, Kenny Howell and John Henton.
Gabe Gerry is a comedian from Cleveland, OH. With sarcasm and absurdity, he explores the problems in his life and what he thinks are the problems in the world around him. In September 2022, he released his debut stand-up special "Bad Behavior." His other stage work includes writing and performing for the Imposter's Theater Main Stage Sketch Show. Gerry also writes, produces, and directs short films as well as his podcast, Good & Bad With Gabe Gerry," which won 'Best Podcast' at the 2023 Cleveland Comedy Awards.
WHO IS SECRET SOCIETY COMEDY?
We are a nomad comedy club, popping up at different venues around Northeast Ohio every weekend. Featuring local favorites, nationally touring headliners, and more, our mission is to get you in on the best-kept secrets in stand-up comedy. You never know who you'll see...
Bryan Sternik is an up-and-coming Cleveland comedian whose conversational style and upbeat demeanor can make even his darkest jokes feel lighthearted. Bryan produces a monthly show at Dina's Pizza in Old Brooklyn, and co-produces Gratuity Not Included at Good Company, One More Joke at Judd's City Tavern, and Secret Society Comedy, a weekly pop-up comedy show. He is the co-host of "The Guiltless Podcast" and "Dude, Nobody Cares."
With a last name like that, Cleveland-based comic David Horning learned at a young age to lean into what bothers him using humor, and his comedy is a reflection of this. His optimistic slant on both mundane and heavy topics has gotten him selected to the New York Comedy Festival, Laughing Devil Comedy Festival, the Cleveland Comedy Festival, and on stages around the country. On top of stand-up, David regularly appears on conference stages as keynote speaker, teaching the value of humor in business to managers and executive teams across industries. He also produces Secret Society Comedy, a pop-up comedy club bringing the best up-and-coming comedians from around the country to Northeast Ohio.
Gheramy is the owner and operator of Golden Ox Studio. He produces local favorite podcasts such as Shit Brains, Brett Talk, You Can't Laugh At That, Teach These Devils, and several more for the Golden Ox Network. He can be seen on comedy stages across the city and has recently performed in the Mutiny Radio Comedy Fest, Cleveland Comedy Festival, Sixth City Comedy Fest, and the Midwestern Queer Comedy Festival. Renowned failure and a well educated idiot whose only contribution to this world will be when he is no longer in it, Gheramy is not sorry that you wasted your time reading this bio.