Secret Society Comedy
June 4, 2022 At Mahall's Apartment
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He is part Steven Wright, part Mitch Hedberg and part brain injury. He speaks with a flat affect and his material is smart, dark and twisted.
In 1990, Martin was the victim of a hit and run accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury. He has since been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder which, if not a direct result of his injuries, was definitely exacerbated by them. He was banned from Morgan Stanley for insider trading (though it was actually the voices in his head that gave him the winning stock picks).
Martin's comedy career is filled with many highlights. In 2005, he won Rookie of the Year at the Cleveland Comedy Awards. He was a two time finalist in the Carnival Cruise Comedy Challenge, a finalist at the Cleveland Comedy Festival, and won Best Short joke of the Year at the 2019 Cleveland Comedy Awards. Additionally, he has appeared at The Accidental Comedy Festival and Snubfest. He appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing in a straight jacket and was on The Opie and Anthony show twice (as Schitzo Bill). He was even asked to appear on The Howard Stern Show.
In a different world, Martin Malloy would be famous. And maybe one day he will be. But for now, he can settle for the local legend status he currently possesses.
Since first stepping on stage in 2012, comedian Jason Moliterno has delighted audiences with his clever observations, which he packs with smart wit and a dash of absurdity. Once described by a former teacher as a “slow-talking sage,” this Youngstown, Ohio native will either find a unique angle on an everyday subject or turn an unusual idea into something relatable. Jason has performed in over twenty states. He won the 2017 Feature Contest in Akron, Ohio, and has performed at the Accidental Comedy Festival, Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival, and Cleveland Comedy Festival. His peers nominated him for multiple Cleveland Comedy Awards, including “Best Joke” and “Road Warrior.” In 2011, he directed a short film that won first prize at the Akron Film Festival. Today he co-hosts The Jason & Noel Comedy Hour podcast with his wife.
“Chill anger” is the best way to describe John Bruton’s comedy style. He’s even become a staple in the Cleveland comedy scene because of his stand up performances and great show production.
Bruton also hosts "Friday Late Show," a podcast where he interviews comedians about bombing, bad shows, and other experiences they’ve had performing comedy.
He also produces two mainstay comedy shows in Cleveland, a showcase style show/album recording called “Monday Night Mixtape” at Grog Shop, and a monthly crowd work show, “Jokes on You,” at Hilarities. John is regularly featured as Ali Siddiq's opener.
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 teaches managers and executive teams to improve their workplace culture by developing their senses of humor, and he regularly appears on conference stages as the keynote speaker through his company, Water Cooler Comedy. He also produces several comedy shows around the Cleveland area and co-hosts the podcast “You Can’t Laugh At That,” which explores the psychology behind other comedians' jokes to prove why anything can be funny.