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June

May 31-June 1 – Mike Stankiewicz

From Atlantic City and Las Vegas
Also featuring Jared Bilski & Anjole “Jelly” King

Dig, it’s appropriate that this cat has gigged in nearly every comedy venue in the United States. At home in an eclectic gathering in San Francisco or a rust belt bar come shifts end, this clever comic will turn the tables on everyone. Winner of the prestigious”Best of Philly” award presented by Philadelphia Magazine, Stank takes you down a road you didn’t expect to travel with a conversational style that makes you feel like you’re riding the bar stool next to him. Among his international television appearances including “Comedy On The Road” with John Byner on A&E, Mike presents a special wit that transcends all mediums and blows his audiences away! Maybe that’s why everyone wants him back.
Originally from Erie, PA where Mike realized playing second base on the Duck Inn softball team would not propel him to the “Big League”. He moved to Philadelphia to cut his teeth doing stand-up. With his rust belt influence, his intellectual proclivity and a blue-collar approach to humor, he turned Philadelphia on its ear. Stank does for stand-up what Tom Waits does for music. So if you like Mr. Waits and have a penchant for Charles Bukowski, you’ll love Mike Stankiewicz! An interesting aspect to Mike’s career is that he has lived on both coasts (LA and NY) and fits seamlessly in both locations as well as everywhere in between.  Now Stank plies his wares everywhere from Las Vegas to Atlantic City, from Mobile to Montana. He’s a modern day Kerouac, hell, you probably passed him “on the road”!

June 7-8 – Carmen Lynch

From Late Night W/ David Letterman & Comedy Central’s Premium Blend
Also featuring Greg Stone & John Clark

Carmen Lynch made her late-night television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2012 and created such a buzz that even The Huffington Post wrote about it. Before comedy, Carmen started off as pre-med at The College of William & Mary, but then realized she didn’t want to cut people. Now, as a comedian, she’s been seen in the semi-finals of two seasons of Last Comic Standing, has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Vh1′s Winningest Winners and performed several times for the troops in Iraq and Kuwait. She’s also toured in Spain and Costa Rica telling jokes in Spanish.

 

 

June 14-15 – Johnny Watson

From Saturday Night Live & Good Morning America
Also featuring Chip Ambrogio & Alex Batcha

Johnny Watson is a nationally headlining comic whose star is on the rise. He’s earning a reputation as clean and clever with the charm of “the boy next door”. Except that you wouldn’t want to be his neighbor growing up… Watson, a kid from a dysfunctional home lived in some of New Jersey’s seedier neighborhoods with his two brothers and two sisters. He learned to use his razor sharp wit to survive. “I was the poor kid on free lunch who always got my balls busted so since I couldn’t really fight, I had to be funny.” He started drinking when he was five years old and kept on going until high school, (“I was burned out from drinking by the time I got into high school, so I became the designated driver before they had designated drivers,” he says). After briefly attending college in California, Johnny joined the Navy. Once he got out, he turned to comedy as a full-time profession (his grandmother implored him to become a comedian because “you can’t do anything else right”) And so… a comedy career was born. Since then Johnny has taken life’s lemons and turned them into lemonade which he freely shares with his fans! And coast to coast, They Love It! You’ve seen Johnny at some of the biggest Comedy Clubs in the country and he has also been seen on TV, (most notably Saturday Night Live and Good Morning America and in a host of independent films and theater productions. Now you can see him perform, live, at The Comedy Cove this Saturday Night.

 

 

June 21-22 – Special Event! Goumba Johnny

From WKTU, Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd
Also featuring Carrollann Valentino & Geno Talarico

Goumba “Johnny” Sialiano was born in the Bronx and entered into the radio industry after many career changes. Shortly after graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree from SUNY (State University of New York at Brockport), Johnny signed as a free agent in professional football with the New York Jets and then with the New York Giants, also as a free agent. Although both opportunities were a dream for Johnny, he had to retire from the sport due to a neck injury. After his football career ended, Johnny put his 6-foot, 220-pound stature to use in a way not unlike the football field. He established “Broadway Bodyguards” and escorted celebrities and famous businessmen in and outside the New York City area such as, Smokey Robinson, Sam Kinison, and Malcolm Forbes.

In the mid-eighties Johnny did character voices and wrote comedy bits for radio stations across the country from Z-100 in New York City to KIIS FM in Los Angeles. With his natural quick wit and charm, Johnny has joined the ranks of other comedians by performing stand-up at popular comedy clubs like Caroline’s in Manhattan, Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, and the Borgata and Caesars Palace in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Johnny has shared the stage with many of the top acts in comedy such as Andrew Dice Clay, Mario Cantone, George Wallace, Jay Mohr, Tommy Davidson, Martin Lawrence, Colin Quinn, Paul Rodriguez, Caroline Rhea, Dom Irrera, Richard Jeni, Bobby Slayton, David Alan Grier, and Jerry Seinfeld. His comedic sense brought him success in other entertainment genres as well, and he co-created the television show “Let’s Get Stupid” and sold it to Telepictures.

 Goumba Johnny has appeared on various television shows such as Growing Up Gotti, The Weakest Link, The Montel Williams Show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, The CBS Early Show,The Ricki Lake show, The Queen Latifah Show, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Metro TV/Naked New York and Court TV. In the past Johnny has written for the popular national magazine Cosmopolitan; contributed to US Weekly – Fashion Police for 3 years, and he currently contributes weekly to national magazine Star in Style talkers. He has also hit the soap opera circuit landing roles on two popular CBS shows; Guiding Light and As the World Turns.  The summer of 2001 Johnny made his New York theater debut in the Strawberry One-Act Festival, portraying ‘Stanley the Bartender’ in the play A Punch in the Face, and the summer of 2002 he had a recurring role as ‘Paulie’ in the hit Off Broadway play Six Goumbas and a Wannabe. In 2003 Johnny starred in his own comedy special, Goumba Johnny’s Slice of Italian Comedy and in early 2004 it has appeared as a special on Pay-Per-View for Direct TV, Time Warner Cable and Cablevision, continuing to gain fans not only in the New York Tri-state area, but nationwide. This comedy special is now available on DVD.
In March 2008, Johnny penned his first book – So You Wanna Be a Mobster: Get Made! Get Paid! Get Babes! Start Your Own Mafia Family! (Citadel Publishing), the ultimate comedic self-help yourself book on how to start your own mafia family. Recently, the legendary Friars Club crowned Goumba Johnny the champ of the
nationwide contest… So You Think You Can Roast!? Winning the opportunity to roast Matt Lauer. This is the first year the Friars Club hosted a nationwide contest to find the best talent to participate in one of the club’s long-standing traditions. In Johnny’s free time his efforts are donated to dozens of charitable organizations within
the tri-state area where he has worked tirelessly to raise countless dollars. He performs stand-up, host’s events, plays softball, bowls, whatever it takes to help the cause raise the most money for their foundation. In 2002 he was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, where he was previously honored for his charitable work. He continues to help annually with organizations such as The Bowery Rescue Mission, the Autism Foundation, The Elizabeth Fund for Lupus and many police organizations, as well as many others. KTU discovered Johnny in February 1996 and originally brought him in as a writer. The chemistry that he brought to the station was too good to waste behind the scenes. Management brought him out from behind the pen and paper and put him behind the mic. Goumba Johnny was so successful as a co-host in the evening slot that the KTU executives made him co-host of their Morning Show.

 

June 28-29 – Kyle Grooms

From Last Comic Standing & The Chappelle Show
Also featuring Lori Palmentieri & Mario Gentile

With a long list of notable accomplishments as an actor, writer and comic, he’s proven to be one of the industry’s must-see comics on the scene. With a uniqueness all to himself, Grooms delivers an honest and intelligent view of the world, while giving an intimate look into his life experiences growing up in the American melting pot. Throughout his career, he has appeared in his own hysterical half-hour stand-up special on Comedy Central, while also making multiple appearances on VH1, NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” and famed sketch comedy show, “Chappelle’s Show.” Among his many accomplishments, his first comedy CD, “The Legend of the Jersey Devil,” was named one of iTunes’ Top 100 Comedy CD’s of 2009.

A regular on the New York comedy scene, Grooms has performed at several top clubs, including Caroline’s, Comic Strip, Comedy Cellar and Gotham. He has been featured on several television, radio and internet broadcasts, such as P-Diddy’s “Bad Boys of Comedy,” Jamie Foxx’s “Laffapalooza,” “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn,” “The Byron Allen Show,” “BET Comic View,” and “Red Carpet Fashion.” Having even brought his act overseas, he performed at the “Le Grande Journal” in France and has made several appearances in national TV ad campaigns for companies including T-Mobile, Sears, Career Builders and Holiday Inn Express. Grooms continues to grow as a stand-up comedian, writer and actor, and can currently be seen performing worldwide.