Bonkerz Comedy Club - Cleveland

Bonkerz Comedy Club - Cleveland
1550 Chester Avenue
407-629-2665

History:

- In 1984, Joe Sanfelippo along with his brother John and best friend George Maltezos were operating Papa Gaio nightclub in Milwaukee, WI, a two floor venue that combined a high energy dance format and live music. The trio accidentally stumbled on the idea of live comedy after booking a one-time comedy event for the club and realizing that it took about 8 hours a day less to produce than live music. Nothing could make a trio of fun loving 20-somethings happier than working 16 hours less a week!

- BONKERZ was the first comedy club in the state of Wisconsin and 26 years later, we still has a location in Milwaukee inside of Potawatomi casino.

- In 1987, BONKERZ moved its headquarters to its location in Orlando, Fl and began its journey as a national comedy production company.

- BONKERZ' first open mic night included then Orlando residents, Billy Gardell (of CBS's Mike and Molly), Daryl Hammond, Larry the Cable Guy, and Carrot Top.

- Over the years BONKERZ has formed lasting relationships with many of today's most famous comedians and has expanded to over 2 dozen locations nationwide including Las Vegas where Bonkerz currently produces the Louie Anderson show.

- BONKERZ continues the tradition of seeking out and developing today's hottest upcoming comedians in locations around the country..


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