“Comics for Kids” the annual Stand-up-Comedy fundraiser for Rainbow babies and Children’s Hospital was founded in 2003.
It all began with a simple conversation between two people who wanted to make a difference by creating a onetime fundraiser. The idea was to assemble a stand-up comedy show featuring local amateurs. Tickets would be sold and the proceeds would benefit University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. That first show ran for three hours and featured local amateur and professional comics from the greater Cleveland area. The proceeds were small, but the event turned out to be a fun filled evening for all who attended and participated. It was the beginning of an annual event that would soon grow beyond our expectations.
This year’s comics are:
Christine Kansy brings laughter with a twist. She’s been entertaining audiences with her relatable clean comedy for almost two decades. Christine regularly performs all over Northeast Ohio, showing everyone that she can truly take lemons and make lemonade. Paralegal by day, comedian by night, she’s funny enough to quit her day job but doesn’t want to live in her car.
John Wellington John Wellingtons’ comedy is best described as DARK, DARK & DARKER. Wellingtons show is fast paced with little time in between laughing. No subject is off limits, Wellington takes pride in taking you to the brink of your sensibilities and then going further, some would say he delights in it, others find it foul still, but there is always laughter. Whether It be material about Wellington himself, or about growing up in West Virginia, political, social or something in current events, Wellington delivers every time. John Wellington is a veteran of the Stand-up comedy stage and has appeared on Cinemax/ HBO, NBC.com, and is the Co-founder of The Cleveland Comedy Festival.
DAN NEMETH is proud to be performing in the Comics for Kids 2019 show. As a comedian who grew up in Cleveland, OH, Dan developed into a popular act in the 90’s. His ability to do impressions made for an interesting show and soon found himself performing in clubs, colleges, amusement parks, county fairs…anywhere there was a stage and an audience, or at least half of those. Some of his impressions include The Simpsons, Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Richard Simmons, Sesame Street, and his marquis impression, Barney Fife. His Barney Fife impression has led to several dinner theatre shows all over Ohio. Opening for acts such as Brad Garret and Louie Anderson, Dan has performed for comedy audiences for over 25 year, and he was an extra in The Shawshank Redemption filmed in Mansfield, OH.
Dan is a modern version of a renaissance man. In addition to comedy, he performs in local theatres, runs marathons, drives a semi, makes his own beer, raises a teenage daughter, and helps support his wife, Nancy, who lives in Victoria, BC in Canada.
Rob Telecky is a professional Stand-up Comedian, Licensed Auctioneer, and Humorous speaker.
As a Comedian, Rob captures the attention of his audience with his self deprecating style of humor, He laughs at his own struggles and his inability to make sense of the world around him. He loves to poke fun at his own life’s trials and tribulations in all areas, including; his pets, his relationships and even his relationship with himself.
Rob has taken his sense of humor into the realm of public speaking through independent training as a member of Toastmasters International. He has won the Northeast Ohio district 10 Championship for Best humorous Speech in 2016. In May of 2018 he won the Championship for the districts international speech contest which earned him a position in the World Championship for public speaking in August of 2018. He placed third in his semifinals which puts him in the ranks of the top 30 best speakers in the world for toastmasters international for the year.
As a Licensed Auctioneer, Rob helps several organizations raise money for their causes. He brings energy and wit as he entertains his audience while graciously encouraging them to outbid each other for items on the auction block often gaining sales higher than the retail value of the item offered.
Rob is the creator Comics For kids which is in it’s 15th year and has raised over $500,000.
Audience members can expect a happy, positive, and energetic performer. Sometimes Mark likes to get audience members on stage to add a little flavor to the show (Only if the persons are willing).
Mark is Veteran comedian with 15+ years of experience. his credits are A & E Evening at Improv, B.E.T Comic’s View, Def Jam Comedy Show, NACA College Circuit, Funnybones and Improvs comedy clubs in the U.S.A. Performed on cruise ships for two years and corporate and church events for 10 years.
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