Featured Comic | Pickwick & Frolic

A full night of fun, all under one roof!

A full night of fun, all under one roof!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at MIDNIGHT with with Jeff Dye

 

Jeff is a nationally touring comedian, actor, host, prankster and Bigfoot enthusiast. He starred in NBC’s comedy adventure series “Better Late Than Never.” This project followed the travel of Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman as Jeff presents them the adventure of a lifetime. Currently he’s on new episodes of “I Can See Your Voice” and “The Masked Singer” on Fox. Dye has performed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (twice), finished 3rd on Last Comic Standing and has had his own “Comedy Central Presents” special. In previous years, he has starred on numerous TV projects, including “Money from Strangers”, “Girl Code”, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”, as well as NBC’s “I Can Do That”- a one hour comedy variety series that puts six of America’s brightest entertainers to the test as they compete to showcase their talents with breathtaking and unique acts, featuring skills they didn’t even know they had. Jeff’s album “Live from Madison” had been a top 10 album on the Billboard Comedy Charts and his new album Dumb is Gooder will be coming out in 2021! Dye’s passion is bringing love and positivity through laughter to everyone he encounters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early New Year’s Eve 2022 with Jeff Dye

 

Jeff is a nationally touring comedian, actor, host, prankster and Bigfoot enthusiast. He starred in NBC’s comedy adventure series “Better Late Than Never.” This project followed the travel of Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman as Jeff presents them the adventure of a lifetime. Currently he’s on new episodes of “I Can See Your Voice” and “The Masked Singer” on Fox. Dye has performed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (twice), finished 3rd on Last Comic Standing and has had his own “Comedy Central Presents” special. In previous years, he has starred on numerous TV projects, including “Money from Strangers”, “Girl Code”, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”, as well as NBC’s “I Can Do That”- a one hour comedy variety series that puts six of America’s brightest entertainers to the test as they compete to showcase their talents with breathtaking and unique acts, featuring skills they didn’t even know they had. Jeff’s album “Live from Madison” had been a top 10 album on the Billboard Comedy Charts and his new album Dumb is Gooder will be coming out in 2021! Dye’s passion is bringing love and positivity through laughter to everyone he encounters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Scientology Killer-NYE

CRIME SOLVING, FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

THE SCIENTOLOGY KILLER

NEW YEARS EVE
Includes hats, blowers, and a sparkling toast!

Written & Directed by MICHAEL ROGALINER
Music Directed by JOHN DiSANTO

“A celebrity visit from Tom Cruise is jeopardized when a Scientology Mission is accused of murder.”
Featuring Macy Galloway, Brett DiCello, Nathan Hatch, Mia Kardotzke, and Celine Kowall.

3 Course Dinner includes salads and fresh baked rolls, choice of entrees and dessert served at intermissions.

Seating, Salads and Drink Orders begin at 6:30pm. Show begins at 7pm. The party ends at approximately 9:15pm.

Audience Participation, for those who choose, includes karaoke and audience celebrations.

 


Murder Mystery Dinner Party Menu

1st Course
Field greens salad with cucumber, carrots, tomatoes & balsamic vinaigrette dressing
Fresh baked rolls & whipped butter

2nd Course
Your choice of entrée:

8 oz Strip Loin
topped with mushroom demi-glaze, served with mashed potatoes & sauteed vegetable medley

8 oz. Chicken Parmesan
with penne marinara

8oz. Oven-Roasted Cod
topped with citrus butter sauce, served with wild rice pilaf & sauteed vegetable medley

Pasta Primavera
penne pasta tossed in olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, cheese, herbs & julienned vegetable medley (zucchini, squash & carrots)

Vegan Spaghetti & Meatless Balls
spaghetti squash, a meatless blend of lentil, sesame & chickpea topped with basil marinara

3rd Course
Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake

(If Vegan, please ask your server for our Vegan Ice Cream Flavor of the Day)

CAST

 

BRETT DiCELLO (JJ) is back at Pickwick after starring as Coach Beak in last season’s Murder at Celebrity Rehab! Previous credits include Peter and the Starcatcher (Bill Slank/Hawking Clam) at Dobama, The Seagull (Shamrayev) at Cleveland Playhouse, Avenue Q (Trekkie Monster) at Blank Canvas Theater, Red (Mark Rothko) at Eldred Theater, and Urinetown (Lockstock) at Eldred Theater. Brett was a member of IMPROVment: Case Western’s Premiere Improv Comedy Troupe. He spent a semester studying abroad at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and studied Theater Arts and Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. He thanks his friends and family for their constant love and support.

 

 

 

MACY GALLOWAY (Lydia) is a 2021 graduate of Ashland University with a BA in Musical Theatre. This is her second show at Pickwick & Frolic after creating the role of Hallmark star Svetlana Toy in last season’s Murder at Celebrity Rehab. Other recent roles include Sophie in Mamma Mia!, Caroline and Amy in The Theory of Relativity and Irina in Three Sisters. She would like to thank her family, friends and her new husband for always supporting her. Enjoy the show! 

 

 

 

NATHAN HACH (Trevor Teeter) is back this year at Pickwick after having created the role of Hendrix in last season’s Murder at Celebrity Rehab. Other recent credits include appearances in the films Disconnected and My Summer in Ohio as well as voice-over roles in Revenge Syndrome, Great Heights, Code Xana, and The Pretenders Guild video game. He previously appeared at Pickwick in the Serial Bachelorette Killer and #Killbridezilla. 

 

 

MIA KARDOTZKE (Jazzy Howell) is a musical theatre graduate from Ashland University. She’s back on the Frolic Cabaret Stage after having created the role of Cleo in Murder at Celebrity Rehab. Mia has starred in a variety of shows including Mamma Mia! (Donna), Enemy of the People (Peter/Petrine), Twelfth Night (Olivia) and Theory of Relativity (Catherine/Jenny). She gives a huge shoutout to her family, friends, and all who have supported her throughout the years. 

 

 

CELINE KOWALL (Trudy) returns to Pickwick & Frolic after having created the role of Zuzu in last season’s Murder at Celebrity Rehab! Other whodunnit roles include runs at the Geauga Lyric Theatre Guild in Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap (Miss Casewell); as well as playing a boy, Fred Narracott/The Voice on the Phonograph in And Then There Were None. Additional credits include An Evening of One Acts By Shel Silverstein, The Elephant Man and Much Ado About Nothing. She is also a film actor and recently participated in the Cleveland 48 Hour Film Project annual competition. 

PRODUCTION

MICHAEL ROGALINER (Writer/Director/Producer) and JOHN DiSANTO (Music Director) have created and produced original shows for Pickwick & Frolic since it opened. Their original Murder Mystery Comedies include Stage Struck, The Red Carpet Murders, Cruise Ship Killer, Psych Ward Whacker, Murder at the Oasis, Toga Party Terror, Bachelorettes Gone Homicidal, The All-Girl Prison Murder, #KillBridezilla, Beauty Queen Killer, High School Reunion Homicide and Serial Bachelorette Killer. Their Pickwick cabarets include multi-year runs of Burlesque, Cabaret Rock, The Stylettes, The Midnight Martini Show and The Delusional Divas of Drag in the Frolic Cabaret as well as special events like The Hump Day Show and Toga! in Hilarities East 4th Street Theatre and Forever Plaid in the Cabaret.  John is a former church music director whose primary instruments include pipe organ and harp.  Michael has an MFA in theatre directing from Syracuse University and has directed plays and musicals throughout NE Ohio and Central New York.  Some of his favorites include Evita, Pippin, Nunsense, Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, Jeffrey and Anything Goes.

Preacher Lawson

18+ SHOW

Preacher Lawson was born In Portland, OR, but raised most of his adolescence in Memphis, TN. He moved 20 times before the age of 10, but if you asked him what city he’s from he’d say Orlando, FL because that’s where he grew as a comedian. Preacher is best known for his appearance on season 12 of NBC’s hit series, AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (2017) where he made it to the final rounds. Based off his stellar performance in season 12 Preacher was invited to compete on AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS (2019) and BRITAN’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS (2019) where he advanced to the finale after he received the most votes from the fans. Preacher was the host of the Facebook Watch series WORLD’S MOST AMAZING DOGS (2019) with George Lopez and Lisa Vanderpump and has built a following on YouTube of over 500,000 subscribers. In 2019 Preacher shot his first stand-up special which premiered on BET+ and continues to perform at sold-out venues around the country. Currently, Preacher can be seen starring in the NBC series CONNECTING and as a judge on the new Nickelodeon competition show UNLEASHED. 

 

 

Pete Lee

Pete Lee was the first standup comedian to get a standing ovation on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and it resulted in him appearing on the show three times in the last year. This happened after Jimmy personally attended one of Pete’s live shows in NYC and immediately invited him on the show. Pete’s joyful humor comes from his Midwestern roots. Raised in Janesville, WI by divorced parents and a 19-inch television, he was destined to pursue a career in entertainment. In 2005, Pete flew to New York to make his television debut on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, and the taping went so well that he decided to move to NYC. Soon after moving to NYC, he was selected to perform at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, where he was voted a standout performer. In 2008 Pete made his network television debut performing on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, finishing as a semi-finalist. That same year, he made his television acting debut on the CBS Soap Opera As The World Turns. At the end of 2008, he shot his own Comedy Central Half Hour Special, which earned him a cult following at comedy clubs, and the opportunity to perform over the next ten years at 500 colleges across the country.

In 2010 Pete began producing and editing his own shows for the Internet which led to getting his own web show on MSN.com called New York Minute:30. His web shows attracted the attention of television talent scouts and in 2012 he was hired to be a writer and cast member on FUSE TV’s Video on Trial and the NFL Network’s Top 10’s. In 2013, Pete was hired as a cast member on VH1’s Best Week Ever, where he was a writer and cast member for three seasons. That same year, he made his late night television debut on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman.

Currently, Pete is a cast member of TruTV’s Greatest Ever and he hosts his own segment on Nickelodeon’s Nick Toons, in co-ordination with the NFL, called NFL Rush. He’s also a regular on TruTV’s Comedy Knockout and Comedy Central’s Roast Battle. Additionally, showing off his writing versatility, he was hired by the Duck Dynasty folks to be a writer/producer, and he helped develop the hit Duck Dynasty spin-off Going Siral. He also starred in a documentary titled I Need You to Kill that is now available on iTunes and Amazon. Most recently, Pete became a writer/cast member on the hit show This Week at the Comedy Cellar on Comedy Central, where he can be seen every Friday night at 11pm ET.

Pete just moved to Los Angeles, California, and he launched a new podcast titled Snugglestorm, mostly as a vehicle to sit down with LA comics and make new friends in California. But he’ll be visiting his old New York friends often, because Jimmy Fallon officially named him a regular on The Tonight Show.

If you haven’t heard of Pete Lee yet, prepare to tell other people.

Brad Williams

Pound for pound, Brad Williams is the funniest comedian in the country right now, and has become one of the most in-demand comedians working today. Williams started doing stand-up comedy as a teenager and has been touring successfully ever since, routinely selling out prestigious venues all over the country and world. 

Williams has parlayed his live performances into a multitude of stand-up television appearances, including The Tonight Show, Dave Attell’s Comedy Underground, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. His first one-hour special, Fun Size, was the highest rated special on Showtime, and a year later, he followed that up with his second one, Daddy Issues, which was even more successful than the first. His third special in three years was an uproarious one, hosting some of the edgiest comedians in the country from the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. His last groundbreaking special on Netflix, The Degenerates, garnered more huge ratings and rave reviews. 

Also an accomplished actor, Williams has appeared on numerous TV shows and feature films, including FX’s Legit, Sam and Cat, Mind of Mencia, Pitboss, a recurring role on the Hulu original show Deadbeat, and memorable roles in a plethora of movies, including Little Evil, produced by Scott Stuber (Ted), as well as the Netflix original Christopher Guest film, Mascots, and most recently Reno 911: It’s A Wonderful Heist. 

Recently, Brad became the first stand-up comedian to headline a Cirque de Soleil show in their 30 year history, when he agreed to launch—and do a three month run of—their newest show Mad Apple, at the magnificent 1200 seat New York New York Theater in Las Vegas. The show became an immediate smash hit to rave revues, singling out Williams for his incredible ability to captivate his audiences with his extraordinary performances. 

In addition to stand-up and acting, Williams co-created and co-hosted one of the most successful podcasts in the world, with friend and fellow comic Adam Ray, entitled About Last Night, which was always a mainstay on the iTunes charts during their five year run. Additionally, he is also a regular contributor with a series of incredibly funny appearances on several national radio and podcast platforms, including KROQ’s Kevin and Bean Show and The Adam Carolla Show. 

Williams’ humorous and inspiring observations on disability, relationships, sex, and race consistently win over audiences; proving anyone can overcome their shortcomings. His high energy live performances frequently produce standing ovations from audience members; which prompted the late Robin Williams to call him “Prozac with a head.” 

Jim Norton

MATURE AUDIENCES

American stand-up comedian, radio personality, bestselling author, and actor, Jim Norton is the. co-host of The Jim Norton & Sam Roberts Show that can be heard every morning on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. His latest stand-up special, “Mouthful of Shame” is streaming now on Netflix where Jim lays out a full serving of refreshingly unapologetic humor in his first Netflix comedy special. In May 2016, he was announced as co-host of UFC’s Unfiltered Podcast with Jim Norton & Matt Serra. Since 2014 he has been a contributor to Time Magazine. He has an additional 4 one-hour comedy specials that can be seen on Hulu, Amazon, and HBO GO.

Josh Blue

Following his 3rd place finish on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Josh Blue is hitting the road with his As NOT Seen on TV Tour. There’s nothing quite like the experience of seeing a Josh Blue show LIVE. In the words of the great Howie Mandel, “This is the year of Josh Blue!”, so get your tickets and “Buckle UP!”.

After his groundbreaking win on Last Comic Standing in 2006, Josh Blue has risen through the ranks to become a well-established headliner at venues throughout the world. In 2018, Josh crushed his set on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In the same year, he was honored with a performance at the William H. Macy Gala at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada. He wrapped up 2018 by recording his fifth hour special, Broccoli, at his home club, Comedy Works in Denver, CO. Josh does over 200 shows a year, continuing to spread laughter and break down stereotypes of people with disabilities. His stand-up routine is in a constant state of evolution and his off-the-cuff improvisational skills guarantee that no two shows are alike.

Critics have said Josh is not a cerebral palsy comic; he’s a comic who happens to have cerebral palsy. However, his closest friends describe him as “a d-bag”.