Water Cooler Comedy

Founded in 2018 under the banner "Locally Sourced Comedy," Water Cooler Comedy not only produces local comedy showcases around Northeast Ohio, but we're teaching managers how to develop a sense of humor to make their companies places where people WANT to work. Starting with conference keynotes David Horning has expanded Water Cooler Comedy into corporate training programs centered around building curiosity as a skill, improvisation techniques in collaboration, and building confident vulnerability in leaders by teaching them to think like comedians. The outcome is a workplace culture centered around trust, creativity, and connection.

By night, Water Cooler Comedy has teamed up with Golden Ox Studio to put Cleveland on the comedy map by producing the late night pop up show, "Secret Society Comedy."

Why "Secret Society"?

You never know who is going to drop in to make you laugh, from Cleveland comedy staples, to comics you've seen on TV, to some of the best up-and-coming talent this side of Lake Erie. Each week, the show features a different lineup, and it pops up at a different venue transformed to feel like a comedy club in an intimate setting where the audience feels like they're in on a secret.

In addition, Water Cooler Comedy produces four other shows in Cleveland:

1. "Comedy Night At Dina's." The suburbs deserve to laugh too, so what pairs better with pizza and pints than punchlines as Bryan Sternik hosts this showcase featuring Cleveland's best comedians in the upstairs party room of Old Brooklyn staple Dina's Pizza And Pub. If it looks like a comedy club and it feels like a comedy club, then the first Monday of every month, it MUST be a comedy club.

2. "Gratuity Not Included: A Service Industry Comedy Show." The last Monday of every month, a panel of comics takes real-life stories told by local restaurant workers and turns them into a cathartic comedy experience.

3. "One More Joke," a 2-part weekly open mic every Tuesday at Judd's City Tavern. Part 1 is a shotgun-style open mic where comedians have a short window to work on brand new material in a rapid-fire format featuring amateurs, professionals, and first-timers -- all are welcome to try their hand at stand-up. Part 2 is a joke writing contest where 4 comedians have 1 hour to write 4 jokes, then go head to head, to head, to head in a single elimination joke-off where the audience determines who gets to tell one more joke.

4. "Six Courses Of Comedy," a quarterly pop-up comedy and culinary experience where Cleveland's best chefs prepare a 6-course meal where each dish and cocktail pairs with a joke from 6 of the best comedians in the midwest.

Visit watercoolercomedy.org to learn more.

Founded in 2018 under the banner "Locally Sourced Comedy," Water Cooler Comedy not only produces local comedy showcases around Northeast Ohio, but we're teaching managers how to develop a sense of humor to make their companies places where people WANT to work. Starting with conference keynotes David Horning has expanded Water Cooler Comedy into corporate training programs centered around building curiosity as a skill, improvisation techniques in collaboration, and building confident vulnerability in leaders by teaching them to think like comedians. The outcome is a workplace culture centered around trust, creativity, and connection.

By night, Water Cooler Comedy has teamed up with Golden Ox Studio to put Cleveland on the comedy map by producing the late night pop up show, "Secret Society Comedy."

Why "Secret Society"?

You never know who is going to drop in to make you laugh, from Cleveland comedy staples, to comics you've seen on TV, to some of the best up-and-coming talent this side of Lake Erie. Each week, the show features a different lineup, and it pops up at a different venue transformed to feel like a comedy club in an intimate setting where the audience feels like they're in on a secret.

In addition, Water Cooler Comedy produces four other shows in Cleveland:

1. "Comedy Night At Dina's." The suburbs deserve to laugh too, so what pairs better with pizza and pints than punchlines as Bryan Sternik hosts this showcase featuring Cleveland's best comedians in the upstairs party room of Old Brooklyn staple Dina's Pizza And Pub. If it looks like a comedy club and it feels like a comedy club, then the first Monday of every month, it MUST be a comedy club.

2. "Gratuity Not Included: A Service Industry Comedy Show." The last Monday of every month, a panel of comics takes real-life stories told by local restaurant workers and turns them into a cathartic comedy experience.

3. "One More Joke," a 2-part weekly open mic every Tuesday at Judd's City Tavern. Part 1 is a shotgun-style open mic where comedians have a short window to work on brand new material in a rapid-fire format featuring amateurs, professionals, and first-timers -- all are welcome to try their hand at stand-up. Part 2 is a joke writing contest where 4 comedians have 1 hour to write 4 jokes, then go head to head, to head, to head in a single elimination joke-off where the audience determines who gets to tell one more joke.

4. "Six Courses Of Comedy," a quarterly pop-up comedy and culinary experience where Cleveland's best chefs prepare a 6-course meal where each dish and cocktail pairs with a joke from 6 of the best comedians in the midwest.

Visit watercoolercomedy.org to learn more.

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