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Stand-up Comedy Featuring: Aparna Nancherla, with special guests: Billy Bonnell, Jimmie Graham, Kris Wernowsky, and Jeremy Sheer

Acting Out! COMEDY

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Stand-up Comedy Show. All performing comedians are living with a mental health or addiction diagnosis.

Comedians: Aparna Nancherla, with special guests: Billy Bonnell, Jimmy Graham, Kris Wernowsky, and Jeremy Sheer

Aparna Nancherla (New York):  Aparna has recently worked as a writer and performer for Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC. You can also catch her on the current season of Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central and on the upcoming season of Judd Apatow’s Love on Netflix. Other credits include writer and performer on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and appearances on Conan, Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, @midnight, Adam Devine’s House Party, Last Comic Standing, and Night Train with Wyatt Cenac. She has also done videos for Above Average, Refinery29, Funny or Die, Slate V, and MTV Other.

Billy Bonnell (Los Angeles):  Billy is a comedian first and a good person second. He hails from Cleburne, Texas, a town named after a confederate general with a rodeo as a city hall, so his views are interesting. He escaped to the military as his only chance to not be a religious weirdo and started Stand-up while serving. He left the Navy after 10 years to pursue comedy and depression full time and wrote this bio with disdain for the process. He was on Comedy Central once but would love for you to focus on the next few years of his career.

Kris Wernowsky (Cleveland): Kris Wernowsky is a journalist, comedian and storyteller from the shores of the Mississippi River who currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Him and his shows have appeared at the Bird City Comedy Festival, the Memphis Comedy Festival, the Limestone Comedy Festival as well as several top comedy venues across the U.S. HIs family history with mental illness, depression and substance abuse can be traced back several generations on both sides of his family. He too suffers from depression and has struggled with alcohol, but outside of his mother, he is one of the only people in his family to ever seek help. His mid-20s saw him test every antidepressant on the market. He was in and out of therapy for years. As he pulled his life together, put himself through college and went on to a successful career as a reporter, his father’s struggle with mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse ended in 2011 when he took his own life.

Jeremy Sheer (Cleveland): Jeremy Sheer has been serving up dark and dirty jokes in Cleveland since 2005.  He has a dual diagnosis of bipolar II which constantly makes him question if the mania is worth the fights and the late night trips to the trap house.  Sheer has been clean and sober since 2016.  He can currently be heard co-hosting Let The Hate Flow Through You with Jordan Patrick and The Ad Hominem Attack Show with Chris Paugh and Ryne DiPerna wherever you consume podcasts.  Jeremy can be seen live in his sketch group Sad Boys’ Social Club monthly at The Funny Stop Comedy Club and closing out the roast battles at East End Bistro and Pub.

Hosted by Jimmie Graham (Cleveland): Jimmie Graham is a founding member of the Accidental Comedy Club and can be found dark charming audiences all over the place with his “Devilish Smile” & his intelligent, dark yet goofy point of view. He leaves audiences loving him.


September 13, 2017



Start Time:

8:30 PM

End Time:

10:30 PM


smaARTspace at 78th
1305 West 80th St, Suite 116
Cleveland, OH 44102