Who is Play Cole?




Who is Play Cole?

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Stand Up with Play Cole and Friends of Play Cole


Growing up in Rockaway Beach, Jon Clarke is bored by all things nautical. In high school, he had an uncanny knack for turning every dramatic role into a comic showcase. You should have seen his One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. He studied comedy writing and improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and plays lead guitar for local rock bands. But it's his writing that people actually like. He's published six comic books and his first screenplay "Idiots in the Atlantic" was featured at the New York Film and Video Festival. Advertising agencies, toy companies and greeting cards have all accepted his writing and paid him pennies for it.


Oh, and he's performed stand-up. A few times now. Jon is a New York native, a married man, a malcontent, and a picky eater.




Bill Monroe grew up in the quiet burg of New York City.


Bill answered the call of the stage early on with a riveting performance as Prince Charming in a 1977 Fairy Tale revue (featuring the classic line, “I'm Prince Charming” and a purple cape – a perfectly masculine purple cape, if you must know). Bill eventually outgrew the small town of New York and headed off to the big city of Helena, MT for four years of study at the world renown Carroll College.


Today, Bill lives near downtown Seattle, and works in the Tech industry. His work takes him all over the country, where he gets to speak with crowds both large and small. In Seattle, Bill developed, recruited, and trained the entire West Coast Division of Play Cole Productions. He continues to be responsible for strategic direction and day-to-day operations. To this day, he remains the sole member.





Stand-up comedian Mike Drucker graduated from New York University with a Master's Degree in English.  Women often cite Mike as the "one with the good personality," and tell him that they "value his friendship so much they wouldn't change it for the world," which is kind of a crappy way of just rejecting him, isn't it Darlene? He's not bitter or anything, because that's not the way he is, but way to really lead a guy around for two months, just letting him really believe there was something there because you needed a shoulder to cry on because what, Banana Republic didn't have your size jeans in today, yeah your life is real hard. It's completely cool because he should've seen this coming so it's really his fault, he knows that. But you just don't dothat.


Mike has also written for 23/6 and McSweeney's.





Born and raised in Brooklyn, Andrew Torres studied art at SUNY Purchase but was just as interested in his college radio show. He drew a record twenty listeners the night he performed a song about the school's food. Andrew tried stand-up comedy but preferred sitting down, so he went into professional radio. He reported traffic on more than a dozen radio stations, using humor where appropriate. On Memorial Day he pretended to barbecue in his studio and on another station he did road reports as Bill Cosby, Johnny Carson, and Kermit the Frog. He talked about the morning commute on Cablevision, NY1, and WABC/Channel 7, before serving nearly two years in the news helicopter for WNBC/Channel 4

Andrew still lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their "daughter," a collie-shepherd-husky mix who doesn't know she's adopted.





Brian Kunath inaugurated his show-biz career at the tender age of five, with a beautifully performed pee-pee dance in the children's clothing section of Sears. He was awarded a trip to the bathroom and best choreography for a dance involving pee-pee. Since then he has written, directed (held the camera) and acted in several short films, authored two books (one on homebrewing) and once even played bass in an alternative rock band, despite his inability to play the bass. His writing has appeared in ezines, magazines and all over the Web.

Currently, he is an advertising copywriter with a three-can-a-day Red Bull habit. A native of Syracuse, he now calls Cleveland his home, even though he lives in Brooklyn. Ask him anything about beer or boxing.