Disabled Comedians Team Up for ‘Don’t Call It Standup’ Show

COLUMBIANA, Ohio – The title of an upcoming comedy show reveals a bit of its irreverent spirit.

A lineup of comedians with disabilities, some using wheelchairs, will present “Don’t Call It Standup” on Saturday, May 4, at Riser Tavern on The Links.

It’s a fundraiser for Disability Rights Ohio, an education and advocacy group based in Columbus.

Matt O’Nesti of Boardman put the show together, enlisting fellow disabled comedians Harrison Poole and Chevy Terril, and also GW Neil, who is the mother of children with disabilities. All are from the Youngstown area.

It’s the second time he’s produced the show – the first time was two years ago in Columbus.

O’Nesti, a board member of Disability Rights Ohio, said he would like to see the show become an annual event.

A comedian for a dozen years or so, O’Nesti is emerging from a period of inactivity that started with the pandemic. “I’m gearing back up,” he said.

O’Nesti also makes films and produced his own comedy special in 2019. He has since done the same for other comedians.

He is staging the upcoming show at Riser Tavern, 107 St. Andrews Drive, in conjunction with Dave Robich, who owns the Funny Farm Comedy Club. Robich brings comedy shows to the spacious room.

The “Don’t Call It Standup” show is a fundraiser, but don’t expect the comic quartet to go easy.

“We’re not going to pull any punches,” O’Nesti said.

Each comedian will do a set of 15 to 20 minutes. O’Nesti will serve as emcee and will also bring the show to a close with his own set.

The show is recommended for people age 21 and older. Tickets are $30 (plus fees) and available HERE.

Pictured at top: Matt O’Nesti of Boardman does his comedy act during a recent performance.

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