HB0 Def Comedian Mike Bonner & Andy Beningo

Fri, Feb 5, 2021
Sat, Feb 6, 2021

HB0 Def Comedian Mike Bonner & Andy Beningo

with Andy Beningo

Any length of conversation and one starts to figure out that Mike Bonner is moving through time at a pace all his own. Sometimes it’s accelerated even when it seems slow. For instance, where most comedians start with comedy as their forte and evolve into entertainment moguls, Bonner started out with a love for the performing arts; "I was a theater brat, I did glee club...anything that would get me on stage." Eventually, that passion for the arts at large would distill itself into a poised and seriously funny comic. His roots in theater create a dynamic of funny on stage that use Bonner's whole being as a vehicle for his set. Body language, random interludes of singing, & physical comedy all play a supporting role to the top billing: the jokes.

Bonner is inspired by his experiences as a husband and father on a quest for the ideal nuclear family. His comedy is equally inspired by failures and rock bottom observations from a perspective that give Bonner a Midas touch. His penchant for interpreting life experiences in a way that is universal as much as it is comical has landed him opportunities to perform in front of diverse audiences in his hometown of Detroit and abroad. With a career spanning two decades, Bonner has featured as a comic on BET’s Comicview, Comics Unleashed, writer and performer for P. Diddy Presents the Bad Boys of Comedy and a litany of other TV, stage & radio appearances.

Andy Beningo

With over 3,000 career performances, Andy Beningo has established himself as one of the most in demand comedians working today. Hailed for his clean and "every man" style, Andy has been named one of the 40 Best Up and Coming Comedians in the country, as well as "Best Comedian" by both the Detroit Metro Times and Detroit Hour magazine. His Dry Bar Comedy special, 'Adorable Tough Guy' generated over two million views on social media in its first week of release. Andy has appeared on AXS TV's Gotham Comedy Live, as a final four finalist on CMT's Next Big Comic, and on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom radio show. Andy's new CD, 'Quiet Coyote' regularly plays on Laugh USA on XM Sirius Radio. His rare ability to find humor in subjects like growing up the middle child, his short lived career as a middle school teacher and our society's obsession with technology has made him a crowd favorite in audiences worldwide.

Beningo has performed in corporate events for Fortune 500 companies (like Dow Chemical, Cisco Computers and All State), in colleges and in church functions. He regularly performs in Alaska and Europe on Norwegian Cruise Line. He has shared the stage with many of his comedic heroes, including Frank Caliendo, Greg Giraldo, John Heffron, Dave Coulier, and Rocky Laporte. He has performed in some of the finest clubs in the country, including Gotham Comedy Club in New York City, Zanies in Chicago, Comedy Store in Los Angeles, and nationwide in the Improv and Funny Bone Comedy Club chain. Comedy Festival performances have included: Gilda's LaughFest in Grand Rapids, MI (where he was the warm up act for Betty White's sold out show at the DeVos Center), Live Laughs Festival (as one of the festivals headliners), the Detroit Comedy Festival, the Great American Comedy Festival (at the Johnny Carson theater) and the Clean Comedy Challenge- where he won several awards. In 2020, Andy co-headlined the Date Night Tour. He performed in in front of an estimated 14,000 people in a 14 day, 14 city tour throughout 5 Canadian Providences. Part of the tour was filmed for YesTV Canada- which reaches roughly 7 million homes across Canada. Andy continues to accumulate accolades- as he was recently nominated for Comedian of the Year by the AMG Heritage Awards. Other radio and small television appearances include: being heard on Chick McGee's Off the Air Podcast, the Daren Streblow Comedy Show and overseas on the American Forces Network. Appearances on the NBC affiliate show "Night Shift with Kevin Ferguson," the Comedy Time Network, Comcast Cable's "Open Mic" and on MavTV have been well received. Beningo won the Clean Guys Unbleepable Contest- and his stand up clip on text messaging premiered before Dave Coulier's Clean Guys of Comedy movie- which was in over 600 movie theaters nationwide. He became a favorite on Rooftop Comedy, where his material was highlighted on three different TV shows, including Comedy Cut Outs- an animated series. Rooftop also tapped him to host the National College Competition presented by TBS at both Michigan State and the University of Michigan.

In addition to stand up, Andy Beningo has starred in a very popular commercial for Pay Anywhere, and landed a small role in the film The End of The Tour starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg. He also had a very small role on the Comedy Central show The Detroiters.