HBO's Def Jam Comic Mike Bonner

Fri, Feb 25, 2022
Sat, Feb 26, 2022

HBO's Def Jam Comic Mike Bonner

with Carly Polistina

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.

Carly Polistina

Carly Polistina is the quirky, sleep talking product of a Catholic School education. Friends have told Carly she is the girl that falls into the trashcan within the first five minutes of a movie as a voice over asks, "You're probably wondering how I got here". Her comedy is the answer to this question.

Her comedy has taken her all over the country, performing at Flappers Comedy Club, Laugh Boston, Gotham Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, and LA Comedy Club as part of WSOC. (Apparently, awkwardness is one of those universal truths.) She was a 2021 Ladies of Laughter Finalist, Burbank Comedy Festival Best of Fest, and WSOC Top 101. As a recovering acting major and unyielding optimist, Polistina frequently finds herself in the throws of incredibly awkward situations(like how-could-this-situation-even-be-real kind awkward), and she uses her comedy to navigate life as a single 24 year old during a pandemic.


Outside of stand-up, Carly is an award nominated actress, an award placing sketch writer, celebrity recognized impressionist, an on-and-off viral TikToker (@carlypolistina), and a passionate lover of Kraft mac-and-cheese. She is a New York City produced playwright, and co-produced, co-starred in, and co-wrote a television pilot called Kissing Cousins (It's not what you think).

Polistina is constantly creating. She loves every facet of what she does and has unlimited energy towards it. Wherever she goes, she is sure to bring her unmistakable kindergarden-teacher-that-turns-to-her-students-for-life-advice vibe.