Jono Zalay started life and standup in San Diego. In 2006 he moved to Boston where he became a staple at New England comedy clubs, all while earning his Doctorate in Neuroscience. Since 2008 he has been invited to perform in over 25 comedy festivals, winning all of them in the “most fun” category he made up. Jono now lives in New York City where he has been featured in Time Out New York and Comedy Central’s ‘Up Next’ talent search. His informed background brings a perspective to stand-up comedy unequaled by almost any PhD in Neuroscience.
Festivals/Competitions Comedy Central's Up Next, NYC (2013) Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Portland OR (2012) Caroline's March Comedy Madness, NYC (2014 Final Four, 2013) NYCF-NY's Funniest Standup Contest, NYC (2013 Semi-Finalist) Limestone Comedy Festival, Bloomington IN (2014) Hell Yes Fest!, New Orleans LA (2013) San Francisco International Comedy Competition, CA (2012) Seattle International Comedy Competition, WA (2011 Semi-Finalist) Boston Comedy Festival, MA (2013 Semi-Finalist, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008) Laughing Skull Festival, USA (2012, 2011) Laugh Your Asheville Off, NC (2011, 2010) Philadelphia Fringe Festival, PA (2014, 2013) Jersey City Comedy Festival, NJ (2014, 2013) New York Comedy Contest, NY (2011, 2010 Finalist) Women in Comedy Festival, Boston MA (I'm that good; 2013, 2012) Magner's Comedy Festival, Boston MA (2010 Finalist) Los Angeles Comedy Festival, CA (2010) Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, Austin TX (2010) Comedy Clubs Caroline's on Broadway, NYC The Funnybone, Harford CT & Columbus OH The Comedy Store, San Diego & Hollywood CA The Improv, Irvine & Hollywood CA Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, NYC & Hollywood CA The Creek & The Cave, NYC The Comedy Studio, Cambridge MA Comedy Club on State, Madison WI Parlor Live, Bellevue WA The Comedy Underground, Seattle WA Arlington Drafthouse, Arlington VA American Comedy Co., San Diego CA Morty's Comedy Joint, Indianapolis IN The Laughing Derby, Louisville KY Wiley's, Dayton OH Skyline Comedy Café, Appleton WI Absolute Comedy Club, Toronto ON The Comedy MIX, Vancouver BC The Comedy Nest, Montreal QB Carolina Comedy Club, Myrtle Beach SC Connxtions Comedy Club, Lansing MI Second St. Comedy Club, Harrisburg PA The Comedy Connection, New England Nick's Comedy Stop, New England Dick Doherty Comedy Clubs, New England Colleges/Universities Marshall University, Huntington WV University of Kentucky, Lexington KY Boston University, Boston MA Boston College, Boston MA Brown University, Providence RI Northeastern University, Boston MA Emerson College, Boston MA Concord Univeristy, Athens WV Lake Forest College, Lake Forest IL Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs NY Bryant University, Smithfield RI Keene State, Keene NH Lasell College, Newton MA Curry College, Milton MA University of Maine, Farmington ME University of Rhode Island, Kingston RI