Several years ago Jono Zalay moved from San Diego to Boston to pursue standup. He quickly became a staple in the New England comedy scene, while simultaneously earning his Doctorate in Neuroscience (he gave cocaine to rats). Since dropping his science hobby to pursue stand-up full time, Jono has been invited to perform in the Bridgetown, Limestone and New York Comedy Festivals. Jono now lives in New York City where he has been featured in Time Out New York and the Final Four of Caroline’s March Comedy Madness. His background in science brings a unique perspective to his stand up and provides the insight for his popular comedy-science podcast Universe City.


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)
Laughing Skull Festival, Atlanta GA (2015 Semi-Finalist, 2012, 2011)
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)
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, Atlanta GA, 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
Go Bananas, Cincinnati OH
The Comedy Attic, Bloomington IN
Parlor Live, Seattle & 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
The Velveeta Room, Austin TX
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
The Comedy Connection, New England
Nick’s Comedy Stop, New England
Dick Doherty Comedy Clubs, New England


University of Kentucky, Lexington KY
Marshall University, Huntington WV
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 New Haven, New Haven CT
University of Maine, Farmington ME
University of Rhode Island, Kingston RI