Jono Zalay grew up in beautiful San Diego, where upon becoming a stand-up comic, he quickly grew tired of good weather and happy times. So he packed all his belongings and boarded a plane to Boston. His belongings boarded a plane to Philadelphia and were never seen again. Once adequately miserable, Jono pursued comedy while earning his PhD in Neuroscience. In 2010-11, he became a staple at comedy festivals around the country, winning all of them in the “most fun” category that he made up. Jono now lives in New York City where his unique and 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) Hell Yes Fest!, New Orleans LA (2013) NY's Funniest Standup Contest, NYC (2013 Semi-Finalist) San Francisco International Comedy Competition, CA (2012) Seattle International Comedy Competition, WA (2011 Semi-Finalist) Boston Comedy Festival, MA (2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008) Laughing Skull Festival, USA (2012, 2011) Laugh Your Asheville Off, NC (2011, 2010) Philadelphia Fringe Festival, PA (2013) New York Comedy Contest, NY (2011, 2010 Finalist) Women in Comedy Festival, Boston MA (I'm that good; 2013, 2012) Magners Comedy Festival, Boston MA (2010 Finalist) Los Angeles Comedy Festival, CA (2010) Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, Austin TX (2010) Jersey City Comedy Festival, NJ (2013) Comedy Clubs Caroline's on Broadway, NYC The Comedy Studio, Cambridge MA The Funnybone, Harford CT & Columbus OH The Comedy Store, San Diego & Hollywood CA The Improv, Ivine & Hollywood CA Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, NYC & Hollywood CA Comedy Club on State, Madison WI Parlor Live, Bellevue WA The Comedy Underground, Seattle WA American Comedy Co., San Diego CA Skyline Comedy Café, Appleton WI Absolute Comedy Club, Toronto CAN 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 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