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.


     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, 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, 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
     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


     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 New Haven, New Haven CT
     University of Maine, Farmington ME 
     University of Rhode Island, Kingston RI