Drunkenness can be funny. Just ask comedian Sean Flannery.
For the last three years, he has been running the Chicago-based Blackout Diaries, a now weekly comedy show that features comics and real-life people telling humorous stories about being drunk.
“It’s a fun way for fans of comedy to hear really funny drinking stories,” said Flannery, 37, who grew up in Copley Township and graduated from Walsh Jesuit High School and John Carroll University.
For the first time, the Blackout Diaries — which also is a podcast — is going on tour in Ohio.
It will hit Mahall’s in Lakewood at 8 p.m. Thursday. (June 19)
In addition to Flannery, the Cleveland show also will feature comics Mike Polk Jr., Matty Ryan, The Puterbaugh Sisters, Bobby Minelli of Pipeworks Brewing Co. in Chicago and stay-at-home mom Jessica Flannery.
Minelli, a native of Hamilton, Ohio, will share how he ruined a family wedding, Flannery said.
Much of the lineup is the same, although the Newport/Cincinnati show will include a real-life rocket scientist.
Tickets are $10.
Flannery is especially pleased to be coming home to Northeast Ohio.
“It’s kind of a blue collar town,” he said about Cleveland. “I think those people work hard and they’ll drink hard on the weekend.”
He recalled the disastrous 10-cent beer night sponsored by the Cleveland Indians, and the creative ways that Browns fans would sneak beer into the stadium, including the famous story of a keg being hidden inside a doghouse.
“It’s funny the leaps that Clevelanders go to to make sure they are drinking at all events,” he said.
And Flannery even remembered his uncles buying dirt-cheap 30-packs of Schaefer.
“It was called ‘A Weekender,’” he said with a laugh.
Now drunkenness has its downsides as well. Alcoholism and drunken-driving to name two.
“We don’t want to hide from the bad things about drinking, but at the end of the day people pay to laugh,” Flannery said.
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