Two Ohio comedians are combining their love of craft beer and making people laugh by launching the Taproom Takeover Comedy Tour.
Ky Miller and Mike Berlon are setting up shows at craft breweries, with the first one set for June 14 at Rust Belt Brewing Co. in Youngstown.
What's so funny about beer? “Experts say the beer tastes even better coming out of your nose,” their website says.
The idea stemmed from a booking that fell through in Youngstown. Berlon, 29, of Cincinnati and Miller, 31, of Galion were scheduled to play a show but the comedy club decided to shut down for the summer.
It’s not easy to lose a gig and they started talking about what to do. Then, they seized on the similarities between independent artists and craft breweries.
“These microbreweries are independent, trying to make a name for themselves,” Berlon said. “So the idea came up: What if we put together a string of shows at these taprooms? It’s going to be beneficial for us because we’re going to get to perform to people who may have not seen us before. But it’s also going to help draw in a crowd to the taproom who may not have gone there before.
“And there’s also the selfish reason that we’re kind of beer snobs. It’s the opportunity to try new beers and travel around and check out these different taprooms that we may not have gotten to on our own.”
Comedy and craft beer isn't unheard of here in Ohio. Earlier this month, Actual Brewing Co. in Columbus hosted the "F--- Your Mother's Day" comedy show to help celebrate its one-year anniversary.
Berlon and Miller, who are both married, have been performing for more than a decade. Berlon described their comedic style as personal storytelling. While their standup includes beer references, it's not jokes about craft beer, he said. They are co-headlining the tour and perform separately, as opposed to a team.
Rust Belt is the first Taproom tour performance. They are trying to set up more shows in Northeast Ohio, and would like to expand throughout Ohio and the Midwest.
Berlon sees another benefit to the tour. There may not be a comedy club anywhere near some craft breweries in smaller towns.
“We want to be able to introduce comedy to people who maybe live in an area where there’s no comedy club,” Berlon said.
Tickets to the Rust Belt show, which starts at 8 p.m., are $10. For more details or tickets, click here.
Berlon and Miller can be reached via Twitter at @TaproomComedy, @mikeberlon and @kymiller; or you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.