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Once one of the country’s fastest rising sportscasters, Bill Boronkay enjoyed stops in Clarksburg, WV, Evansville, IN and Kansas City before finally landing in sunny Cleveland, OH where he was assigned various hazardous duties. Along the way, Boronkay won 5 Emmy’s, one of which is proudly displayed in his mother’s home office behind a lamp.
After a failed audition with ESPN (a mirror was involved), Bill reevaluated his career and took off in lukewarm pursuit of his true 14th dream, and stand up.
Boronkay continues to work in Cleveland TV, hosting the, “High School Sports Insider” on SportsTime Ohio. In 2011, Bill cut back his media work to increase travel and share his less than remarkable life experiences as a never married, middle aged man.
For over a quarter-century, Mark Knope has been making people laugh – in clubs, a colleges, casinos – you NAME it! You wanna “bet on a winner?” Bet on MARK KNOPE! Mark has performed in 45 of these United States – with over 5,000 shows under his belt!
He covers his material in a fun and energetic manner – peppering in sound effects, quirky facial expressions and a few celebrity impressions along the way! He never stays on a particular subject too long – he shifts his show’s gears from tattoos to golf … then, on to “dating grandmothers” and breast implants.
COMCAST’s Comedy Spotlight on the Road, COMEDY CENTRAL’s Stand-Up, Stand-up, Nightshift on FOX, America’s Funniest People and Comedy at CLUB 54 are all television shows that have featuring Mark over the years.
Since 1986, Mark has had the good fortune of working with many HEAVYWEIGHTS, in the standup biz. He’s opened for George Lopez, Kevin James, Harland Williams, Richard Lewis, Bobcat Goldthwaite, Tommy Chong, Bobby Collins, and Tommy Davidson. In December of 2014, Mark had the opportunity to share the stage with “Mr. Las Vegas” himself – Wayne Newton – at Cleveland’s Palace Theatre.
His first CD, “Don’t Laugh … It’ll Only Encourage Him!” was released in January of 2001.
Mark has headlined clubs ALL over the country – including: THE COMEDY CASTLE, JOEY’s, CHAPLIN’s, ANN ARBOR COMEDY SHOWCASE, and FUNNY BUSINESS in Michigan, STANDFORD’s in Missouri, THE STARDOME in Alabama, LAFFS in Arizona & New Mexico, COMIX CAFÉ in New York, GIGGLES in Wisconsin, CRACKERS in Indiana, LEO’s KOMEDY SHOWCASE in Ontario, Canada, WISEACRES in Virginia, BONKERZ in Wisconsin & Michigan, CONNXTIONS in Ohio & Michigan, FUNNYBONE in Ohio and Indiana, THE COMEDY SPOT in Arizona, COMEDY CABANA in South Carolina, GROUCHO’s in Florida, BULLFROG’s in Kansas, COZZY’s in Virginia, SOUTH STREET in Tennessee.
Mark’s second CD, “REGULAR GUY” was released on the NEXT ROUND label in 2009.