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Michael Flannery Returning To Stand-Up Comedy

Courtesy Michael Flannery

You might know him as the TV spokesman for Ohio Valley Goodwill, where's he's the public information officer.

Or from his term on the Cincinnati Board of Education.  

Or as an anchor/reporter on WCPO-TV (Channel 9), where he raised millions for local children with special needs as the "9 On Your Kids Side" reporter, before the station adopted the "9 On Your Side" branding for the entire station... Or as host of Channel 9's "Know It Alls" late-night comedy quiz show… Or as "Michael," the host of the WXIX-TV (Channel 19) "Kid's Club."

Before all that, Flannery was a stand-up comic.  And he returns to his comedy roots Friday.

Twice he was named Showtime's "Funniest Person in Ohio" (1985-86). That's when he was hanging with a bunch of young comedians getting started in the business named Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Chris Rock, Bill Maher, Garry Shandling, Drew Carey and Ellen DeGeneres. He was seen on HBO, A&E and Showtime, and performed in numerous comedy clubs across the nation.  Learn more about him at his MichaelFlannery website.

Credit Michael Flannery

Flannery resumes his stand-up routines 8:30 p.m. Friday in Fairfield at the Bears Den, 4710 Dixie Highway (Ohio 4), about 5 miles north of I-275 (and just south of Symmes Road). Also on the bill are Joe Deuce and Kyle Fields. Tickets ($15) are available by calling 513-889-2546.

"Folks have been asking me, 'When are you performing next?' Well, the answer is: April Fool's Day at Bears Den in Fairfield," he says.

No fooling.

John Kiesewetter, who has covered television and media for more than 35 years, has been working for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM since 2015.