Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

And the tour continues…

Cassi Cunningham, Mark Cunningham, and The Princess of Parodies
Cassi and Mark Cunningham

Wednesday, August 13th – drove to Sylvania, OH to spend some time with friends, Mark and Cassi Cunningham.   Cassi and I went shopping, and then I had a lovely dinner with her and her husband Mark at a fantastic Italian restaurant called Ciao!   It was delicious!  I am a cheese ravioli connoisseur, and that was some of the best I’d ever had.

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Part of my father’s tombstone.
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Bernie and Jan
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Aspen

Thursday, August 14th – after saying goodbyes to Mark and Cassi, I headed to Berea, OH, where I was born and raised.  My father is buried there, and a trip to this area would not seem right if I didn’t pay my respects to my first comedy mentor.  Then, it was on to North Royalton, OH to stay with our friends, Jan and Bernie, and their golden retriever, Aspen.  They are always fun to hang out with!  We had dinner at TGIFridays, and then lights out!

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The Cleveland skyline!
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Cleveland skyline at night, with The Terminal Tower in rainbow lights

Friday, August 15th – I spent the day running errands and doing laundry.  Jan and Bernie got home early, and they took me for a ride on their boat downtown Cleveland.    WOW!!!  The last time I had been on Lake Erie was on The Goodtime 2 (or 3), in 2002.  Their is nothing like the Cleveland skyline to me.  Every time I come to Cleveland, EVEN IN THE WINTER, I have such good feelings and memories about my hometown.  The three of us had dinner at The Edgewater Yacht Club, and then to the dock for a moonlit night.  The Gay Games were in town, so The Terminal Tower was lit up in rainbow lights!

Saturday, August 16th – Saturday, I headed over to Wickliffe, OH for a corporate show.  I couldn’t check in to the hotel until 3pm, so I amused myself at a nice joint called The Local Tavern.  Great portobello mushroom, grilled onion and goat cheese burger – pretty fancy for a local joint!   After checking in to the hotel, which yikes, had seen much better days, it was time to set up and prepare for the show.  The show really well – and I got some new fans.  🙂

Sunday, August 17th – it was back to North Royalton, OH for a few more days with Bernie and Jan.

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Aunt Rose and Uncle Steve

Monday, August 18th – I had lunch with my Aunt Rose and Uncle Steve at Rockne’s…it was so great to see them.  Spent the afternoon working, and then prepared a healthy pork chop dinner for Jan and Bernie.

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Nidal, one of the owners of Funny Stop. My sister from another mother.
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Shawn Boyd, longtime Cleveland comedy buddy
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Sally Sinclair, Bill and Christine Snyder

Tuesday, August 19th – left for Cuyahoga Falls, OH to begin the first of my 7 shows at The Funny Stop.  I love this club!  I think of Funny Stop as my Ohio comedy family.  Tuesday is always open mic night.  It’s fun to see comedy in its’ infancy.  Young comedians with big hopes of making it big – each struggling to find their way down this humerous rabbit hole.  “We’re all mad, here!”  ~Lewis Carroll, from Alice in Wonderland   I received many compliments on “The Princess of Parodies in 25 minutes or less” show.  Yikes – I haven’t done 25 minutes since the last time I was here in January.  It was great seeing my Cleveland comedy brother Shawn Boyd, Cleveland comedy favorite Jeff Blanchard,  Funny Stop owners Pete, Tony and Nidal, Nick, and their wait staff…one of the best wait staffs in comedy!

Wednesday, August 20th – spent my time between the hotel room and Starbucks doing all those menial computer things you never have time to do at home…emails, sorting photos, and following up on those “non-urgent, non-important” things.  The show last night was fun, because long time family friends Christine and Bill Snyder, and Sally Sinclair came out!   They were in the antique car hobby with my parents – and it’s always nice to see familiar faces when you’re so far from home.

Thursday, August, 21st – I managed to sneak away to The Akron Art Museum – wowsa!  What a building and fun exhibits, IF you’re into modern art (which I am).  One of my favorite classes in college was art history, and I’ve always loved the creativity of the artist, and the more creative way their art is justified being in that exhibit by an “enlightened” art critic/historian.   So – here I am at Starbucks…awaiting Thursday night’s show…and calling this a wrap!!!!!

Author: PrincessOfParodies

The self proclaimed love child of Liza Minelli and Klinger, Traci Kanaan grew up in Berea, Ohio, a quiet middle class community on Cleveland's west side. Her Italian mother loved opera, dance and theater. Her Lebanese father loved stock car racing, flea markets, and dirty jokes. Traci combined these influences to make a comedy yard sale...with music. You've seen it before...but not on display like this! Traci started taking piano lessons at the age of 4. Never one to play it the way it was written, she constantly improvised during her piano lessons by making up funny lyrics or changing the endings, ultimately burning out 8 piano teachers before she graduated from high school. Traci attended Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, and graduated with a B.A. in Music and Business, and with minors in Music Composition, Electronic Music, and Piano Performance. For her senior recital, she composed all original music, performed by other students. Each piece reflected her sense of humor, including bras being pulled out of saxophones, compositions performed on children's toys, and the staged death of a performer…assassinated by a ping pong ball gun. In 2002 and 2003, Traci performed in Tony and Tina's Wedding as the 8 months pregnant maid of honor, Connie Mocogni. She had so much fun, she continued performing stand up comedy and improv with some of the comics she met in the show. Traci continues her irreverence by creatively combining stand up comedy with her piano and vocal performances. She covers numerous topics, including her life and family, pop culture, and current events. Her performances include a wide spectrum of musical styles including classical music, oldies, rock 'n roll, country and rap. Whatever the occasion, Traci Kanaan combines her love of laughter and music as The Princess of Parodies. She is a real crowd pleaser, and an unforgettable, hilariously funny novelty comedy act!

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