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Julian McCullough headlines Hilarities this weekend

September 5, 2018

Julian McCullough headlines Hilarities this weekend

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the host of the Laugh Track column, a man who was not cut by the Browns last week ... Mike McIntyre.

Browns GM John Dorsey said “we have actually turned the roster over 59 percent” from last year’s 0-16 team. He’s setting a good example. A 59 percent turnover rate will be a big improvement.

At Hilarities: Whether he’s losing gracefully on “Comedy Knockout,” riffing on pop culture with girlfriend and co-host Meg Mollow on the comedy podcast “The Soft Spot,” or circling in for the laugh on Discovery’s “Shark After Dark” during Shark Week, Julian McCullough is just a likable, funny guy.

His stand-up, seen most recently on his Comedy Central special “Maybe I’m a Man,”  feels like a buddy telling his funniest stories from childhood to today, upon request.

Tell that one about when you were 15 and up three stories on a ladder and that storm window broke and you had a piece of glass the size of a slice of pizza go right through your arm. Come on, tell it.

“I ripped it out immediately,” he says after telling the story with captivating detail. “Do not do that. I think the rule is, if an object goes through your body, you leave it in until you die of natural causes.”

Tell us again why you were into the “Babysitter’s Club” books and not the Hardy Boys Books.

“The Hardy Boys? I didn’t relate to those books. I tried. But those books were about 12-year-old boys who were solving real mysteries for their towns. That never came up for me when I was a kid,” he says.

“I never got to school in the morning and had the principal be like, ‘Hey Julian, do you have second? Good, because there’s been a murder. And the adults are busy or whatever, so if you could round up two other 12-year-old boys and start looking around town for clues, that would help us out a lot. If you have a couple of adventures along the way, that’s none of my business. Anyway, there’s an abandoned factory, looks creepy, I’d start there.’ ”

McCullough headlines Hilarities at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday ($20-$25), 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday ($23-$28), and 7 p.m. Sunday ($13-$18). Hilarities is inside Pickwick & Frolic restaurant,  2035 East Fourth St., Cleveland. Call 216-736-4242 or go to pickwickandfrolic.com.

At the Cleveland Improv: John Morgan earns his nickname, the “Ragin’ Cajun,” with every minute he is onstage. Morgan is pure energy, and his accent sounds like he’s ready to host a crawfish boil.

Catch Morgan at the Cleveland Improv at 7:30 p.m. Thursday ($17), 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday (all $20). The Improv is at 1148 Main Ave., next to Shooters on the west bank of Cleveland’s Flats. Call 216-696-4677 or go to clevelandimprov.com.

At the Hard Rock: Rodney Carrington headlines the Hard Rock Live stage and, as always, he’s a double threat. His stand-up is like a hardcore Larry the Cable Guy, and when he grabs a guitar, he’s a country music star. He had a Top 40 country hit, “Camouflage and Christmas Lights,” in 2009, and his comedy albums have gone gold and platinum. Maybe you caught his Netflix special last year, “Here Comes the Truth.”

Carrington is on the big stage at the Hard Rock Rocksino at 8 p.m. Friday ($39-$69). Go to

ticketmaster.com

or call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. The Hard Rock Rocksino is at 10777 Northfield Road, Northfield.
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