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Comedian Mike Polk Jr. Will Autograph New Book at Kent State University BookstorePosted Nov. 19, 2012
Comedian Mike Polk Jr. will visit the Kent State University Bookstore located at the Kent Student Center on Thursday, Nov. 29, from noon to 2 p.m. to meet and greet fans and autograph copies of his new book, Damn Right I'm from Cleveland. The event is free and open to the public.
Polk's book is a rustbelt satire lampooning Cleveland's quirks, including the city's boundless obsession with disappointing sports teams, Cleveland's nonstop quest to reinvent its civic image, and a grab-bag collection of odd local celebrities. Sections are devoted to such "timely" topics as: "Riding the RTA: A Fascinating Cultural Experience," "A Cleveland Enemies Hall of Fame," "A Comparison of Three Area Gentlemen’s Clubs" and "A Remake of Cleveland’s Own Flag" to name a few.
Polk is a Cleveland-based writer and comedian whose self-produced videos have more than 50 million combined views on YouTube alone. He is responsible for such viral hits as "The Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video" (which appeared in the Michael Moore documentary "Capitalism: A Love Story"), "The Honest R&B Song," "The One Semester of Spanish Love Song" and the award-winning Internet series "Man In The Box." Polk has been performing sketch comedy with the group Last Call for more than nine years. The troupe won "Best of the Festival" in Toronto in 2011, and Seattle in 2010, and regularly perform at Cleveland's Playhouse Square Theaters.
Polk has been named Cleveland's best comedian by Scene Magazine and Cleveland Magazine on several occasions. His work has also appeared on TNT's "Inside the NBA," and on FunnyorDie.com. He graduated from Kent State University in 2002 with a degree in communications and wrote for The Daily Kent Stater. For all of his bluster, Polk is a huge advocate of the Northeast Ohio area and is happy to call Cleveland his home.
For more information about the event, call 330-672-1588. For more information about Polk’s book Damn Right I'm From Cleveland (softcover / $14.95 / 124 pages / color illustrations), visit www.MikePolkJr.com.