Bonkerz Comedy

Laughter is never a gamble! Gold Strike is proud to present the world-renowned Bonkerz Comedy Series every Thursday night in the Gold Strike Theatre. Tickets start at $15* and four packs start at $40*. Must be 21.

Date & Times

Thursdays 8:00 PM

Upcoming Performers

Jim Seward
Friday, November 25 - 8:00 PM

Jim didn’t follow the normal route to the entertainment business, having  served 22 years in the US military.  But after spending time in Iraq and using humor to get through stressful situations and to relax his troops, Jim decided to try his hand at stand-up comedy.  Walking into his first open mic, he was told by the host he had two and a half minutes to make people laugh.  Much to his surprise, they laughed and he never looked back.  The truth is, though, Jim shouldn’t be a comic.  His parents never divorced.  His wife loves him (we don’t know why either, but we know it isn’t for money), his kids are relatively well adjusted.  He wasn’t bullied in school.  He doesn’t need a therapist.  He’s never even been to jail for Pete’s sake. 

But despite all these major disadvantages, Jim has overcome his doubts and fears of being normal and managed to make people laugh at the reality of everyday living.  His quick wit, take on kids, marriage, military experiences, travel and his memories of dating in the 80s takes the audience on a non-stop ride of laughter. Jim has a versatile range of topics that make him ideal from anything to a comedy club to corporate work to a private show.  He’s even performed in churches and not been struck by lightning.

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Kier
Thursday, December 1 - 8:00 PM

You’ll come for the Rock Impressions, you’ll leave laughing your head off.  His musical impressions take his show off the beaten path of standard stand-up comedy. After years of non-stop touring in colleges, comedy clubs and casinos, Kier has had the pleasure of speaking to, inspiring, cajoling, be heckled by, laughing with, singing to... people all over the United States and quite a few places beyond.

He has worked with such greats as Reba McEntire, Oprah Winfrey, Ronnie Milsap, Kevin Bacon, & many others and has had multiple appearances on the Bob & Tom Show and John Boy & Billy.  Kiers impressions include Sting, U2, Dave Matthews, Springsteen, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Sinatra, Elvis, Waylon & Willie, Tom Petty, Prince, Barry White, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Neil Young, and many others.  He does some pretty incredible things with his voice and he’s real serious about laughing…

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Ken Miller
Thursday, December 8 - 8:00 PM

Originally from a big family in Greensboro, NC (he’s #8 out of 11 kids), this former US Army veteran now resides in Orlando, FL with his wife and his two and a half kids (ask him about it). Ken was just crowned the winner of the first-ever Steve Harvey Standup Spotlight Comedy Competition in 2019. More than 1,000 comedians from around the world submitted videos to the contest. “I know funny when I see it,” said Steve Harvey about his decision to handpick Ken as the Grand Prize Winner. Steve also gave Ken his stamp of approval by saying his comedy has rich, relatable material. In 2013, Ken won the Florida’s Funniest Comedy Competition, beating out more than 200 comics. Ken has also competed in The Great American Comedy Festival, The World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas, The American Black Film Festival Comedy Wings Competition, and The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival. Ken made his TV debut on NICKMOMs, MOMS NIGHT OUT on NICKJR. In 2019, Ken was featured at the Big Pine Comedy Festival and the Oak City Comedy Festival. Currently, Ken is the host of Real Laughs on iHeart’s Real Radio 104.1.

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Bubba Bradley
Thursday, December 15 - 8:00 PM

Growing up in a nomadic single parent family, Bubba used comedy as a way of dealing with all the instability. Fame came early to Bubba when he was voted class clown in his senior year; a title he holds in high honor even today. Drawing on material from childhood rife with family dysfunction, a very outspoken, out-of-the-closet brother to jobs running the gamut from powder metal factory worker to Yellowstone security guard to small-town Montana bar bouncer, allows Bubba Bradley the opportunity to weave a highly entertaining, universally funny, down-to-earth story-telling style of comedy that you won’t soon forget.

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Brian T Shirley
Thursday, December 22 - 8:00 PM

Brian T Shirley has toured the USA, Canada, The Bahamas and Japan for over 25 years. In that time, he has also been part of an Improv Troupe, hosted Trivia, hosted and co-hosted Radio Shows, created and hosted 2 Web Series. Brian has also appeared in shorts films, indie films, feature films, a music video for the Grammy Winning band “Ranky Tanky” called “Good Time”, and even made an appearance on “Real Housewives of Atlanta”. Brian’s background in comedy, improv and his various entertainment endeavors have made him a consummate pro who loves being onstage and on film set. In 2021, he can be seen in the films “Mark of the Butterfly”, “Oak on the Outside”, “Treasure Box”, the short film “Life with Darby” and the new TV series “Surviving the Cartel”. He has also appeared on the TV show, “LMAO”. Brian’s standup covers topics such as growing up poor, coming from a divorced family, the military (Brian is a USAF Vet), relationships, finances, stories from his third book “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Club” and more.

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Brian Green
Thursday, December 29 - 8:00 PM

With quick wit and improvisational skills, Brian's timing is impeccable. Brian is a witty and animated humorist who delivers uniquely hilarious comedy. Much of his material deals with the differences and observations of today's world through the eyes of a cynic.  Brian is popular among fans of all ages.  Brian has opened for celebrity comedians including Sinbad, Andrew Dice Clay, Billy Gardell, Drew Carey and Robin Williams.

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Alex "Koolaid" Ansel
Thursday, January 5 - 8:00 PM

Within a year of Circuit City Closing down, Alex Ansel went from selling TV’s to being on TV. A Lifelong clown, Born in Texas just to spend the first 10 years of his life in Germany. He then spent his adolescence in various air conditioned buildings perfecting his videogame high scores. A Nerd of Texas size proportions, it was in Middle School where he was christened with the Nickname KOOLAID. Figuring there were worse nicknames to get, he stuck with it ever since.

Alex’s appeal is wider than most, He’s a Fat guy from a Hispanic City, that dresses like rapper, has 2 Dads that are married....to each other and family in the Military. It is all these experiences that Alex aka KOOLAID draws from and helped him win his first Comedy Competition in 2010 with the Title “Funniest Person in South Texas”. He is the youngest comedian to have won the Title. Alex has appeared on CBS, NBC and FOX.

Recently Alex has performed at the 2012 Boston Comedy Festival and won RAWartists "Performer of the Year" in San Antonio. What does Alex want to accomplish throughout all this? To live up to his namesake of KOOLAID by putting smiles on faces and getting people to say “Oh Yeah”.

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Dwayne Gill
Thursday, January 12 - 8:00 PM

A Marine, A Cop and A Comic! Dwayne Gill is a triple threat! Feeling his job was way too serious for someone considered funny since birth; Dwayne found an outlet for his humor 1993. Dwayne’s topics range from current events, relationships, to the crazy situations he’s encountered as a police officer. As an actor, Dwayne has appeared in the ABC crime drama "Detroit 1-8-7” and made his big screen debut in the movie “Crave”. He has also been a guest on the nationally syndicated “Bob and Tom” Radio show. Dwayne has appeared at the Boston Comedy Festival, Best of the Midwest in Laughfest and was the Wildcard Winner in the Stand Up its Miller Time National Comedy Contest with Kevin Hart. So, if you have never met a cop with a sense of humor, then it’s obvious you haven’t met Dwayne!

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Cindy Foster
Thursday, January 19 - 8:00 PM

Cindy Foster has been making people laugh across the world with her LIVE stand up shows and comedy shorts on social media.

Her natural ability to act and improvise has brought to life so many hilarious characters! Cindy's comedy video shorts have over 59 million views and climbing on her social media platforms!

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Andy Beningo
Thursday, January 26 - 8:00 PM

Over the past decade, Andy Beningo has established himself as one of the hardest working comedians in the business. Performing his clever, “every-man” style of material has led to some 300 dates a year - taking him through 38 states and into Canada. Along the way, he has appeared on AXS Gotham Comedy Live, as a finalist on CMT’s Next Big Comic, and regularly on the Bob and Tom radio show.

Andy has been hailed for his clean style of comedy, resulting in being named “Best Comedian” by both the Detroit Metro Times and Detroit Hour Magazine. His rare ability to find humor in subjects like growing up the middle child, his short lived career as a middle school teacher and our society’s obsession with technology has made him a crowd favorite in audiences nationwide.

Andy continues to accumulation radio & TV appearances, including being heard on XM Sirius Radio and overseas on the American Forces Network. Appearances on the Night Shift with Kevin Ferguson, the Comedy Time Network and Comcast’s Open Mic have been well received. In addition to standup, Andy has starred in the commercial for Pay Anywhere and landed a role in the film The End of the Tour starring Jason Segel.

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