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

Tee Ray Bergeron
Thursday, September 29 - 8:00 PM

Born Tommy Ray Bergeron Jr., to the son of a Methodist Minister, and raised in New Orleans, LA…it wasn’t long before his grandfather began calling him ‘Tee Ray’. For some reason, the nickname stuck. In high school, Tee was voted ‘wittiest’ by classmates, but decided to waste time going to college, finishing grad school, getting married, and having two kids before finally pursuing comedy at the age of 30. Tee spent the early portion of his comedy life performing in bars, saloons, daiquiri shops and pool halls throughout Louisiana and Mississippi.

No, they aren't all the same thing! He was eventually invited to feature at the Baton Rouge Funny Bone…and quickly became a fan favorite. After spending a couple of years featuring on the road, Tee returned to Baton Rouge as a headliner, and hasn’t stopped. He has performed at multiple comedy clubs, theaters, and casino across the country. Tee headlined three straight years at the New Orleans Comedy Festival, and two at the New Orleans Comedy and Arts Festival. He was the winner of the 2011 Gulf South Comedy Challenge. Tee’s act has been described as ‘Observational Humor, with A Twist’ and as ‘Self Deprecating…but he always comes out on TOP!’ He has a master’s degree in Sarcasm, and a twisted view of the world! You'll quickly see that it isn’t just his southern charm that makes him one of today’s hottest comics! Prepare to be entertained!


Dan Whitehurst
Thursday, October 6 - 8:00 PM

Dan Whitehurst is a veteran stand-up comic and writer based out of Nashville, TN. Dan did his first Open Mic in 1998 and developed a routine of bizarre one liners which he used to win the WKDF Talent search at Zanies in Nashville by 1999. Born in Knoxville, TN, little Danny Whitehurst always had a knack for finding humor in unusual situations. After flunking out of college and sweating profusely in a cast iron factory, Dan sought easier employment in the Military and as a correctional officer for the Tennessee Dept of Corrections and finally as a Police Officer for the Metropolitan Police Department in Nashville, TN. In 2001 Dan was voted the “World’s Funniest Cop” by the Association of Law Enforcement Training and runner up in 2003’s contest held in Los Angeles and hosted by Jay Leno.

As an Armed Robbery Detective, he was also named Investigator of The Year in 2002 for the City of Nashville. By 2007, his police career ended, and comedy became a full-time endeavor. Opening for a who’s who of comedians, Dan watched and learned as his act evolved from one liners to relying on actual stories from his diverse employment background and he now headlines in comedy clubs across the United States. Storytelling comedy led him to a headlining gig in Branson, MO for two seasons, one of which was at the Famous Baldnobber’s theater. Dan has also worked on the hit series “Nashville” and is open to any acting roles in which he can play a middle-aged southerner with a thick accent.


Kymbra Li
Thursday, October 13 - 8:00 PM

Kymbra Li is a New Orleans native and dual law graduate who moved to China to be a Law Professor and accidentally became a rapping comedian. She’s performed comedy in 7 countries and now runs her own production/entertainment company, MILKDIT CONCEPTS, based in NOLA. Kymbra has graced the stages of clubs and casinos across the country, and her musical-comedy variety show, Accidental Rapper, runs every month at Comedy House NOLA and tours from coast to coast. She has performed at The Ladies Room Comedy Festival in NYC, the P3 Comedy Fest in Pensacola and is a second time participant in NOLA Comedy Fest. On screen, Kymbra has a short comedy film, Project Candy House, which was shown at Sundance, SxSw and the Beijing Summer Film Festival. Catch Kymbra on My Amazing Cheap Date: Comedian Edition on the Very Local network, available at your favorite app roles in which he can play a middle-aged southerner with a thick accent.


Vince Carone
Thursday, October 20 - 8:00 PM

Vince Carone is fast-talking, frenetic, and frustrated. He has a quick-witted, fast-paced style that envelops you with an avalanche of punchlines that never stop. He is chaotic, cathartic, and a complainer. But the deeper he delves into his show the more you relate to him, root for him, and feel his pain just as he relives it. Vince’s greatest gift is his ability to instantly connect with the everyman (and every woman). He sees the absurdities of the world and he rallies against them. He’s married. He has kids. And he’s trying to figure it all out. He is self-deprecating, honest to a fault and downright hilarious.

Vince has been seen on TBS and heard on Chicago’s WGN Radio, and the syndicated Bob & Tom show. He has been seen on the internet hit, "So You Have a Girlfriend". He has released 5-hour long comedy albums and he runs a podcast called "Peek Behind the Curtain". Vince hits on all cylinders. He was the winner of the “Best of the Midwest” Competition at Gilda’s Laugh Fest. Vince has shared the stage with Dave Attell, Christopher Titus, Aries Spears, Jamie Kennedy, Billy Gardell, John Pinette, and Tommy Davidson, to name a few. Vince’s show is filled with genuine, heartfelt laughs. He’s fast, he’s furious and he is funny. It’s not just a wild ride. It’s a journey. It’s a whirlwind of ranting, raving, and refreshing material. No matter the price, Vince Carone is worth the admission.


Mike Krasner
Thursday, October 27 - 8:00 PM

Mike Krasner is the son of divorced Jewish parents and the product of a broken home. Originally from New York, now living in Las Vegas. Mike began his comedy career on Long Island where he quickly rose up the ranks, playing all the major clubs and becoming a regular at multiple clubs in NYC. In addition to stand up, Mike also performed with one of the hottest improv groups in NY as a featured player. He uses his improv experience and quick wit, as well as relatable humor to capture audiences. Mike has a fresh twist on life and isn't afraid to make fun of everything. He uses a blend of life experience, daily observations, and his unhealthy love of YouTube to relate to audiences of all kinds. Mike is a regular performer on the Las Vegas Strip.


Kris Shaw
Thursday, November 3 - 8:00 PM

Kris has a highly energetic, creative, and animated style that has made him a favorite in comedy clubs across the country and in Canada.  He brings a flavor into his jokes which will leave you laughing and shaking your head all the way home.  Kris has recently been seen in several national television commercials and had a recurring role on the CBS series “Close to Home”.


Tony Black
Thursday, November 3 - 8:00 PM

Originally from Miami, FL, Tony Black was raised by his mother. Though times were hard the family managed to find happiness in laughter. Tony discovered he was blessed with a gift for making people laugh at an early age while working his first job as a bag boy.

After being encouraged by several coworkers he decided to take his act to the stage where he was bitten by the comedy bug at an open mic night. Tony didn’t set out to be a comedian. He pursued a career as a correctional officer, but his first love was always comedy. Later that year, after the passing of his mother, Tony continued to spread laughs amongst family and friends and started rethinking his career choice.

He changed course and in 2007, at the urging of family and coworkers Tony entered an open mic contest & won! He is continuing to hone his act by performing at several comedy clubs, colleges & casinos across the nation. Tony has shared the stage with some noticeable names in the comedy industry such as Michael Colyar, Charlie Murphy, Michael Blackson and Freez Luv, just to name a few


Vince Taylor
Thursday, November 17 - 8:00 PM

A natural entertainer, Vince has gone from putting on shows for his parents in the living room at six years old to appearing on BET's Black College Tour and sharing the stage with a number of hot comedians including Tony Rock, Michael Blackson, Guy Torre, Carlos Mencia and more.  Born in Albany, GA, raised in St. Louis, MO, and finally settling down in Central Florida, Vince is the son of two ministers.  He brings an edgy yet refreshing worldview to the stage. Influenced by Chris Rock, George Lopez, Sinbad, Adam Sandler and Martin Lawrence, he pours his life into each performance bringing an unmatched level of energy and charisma. Vince channels that energy and passion into shedding light on issues within the community. Though he believes he is here to help bring both joy and justice to the world, ultimately Vince simply loves to see folks happy and has dedicated his life to putting smiles on peoples' faces...


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.


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…


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.


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.


Brian T Bradley
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.


Brian Green
Thursday, December 22 - 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.