Michael Flannery

If you remember some of Cincinnati's early comedy clubs like D.W. Eye, Giggles, or Aunt Maudie's, you may have seen comedians Michael Flannery or Alex Bernstein on stage.

Provided by Alex Bernstein

Alex Bernstein was a Wyoming High School senior when he made stand-up comedy debut at Cincinnati's D.W. Eye bar on Calhoun Street in 1981.

"I was at the right place at the right time," says Bernstein, who performed 78 times in a year as a teen at D.W. Eye, the Sand Bar, Lakewood Tavern and the old Wishing Well restaurant at Reading and Galbraith roads.

Michael Flannery

You might know him as the TV spokesman for Ohio Valley Goodwill, where's he's the public information officer.

Or from his term on the Cincinnati Board of Education.  

Or as an anchor/reporter on WCPO-TV (Channel 9), where he raised millions for local children with special needs as the "9 On Your Kids Side" reporter, before the station adopted the "9 On Your Side" branding for the entire station... Or as host of Channel 9's "Know It Alls" late-night comedy quiz show… Or as "Michael," the host of the WXIX-TV (Channel 19) "Kid's Club."

Before all that, Flannery was a stand-up comic.  And he returns to his comedy roots Friday.