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Mild-mannered by day, local comic is hilarious on stage

Bay Village comic Randy Geise portrays redneck character Delmar Everheart, to the delight of comedy fans.

By day, Randy Geise is a senior health care facility planner for the Cleveland Clinic. By night, he is the knee-slappingly funny Delmar Everheart.

The Bay Village resident and comic was recently one of dozens of local and national performers showcased at the Cleveland Comedy Festival.

As part of his clinic job, Geise just conducted a seminar at the InterContinental Hotel for more than 450 professional engineers, architects and contractors. As “Regular Randy,” he has emceed community and school events like the Bay Village Schools PTA Reflections Awards, children’s dance recitals and church talent shows.

But Geise has two secret and hilarious identities. As a stand-up comedian, he portrays characters Delmar Everheart and Bruce Landerhaven. Delmar was featured as part of this year’s Cleveland Comedy Festival.

“This was my first appearance at the Cleveland Comedy Festival,” Geise said. Now in its sixth year, the annual event is headed up by Bay Village resident Joe Hannum and co-director John Wellington. “I performed at Mutt and Jeff’s in Lorain on Monday night, Mahall’s in Lakewood on Tuesday and at Kennedy’s Theatre at PlayhouseSquare on Thursday,” Geise noted.

He said redneck Delmar Everheart is loosely based on the name of a friend’s uncle in Minnesota. “There are rednecks everywhere,” he conceded. Character Bruce Landerhaven, Geise noted, is very dramatic and flamboyant.

Geise said he started doing stand-up comedy five years ago, after taking Comedy 101 from Mike Veneman. He was a finalist at The Funny Stop in Cuyahoga Falls for its amateur comedian of the year contest. “Since then, I have performed stand-up comedy at clubs in Willoughby, Mansfield, Sandusky, Lorain, Lakewood, Cleveland, Rochester, in Minnesota and even Las Vegas,” he added. “I have performed for birthday parties, retirement parties, Christmas parties, church dessert auctions, senior skit night, corporate events, fundraisers for the Bay Men’s Club, MedWish International and the Village Project.” Geise said he has made four comedy videos as part of Bay Village author Robin Benzle’s cooking and travel website.

An avid runner, Geise said, “Del has even run the Bay Days five-miler, and this past Snowball Run, he ran as ‘Bad Santa.’ In 2010, Del and Bruce ran two legs of the 192-mile Ragnar Relay from Winona, Minn., to Minneapolis.”

Geise said he is currently taking the workshop, “How to be a Working Comic,” conducted by Dave Schwensen at the Cleveland Improv.



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