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Pittsburgh-based comedians at Zalenski’s

November 8, 2012
By MARK J. MILLER - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

WINTERSVILLE - Comedians Ty Mac and David "Frog" Bey of Pittsburgh will be the headliners for an evening of comedy and dinner on Nov. 16 at Zalenski's Family Eatery and Pub, 547 Cadiz Road,

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a buffet-style dinner. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling (740) 264-2144.

Pittsburgh native Mac - who also goes by the title the Big Mac of Comedy -was the class clown no matter what type of school his parents placed him in. Mac said he was the first in his family to attend college at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, and also the first to drop out. Mac said he continued to make people laugh in college and some stand-up in talent shows. But it wasn't until while working at his family business that a close friend, who already was a professional comic, convinced him he was a natural comedian.

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Pittsburgh-based comedian Ty Mac will be a headliner for an evening of comedy and dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 at Zalenski’s Family Eatery and Pub, 547 Cadiz Road, Wintersville. For tickets and information, call (740) 264-2144. -- Contributed

The friend asked Mac to come with him one night to a comedy club and try out his jokes. Mac said at first he refused, but eventually he performed during an amateur comic night. He said his first performance was great, but the following week he bombed. As time went on Mac learned the comedy trade and gigs came his way, he added.

"I feel like God gives me the talent, and I wouldn't waste it again," he said. "During the early 1980s my addiction to drugs and alcohol robbed me of the gift which God gave me, but by January of 1991 I was clean. The gift of making people laugh comes from God, and if I didn't share it with people then why was I given a second chance?"

Mac now has more than 27 years in the business with TV and movie credits as well as sharing the stage with well-known comedians. He has DVDs and CD to his credit as well as film roles, including "Out Of The Furnace," "The Next Three Day's," "She's Out Of My League," "Dogma," "The Assassination File," "Sudden Death," "Striking Distance," "Night of the Living Dead" and "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh."

Mac also is the winner of several national comedy competitions.

Bey. also a Pittsburgh native, was born the third child in a family of eight children. At a young age Bey was encouraged to express himself to get attention, Bey said.

While in the fourth grade Bey was enrolled in Roger's School of Performing Arts, as he had a gift for entertaining.

Throughout his school years he played multiple instruments, performed in both the school and church choir and acted in plays. Comedy did not come until later in his life.

Bey's grandmother gave him the nickname when he was a baby, he said.

Bey performed his first comedy show at college and eventually was asked to open for Sinbad by the famous comedian himself. Bey said he spends much of his time performing at comedy clubs throughout the country.

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