City Steam Brew HaHa Presents: James Mattern, Recently on MTV

Fri, Jun 28, 2019
Sat, Jun 29, 2019

City Steam Brew HaHa Presents: James Mattern, Recently on MTV

with Dave Sheehan and John Romanoff

At once confrontational and classic, Maddog Mattern is like the lovechild of the Beastie Boys and Don Rickles. The New York-based comic free-associates rapid-fire jokes based on the audience and the environment, all the while dropping Rat Pack slang and names of long-dead sports hall of famers. No two performances are alike.

Before he started headlining New York’s best comedy clubs, touring the country with the One Mic Comedy Tour and the Ronnie Mund Block Party, and appearing on a weekly sports argument show on MSG called “The Bracket,” Maddog was a young comedian trying to get Las Vegas barflies to listen to him. “People there don’t care about what you’re saying,” he says. “They’re too busy pissing away their rent and meth money on video poker.”

While he may have honed his style shouting over slot machines, Maddog is no mere insult comic. In fact, he’s been called a compliment comic. While that’s not entirely true either, he almost always takes the unexpected route to a joke. “Other comics tell me what I do is weird and wrong and not real comedy,” he says. The laughs beg to differ.

Media has always been a big part of Maddog’s life, and none more than the sports almanac his grandfather brought home one day. Young Maddog memorized it. “I had plenty of years of not getting laid and not having any friends,” he explains. When he visited “The Artie Lange Show,” Lange the two had no shortage of sports stories and trivia to riff on.

On television and radio, Maddog’s wit achieves its full potential. Instead of just the fans in front of him, he has the world, the whole absurd celebrity culture to lampoon. The famous can’t hide in the back rows like his more timid fans. Still, there’s just something akin to a punk rock show about seeing Maddog in person. There’s a thrill in unpredictability, a certain joy in feeling a little unsafe. If you think that sounds like it would invite heckling, you’d be wrong.

Going into a performance with Maddog, Shuli Egar recently told an interviewer, “He’s our pit bull. We send Maddog out there and he lets pretty much everybody know there’s only going to be one guy talking, and he’s holding a mic.”

Dave Sheehan

Dave Sheehan is a lifelong resident of the New Haven, CT, area and has been a comedy regular in New England and New York for more than 10 years. He has also performed with various improvisational ensembles and was recently a semi-finalist in the Last Comix Standing competition at Comix Mohegan Sun.

John Romanoff

ohn Romanoff is a comic so natural, so rotund big and burley both on and off the stage. He commands audience attention and response and deserves yours too. You would think that comedy ran in his family but when you look at John you’ll realize that nothing ever ran in his family…..Ever.

John has appeared on NBC TV, FOX TV and also on AXS TV’S Gotham Comedy Live. John has also opened for such talents as Andrew "Dice" Clay, Jim Jefferies, Nick DiPaolo, Bo Burnham and the late great Patrice O'Neal. If you were to ask any of these national headliners, except Patrice of course, about John, anyone of them would almost certainly say….Who?

Audiences won't soon forget, Romanoff's high-energy, cutting, unique, and beat you over the head hilarity. Romanoff’s view on everything from family, to pop culture, and, of course his passion for Zumba brings the audience into his self-deprecating, comedic assault on funny.

John started his illustrious comedy career when he won the Young Authors Award in the sixth grade for writing a scary story. Then, he was an alternate in the soap box derby. John was the grand prize winner in the “Funniest Comic in New England” Contest, taking home the big tamale in the 2012 stand-up comedy competition. Two hundred and fifty comics competed from Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. The year before Romanoff garnered a fourth place finish as a finalist in the same contest showing his comedy maturation, growth, and thick skin (very thick skin as a matter of fact). John is a very proud Organ Donor.