Chad Zumock

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Chad Zumock
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Birth name Chad Anthony Zumock
Born (1974-12-27) December 27, 1974 (age 39)
Kent, Ohio, United States
Medium Stand-up, sketch, radio
Nationality American
Years active 2001–present
Genres Observational, satire
Subject(s) Everyday life, self-deprecation, pop culture, relationships
Notable works and roles The Alan Cox Show
Last Call Cleveland
Website chadzumock.com

Chad Anthony Zumock (born December 27, 1974)[1] is an American comedian and radio personality.

Early years[edit]

Chad Zumock grew up in Brady Lake, Ohio and later Kent, Ohio where he graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School.[2][3] While enrolled at Kent State University, Zumock was actively involved with Last Call – a popular late-night sketch comedy show airing on the student-run campus TV network, TV2.[4] He also wrote a column for the Daily Kent Stater, the university's student newspaper, though he admits to being "kicked off" the writing staff.[4]

After graduating with a general studies degree in 2001,[4] Zumock continued his involvement with Last Call as the show itself transitioned into the sketch comedy troupe Last Call Cleveland.[5] Although no longer directly involved, Zumock does continue to work with its current members, including comedian Mike Polk.

Career[edit]

In 2005, Zumock moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in stand-up comedy.[6][7] He went on to open for several major acts, including Dave Attell, Daniel Tosh, Nick Swardson, Jeff Ross, and Sarah Silverman.[8][9] While in L.A., Zumock also served as a writer for the Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner, and worked for XM Satellite Radio's National Lampoon Comedy Radio.[8]

Zumock continues to perform in larger cities but currently lives in his native Northeast Ohio: "I'm a Midwest guy. I always will be."[9][10] After returning, Zumock contributed to the humor book Look at My Striped Shirt!: Confessions of the People You Love to Hate published by Random House in 2006.[11] In 2009, he released a self-produced comedy album, Accomplishing Nothing.[12] Among the album's 25 tracks is a song devoted to the comic's "trademark outerwear," as Zumock is known for wearing a sweatervest virtually anywhere and at all times.[13]

An avid Cleveland Cavaliers fan,[14] Zumock helped produce Light It Up Like Vegas! alongside comedian Mike Polk, its star; the hour long TV special devoted to Cleveland sports miseries aired on Fox Sports Ohio just prior to the start of the 2009–10 NBA season.[15] After LeBron James' departure the following July, Zumock appeared in a Vimeo video mocking the superstar athlete.[16]

On January 5, 2010, Zumock was hired on as co-host for the The Alan Cox Show, an afternoon drive time talk show hosted by radio personality Alan Cox and airing on Cleveland rock station WMMS (100.7 FM, "The Buzzard").[7] Zumock himself "dreamt up" the show's popular song (and YouTube video) "Parma State of Mind" — both a parody of the Jay-Z/Alicia Keys hit "Empire State of Mind" and a way of continuing the Northeast Ohio tradition of ribbing the Cleveland suburb (the choice of Parma was partly inspired by past local horror hosts Ghoulardi and Big Chuck and Lil' John).[17]

Cleveland Magazine selected Zumock as one of its "Most Eligible Singles" for 2011.[18] Also in 2011, Zumock served as Grand Marshal for the Kent State Homecoming Parade,[19] and released his second self-produced comedy album: Adventures in Argyle.[20]

In November 2012, Zumock was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated; shortly thereafter it was announced that Zumock was no longer working at WMMS.[21] However, on May 3, 2013, Cleveland Scene reported that Zumock had been acquitted of the charge.[22]

On March 5, 2013, Zumock began a new weekly podcast, The Sit Down Zumock Podcast! with Chad Zumock.[23] On October 20, 2013, Zumock began hosting a new, weekly radio show at WLFM-LP/ClevelandSunday Nights with Chad Zumock.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blackout Birthday: Alan Cox Show 12/28/10 Part 2". WMMS.com. Clear Channel Communications. December 28, 2010. Retrieved February 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ Korte, Gregory (May 7, 2001). "Daylight shows calm after storm: KSU students reflect, clean after riot". Akron Beacon Journal (Beacon Journal Publishing Co.). p. A1 - Metro. 
  3. ^ Worgull, Sam (November 1, 2010). "Zumock fills Rathskellar with laughter". KentWired.com. KentWired.com. Retrieved February 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c deBiase, Ryan (June 21, 2006). "The next generation of Kent State comedians perform in Cleveland". KentWired.com. KentWired.com. Retrieved February 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ Heaton, Michael (December 10, 2004). "Michael Stanley parody does resonate a bit". The Plain Dealer (The Plain Dealer Publishing Co.). p. E1 - Arts & Life. 
  6. ^ McIntyre, Michael (June 30, 2006). "Destiny takes 3 Kent grads from college to comedy clubs". The Plain Dealer (The Plain Dealer Publishing Co.). p. 31 – Friday. 
  7. ^ a b Washington, Julie (January 29, 2010). " 'Real World' star Erika Lauren and comedian Chad Zumock join 'The Alan Cox Show' afternoons on radio station WMMS". The Plain Dealer (The Plain Dealer Publishing Co.). Retrieved February 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "The Alan Cox Show: Meet Chad Zumock". WMMS.com. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b McLean, Jackie (January 29, 2009). "Catching up with Chad Zumock". KentWired.com. KentWired.com. Retrieved February 27, 2011. 
  10. ^ McIntyre, Michael (July 13, 2007). "Former cop lays down the law; campus cutup tries new crowd". The Plain Dealer (The Plain Dealer Publishing Co.). p. T29 - Friday!. 
  11. ^ "About the Writers". LookAtMyStripedShirt.com. Phamily Business Entertainment, LLC. 2005–2007. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  12. ^ McIntyre, Michael (June 2, 2009). "Local comics Chad Zumock and Ryan Dalton have a CD release show June 10 at Brothers Lounge". The Plain Dealer (The Plain Dealer Publishing Co.). Retrieved February 27, 2011. 
  13. ^ Valade, Jodie (September 1, 2010). "For the Buckeye faithful, the sweater vest is the best look for success". The Plain Dealer (The Plain Dealer Publishing Co.). Retrieved February 27, 2011. 
  14. ^ "WMMS Salutes Cleveland Cavs With Sweater Vest Night". AllAccess.com. All Access Music Group. November 15, 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  15. ^ Grzegorek, Vince (October 26, 2009). " 'Light It Up Like Vegas' With Director and Writer Leo Simone". Cleveland Scene. Cleveland Scene. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  16. ^ Vickers, Jim (December 2010). "Video Blame". Cleveland Magazine. Great Lakes Publishing Company. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  17. ^ McIntyre, Michael (March 1, 2010). "Forbes has it in for Cleveland. There's proof!: Michael K. McIntyre's Tipoff". Cleveland.com. Cleveland Live, Inc. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Most Eligible Singles: Chad Zumock". Cleveland Magazine. Great Lakes Publishing Company. February 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2011. 
  19. ^ Hill, Brittany (October 13, 2011). "Q-and-A with Homecoming's Grand Marshal Chad Zumock". KentWired.com. KentWired.com. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  20. ^ http://www.new-music-releases.net/comedy.php
  21. ^ Steer, Jen (December 3, 2012). "Cleveland radio personality Chad Zumock no longer working at WMMS after OVI arrest". NewsNet5.com. The E.W. Scripps Co. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  22. ^ Sandy, Eric (May 3, 2013). "Chad Zumock Acquitted of OVI Charge". CleveScene.com. Cleveland Scene. Retrieved May 3, 2013. 
  23. ^ http://chadzumockpodcast.com/
  24. ^ http://www.877cleveland.com/2013/10/16/proud-to-announce-sunday-nights-with-chad-zumock/

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