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Funny 'Bone

Stark County comedian sings a new tune.

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After 26 years of hopscotching from Alaska to the Caribbean and all points in between, Canton native John Rathbone has started to juggle his stand-up comedy career and songwriting. By the next football season, he hopes to drop a novelty song about the Ohio State Buckeyes. "It's not funny funny but fun funny," says Rathbone. "But I can do my act in front of any group, and no one's going to come up to me and go, 'That was a waste of time.' I can't say the same thing yet about my music."As he gets older, Rathbone "aches more, and I have less hair." But his routines haven't changed: He still yucks it up about celebrities and politicians in the news. "I don't stay away from topical things, because of their short shelf life," says Rathbone. "Because you end up preaching to the choir, a lot of it is taking cheap shots at people I really don't care about in the first place." Showtime is at 8:30 tonight and 8 and 10:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at the Funny Stop, 1757 State Road in Cuyahoga Falls. Tickets are $7 to $10. Call 330-923-4700 or visit www.funnystop.com.
Thu., July 10, 8:30 p.m.; Fri., July 11, 8 & 10:30 p.m., 2008

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