Mike Polk’s Twisted Takes on Historic CLE Photos


Hosted by Mike Polk Jr. and John Skrtic

Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

Polk Skrtic


Doors open at 5:00pm, with the show beginning promptly at 7:00pm

  • Weekly series combining great food with great stories about Cleveland’s past
  • In addition to our regular menu, a Prix Fixe 3-course dinner special is available for just $25
  • This week’s special
    • Classic Caesar Salad
    • Mac N’ Cheese, topped with Pulled Pork and Fried Onions
    • Double Chocolate Cake

Our Cleveland Stories series takes a fun turn with Cleveland’s best stand-up comic, Mike Polk. Mike is partnering with John Skrtic, Chief of Collections at the Cleveland Public Libraries, who has mined the library’s collection of great old pictures of Cleveland, many that have never been seen before in public. Mike Polk will add his twisted thoughts on what is really happening in the pictures. These nights will be educational and hilarious!

Mike Polk Bio

Mike Polk Jr. is a Cleveland-based writer and comedian whose self-produced videos have more than 50 million combined views on You Tube alone. He is responsible for such viral hits as “The Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video” (which appeared in the Michael Moore documentary Capitalism: A Love Story), “The Honest R&B Song,” “The One Semester of Spanish Love Song,” and the award-winning internet series “Man In The Box.” Polk has been performing sketch comedy with the group “Last Call” for over nine years, young throughout North America. The troupe won “Best of the Festival” in Toronto in 2011 and Seattle in 2010 and regularly perform at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square Theaters. Polk has been named Cleveland’s best comedian by Scene Magazine and Cleveland Magazine on several occasions. His work has also appeared on TNT’s Inside the NBA, and on FunnyorDie.com. For all of his bluster, Polk is a huge advocate of the Northeast Ohio area and is happy to call Cleveland his home.

John Skrtic Bio

John Skrtic has been with the Cleveland Public Library (CPL) for over 30 years. He has extensive library experience and is responsible for overseeing the 11 million items in the Library Collection. He holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Kent State University and a Master of Public Administration from Cleveland State University. He is the father of two children and is a life-long resident of Cleveland. He spends his free time archiving the day-to-day activities of Clevelanders and the history of the city online each day.
The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.

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