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Nickey Winkelman

Stand-up Comedian

Nickey Winkelman

Nickey Winkelman is a Columbus, Ohio native. She began doing stand-up comedy in 2005 while studying acting at University of California, Santa Barbara. Not for the faint of heart, her comedy is brash, honest and creatively vulgar. She was a finalist in comedy contests at the Columbus Funny Bone, the Columbus Brew Ha Ha, and Cincinnati's Go Banana's Comedy Club. Nickey went on to win CoverGirl Cosmetic's "Stand Up for Beauty" contest in 2010, the 2008 Midwest Ultimate Funny Championships in Indianapolis, IN (Morty's Comedy Joint), and most proudly, the 2007 Circleville, OH Pumpkin Show Comedy Contest.

While she was a member of local comedy troupe Sketch By Number, the group won the Shadowbox Live Sketch Festival's award for "Best Sketch of the Night" in 2010, performing a piece Nickey wrote. This led to Nickey's current position on the comedy writing team at Shadowbox Live where you can see her work come to life on the main stage on Fridays and Saturdays. Along with Jimmy Mak, head writer at Shadowbox Live, Nickey also hosts and runs the Tuesday night stand-up series at the Backstage Bistro in Columbus's Brewery District.



September 15 - P3 Magic Theater, Columbus, OH : website

September 16 - Spacebar, Columbus, OH : website

September 21 - "The Pop Culture Mixed Tape (Struck a Nerve)" at Wild Goose Creative, Columbus, OH : website

September 22 - "Monday Night Live - on a Tuesday!" at Shadowbox Live, Columbus, OH : website

September 23 - "Hashtag Comedy Show - Sarah J. Storer’s Birthday Bash" at Shadowbox Live, Columbus, OH : website

September 25 - "Bi Pride Celebration" presented by Bi Local - Wall Street Nightclub, Columbus, OH : event details


October 6 - "The Quiz Box" - Backstage Bistro at Shadowbox Live, Columbus, OH : website

October 12 - "Comedy Talent Show" - Backstage Bistro at Shadowbox Live, Columbus, OH : website

October 17 - Willoughby, OH - details TBA

October 20 - Backstage Bistro at Shadowbox Live, Columbus, OH : website


November 7 - Botkins Fire Department Fundraiser - The Palazzo, Botkins, OH

November 20 - "The Great Debate" - Hilliard Rotary Club, Hilliard, OH : website



See Nickey on Fox TV's "Laughs" :

Sketch By Number hit parody sketch, "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant" :


Columbus Comedy Festival: Nickey Winkelman
By Jackie Mantey

"In college, Nickey Winkelman's stage dreams went from playing dramatic roles like Lady Macbeth to telling jokes about large lady parts. "I had heard so many small penis jokes from male comedians," Winkelman said, "I thought, 'Someone needs to do giant vagina jokes.'"

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Shadowbox Live hosts biggest Brew Ha Ha yet
By Jesse Tigges

Shadowbox Live's third Brew Ha Ha, a festival celebrating comedy (sketch and standup), music and beer, is its biggest yet. Brew Ha Ha grew out of Shadowbox's annual Sketch Comedy Competition after the theater company moved from Easton to the Brewing District and wanted to expand offerings to include standup and music.

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Nickey performing at "The Great Debate" 2014 at The Hillard Rotary Club: