When I was 16 and performing at d.w. eye, I wanted to be Rico Bruce Wade. (Of course he wasn’t Rico Bruce Wade back then – he was Rico Rico Rico Diaz.) Rico was our improvisational genius – he was one of the founding members of Cincinnati’s Fairview Impromptu Band – and then later went on to Second City to act and direct. But in 1981, he would climb the stage at the eye – and you never knew what was going to happen. Rico and his group were doing improv in Cincinnati before people knew what improv was. It was exciting, breathtaking. And live on the spot.
And it didn’t hurt that Rico was also the sunniest, nicest guy around.
Rico continues to act, and perform stand-up and improv to this day – and will be onstage in Cincinnati performing again at the d.w. eye Reunion June 23rd at the 20th Century Theater. You don’t want to miss it.
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Maybe you grew up with him on the Channel 19 Kids Club? Or maybe he was your TV anchor on WCPO-TV in the ’90s! But Michael Flannery got his start at a little known hole-in-the wall comedy club named d.w.eye! And now, he’s one of the original comics featured at the d.w. eye reunion on Friday, June 23! WOW!
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On Saturday nights, the pros invade the d.w. eye spotlight and the occasional hearty chuckle is supplanted by the outright belly laugh… The quality of Saturday nights at d.w. eye proves that there are a plethora of anonymous looney tooners out in the Midwestern Hinterlands.
Here’s the full April, 1981 Cincinnati Magazine article by Britt Robson that first introduced d.w. eye to the public. The eye was doing well before this article was published. After the issue came out, the club exploded.
Read the full article here. Even the ads are cool.
Here’s the cover. Baseball season, 1981!
And don’t forget to get your tickets to the d.w. eye reunion, June 23rd at the 20th Century Theatre!
All material © Cincinnati Magazine, Britt Robson