Who Are We?
Dad's Basement was founded by 3 people- 2 college friends plus one of their brothers, who shared a passion for live comedy, unorthodox theater experiences, and collectibles. It has since grown to involve countless writers, directors, performers, and more- who together make up the diverse collection of in-house talent upon which the very mission of The Basement is built.
But none of those other people are in charge of paying the person who runs this website, so here's the 3 people that are.
Jake Berlin was a recent college graduate looking straight down the approaching reality of adulthood when he decided to open a half store/half comedy theater instead. Now he owns Dad's Basement, and can usually be found looking at spreadsheets, talking about expenses, and making sure we are a functioning business. He's a standup comedian, a lifelong memorabilia collector, and a man who generally believes the less you know about him, the better.
Chris Copen was working at a daycare in nearby Johnstown- fresh off washing out of the LA Comedy Industry after a failed stint as an assistant (with the help of a pandemic). Now, he's our artistic director, which he would tell you means he's in charge of "the basement part" of Dad's Basement. Chris started the award losing comedy group Point Blank at Point Park University as a freshman, and has been "working" in comedy ever since (in a mostly unpaid capacity).
Jared Berlin was an expert in the field of memorabilia, running a successful online storefront before being dragged into this. Jared runs the Basement's retail store, and is responsible for managing our ever expanding inventory of trading cards, autographed CD's and sports memorabilia. His days are usually consumed by chasing autographs, researching card prices, and being Jake's brother.