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Brad Axelrod

Meet Our Team

Brad Axelrod was the original owner-operator of Connecticut's first full-time comedy showcase and is known as the state's foremost Comedy Club entrepreneur. He went on to have multi-locations all throughout CT. Including in Westport, Norwalk, Stamford, Uncasville, New Haven, Windsor Locks, Mystic, Danbury, East Hartford, Glastonbury, New Milford, Newtown, Bethel, West Haven, and Litchfield, Needless to say Brad created CT. Comedy for Cash after a very successful 36 year comedy career. 

The original Treehouse Comedy Club opened in 1983 and morphed into Treehouse Comedy Productions. Over the years Brad created a very successful and unique comedy fundraising business as an integral part of the plan. Brad sold the Treehouse back in September of 2019. Then, he and his wife traveled the country for a couple years. They hit 43 states in 660 days and 20,000 miles later and now...they're back. Brad is excited to come out of retirement and to embark on a new and exciting joint comedy fundraising venture.

When Brad did his first official comedy night fundraiser back in November of 2015 and presented a check to Matt Casso for $4025.00 he was hooked on the experience. Implementing his five-prong income opportunities to his fundraising clients coupled with his years in comedy production experience has proven to be a true winner for all parties involved. 

Jonny Benson

Jonny Benson is the owner operator of the successful longstanding CT. Comedy Company Xtreme Comedy. He has booked hundreds of comedy shows along with being the primary booker for all the Treehouse Comedy Contests over the years.  These contests included The Funniest Comic in Connecticut, The Funniest Comic In New England and the Funniest Comic on the East Coast. The latter being produced at Mohegan Sun. Jonny is also an accomplished stand-up having worked with Lisa Lampanelli and many-many others. 


Billy Winn is an integral part of the success of Treehouse Comedy Productions former fundraising subsidiaries. As the head of sales, Billy was an important cog in the wheel of success in helping us raise over 1.8 million dollars for our prior fundraising clients. Billy is back with Connecticut Comedy for Cash LLC in a similar capacity.

His high energy and instant likeability, is a personality trait that creates instant success in every Advance Fundraising Boot Camp he heads. Billy’s forty years of experience in the comedy business also helps make every fundraising event a success.

Billy the comedian, has an ornate ability to interact with, and jumpstart an audience. He was chosen New Haven County’s Favorite Comedian three years in a row. Billy Winn started his illustrious comedy career at the original Treehouse Comedy Club in Westport and has parlayed that natural comedic ability into a comedy career that spans all the major medias. For nineteen years Billy was an integral part of the Connecticut Radio Scene. His stand-up comedy has been featured on A&E, VH-1 and multiple appearances on ABC TV’s CT Style on WTNH Channel 8 in New Haven. 

Everyone enjoys working with Billy. We are super excited to have added Billy Winn to our fundraising team.

Kathleen Axelrod

Kathleen Axelrod married into the comedy business and lucky for Brad she did.  Over the past 22 years Kathy has become a comedy aficionado having worked with Brad on hundreds of live comedy events and fundraisers.  Her 26 years of IT experience working for corporate America has been a true plus to the Treehouse operations and now for CT. Comedy for Cash. Her passion and attention to detail makes her a huge contributor to our operations.

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