PRIZM News / May 1, 2018 / By Bob Vitale
Wonder Doug (Prizm photo by Staley Munroe)

Wonder Doug /
aka Doug Cuckler

Home: Columbus
Identifies As: Gay
Pronouns: He/Him/His


The guy 614 magazine called the hardest working man in Columbus comedy calls himself a “dark and dirty queer doom cloud.”

Back to the hardest-working thing, though…


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Wonder Doug does six shows a month, including open-mic nights at Bossy Grrl’s Pin Up Joint in Clintonville and Club 20, a gay bar in the University District. He also has performed regularly for organizations such as Kaleidoscope Youth Center, Huckleberry House and Planned Parenthood.

On his popularity:
“I’m not sure how popular I am. I’m a bit darker and dirtier than a lot of comedians, which makes me an acquired taste. But people do know my name. I am paid to organize multiple monthly shows, and I am paid for my art. That is a surreal thing to say, and I am eternally grateful to be able to say it.”

On a serious note:
“I was diagnosed with severe bipolar disorder as a teen, and over two years ago I admitted my alcoholism was killing myself and my relationships. I have been sober ever since, and my life, mental health and comedy have greatly improved.”

His advice for aspiring queer comedians:
“Do not be afraid to find your voice, because we want to hear it. It will take some time, but don’t get discouraged because the world is such a dark place and we could use your light.”

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If you need a daily laugh, follow Wonder Doug on Twitter @wonderdoug33.

You can find him on Facebook as Wonder Doug to keep up with his show schedule.


Bob Vitale
A Toledo native and graduate of Toledo Public Schools, Bob has worked as a local government and politics reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, as a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and as editor-in-chief for Outlook Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.