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Local comedy rapper Mayor Wertz pens ode to personal-injury lawyer Tim Misny

The Plain Dealer  Cleveland logo The Plain Dealer Cleveland 10/23/2020 Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Living in Cleveland, it’s impossible to miss advertisements for local personal-injury lawyer Tim Misny, featuring his pointed finger, stern glare and signature line: “Misny makes them pay!”

Those ads inspired local comedy rapper Kyle Wertz (who makes music under the moniker “Mayor Wertz”) to create his new single “What Would Misny Do? (Make Them Pay!)”

“I hadn’t really done a song on the local level. I’ve done a lot of broad songs that appeal to everyone, and I kind of wanted to try something local,” Wertz said. “I think the spark was seeing all of his billboards, bus stations, buses, everywhere that I went. I live in Tremont and there are, I think, three different bus stops that have him on there, whether it be in English or Spanish.”

“What Would Misny Do? (Make Them Pay!)” was released today. Listen below.

The track is a part of Wertz' one-song-a-month release schedule, adding to a string of recent releases including “Save the Mall” and “We Are Not A Cult.”

He managed to get a hold of Misny ahead of his song’s release, emailing the lawyer a link to the track to see what he thought of it.

“He knows about it. He likes it,” Wertz said. “He said I was being a little too nice to him; that’s fair and fine. We do plan on making a music video… but I wanted to put the song out anyway, in the meantime.”

It’s the latest installment in Wertz' work in comedy rap, an interest which stemmed from a childhood spent watching comedy performances online. In high school, he got his start making comedy YouTube videos with friends, and continued with the hobby while going to college at the University of Akron.

Later, he got involved in the local improv scene in Cleveland, performing with a few troupes including Lakewood’s Something Dada.

Throughout it all, Wertz continued working on his comedy rap songs.

“As I grew, they eventually became funny, at least in my opinion, at some point,” he said. “I don’t do standup anymore. I was so bad at it, it was very embarrassing. Improv, I haven’t done in a little while too because of COVID. But you can make music in your house. I’ve been doing that a lot more lately, because I’ve got nowhere else to go.”

Wertz said he finds inspiration from musicians like MF Doom, Kool Keith and Modest Mouse, and from comedians like Mitch Hedberg, Patton Oswald, Paul F. Tompkins and Maria Bamford. But his biggest spark in pursuing comedy -- and in hosting his thrice-weekly Twitch gaming streams -- comes from a fascination with the internet.

“I found stuff on the internet of people doing nerdy rap music, which really appealed to me as someone who liked computer games and internet culture and computers and whatnot,” Wertz said. “I grew up on the internet. I love it. It’s one of my favorite things.”

You can find more information about Mayor Wertz at his Twitter and Facebook pages.

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