The Columbus Covers Columbus host on Oranjudio, his favorite food truck and more

Tony Casa was born and raised in the Hilltop and now resides on campus. He has been an entertainer and event planner in Columbus for about 17 years, acting, performing comedy and fronting local band Zoo Trippin'. This week, he's hosting Columbus Covers Columbus, a two-day music and arts event featuring more than 20 musical acts, 10 comics and live podcasts. All of the performers are Columbus-based, and will be covering music by past and present local acts. The event takes place at the Shrunken Head, 251 W. Fifth Ave., on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 20. Here are a few things he loves.


I love this studio and everyone who works in it. We cut our last concept album at Oranjudio with the always epic Joey Gurwin, as well as a super-Columbus, super-secret project that will be blowing minds in the next few months. As of late, I've been bumping Ill Poetic's An Idiots Guide to Anarchy on vinyl. Mr. G. had his busy hands in that too!

The Columbus Zoo

You kidding me?? Like you haven't heard! We have one of the best zoos in the nation. Although zoos make me depressed sometimes, I can't get enough of ours. They help so much with conservation and education. Plus, "Jungle" Jack Hanna holds it down like a boss! He was like Cool Hand Luke when that “Jumanji” situation horrified Zanesville.

Columbus Comedy

I believe that I am "front porch funny" and a good story teller, but I'm an awful comic. I stopped doing comedy a few years back after realizing how bad I was at it. But, since I stopped, the scene has grown exponentially! Correlation? I'm not ruling it out. There are so many more shows, venues, comics and TOURING COMICS than just a few years back. Apparently, there might even be a Columbus Comedy Illuminati...

Exotic Latino Grill taco truck

This truck and its staff are like my family. They've always been there for me — at least as long as I've lived on campus. I'm talking ALL. THE. TIME! 24 hours a day! Christmas Eve, New Year's Day, guess what ... TACOS! Gracias, mi familia.


2017 was kind of a rough year for my inner circle and myself, but cartoons lightened the mood. Oddly enough, I've really learned things about myself by watching shows like “South Park” and “Bojack Horseman.” I could also go on for days about “Rick and Morty.” It's the best show on television, hands down. WUBBA LUBBA DUB DUB!