Wednesday June 1st the Cleveland Comedy Festival presents The Next Level Showcase at The Bop Stop / The Music Settlement featuring Al Park.


The show is $10 and starts at 8pm, The Bop Stop is equipped with a full bar and light appetizers. This is the latest installment of the Next Level series which combines new talent with more established comedians who travel all over the nation. The show is hosted by festival Co-founder John Wellington. This months showcase of comedians are as follows: Ray Hyclak , Christine Kansy, Sean Sullivan, Kali Fencil, Nancy Remley and Milton Wyley.  (SAY “PARK” GET IN 2FOR1)


Al Park has quickly emerged as a rising talent on the national comedy scene. In just the past year, he won both the Boston Comedy Festival and the Cleveland Comedy Festival, and was a finalist in the prestigious Seattle International Comedy Competition. He has also been a featured performer at the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival and North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival. He now travels the country captivating audiences with his world-wise attitude and storytelling flair. Blending personal observation and cultural satire into a unique, authentic comic voice, Park delivers a show that will make you think, feel, and laugh the whole time.


The Next Level Showcase is a benefit for Cleveland Comedy Festival 9, a not-for profit organization.



Gig Report: The Kill Room Comedy Show at The Sachsenheim Hall

Hosts: John Wellington & Jeremy Sheer

Showtime: 9pm – 11pm

Night: Thursday

Address: 7001 Denison Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44102

Phone: 216-651-0888

Some comics roast other comics, sometimes it’s a place being roasted. But in the history of roasting no one has ever roasted a mustache. A challenge was thrown down by Dave Flynt to Bob Seeholzer, ‘Hey man, we should roast that shitty mustache of yours.” With that, the first ever roasting of a mustache was on and who better to do the roasting than John Wellington & Jeremy Sheer.

‘You look like your auditioning for the Police Academy reboot.’ ‘Could you do some senior picture posing for us Bob.’ And he totally did. ‘Why Bob why?’ Was one of Dave Flynt’s questions. Secretly we think Chris Edward Paugh liked the mustache, ‘I am sorry, I got nothing,’ he said.

The stache in question-

The stache in question-

The show didn’t get started until after the Cavs victory over the Raptors & after the roast we did a regular show which featured the roaster himself Bob Seeholzer, Yusuf Ali, Chris Edward Paugh, Kristin Galewood, Dave Flynt and Jeremy Sheer with John Wellington hosting. (SAY ‘BOSTON’ FOR FREE ADMISSION AT THE DOOR)

Grumpy even surprised with some new specials lasagna & salad. Who knew to ask for salad, but it looked awesome.  First time anyone ever went to a bar and said hey that’s looks like a good salad over there. Make it a point when going to the Sachsenheim to ask about the specials, Thursday nights features $1.00 burgers and $.75 hot dogs.

The Sachsenheim was erected, one hundred and eleven years ago, on the auspicious ridge of Denison Avenue, overlooking the city of Cleveland, by the Alliance of Transylvanian Saxons.

A massive three-story multi-purpose event facility, complete with hardwood-floored ballroom, dining hall, three commercial kitchens, tavern, and fenced-in Biergarten. The Saxons turned over building operations, Scott Lindell, better known around town by his tongue-in-cheek nickname, ‘Grumpy.” Grumpy had, for years, operated a beloved neighborhood eatery out of Tremont that bore his name and featured his numerous inventive and lovingly-prepared appetizers and entrees. Come by any night for great chef specials or classic German fare.

By CCF Staff writer Logan Rishaw

1.The 3rd Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival
WHERE: Chicago, IL
WHEN: June 1-5
What: Presented by TruTV, The Onion, and AV Club, the 3rd
Rendition of the 26th
Annual Comedy Festival is a five day event with shows taking place at
some of Chicago’s best theatres.
Who: Tracy Morgan, Sarah Silverman, Todd Barry, Reggie Watts, Michael
Che, Chris Gethard, and many more!
For more info, check out their website:


2.Limestone Comedy Festival
WHERE: Bloomington, IN
WHEN: June 2- 4
What: The 4th Annual Limestone Comedy Festival features the some of the
best stand-up acts and podcasts with nearly 30 shows across five venues in
Bloomington, Indiana.
Who: Bobcat Goldthwait, Beth Stelling, Roy Wood Jr., Andy Erikson, Doug
Loves Movies, Picture This, The Mike Adams Show, and more!
For more info, check out their website:

3. Great American Comedy Festival
WHERE: Norfolk, NE
WHEN: June 15-18
What: Now in its 9th year, The Great American Comedy Festival has been
Successfully committed to doing three things every year goals:
-Paying tribute to the legacy of Johnny Carson
-Bringing world-class entertainment to Norfolk
-Making Norfolk the place to be each June for comedy
Who: Tom Cotter, Rocky LaPorte, Tony V, Derek Hughes, Mark Normand,
Joe List, Dwayne Perkins, and more!
For more info, check out their website:

4. Chicago Women’s Funny Festival –Chicago, Il –June 16-19
WHERE: Chicago, IL
WHEN: June 16-
What: The fifth iteration of this all-female festival features hundreds of acts
of all kinds, from stand-up and sketch to improve and even burlesque.
Who: Abby Vatterott, Mary Zee, Gorilla Tango Burlesque, Improvised Jane
Austen, Love Me Tinder, and so much more!
For more info, check out their website:


5.The Kansas City Fringe Festival –
Kansas City, MO –July 21-31
WHERE: Kansas City, MO
WHEN: July 21-31
What: This 11-day festival aims to blend performing and visual arts in a
delicate balance between mass and niche appeal with over 400 shows in 20
venues. The festival is put on for the benefit of KC Fringe, a not-for-profit
organization that supports the arts in the Kansas City area.
Who: All You Need is Love, Presto! An Improvised Musical, Erotic Circus,
What’s the Pointe?, River Cow Orchestra, Dueling Preachers Fringe Revival,
and hundreds more shows!
For more info, check out their website: