What do you call a mentor, father, comedian & teacher? Marv Conner, has been a consistent supporter of comedians and the Akron/ Cleveland comedy scene for years. He is a staple of the Funny Stop Comedy Club in Cuyahoga Falls and has often taken part in and assisted with the Cleveland Comedy Festival. Marv attended Carrollton High School and the University of Akron. Conner taught for 30 years, coached basketball, track & cross country for 27 of those years. He and his wife Charlene who have been married for 31 years raised three children; Brittany, Colton and Devin, who is continuing the comedic legacy moving to Los Angeles to pursue comedy.



For 18 years ‘Mad’ Marv, as he is known, has supported & performed comedy in Northeast Ohio entertaining thousands over the years. He attributes his style and influences  to Bill Hicks and Dave Attell along with Mike Veneman, another staple of Northeast Ohio comedy.

The highlights of Marv’s career includes appearing in the very successful “American Gladiators- rejected auditions” and “Man Gets Ass Beat By Cop” which have been seen by millions of viewers. He has performed in the HBO internet series Runaway box, and Man in the box. He also has appeared on the Tony Rizzo Show and The Mike Polk Jr. Show which can be found on Fox 8 Cleveland. Marv is a regular on The Pretty Swell Guys comedy pod cast and has anchored their shows at local comedy clubs. Marv took part in The Pretty Swell Guys Cleveland Comedy Festival TV broadcast where he appeared as a feature act. Marv has also been featured in The Cleveland Plain Dealer Laugh Track column. He has written for the late Mike Veneman and owes his comedy insight to Mike as he was Marv’s first teacher in comedy and valuable alibi witness. Marv is unpredictable and has such a great time doing comedy you can bet you will have a fun time too. Marv Conner is one of the good guys in comedy always thinking of others, how he can help, above all else, he is a model of each person in comedy or in life should strive to emulate, a true professional.


Host: Jimmie Graham
Showtime: Doors at 8pm
Night: Wednesday
Address: 5801 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102
Phone: (216) 651-9474
Accidental Comedy Club’s Modern Kicks at The Happy Dog is one of the most exciting regular showcases in the Cleveland comedy scene and for good reason. You wouldn’t expect many people to show up to watch stand-up in the basement of a bar on a Wednesday night when the Cavs are playing the 5th game of a tied Eastern Conference finals series. Instead of having a low-turnout, Modern Kicks packed the room with 50+ audience members for an incredible night of comedy.


The show featured some of Cleveland’s finest comics, such as Yusuf Ali, Jasmyn Carter, Logan Rishaw, Tabitha Jones and John Wellington. There were special drop-in
sets from out-of-town comics Dorian Vasquez (Columbus) and Nick Dlouhy (Chicago). Then, of course, the show featured some fantastic sets from Accidental Comedy Club
’s roster of comedians: Brian Kenny, David Flynt, and the host Jimmie Graham.
Free admission by saying 'MAD MARV'

Free admission by saying ‘MAD MARV’

The show was closed out with an extended set from Ramon Rivas II, his last show
in Cleveland before heading off to New Orleans to tape his Comedy Central special.
Congrats Ramon!
The Happy Dog is a corner bar located in the Gordon Square Arts District of Cleveland. One of the most fun and inviting bars in Cleveland, the venue hosts comedy shows, storytelling shows, and concerts spanning every genre of music. While there, be sure to order a gourmet hot dog or tater tots,
both featuring an almost endless list of toppings.

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.


http://www.themusicsettlement.org/calendar/2016/06/01/next-level-comedy-showcase-featuring-al-park-bop-stop  (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.


http://www.themusicsettlement.org/calendar/2016/06/01/next-level-comedy-showcase-featuring-al-park-bop-stop (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: www.26comedy.com


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: www.limestonefest.com

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:


Tickets: http://www.themusicsettlement.org/calendar/2016/06/01/next-level-comedy-showcase-featuring-al-park-bop-stop

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: www.kcfringe.org