Class Clown

2015ClassClown RectangleThe 2015 Cleveland Comedy Festival will again include a Class Clown Comedy Class for kids ages 11-17.

Are you a class clown? Or are you just a smart, funny kid? Well here’s your chance to learn stand-up comedy from real professional comedians, hone your funny attitude into a real stand-up comedy act, and perform on stage at PlayhouseSquare in the 8th annual Cleveland Comedy Festival.

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Class Clown Stand-Up Comedy Class

  • 4 weeks of professional instruction on Saturday afternoons (Oct 24, 31, Nov. 7, & 14) from 1PM – 3PM.
  • Classes held at PlayhouseSquare’s Kennedy’s Theatre and PlayhouseSquare Rehearsal Hall (1501 Euclid Avenue).
  • Kennedy’s Theatre is located beneath the Ohio Theatre lobby and is a perfect intimate space for students to learn.
  • Graduation show for all students on Sunday November 22, 2015 3PM at PlayhouseSquare’s Kennedy’s Theatre. (Family & friends encouraged to attend!)

What You Will Learn

  • Microphone and equipment basics
  • Joke creation and refinement
  • Stage presence and confidence
  • Dealing with a live audience
  • Basic comedic persona development

RodneyBengstonJohnWellingtonYour Instructors

Your lead facilitators will be Rodney Bengston, Mike Scanlon and John Wellington — all veteran stand-up comedians and directors of the Cleveland Comedy Festival.  Mr. Bengston, Mr. Scanlon and Mr. Wellington have over 35 years of combined experience performing stand-up comedy in comedy clubs, theaters and venues all over the Midwest.  They taught the first Class Clown class in 2012 which graduated with honors.

I had a fantastic time learning the tricks and techniques of comedy,
and showing off what I learned in a final performance last year
and I’m looking forward to doing it again!
                                        – Clara, 2012 Class Clown Graduate

Class Fee & What’s Included

  • Class fee is $50 per student.
  • Includes a course instruction book, certificate of graduation, Cleveland Comedy Festival T-shirt and a DVD of your performance at the graduation show.


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Oct 24,2015 - Nov 14,2015    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

2015 Class Clown Comedy Registration is a comedy class for teens ages 11 - 17.  Classes will meet on Saturday afternoons from 1PM - 3PM at PlayhouseSquare Kennedy's Cabaret Theatre and/or  Rehearsal Hall.  Students will receive comedy instruction and coaching from professional comedians.  All students will participate in a graduation show on Sunday November 22, 2015 at 3PM and PlayhouseSquare Kennedy's Cabaret Theatre.  Registration fee is $50.00 per student.


PlayhouseSquare Kennedy's Theatre
1501 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, 44114


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