Class Clown

2015ClassClown RectangleThe 2017 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 9th annual Cleveland Comedy Festival.


Class Clown Stand-Up Comedy Class

  • 4 weeks of professional instruction on Saturday afternoons (Oct 28th, Nov. 4th, 11th, & 18th) from 1PM – 3PM.
  • Classes held at PlayhouseSquare’s Kennedy’s Theatre (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 December 3rd, 2016 1PM 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
The Cleveland Comedy Festival Class Clown Comedy Class is a proud recipient of a 2016 Cuyahoga Arts & Culture project grant.

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 28,2017 - Nov 18,2017    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

2017 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.  Students will receive comedy instruction and coaching from professional comedians.  All students will participate in a graduation show on Sunday December 3rd, 2017 at 1PM and PlayhouseSquare Kennedy's Cabaret Theatre.  Registration fee is $50.00 per student.


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

Registration is closed for this event.
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