Featured Shows

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Ticketing is now live for all our Featured Shows for the 2015 Cleveland Comedy Festival.  These shows feature the best and funniest comedians from all over the U.S. that are coming to Cleveland for 5 hilarious days of laughter.  Check out these amazing shows at PlayhouseSquare theaters and get your tickets soon.  Some shows will sell out!

 

 


See below for information and ticketing for our Featured Shows at PlayhouseSquare.

Cleveland Comedy Festival FREE Happy Hour Shows – Wed 11/18 – Fri 11/20

PlayhouseSquare
Kennedy's Theatre
11/18 - 11/20
5:00 - 6:30PM

Tickets FREE

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Don’t fight traffic getting out of downtown! Instead, come down to Kennedy’s Theatre inside Playhouse Square and enjoy some free comedy from some fantastic Festival comedians. Cash bar available.

Wed 11/18: Brad Weiner, Glen Longwell, Logan Rishaw, Skitzo Bill, Lou Modic, Katie Smith, Dave Arena, Nick Leydorf

Thur 11/19: Yusuf Ali, Alex Hirz, Kristin Galewood, George Dunne, Milton Wyley, Sarah Vulpio, Lori Hollins, Phil Kolas, Quincy Johnson II, Mark Turcotte

Fri 11/20: Devin Conner, Christine Kansy, Nancy Remley, Ant Morrow, Jenson Strock, Michal Johnston, Drew Miller, Luke Capasso, Dorian Vasquez, Andy Piccaro
Happy Hour

Cleveland Comedy Festival Contest Prelims - Wed 11/18 – Fri 11/20

PlayhouseSquare
Kennedy's Theatre & Outcalt Theatre

11/18 - 11/20
7:30 - 9:00PM
&
11/20 - 11/21
10:00pm

Tickets $10 / $12

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The 2015 Cleveland Comedy Festival Contest will feature 48 of the funniest up-and-coming comedians from all over the U.S. competing for a top prize of $2,000. Each prelim show will feature 12 comics. Top 2 will advance the Finals on Sunday 11/22.

Prelim #1: Wed 11/18 7:30pm - Rob Coleman hosting
Prelim #2: Thur 11/19 7:30pm - Marv Conner hosting
Prelim #3: Fri 11/20 7:30pm - Dave Arena hosting
Prelim #4: Fri 11/20 10pm - Mike Scanlon hosting
Wild Card Sat 11/21 10pm - John Wellington hosting

Audience vote will count for 50% of the results so come out to support your favorite comedian.
Contest Prelims

Click Here To See Lineups Of Each Show

Late Night Laughs Themed Shows - Wed 11/18 – Fri 11/20

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Kennedy's Theatre
11/18 - 11/20
10:00 - 11:30PM

Tickets $5 or Free with Ticket to another CCF show

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Stay up late for some great comedy at Kennedy’s. Featuring comedians from all over the U.S. selected for the Cleveland Comedy Festival. Different lineups of comedians for every show. Non-stop laughs for only $5.

Wed 11/18: Chris Clem, Jon Valley, Max Bruno, Christian Hegedus, Mark Turcotte, Jeremy Alsop, Turd Ferguson, Phil Kolas, Krish Mohan

Thur 11/19: Josh Morrow, Sam Ike, Mike Paramore, Chad Weaver, John Bruton, Kevin Noonan, Tom Plute, Tom Gannon, Luke Capasso, Ant Morrow

Fri 11/20: Rob Telecky, Dom Pare, Skitzo Bill, Max Bruno, Anthony Armstrong, Brad Weiner, Chris Paugh, Sean Sullivan

Late Night Laughs

Big Chuck & Lil John Tribute Show w/ Mike Polk Jr. - Thur 11/19




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Outcalt Theatre
Thur 11/19
7:30 - 9:00PM

Tickets $15 / $18

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They are Cleveland’s favorite late night hosts and comedy legends. “Big” Chuck Schodowski and “Lil” John Rinaldi have entertained generations of Clevelanders for over 30 years with their hilarious sketches and antics that poked fun at and celebrated Cleveland. In this very special show, hosted by Cleveland’s current favorite comedic provocateur Mike Polk Jr., we will swap stories with Chuck and John, see classic clips from the show, salute some of the famous characters, talk about their mentor Ernie “Ghoulardi” Anderson and reminiscence about the golden era of Cleveland TV comedy.Big Chuck and Lil John

Best of the Festival Showcases - Fri 11/20 & Sat 11/21

PlayhouseSquare
Kennedy's Theatre
Fri 11/20 & Sat 11/21
7:30 - 9:00PM

Tickets $10 / $12

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Enjoy two great shows packed with laughs from the best local comedians from Cleveland and Akron and guests from around the U.S. that are here for the Festival.

Fri 11/20: Carrie Callahan, Tim Cornett, Marc Jaffe, Ali Safar, Marc-Anthony Sinagoga, Vincent Holiday, Quincy Johnson II, Derek Graff, Chad Zumock

Sat 11/21: Carrie Callahan, Tom Gannon, Keith Bergman, Hoodo Hersi, Will Garre, Felicia Gillespie, Tom Plute, Chris Clem
Best of the Festival

Mike Veneman Tribute Show & ALS Association Fundraiser – Sat 11/21

PlayhouseSquare
Outcalt Theatre
Sat 11/21
7:30 - 9:00PM

Tickets $20 / $25

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Mike Veneman was an amazing headlining comedian for over 24 years, touring all across the country and writing for the Redneck Comedy Tour and comedy superstars such as Jeff Foxworthy and Dan Whitney (aka Larry The Cable Guy). He also taught and influenced countless area comedians with his Comedy 101 comedy class and his guidance to younger comedians. Mike passed away in 2010 from ALS and his loss is still felt every day by Cleveland’s comedy community. This show will be a tribute to Mike and will feature numerous comedic friends and colleagues.

100% of our profits from this show will benefit the ALS Association Northern Ohio Chapter. Come out and celebrate Mike and help us raise money to fight ALS.

Featuring some of Cleveland's best comedians and friends of Mike Veneman including: Marc Jaffe, Marv Conner, Christian Hegedus, Mike Conley, Todd McCune, Mike Scanlon, and hosted by WMMS Alan Cox Show co-host, Bill Squire.
Mike Veneman ALS Association

Comedy Family Feud (American Cancer Society & Wounded Warriors) - Sat 11/21



PlayhouseSquare
Kennedy's Theatre
Sat 11/21
10:00 - 11:30PM
Tickets $10 / $12

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Join us for a hilarious live game show featuring two comedic “families” representing Cleveland and Akron. The Cleveland team will feature team captain Dave Arena while the Akron team will be captained by “Mad” Marv Conner. Each team will play a version of the TV game show and will be competing for comedic glory, supplying the best smart ass answers, and trying to win some money for the charity organization of their choice. Survey says fun!. Team Arena will be playing for the American Cancer Society and Team Conner will be playing for the Wounded Warriors Project.Family Feud

Contest Wild Card - Sat 11/21

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Outcalt Theatre
Sat 11/21
10:00 - 11:30PM

Tickets $10 / $12

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Eight of the funniest up-and-coming comedians from all over the U.S. get a second shot at advancing to the 2015 Cleveland Comedy Festival Contest Finals and a chance at the $2,000 top prize. Top 2 will advance the Finals on Sunday 11/22. Audience vote will count for 50% of the results so come out to support your favorite comedian.

As a special bonus, after the Wild Card comedians perform, the show will be headlined by legendary Cleveland comedian Mike Cheselka.
Wild Card

Class Clown Graduation Show – Sun 11/22

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Kennedy's Theatre
Sun 11/22
3:00 - 4:30PM

Tickets $10 / $12

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See our Class Clown comedy class students graduate and perform their first 5-minute stand-up routine. These young comedians have worked hard for 4 weeks honing their routines and are ready to show the world how funny they are. This show will sell out! So get your tickets early.

Graduating & Performing: Brad Beverly, Charlie Adams, Emma Blemaster, Jason Gugick, Leo Bures, Brianna Collins, Dante Palmer, Steven Perrier
Cleveland Homecoming

Cleveland Comedy Festival Contest Finals – Sun 11/22

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Outcalt Theatre
Sun 11/22
7:30 - 9:00PM

Tickets $12 / $15

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The 2015 Cleveland Comedy Festival will conclude on Sunday 11/22 as the top 9 comedians from a national field of 48 will compete for a top prize of $2,000. See some of the best up-and-coming comedians in the entire U.S. Audience vote will count for 50% of the scoring so come out and support your favorite. Hosted by one of Cleveland's favorite comedians Mike Farrell.Contest Finals