About Us


The Cleveland Comedy Festival began in 2008 as a celebration of local, independent comedy and has grown into much, much more in the decade plus.

We’re now in the process of planning the annual Cleveland Comedy Festival for this year and we couldn’t be more excited. We plan to include more shows, more diverse forms of comedy, national headliners, some of the best local and regional comedians, industry opportunities and partnerships with Northeast Ohio comedy clubs and venues.


Our mission remains the same — to celebrate Cleveland’s comedic past, present and future and help promote one of Cleveland’s greatest exports — our collective sense of humor and comedic talent.

The Cleveland Comedy Festival is an event that is uniquely Cleveland and continues the legacy of funny that includes Bob Hope, Ernie Anderson, Tim Conway, Arsenio Hall, Steve Harvey, Drew Carey, and many, many others. Cleveland has always been a funny place that seems to foster more than its fair share of hilarious people.

And it’s still true today! The wealth of comedic talent in Cleveland has never been stronger, and that’s what our Network & Festival is all about. And as we’ve grown, we’re now attracting national and regional comedians and industry representatives to come to Cleveland and join in the laughs.

We encourage you to see a show, come to an event, and see for yourself what the Cleveland Comedy Festival is all about. After all, it’s Cleveland so how it could NOT be funny?

A Not-So-Serious Event with Some Serious Marketing Potential


With 30+ shows across 5 days at many venues throughout the greater Cleveland area, the annual Cleveland Comedy Festival will deliver audiences all week. Your sponsorship aligns you with this established event and gives you a marketing presence in front of the targeted group of consumers you want to reach for your products and services.


For advertising or sponsorship information contact Director of Sales Holly Braschwitz.


Steve Guy

Executive Director


Cait Hogan

Director of Class Clown and Community Outreach

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Rob Coleman

Class Clown Instructor, Planner & Show Host


Elton Lytle

Director of Funding


Kyle Haunhorst

Director - Rubber City Comedy Festival


Dwayne Duke

Director of Venue Expansion


Rodney Begston

Media Relations, Class Clown Instructor, Festival Co-Founder

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Holly Braschwitz

Director of Sales