2015ClassClown RectangleThe 2018 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 Playhouse Square in the 11th annual Cleveland Comedy Festival.


Class Clown Stand-Up Comedy Class

  • 4 weeks of professional instruction on Saturday afternoons from 2PM – 4PM.
  • Classes will take place October 20th, October 27th, November 3rd, and November 10th
  • 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 at Playhouse Square’s Kennedy’s Theatre during the Cleveland Comedy Festival. Family and friends are 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
Rodney Bengston
Cait Hogan
Cait Hogan

Your Instructors

Your lead facilitators will be Rodney Bengston, Cait Hogan and John Wellington — all veteran stand-up comedians and directors of the Cleveland Comedy Festival.  Mr. Bengston, Ms. Hogan, 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.