Teaching Stand-up Comedy  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 for your friends, family, and fans of comedy.


This year's program is cancelled.  We plan to return in 2022.

The Workshop is $25/student

  • Four two-hour classes with professional instructors held virtually for four straight weeks.

  • Classes are usually held leading up to the Cleveland Comedy Festival or another, affiliated program

  • Graduation show, performed by the students, takes place on the final day of the Cleveland Comedy Festival.

What Students will Learn

  • Joke creation and refinement

  • Public speaking skills and timing

  • Stage presence and confidence

  • Basic comedic persona development

  • Improvement of memorization skills

Your lead facilitators will be Cait Hogan, Rodney Bengston and Rob Coleman — all veteran stand-up comedians and work with the Cleveland Comedy Festival.  Ms. Hogan, Mr. Bengston, and Mr. Coleman have over 35 years of combined experience performing stand-up comedy in comedy clubs, theaters and venues all over the world.  They taught the first Class Clown class in 2012 which graduated with honors.


"(My son's) experience in the Class Clown class is the one he most often points to as being his most enriching, most fulfilling and, usually, most fun.

David, Bay Village   parent of Class Clown student

The Class Clown Workshop is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.


The Class Clown Workshop is also made possible in part by Neighbor Up, supported by Neighborhood Connections, a nationally recognized community-building program established in 2003 as a program of Suite 1300 Services, Inc., a 501 (c)3 nonprofit funded primarily by the Cleveland Foundation and other partners. Its mission is to fuel the power of neighbors to create, together, an extraordinary world right where they live.

The Class Clown Workshop has also been previously made possible in part by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, whose mission is to inspire and strengthen the community by investing in arts and culture.