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The 14th annual festival took place November 10th - 13th, 2021. Thank you to everyone that attended!

Special Thanks to Taylor Compton Photography & DesignEvery Angle, & Golden Ox Studio for their help in capturing all the great moments!

See below for the 2021 Lineup, visit our festival history and check back here for updates for CCF 15, happening November 2022.


2021 Festival Lineup

Our first announcement for this year’s Festival lineup; Nic Nemeth is #heretoshowtheworld just how funny Cleveland is!

Sure, he’s a multi-time champion in WWE as Dolph Ziggler, but here he’s just some St Ed’s & Kent St grad who’s now making his mark in comedy! Saturday, November 13th at The Odeon 


Featuring a special performance by: NUNFIST

MATTEO LANE is a New York-based comedian whose stand-up special can be seen on Netflix’s THE COMEDY LINEUP.   He’s also appeared on THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT, LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS, HBO’s CRASHING and WILL & GRACE.


Matteo is currently developing an animated series, Kickass Drag Queen, together with Bob the Drag Queen, Gary Sanchez and Unicorn Island Productions, and co-hosts the podcast Inside the Closet together with Emma Willmann. 

Not limited to just stand up, Matteo also performs a live cabaret, Streisand at the Bon Soir, to great critical acclaim.  Fluent in five languages and with a singing range of six octaves, Matteo lived in Italy as an oil painter and opera singer before starting his comedy career.

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Women & Wine


Join us on Wednesday, November 10th at 7pm for an all-female lineup of the Cleveland Comedy Festival's funniest ladies! Join us for an evening of hilarity from some of the funniest ladies locally and from across the country. Grab your squad for a GNO, but FELLAS! You're invited too and will no doubt be laughing right along.


Your ticket purchase includes two (2) complimentary glasses of wine.

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Best of Cleveland



Cleveland has a rich history of comedians and this show features current and future top comedy stars from the area. Mike Polk, Jr.Bill Squire (CCF 2009 Ninja Deathmatch winner), Mary Santora (CCF 2015 Runner-Up), John Armstrong, Tania Timmons & more!

Best of Fest


The Cleveland Comedy Festival has seen its fair share of incredible comedic talent over the years. This show features just a handful of the very best that have come across a Cleveland Comedy Festival stage, whether they're from Cleveland or across the country. Closing out the show is 2019 Festival standout and winner of the Mike Veneman Award for Best Overall Comedian, Jessica Keenan!


Jessica Keenan's first standup special was just released on HBOmax and is available now. Jessica is a Mexican/Lebanese comedian, born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is one of the most original voices on the LA comedy scene and performs at all of the city's major clubs with the biggest names. Jessica has appeared on "Chelsea", NuvoTV's "Stand Up and Deliver," and was also a finalist for Standup NBC.

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Festival Showcases


Comedians from near and far perform and bring their best jokes to fill the room with laughter. See future stars as they're up and coming and be able to say "I saw them when...."


These shows are meant for those looking to have a great time laughing without breaking the bank! Comedians who have graced previous Showcase shows have gone on to appear or work on Netflix, HBOMax, Stephen Colbert, Conan, Comedy Central and so much more (including becoming local radio stars).

You Can't Laugh at That



This popular podcast often breaks down how & why certain jokes do or don't work.


Watch comedians perform along with podcast hosts David Horning and Steve Mers, and then watch/listen as comedians talk about their set immediately after with the hosts. It's the fun of comedy AND the "science" behind it! This show is on Thursday, the 11th at 5pm (FREE)


Happy Hour Showcase

Long day at the office and ready to unwind? Head to the Flats and swing by the Odeon for this FREE Comedy Show featuring both local and national comedians!

The Ad Hominem Attack Show


Friday Nov 12, 2021 10pm at the Second Stage.  Cleveland's longest roast battle showcase. Comics go head to head in a competition of wit and cruelness.


Join hosts Kyle Haunhorst (Rubber City Comedy Fest), Chris Paugh (Apaughcalypse Now), Jeremy Sheer (Sad Boys Social Club) and Tabitha Jones ("See 13 of the funniest women comedians in Ohio" - Cleveland.com) Not for the easily offended.


Mature Audiences only, please.



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The Live Show

Saturday, Nov. 13 at 2pm.  Comedians Brian Kenny and Kyle Haunhorst are degenerate sports fans discussing and debating the current state of Sport, with an emphasis on the greatest city in the world, Cleveland. This LIVE recording event will feature special guests!