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The 14th Annual Cleveland Comedy Festival is scheduled for November 10th - 14th, 2021.  Check back soon for details.  See below to check out what happened last year.

What Happened at the Festival...


Shane Torres hits the Cleveland Comedy Festival mainstage for the second year in a row! Shane is a stand up comedian, writer, actor, and podcaster. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Shane landed in Portland, Oregon and began his comedy career. Shane has performed on festivals all over the globe including Montreal’s Just For Laughs, Comedy Central’s Clusterfest, San Francisco Sketchfest, Bonnaroo, Outsidelands, Bumbershoot, Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin, Red Clay Comedy Festival, High Plains in Denver, Laughing Skull, New York Comedy Festival, Laughfest, and many more.

His television appearances to date have included Conan twice, Comedy Central Half Hour Special, IFC’S Comedy Bang Bang, NBC’S Last Comic Standing (barely), Tru Tv’s Comedy Knockout, NBC’s Red Nose Day, and Ron White’s Comedy Salute To The Troops on CMT. He has been heard on such popular podcasts such as Savage Love, All Fantasy Everything, Comedy Bang Bang, Doug Loves Movies and Bertcast. He tours frequently across the states and can often be found performing in a comedy club, theaters, and music venues near you. In March of 2019 his Comedy Central web series "Shane Torres Conquers Fear" was released.

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Bill Squire has taken part in the Cleveland Comedy Festival so many times over the years, dating all the way back to its infancy, including winning the "Ninja Comedy Deathmatch Contest" in 2009. Bill Squire is a comedian and the co-host of The Alan Cox Show on 100.7 WMMS The Buzzard in Cleveland that has thousands of listeners/viewers across the country on iHeartRadio and YouTube. Bill has four albums that have millions of streams across Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, and reached number 1 on iTunes comedy charts.


Bill has appeared in Laughs on FOX and Hulu. Bill’s Showcase will feature Festival favorites of previous years and faces of comedians you should start getting to know!

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Mike Paramore returns again to the Cleveland Comedy Festival where he has headlined in recent years, and in 2015 was a participant and won the old contest! Mike Paramore is the guy you fight to sit next to in a movie theatre, on a long car ride, or during a boring lecture. His natural ability to infuse everyday situations with energetic, uplifting humor, combined with a natural ability to put you at ease is key to his personal brand of comedy, which is very apparent in his debut album “The Things We Tell Ourselves”, available now on iTunes and Amazon.

 Mike has opened for comedians like Damon Wayans, Jon Lovitz, and Saturday Night Live’s Jay Pharoah. His career is full of accolades, like performing at the 2010 Stellar Awards, the 2012 Just for Laughs Festival, the winner of the 2016 Laughing Devil Festival in New York City, a finalist in the 2017 World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas, the winner of the 2017 Laugh Fest’s Best in the Midwest competition, and was featured on AXSTV’s Live at Gotham in NYC, and is a featured comedian on FOX’s hit show “Laughs”. Mike's Showcase will feature Festival favorites of previous years and faces of comedians you should start getting to know!

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Join us for an all-female lineup of the Cleveland Comedy Festival's funniest ladies! This show will be a celebration of two things women love – a great glass of wine (or two, or three) and some great laughs with their friends. Guys – you’re invited too.


Purchase of your ticket will include two complimentary glasses of wine!

So you’ll be able to relax with a great red or white and enjoy an evening of great comedy from a female perspective.


John Bruton & Bill Squire host Jokes On You – Cleveland’s first crowd work comedy show which challenges both local and visiting comedians to think on their feet by skipping their jokes and instead make things funny by talking to YOU!

Inspired by crowd work clinicians like Dave Attell, Ian Bagg, and Big Jay Oakerson, Jokes On You makes the audience the center of the show by pushing comics to avoid prepared material or written jokes and instead focus on organic interaction with the audience.

Nobody knows where this show will go. That’s up to you. It could get dark. It could get sexy. It will most definitely get weird. Don’t be shy & don’t be scared. We’ll take good care of you…we promise.

Sunday November 29 

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