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2008

The First Ever Cleveland Comedy Festival

We started things off with a bang in 2008 and announced our arrival on the cover of The Plain Dealer’s FR!DAY magazine. Highlights of the 2008 Festival included:

  • 4 Stand-up Comedy Shows @ The Hermit Club featuring the best 40 comedians in Cleveland.

  • Improv & Sketch show @ Powerhouse Pub with Last Call Cleveland, FWB and Point of No Return.

  • “Cleveland Laughs” TV Special with WVIZ featuring veteran Cleveland comedians Jimmy Malone, Mike Veneman, John Rathbone, Mike Cheselka, Marc Jaffe, Quinn Patterson, and Basile.

  • Comedy Fan Forum at The Plain Dealer hosted by Mike McIntyre and featuring guest panelists Nick Kostis (Hilarities), Lee Herlands (Cleveland Improv), Ann Elder (Laugh In), Dave Schwensen (Comedy Author), Mike Polk, Jim Tews and Mike Baker (Cleveland comedians).

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