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Thank you, Cleveland! We're the Championship City. Why is everyone so down? The Cavs came back from 3-1 last year; there's no reason we can't come back from 4-1 this year!
Accidental Comedy: The Accidental Comedy Fest is going mainstream, quite intentionally.
The brainchild of comedian Ramon Rivas II, the festival has made its home the past couple of years in Mahall's, the eclectic bar/performance space/bowling alley on Lakewood's east side.
It fit the indie vibe of the festival, but it was a lot of work for the collective of Accidental Comedy comics. And while Lakewood is an inner-ring suburb, it's still not in the heart of downtown Cleveland, which organizers say was a drawback.
This year over Labor Day weekend, Accidental will take over the Hilarities stage, the Cabaret stage and several other nooks and crannies of the Pickwick & Frolic restaurant and entertainment complex on East Fourth Street.
Festival passes are available now ($100 for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1 and 2; $125 for a full Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 30-Sept. 3, pass.) Individual tickets, ranging from $10 to $25, will be on sale next week.
Hilarities, a titan in the comedy business, is taking the burden of ticket sales, ushering and stage managing off the shoulders of the local comics, who will be free to perform and interact with fans and out-of-town comics. And Hilarities is investing cash into the venture, too.
"They offer an opportunity to continue growing the fest. They're partnering as a sponsor and opening the door to lock in a lot of great talent that I am able to talk to directly, since I'm out in L.A.," said Rivas.
Among his talented friends coming to Cleveland: Doug Benson, who will originate his popular podcast, "Doug Loves Movies," here; Cleveland native Dave Hill; Ron Funches; Megan Gailey; Dan Soder; Nick Vatterott; and Jenny Zigrino.
Nick Kostis, the comedy guru and owner of Pickwick & Frolic, said the club is thrilled to partner with Accidental.
"This is an investment, and it helps to continue to build Cleveland as a comedy city," said Kostis. "I am very excited about the comedy community in this city, and we need to help bring it to the fore."
Another benefit to the club is that the festival brings in a lot of emerging talent who will likely be on the Hilarities stage - as openers, middles and headliners - in future years. And it pulls in comedy fans who may not have regularly frequented the mainstream club in the past.
Rivas says Accidental will maintain its chill vibe, despite the more upscale, traditional comedy-club venue.
"The vibe has followed Accidental from all manner of venues that have closed, changed owners or changed directions, yet the spirit follows and endures," he said.
He's not kidding about "all manner of venues." Accidental traces its roots to Ingenuity, the annual Cleveland festival of arts and technology. In 2011, Rivas curated the comedy component. Stand-ups performed under the Detroit-Superior Bridge.
The following year, a week of performances preceded Ingenuity, and Accidental became a festival in its own right.
Onstage this week: The hilarious Jake Johannsen headlines at 8 p.m. Thursday ($20), 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday ($23), and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday ($25) at Hilarities, inside Pickwick & Frolic, 2035 East Fourth St., Cleveland. Call 216-736-4242. The 10 p.m.
At the Cleveland Improv, "Ms. Pat" (the stage name of comedian Patricia Williams) headlines at 7:30 Thursday ($17), 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and 6:45 p.m. Sunday. (Tickets are $20.) The Improv is at 1148 Main Ave., next to Shooters on the west bank of Cleveland's Flats. Call 216-696-4677.
Gaffigan on sale now: For Father's Day, why not get your dad tickets to see a father who says he has so many kids, he's trying to start his own nationality? Jim Gaffigan tickets are on sale now, and there's a special Father's Day deal, $29.50 for tickets purchased by Sunday, June 18.
Gaffigan brings his "Noble Ape Tour" to the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University at 8 p.m. Dec. 1. Ticket prices beyond the special are $35.75, $49.75 and $69.75, apparently with the loose change going to his kids to hit up the vending machines while he performs.
Source : http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/06/accidental_comedy_fest_moves_t.html