Best Local Female Comedian

Mary Santora

Mary Santora, part of the Accidental Comedy Club group (in fact, the "First Lady" of the group, as Accidental's site proclaims), has opened for a variety of traveling comics, and performed at gigs across the country; but, thankfully for us, she calls Northeast Ohio home. There are only so many bad sex jokes from so many male comedians that you can take, which is just one of the reasons why Santora is a breath of fresh air. (So many dudes out there doing comedy in Cleveland. So few women.) She's witty as fuck and when we caught a recent Accidental pop-up show at the Nash, Santora owned the room during her set and was the night's standout — no small feat on a bill of a half dozen comics with a crowd of nearly 100.