Accidental Comedy Fest Returns This Weekend


For the fifth year running, Accidental Comedy Fest will bring locals and out-of-towners — from the big names to up-and-comers — to Mahall’s for a weekend of funny. Truth is, comedy is one of the things that Cleveland does best. And if you haven’t noticed yet, know that Accidental Comedy Club is the cream of the crop.

The festival runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, though they’ve jammed enough stuff into the schedule to make it feel like a season-long tribute to the things this city loves most. Take a gander: three stages of comedy and performances (sketch, podcasts, music), bowling, awesome food and booze, monster truck tours (courtesy of Be Adventurous), VIP rooftop hang sessions and a hell of a lot more.

Some of the out-of-town guests include Kurt Braunohler, Beth Stelling and the Undone Sweaters (“an embarrassingly sincere, sociophobic Weezer cover band” featuring Cleveland’s own Jim Tews).

The Accidental Comedy Club is a collaborative organization that promotes and dishes up shows and open mics around town each week. Comprising a crew of notable locals, the group’s most visible presence is Ramon Rivas II, who’s been working in Los Angeles and New York City most of the summer. (He also traveled to New Orleans to film a Comedy Central special, and he appeared on @midnight not too long ago with an excellent Jo-Ann Fabrics joke.)

Wherever Rivas goes, he’s seen sporting an Accidental Comedy hat and some sort of Cleveland T-shirt, repping our proud city in an already very prideful year. That’s one of the big points: Cleveland is fucking awesome, and there are a hell of a lot of cool, funny people here doing terrific things. If you’re reading this, then surely you already. But if you need a reminder, well, ACF takes place this weekend. Tickets are available at

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