- Courtesy of Accidental Comedy | John Bruton
The Cleveland comedy collective known as Accidental Comedy
host some of the most popular weekly comedy
showcases in town, in addition to their star-studded Accidental Comedy Festival, taking place at Hilarities Aug. 29-Sept. 2.
Tomorrow evening, Accidental Comedy members Cody Cooper, Josh Morrow, Mary Santora
, John Bruton and Jimmie Graham are recording the group's first collective comedy album in front of a live audience.
talked exclusively with the comedians recording tomorrow.
"It was Josh Morrow’s idea," John Bruton says. "To me, it just seemed like the next best thing to do as a group. We’ve been performing together for years, why not document it?"
Joshua Morrow continues: "The reason I decided to produce this album for the group is two fold. The first was to give us all a way to make a little extra money on the road and showcase Accidental Comedy and Cleveland while traveling individually. None of us are quite ready to record and burn
an hour of material, but we all regularly perform thirty minute sets, so a compilation album made the most sense.
"The second reason is that this album represents the growth of each member of Accidental as an individual performer," says Morrow. "Accidental Comedy is a 24/7/365 venture, but many of our day to day efforts are overshadowed by the Festival each fall."
The members of Accidental Comedy have performed all over the country as both headliners and opening acts for some of the biggest names in comedy like Jen Kirkman, Dave Attell, Kyle Kinane, JB Smoove, Chris Gethard, Bobby Lee, Hannibal Buress and Roy Woods Jr.
Accidental Comedy co-founder Ramon Rivas II has gone on to make quite the name for himself in the comedy scene nationwide, and has consistently made sure to represent Cleveland in as many public appearances as possible. But the scene still isn't as well known as others around the country.
"For me, it’s important to keep Cleveland comedy on the map," says Mary Santora. "We’re a relatively smaller scene compared to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc., so by recording this album with some of the best comedians in the city, it helps to keep our city and scene relevant."
The Accidental Comedy Festival started out under a bridge seven years ago and has since expanded to a full five days of programming at Hilarities on East 4th Street. The comedians point out that recording a live album seems like the most logical next step.
"I travel all over the country and a lot of people have never been through Cleveland, especially to perform, so this album is a way to showcase what we can do," Santora says. "It’s very exciting to get our names out there both individually and as representation of the city."
Accidental Comedy's live album recording takes place tomorrow, Wednesday June 13 at The Winchester Music Tavern in Lakewood at 8 p.m.
Tickets are only $10 at the door, or send an RSVP to [email protected] and get four tickets for $20.