What You Need to Know About the 11th Annual Cleveland Comedy Festival, Which Kicks Off Today at Playhouse Square


The 11th annual Cleveland Comedy Festival returns today to Playhouse Square, and Cleveland Comedy Festival Co-director John Wellington says this year's incarnation strives to be even more eclectic than past festivals. “There are a number of great shows for every type of comedy fan,” he says in a press release announcing the schedule.

Free comedy shows take place at 5 p.m. today, tomorrow and Friday at Kennedy's Theatre. A $10 Spotlight Showcase will feature up-and-coming comedians from all over the country. Those shows also take place at Kennedy’s Theatre at 7:30 tonight and tomorrow night. Performances also happen at 7:30 and 9:30 on Friday night.

Women and Wine, a stand-up comedy show by women for women, takes place at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Kennedy’s, and the festival's marquee performance features Canton native Kate Quigley, who performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Hanna Theatre. Shaker Heights native Rick Glassman will open the show. That same night, there will be an improv and sketch comedy show at 7:30 at Kennedy's.

The Class Clown Show happening at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Kennedy’s will offer  a line-up of young up-and-coming comics performing “clean” sets. Clean comics will also perform at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Kennedy’s.

Visit clevelandcomedyfestival.com for information on shows taking place at other venues around the city.

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