In 2011 Ingenuity Fest (www.ingenuitycleveland.com) incorporated comedy into the festival and now, it’s there to stay. 10,000+ attended the festival, with over 1,000 of them enjoying the comedy shows on Friday & Saturday night. .
A quick update on some 2011 performers:
-Michael Palascak, who opened up comedy stage on Friday last year, had his Comedy Central The Half Hour premiere
-Al Jackson, who kicked off the shows Saturday night, recently had a pilot picked up by SyFy channel
-Chucklefck showcaser Chris Thayer has been making a name for himself out west, appearing on the popular podcast ‘You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes’and will be writing for THE MIDNIGHT SHOW with PETE HOLMES, debuting on TBS this fall after CONAN!
In 2011, the comedy programming overflowed from just the Ingenuity Fest stage to take place all over the city of Cleveland in what became the 1st ever Accidental Comedy Fest. Performers included Kyle Kinane, Neil Hamburger, Beth Stelling, Ryan Singer, the Sklar Brothers and more!
In 2013, the Accidental Comedy Fest will take over Cleveland again, bringing national attention to the burgeoning comedy scene in town.
-Great Lakes Brewing Company
Who’ll stand up and make waves this year? MAYBE YOU! Selected performers will receive FREE lodging at the amazing Cleveland Hostel during their participation in the festival. Performers will also perform a minimum of 3 shows if selected.
How to submit:
-Send an email with your NAME, BIO, PICTURE to CHUCKLEFCKPOD@GMAIL.COM. Please include your preferred dates of travel to Cleveland if invited to perform (bulk of programming will fall on Friday September 20 and Saturday September 21)
-Include a clip of any length. Please send a clip that best represents your set. No particular length, just make sure it’s funny. The audio/video quality is something you should be aware of. If you send something that’s difficult to see/hear, it’ll affect your submissions grade.
-If you have a podcast you’d like to be considered for the festival, please include a link to a specific episode.
-After you’ve done the above, please process your submission fee below. EARLY SUBMISSION ($15) RUNS UNTIL JUNE 30th. The fee will be $30 until it ends July 30 http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/387244
A panel of comedy nerds will be grading submissions using a letter grading scale. All comics submitting will receive feedback on their application.
Look forward to welcoming you all into C-L-E with open arms and squinted, reddened eyes.
It’s that time of year again, where I run down the top 5 live comedic performances I saw the past year and get you hip to 5 music things that rocked real hard on my ipod all year. This was a really hard year to narrow down, as so much amazing comedy stuff happened around me. But here’s what stands out from stand up last year
5. Janine Brito at Grog Shop
-I got to open for W Kamau Bell at the Grog Shop, which was exciting because I’d heard about him since I started and his TV show had just gotten picked up for another season on F/X. He was bringing one of his writers/performers, Janine Brito with him and man, did she steal the show! I’m still laughing about her joke about how lesbians dress (the same way I do, which made me laugh even harder) and she was super nice too.
4. Dave Attell at Hilarities
-I watched 4 headlining sets while hosting for him at Hilarities and was treated to a comedic clinic. The same joke kernels were in each set, but the wrapping around in, ins and outs from each bit, tags were fresh each show, depending on what the crowd gave him. He’s a pretty aloof but very kind dude, and he talked to Bill Squire and I a bit about comedy and I was blown away when he said he liked one of my bits and gave me some ideas on ways to sharpen it up. Plus his Showtime show DAVES OLD PORN is great (mystery science theater with comedians + pornstars watching old VHS porn). If you’re living that premium cable package life, check it out.
3. JP Inc. at Grog Shop during Accidental Comedy Fest
-Back in September I put together a festival and Neil Hamburger at the Grog Shop was one of the highlights of the week. The act he brought to feature for him was a guy doing a character called JP Inc. You may know him from singing some of your favorite commercial jingles + television theme songs. A major network hired him to test themes for new pilots. He sings and dances very awkwardly. That’s funny in and of itself. What really set it apart was the fact this was all accompanied with video segments of the insanity that was the TV show pilots (The Steves was one of the shows). Watching the commitment to these bits that are really out there and executing them was eye opening. A lot of the funniest things to comedians don’t always get brought on stage b/c they’re so nichey/weird we don’t think they’ll work. JP Inc. shows what happens when you push past that.
2. Kyle Kinane during Accidental Comedy Fest
-The festival started out with two sold out shows at Reddstone with Kyle Kinane Sunday + Monday. He was one of the most requested comedians since I started producing shows and he blew the crowds away. My favorite part was the fact he did some after hours shows at local punk bars (Spitfire on Sunday night, Now That’s Class on Monday) and tamed the rowdy, drunken crowds at each with the same poise and comedic heat he did with the attentive crowds at Reddstone. Plus he fucks with pho. We didn’t get to go to Superior Pho though, next time he’s in town for sure.
1. Nick Vatterott at Reddstone
-I mentioned my excitement for this show in last years top 10 and man, was it great. Nick was in the area opening for his buddy TJ Miller at CSU so I was able to put together a show at Reddstone for him. He asked if TJ could feature and I was like um, yeah. So we had an early show at 8p for the public that was sold out, then the owner paid to do a second private show for his birthday. The first show was stellar, I did 8 minutes to warm up the crowd, TJ crushed it then Nick Vatterott went up and delivered a hilariously absurd hour of comedy that had me and my dad doubled over unable to breath from laughing so hard. That was a cool moment for me. Then the late show was a hot, sloppy mess. I had to do 25 minutes to calm the crowd down and get them in listening mode, TJ brought it again and Vatterott barrelled through, a chunk of talkative drunks left and the rest of the room was able to sit back and properly pay attention as Vatterott hit his stride again.
*I’d like people to know I don’t listen to the radio. I’d like to say it’s because they play the same music constantly, the the point where I’m still hearing Sugar Ray and Bush songs on the radio anytime I turn it on. Or that all of the ‘hip hop’ being played on the radio is base, watered down and messageless. But honestly, it’s just because the bus doesn’t have a radio. But I do have an iPod that I like to hook up to friends computers and get music from. These artists have songs on my ‘fancy tickler’ playlist, which I use to get people ready for some comedy before shows.
5. Holy Ghost!
-I got to meet these guys when they played a show after Chucklefck at the Grog Shop. real cool folks, and I downloaded their album when I got home. It’s very dancy, and for that you should be joyous.
-I haven’t listened to a hip hop album so incessantly since the days of Aquemini by Outkast. The album ‘good kid M.A.A.D. city’ was probably one of the best first albums I’ve ever listened to. Hopefully he’ll continue cranking out music with this much depth and storytelling for years to come.
3. Big Boi
-Speaking of Outkast, I’d been itching for a quality new product from the ATaliens and at the very tail end of 2012, I got to scratch that itch. VICIOUS LIES AND DANGEROUS RUMORS is a nice mashing of several styles of music, as the album has a very electronic/smooth feel to it. The guests on the album range from T.I + Ludacris to Little Dragon and Phantogram. Real random, but real dope.
2. King Chip
2012 brought a name change for Chip Tha Ripper and a move from Cleveland to Cali. He got signed by C.A.A. and has been doing collabo’s with TONS of folks. 2013 should be a dope year for Chip fans, as he’ll be releasing a new mixtape and HOPEFULLY his official debut album, but til then we’ll just have to be cool with random delights like this, DEION SANDERS
I learned about KTD back in 2010 when I was living in Chicago, fellow comedian Will Miles said some of his former students were in this band and had performed at Lollapalooza and gotten some twitter props from Questlove of the Roots. I bought their EP on itunes, it was short but really, really good. In 2012, I got to see them live (headlining set in New York, opening set at Free Show for Cleveland at the Q with Parliament Funkadelic and Kid Cudi) and they were awesome each time. Their headlining set I could tell they were just getting in the swing of h/l, as they repeated a few songs and came off at slightly under 50 minutes, but fuck, they’re still growing! I describe them as the roots and fugees getting it on and having babies. These are their babies. These are KIDS THESE DAYS. They should continue their ascent in 2013, but man 2012 was good to em. Download their FREE album ‘Traphouse Rock’ on their website