Accidental Comedy Festival is a yearly event curated by Ramon Rivas II where a flurry of shows are produced over the span of one week(end) at some of the best venues all over Cleveland. The 1st year was in 2011 when Ingenuity Fest asked Ramon to curate a comedy stage at their location under the Detroit Superior Bridge. Al Jackson and Michael Palascak were the main headliners (Both of whom went on to record Half Hour Comedy Central Specials, with Al's 1st hour special set to debut this fall) with comics from around the country submitting to join them. The Best of the Fest featured comics that would go on to write for late night (Chris Thayer, The Pete Holmes Show), appear on Louie and Last Comic Standing (Jim Tews), and star in their own animated show and in blockbuster films (The Lucas Bros Late Night W. Jimmy Fallon, Lucas Bros. Moving Co., 22 Jump Street).
The following year, the week leading up to the stage at Ingenuity Fest was packed with amazing shows. Accidental (then Chucklefck) was producing shows for Kyle Kinane and Neil Hamburger in that same week. A few more shows were scheduled to fill in the gap and Accidental Comedy Fest took form. Naturally and organically. Great comics from around the country converged on Cleveland once again, with Ryan Singer and Beth Stelling headlining the stage at Ingenuity Fest. In fact, Beth Stelling debut album SWEET BETH was recorded during the festival! Beth has since EXPLODED and just recorded her Half Hour Special for Comedy Central , who will be releasing her follow up album =)
In 2013, the Cleveland Hostel joined forces with Accidental Comedy, providing lodging for visiting artists at their comfortable location in Ohio City. The second official year of Accidental Comedy Fest included performances by comedic luminaries Dave Hill and Cameron Esposito came to town. Liza Treyger was among the growing number of emerging performers from around the country to participate in the festival.
2014 saw an expansion of programming to include multiple comedy clubs, independent venues and theaters. Nerdist podcast Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction recorded a live episode and elements of music were incorporated into the festival with the Undone Sweaters performing. Hannibal Buress and the Lucas Bros returned to town for hangover shows and the festival attracted more visitors than ever
In 2015, some of the most well respected shows and performers from around the country took part in the 4th Annual Accidental Comedy Festival, at Mahall's 20 Lanes in Lakewood OH. With headliners Ted Alexandro (NYC) and Baron Vaughn (LA) joining flagship shows from around the country such as Comedy at the Knitting Factory, Entertaining Julia and High Five.
Comedic warrior Ted Alexandro came to Cleveland to take part in the 4th Annual Accidental Comedy Festival. He's one of the most respected comedians in NY and left Cleveland with a warmth in his heart for the city
BARON VAUGHN came to Cleveland for the FIRST TIME EVER to take part in Accidental Comedy Fest Part 4. He loved the city, and is eager to return when his busy schedule of shooting Grace & Frankie on NETFLIX, the Mystery Science Theater 3000 remake and his regular comedy touring schedule. Year 4 was INSANE!
2016 saw the festival continue to add layers, with musical performances adding more and more texture to the weekend. Chicago musician NATALIE GRACE ALFORD and rapper CHRIS CRACK blended with headliners BETH STELLING, KURT BRAUNOHLER and fest participants like FELONIOUS MUNK, DAVE HELEM, GUILIA ROZZI, JO FIRESTONE, MARCELLA ARGUELLO & more descended upon Cleveland the same weekend that festival founder, RAMON RIVAS II's Comedy Central special premiered!
2017 was the biggest fest yet, thanks to a partnership with HILARITIES 4th STREET THEATRE is the crown jewel of downtown's 4th street district. It offered Accidental Comedy Fest a step out of the underground and into the main artery of arts & entertainment in Cleveland. DOUG BENSON recorded a live DOUG LOVES MOVIES, stand out's from around the country converged including DULCE SLOAN (Daily Show), JEFF HORSTE (HART OF THE CITY, UP NEXT), JAK KNIGHT (BIG MOUTH, NETFLIX 15 MIN SPECIAL), MEGAN GAILEY (COMEDY CENTRAL HALF HOUR) & many more!